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. Jan. 18, 2023Congratulations to Morgan on PhD Defense!

    Congratulations to Morgan on PhD Defense!

  2. Sep. 1, 2022James Receives Waterloo/Conrad School of Business MBET Entrepreneurial PhD fellowship!

    Congratulations to James Livingstone for winning the Waterloo/Conrad School of Business MBET Entrepreneurial PhD fellowship!

  3. Sep. 1, 2022Irina Receives WIN Nanofellowship!

    Congratulations to Irina Bukhteeva for winning the WIN Nanofellowship!

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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