Assistant Professor and Director of the IDEATION Lab

Contact InformationMahla Poudineh

Phone: 519-888-4567 x33319
Location: QNC 3622


Biography Summary

Mahla Poudineh is an Assistant Professor and Director of the IDEATION Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. She received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (with a minor in Biomedical Engineering) from the University of Toronto in 2016. Prior to joining UWaterloo, Mahla completed postdoctoral training at the University of Toronto, Department of Pharmaceutical Science and Stanford University, School of Medicine in 2017 and 2019, respectively. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Tehran, Iran in 2010 and 2012, respectively. Her research interests include developing bio-sensing approaches for therapeutics and diagnostics purposes and translating biomedical devices to the clinic.

Research Interests

  • Real-time bio-sensing approaches for detection of small molecules
  • Microfluidic-based integrated devices for therapeutics and diagnostics purposes
  • Implantable micro-devices for cancer treatment
  • Circulating tumor cell phenotypic characterization
  • Stem cell profiling and characterization
  • Translating biomedical devices for clinical use
  • Silicon micro-machining for developing bio-MEMS and bio-NEMS devices


  • 2016, Doctorate, Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • 2012, Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran
  • 2010, Bachelor of Science (BSc), Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran


  • ECE 730 - Topics in Solid State Devices
    • Taught in 2020
  • NE 479 - Spcl Topics in Nanoelectronics
    • Taught in 2020
  • NE 487 - Microfluidic & Nanobiotech Sys
    • Taught in 2021
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Selected/Recent Publications

  • M. Poudineh*, C. L. Maikawa*, E. Yue Ma, J. Pan, D. Mamerow, Y. Hang, S. W. Baker, A. Beirami, M. Eisenstein, S. Kim, J. Vučković1, E. A. Appel, and H. T. Soh, Continuous detection of glucose and insulin in live animals, submitted, 2020
  • M. Poudineh, E. H. Sargent, S. O. Kelley, and K. Pantel, Profiling Circulating Tumour Cells and Other Biomarkers of Invasive Cancers, Nature Biomedical Engineering, invited review, 2(74), 2018
  • M. Labib, R. M. Mohamadi, M. Poudineh, S. Ahmed, I. Ivanov, C. Huang, M. Moosavi, E. H. Sargent, and S. O. Kelley, Single Cell mRNA Cytometry via Sequence-Specific Nanoparticle Clustering and Trapping, Nature Chemistry, 10, 2018, 489 - 495
  • M. Poudineh*, Z. Wang*, M. Labib, M. Ahmadi, L. Zhang, J. Das, S. Ahmed, S. Angers, and S. O. Kelley, Three Dimensional Nanostructured Architectures Enable Efficient Neural Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells via Mechanotransduction, Nano Letters, 18, 2018, 7188 - 7193
  • M. Poudineh, M. Labib, S. Ahmed, L. N. Matthew Nguyen, L. Kermanshah, R. M. Mohamadi, E. H. Sargent, and S. O. Kelley, Profiling Functional and Biochemical Phenotypes of Circulating Tumor Cells Using a Two-Dimensional Sorting Device, Angewantde Chemie, 56, 2017, 163 - 168
  • M. Poudineh, P. M. Aldridge, S. Ahmed, B. J. Green, L. Kermanshah, V. Nguyen, C. Tu, R. M. Mohamadi, R. K. Nam, A. Hansen, S. S. Sridhar, A. Finelli, N. E. Fleshner, A. M. Joshua, E. H. Sargent, and S. O. Kelley, Tracking the Dynamics of Circulating Tumor Cell Phenotypes Using Nanoparticle-mediated Magnetic Ranking, Nature Nanotechnology, 12, 2017, 274 - 282

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