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
  • We are actively looking for commercial partners. Please contact Dr. Zoya Leonenko at!
  1. May 3, 2016Brenda Wins Best PhD Seminar at Bio Grad Symposium!

    Congratulations to Brenda Lee on having the best PhD Seminar at the Biology Graduate Student Symposium that took place on Friday, April 29th.

    The title of her talk was "Binding and Insertion Studies of Antimicrobial Peptide Daptomycin and Derivative CB-182,462 with Model Lipid Monolayers and Membranes".

  2. Apr. 22, 2016Brenda Wins OGS & President's Scholarship!

    Congratulations to Brenda Lee on being awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and University of Waterloo's President's Graduate Scholarship (PGS) for 2016!

  3. June 15, 2015Congratulations Drs. Elizabeth Drolle and Robert Henderson!

    Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Drolle and Dr. Robert Henderson for successfully defending their PhD theses today!

    Dr. Drolle will be starting a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Waterloo's Centre for Contact Lens Research in July.

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Group Leader

Dr. Zoya Leonenko

Dr. Zoya Leonenko


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