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 300 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

Two BME faculty members were awarded the Accelerate Seed Grant and Accelerate Moonshot grant

Milica Radisic and Leo Chou are two BME faculty members who were awarded the Accelerate Seed Grant and Accelerate Moonshot grant, as a part of a $1.2 million total funding from the Acceleration Consortium

UHN and UofT Collaborate to Fast-track Tech Research into Applications

Groundbreaking collaboration between UHN and UofT aims to accelerate the transition of cutting-edge technology research into practical applications.

‘Images every second’: Researchers develop rapid MRI technique for better cancer detection and therapy

Professor Hai-Ling Cheng and her team have developed a rapid magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique to help doctors better detect and diagnose tumours. The 3D images generated from this new approach could provide physicians with guidance during surgery and other therapeutic interventions.

CRAFT 2.0: Academic hospital network joins centre for research on microfluidic devices for human health

The Centre for Research and Applications in Fluidic Technologies (CRAFT) has been extended to 2028 and has expanded to formally include Unity Health Toronto, an academic hospital network and leading Canadian health research institute.

Four Biomedical Engineering Faculty Members Secure CIHR Funding for Research Projects

Four esteemed faculty members from the Institute Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the University of Toronto have successfully secured funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) through the Project Grant Program’s fall 2023 funding cycle. The CIHR funding will support their cutting-edge research projects aimed at advancing health-related knowledge and outcomes.

Revolutionizing Microbial Single-Cell Sequencing: DoTA-seq Unveils a Simple Yet Powerful Method 

In a recent study, a research team led by Dr. Freeman Lan has developed a method for single-cell genetic profiling of microbes. The findings, published in Nature Methods, introduce a robust and easily adaptable droplet microfluidics workflow named DoTA-seq (Droplet Microfluidics for Targeted Amplification Sequencing), providing a scalable solution for studying single-cell heterogeneity in microbial populations. 

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 
Eli Sone Cohesys Bone Tape Toronto 
Aaron Wheeler Miroculus (formerly Kappex) Digital Microfluidics Platform Toronto