Core Faculty

The Institute of Biomedical Engineering (BME) consists of 30+ core faculty members that span across cell & tissue engineering, clinical engineering, and molecular engineering disciplines. Our core faculty members are mainly located in two clusters. The first cluster is within the downtown core of the city of Toronto, in close proximity to the University of Toronto Campus, MaRS Discovery District, Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, and various hospitals. The second cluster is located in North Toronto, where a series of rehabilitation and clinical hospitals reside.

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Jan Andrysek

Associate Professor

Design, development & clinical evaluation of interventions to improve mobility and balance in individuals with lower-limb impairment

Julie Audet


Applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in therapeutic cell manufacturing and development of algorithms for bioprocess optimization

Aereas Aung

Assistant Professor

Understanding and applying immunology toward translational research

Berj Bardakjian


Neural engineering generation, transmission and control of cellular bioelectricity

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Elaine Biddiss

Associate Professor

Create assistive devices that expand opportunities for self-expression, participation, and independent living for children with disabilities

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Christopher Bouwmeester

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Using design-based projects to foster innovation in capstone design courses and provide hands-on experiences in core engineering subjects

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Warren Chan


Using nanotechnology to understand biological processes (e.g. cancer) and design diagnostic devices for disease detection

Tom Chau


Understanding physiological underpinnings of functional rehabilitation in children and innovative assistive technology solutions

Hai-Ling Margaret Cheng

Associate Professor

Improving cellular, molecular, and physiological imaging using non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

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Leo Chou

Assistant Professor

Developing self-assembling molecular technologies to solve outstanding biomedical challenges

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John E. Davies (JED)


Developing innovative biomaterials for bone-healing

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Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez

Associate Professor

Investigating the molecular and cellular mechanisms of wound healing

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Geoffrey Fernie


Application of technology to understand and solve common problems of aging

Daniel Franklin

Assistant Professor

Produce the next generation of materials and devices for fundamental medical science and clinical translation

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Michael Garton

Assistant Professor

Integrating computational protein design techniques with high-throughput experimental methods to design living cells with new functions

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Penney Gilbert

Associate Professor

Leveraging engineering principles and techniques to harness the potential of muscle stem cells

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Marc Grynpas


Understanding how age and various drugs affect the structure and chemistry of bone mineral and matrix

Lueder Kahrs

Assistant Professor

Computer and robot-assisted medical diagnosis and interventions

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Rita Kandel


Using tissue engineering techniques to generate tissue that could be used to replace or repair damaged connective tissue

Omar Khan

Assistant Professor

Delivery of multi-functional drugs in the body

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Dawn Kilkenny

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Understanding intracellular signalling and cellular interaction with the extracellular environment

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Azadeh Kushki

Associate Professor

Understanding the neurobiology of autism spectrum disorder and neurodevelopment using pattern analysis and machine learning algorithms

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Ofer Levi

Associate Professor

Develop imaging systems and optical bio-sensors based on semiconductor devices and nano-structures, and their application to biology

Caitlin Maikawa

Assistant Professor

Using polymers for therapeutic drug delivery

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Kei Masani

Associate Professor

Understanding human movement and movement variability, from the view of neuro-mechanical interaction and sensory-motor integration

Naomi Matsuura

Associate Professor

Designing novel materials that interact strongly and specifically with imaging radiation

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Alison McGuigan


Understanding how cells make and coordinate organizational decisions in response to combinations of signaling cues

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Alex Mihailidis


Develop intelligent home systems for elder care, technology for children with autism, and adaptive tools for nurses & clinical applications

Milos Popovic


Advance the science of recovery for people who experience motor impairment, and designing rehabilitation and regenerative technologies

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Milica Radisic


Understand the formation of contractile cardiac tissue in vitro & develop biomaterials to treat myocardial infarction and heart failures

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Jonathan Rocheleau

Associate Professor

Developing a wide variety of fluorescence microscopy techniques and bioengineering tools to measure tissue molecular physiology

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Paul Santerre


Developing process of implants, particularly for long-term devices where the biostability of the materials is a principal concern

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Michael Sefton

University Professor

Understanding biomaterials and tissue engineering with a strong focus on vascularization strategies

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Molly Shoichet

University Professor

Enhancing the cell-material interaction through controlled polymer chemistry and engineering

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Craig Simmons


Developing experimental and computational cell mechanics with state-of-the-art quantitative cellular and molecular biology

Eli Sone


Understanding structure-function relationships in biological materials, and applying these insights to bioinspired materials design.

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David Steinman


Focusing on the integration of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and medical imaging to improve treatment of vascular diseases

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Kevin Truong

Associate Professor

Elucidating the fundamental rules for the engineering of signalling pathways by mutation and recombination of these basic modular domains

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Aaron Wheeler


Developing lab-on-a-chip techniques for high throughput proteomics and drug discovery

Cari Whyne


Researching the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system and developing technologies to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal disease

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Christopher Yip


Using high resolution microscopy to understand biomolecular interactions and ligand-reception interactions

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Paul Yoo

Associate Professor

Understanding the role of the nervous system, developing clinically effective therapies based on electrical neuromodulation

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Lidan You


Solving biomechanical questions in muscular skeletal system at the cellular level

José Zariffa

Associate Professor, Senior Scientist at KITE

Developing technology that can assist functional recovery after damage to the nervous system

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