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. 22, 2019
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.
- Apr. 16, 2019
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.
- Apr. 15, 2019
Congratulations to Julia Lumini for receiving the NSERC USRA Award! She will be joining us in summer, and we are excited to work with her! Welcome to the lab, and congrats again!