Nanoscale Biophysics Group

Research Program

  • Scope: Biophysics of lipids and lipid-protein interactions; role of structural changes and physical properties of lipid monolayers and bilayers in controlling biological processes and diseases; application of lipid films in biomedical nanotechnology
  • Current Research Projects: role of lipid membrane in amyloid toxicity in relation to Alzheimer's Disease; testing amyloid inhibitor drugs using single molecule atomic force spectroscopy, interaction of antimicrobial peptides with lipid membrane and lung surfactant; lipid-based drug delivery systems, developing novel biosensing platforms using lipid membrane and surface enhanced spectroscopy; quantum neuroscience
  • We are actively looking for commercial partners. Please contact Dr. Zoya Leonenko at!
  1. Sep. 1, 2019Carina Receives Waterloo Pioneers of Microbiology Award!
    Carina Receives Waterloo Pioneers of Microbiology Award 2019!

    Congratulations to Carina Filice for winning the 2019 Waterloo Pioneers of Microbiology Award!

  2. Apr. 22, 2019Brenda Receives OUSA Teaching Award!
    Brenda Lee wins 2019 OUSA Teaching Award

    Congratulations to Brenda on receiving the 2019 OUSA Teaching Excellence Award! The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Teaching Excellence Award recognizes educators who excel at unlocking the potential of Ontario’s young people. OUSA annually presents its teaching awards to professors from each of our member campuses who have taken this role to heart, and who have been selected by their students as examples of teaching excellence.

    The news release from OUSA can be found here.

  3. Apr. 16, 2019Congratulations to Brenda on Physics Lecturer Position!
    Brenda Yasie Lee and Zoya Leonenko Physics Lecturer Hire

    Congratulations to Brenda on being hired as a Lecturer in the Department of Physics & Astronomy! She officially starts on September 1st, and will be teaching a wide range of courses offered by the department.

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Group Leader

Dr. Zoya Leonenko

Dr. Zoya Leonenko

University Research Chair

Department of Physics & Astronomy,
Department of Biology,
Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology,
University of Waterloo

Office: PHY 354
519-888-4567 x38273

Lab: PHY 335
519-888-4567 x38495, x38570