At the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (BME), our faculty members are collaborating across the disciplines of engineering, medicine and dentistry to develop innovative solutions for the most pressing health-care challenges in the world. 

Re-engineered enzyme could help reverse damage from spinal cord injury and stroke

August 24, 2020 | A team of researchers from U of T Engineering and the University of Michigan have redesigned and enhanced a natural enzyme that shows promise in promoting the regrowth of nerve tissue following injury.

New evidence on factors that promote bone mineralization – U of T researchers find

August 21, 2020 | A research team led by Dr. Eli Sone (BME, MSE, Dentistry) has discovered a new role in mineralization played by a class of molecules, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs)

U of T Engineering researchers develop cell injection technique that could help reverse vision loss

August 13, 2020 | U of T Engineering researchers have developed a new method of injecting healthy cells into damaged eyes. The technique could point the way toward new treatments with the potential to reverse forms of vision loss that are currently incurable.

How to get more cancer-fighting nanoparticles to where they are needed

August 10, 2020 | U of T Engineering researchers have discovered a dose threshold that greatly increases the delivery of cancer-fighting drugs into a tumour.

Credit-card sized tool provides new insights into how cancer cells invade host tissues

July 15, 2020 | A group of researchers from the University of Toronto have developed a new tool to study breast cancer metastasis. By using a device that’s the size of a credit card, researchers can produce various biological environments to mimic the progression of cancer cell invasion.

Robotics for elder care: New joint centre fosters global collaboration

June 1, 2020 | The new joint centre on robotics for elder care is led by professors Alex Mihailidis (IBBME, Medicine) and Yan Fu at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

U of T Engineering set to host first-ever virtual research conference

May 14, 2020 | Brandon Rufino (IBBME MHSC candidate) will be presenting in the human health category as a lightning lecture speaker. Under the supervision of Professor Elaine Biddiss (IBBME), he and his fellow grad students develop and evaluate technologies to allow young people with disabilities to participate more meaningfully in arts, music, physical activities and therapies.

New ‘rock candy’ approach could lead to simpler, faster tests for COVID-19

May 4, 2020 | Testing for viruses is not a new science, but the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the bottlenecks in established methods. Now, a team led by Professor Leo Chou (IBBME) is pursuing a non-traditional approach that, if successful, could lead to simpler, faster tests.

U of T researchers develop ‘piggyback’ vehicle to escape the endosomal trap and deliver RNA therapeutics

May 1, 2020 | U of T researchers develop ‘piggyback’ vehicle to escape the endosomal trap and deliver RNA therapeutics

Meet Donnelly Centre Team Developing on-the-go Test for COVID-19

April 22, 2020 | While most people are sheltering at home, for a team led by Professor Warren Chan it’s business as usual as they continue to develop an automated, more sensitive and rapid test for COVID-19 to help curb the pandemic.

Learn about our three research themes in biomedical and clinical engineering that are shaping the next frontiers in human health.


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.


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


Core Faculty

We have 30+ core faculty members that span across cell & tissue engineeringclinical 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. 

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.

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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.

Top 50 keyphrases by relevance, based on 1,201 publications.
Top 50 keyphrases by relevance, based on 1,201 publications.