Nanoscale Biophysics Group
- 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
- Methods: Optical, Fluorescence and Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) such as Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy (KPFM) and AFM-based Force Measurements; Langmuir-Blodgett Monolayer Technique; Surface Enhanced Spectroscopy; Novel Biological Applications of Frequency Modulation KPFM (FM-KPFM) Technique
- Research is funded by: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation
- We are actively looking for commercial partners. Please contact Dr. Zoya Leonenko at email@example.com!
- Apr. 24, 2018
Congratulations to Morgan Robinson for receiving an Ontario Graduate Scholarship!
- Apr. 7, 2017
Congratulations to Brenda for successfully defending her PhD thesis!
She will be continuing her research in the lab while taking on new projects.
- Oct. 19, 2016
Congratulations to Brenda Lee, PhD Candidate in Biology (Nanotechnology), for receiving one of this year's WIN Nanofellowships for her interdisciplinary work with antimicrobial peptides.