Faculty & Research

Overview

Faculty & research are integral components of BME. With a strong focus on research, BME is located in the heart of Canada’s largest health-care research hub. Our graduate students receive their training from 14 departments at U of T, 10 partner hospitals, and 7 research institutes & commercialization centres.

At BME, our cross-disciplinary approach in biomedical and clinical engineering enables our researchers to cover a diverse set of topics. Find out what our research publication are saying about our research focus.

Faculty directory

Core Faculty

We have 30+ core faculty members that span across cell & tissue engineering, clinical engineering, and molecular engineering disciplines.

Cross-Appointed Faculty

BME currently hosts cross-appointed faculty members across more than 30 academic units, partner hospitals, research institutes, and commercialization centres.

Emeriti

Learn about some of our retired faculty members

Research streams

Clinical

BME’s clinical engineers design technologies, devices and strategies for people with chronic disease, traumatic injury, disabilities and mobility limitations to help them integrate more fully with their environment.

Cell & Tissue

Research that has the potential to change how we think about disease and aging is happening at BME. Regenerative medicine uses stem cells and biomaterials to repair, replace or regenerate damaged tissue, organ structures and function.

Molecular

BME researchers are advancing disease detection, customizing drug delivery and improving health-care outcomes with faster and more precise technologies and systems.

Latest news

New Models for Eye Disease

A research team at UHN’s Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute in collaboration with the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto (U of T) has discovered that transplanted retinal cells can share essential materials with host cells in the lab, offering a promising avenue for delivering therapies directly to damaged areas of the eye.

Canadian Hub for Health Intelligence and Innovation in Infectious Diseases awarded $72 million to strengthen talent development and health intelligence

One of the CBRF-funded programs is the Biomanufacturing Hub Network, an immersive talent development program based at the University of Toronto led by U of T University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, BME) along with Darius Rackus, an assistant professor of chemistry and biology at Toronto Metropolitan University, and Gilbert Walker, a professor of chemistry at U of T.

Computational model unveils dynamics of Deep Brain Stimulation 

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) has been a longstanding adjunctive therapy for movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease, yet its precise mechanisms of action have remained elusive. In a recent study published in the journal Neuromodulation, Dr. Milad Lankarany and his team have introduced a computational model that accurately predicts the dynamics of neuronal activity during DBS across various frequencies.

students at a conference

New research aimed to improve early childhood music education

Researchers from the University of Toronto have unveiled a new technological breakthrough that promises to transform early childhood music education. The study addresses a critical gap in musical instrument classification, particularly concerning non-pitched percussion instruments. The findings are published in a recent issue of PLOS one.

Accelerate Seed Grant recipient aims to improve delivery of drugs that treat brain diseases using self-driving lab technology

Professor Leo Chou have received Acceleration Consortium Seed Grant funding for his research on building DNA origami as a delivery vehicle for therapeutic agents

Dr. Omar F. Khan honoured with the McCharles Prize for early career research distinction 

Professor Omar F. Khan has been awarded the prestigious McCharles Prize for Early Career Research Distinction for his contributions to the fields of biomedical and immune engineering. 

Faculty startups

The following list highlights some of the startup companies that have been launched by these forward-thinking faculty members, demonstrating their commitment to translating academic knowledge into real-world applications and making a significant impact on the biomedical industry.

Faculty Member Commercialization Venture Focus Location 
Jan Andrysek LegWorks Prosthetic Knee Joint San Francisco 
Warren Chan Luna Nanotech Nanotechnology Product Supplier Toronto 
John E. Davies Tissue Regenerative Therapeutics Inc. Mesenchymal Stem Cells Toronto 
Milos Popovich MyndTech Inc. Medical Tech Company Mississauga 
Milica Radisic Tara Biosystems Cardiac Drug Discovery New York 
Jonathan Rocheleau QuantM3 Microfluidics Technology Diabetes Treatment Toronto 
Paul SanterreInterface Biologics Drug Delivery and other technologies Toronto 
Paul Santerre and Eli Sone Cohesys Inc Bone Tape to replace plate and screws in craniofacial repair; Angel investment Toronto 
Paul Santerre Ripple Therapeutics Non-polymeric anti-inflammatory drug delivery systems for ophthalmology; venture invested Toronto 
Molly Shoichet AmacaThera Injectable hydrogel platform technology Toronto 
Aaron Wheeler Miroculus (formerly Kappex) Digital Microfluidics Platform Toronto