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2017 Feb 16 - Dr. David Juncker's project on aptamer-based enrichment system and capillary chip for low-abundance water contaminant detection to ensure aquaculture safety and quality, one of nine innovative projects backed by NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants, is funded in three years, worth $552,000

Aquaculture, the farming of fish, shellfish and aquatic plants in fresh or seawater, is a rapidly growing Canadian industry. There is a great need for highly sensitive, rapid and user-friendly field deployable monitoring tools for detection of trace amount of contaminants in natural water systems, as well as for tools to conduct water quality surveys, identify and assess source of point and non-point pollution, establish concentration limits and classify harvest areas based on the analysis. This project will develop a portable detection system combining an aptamer-based analyte enrichment mechanism, and a microfluidic chip for hands-off processing, integrated with a sensitive graphene-based sensor. The project will establish a novel analyte enrichment and detection technology that is capable of ultra-high sensitivity, reaching detection limit not achievable by current field deployable methods.

Read more on McGillReporter

2016 Nov 24 - McGill Service Awards

Through the Staff Recognition Program, each year we receive official McGill pins for the regular employees who have achieved milestones of 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years of continuous service to the university. This year, we congratulate people for their milestone and thank them for their great contribution to the department and the university. 


  1. Professor Satya Prakash - 20 years
  2. Student Affairs Officer Pina Sorrini - 30 years
  3. Professor Henrietta Galiana - 35 years
  4. Professor Robert Kearney - 40 years
  5. Associate Professor Robert Funnell - 40 years

2016 Nov 21 - Novel nanobiotherapeutic blood substitute with enhanced red blood cell functions compared to red blood cells

In a 2016 collaborative agreement between the governments of Canada and China, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology has finalized areas of collaboration including 5 life health science projects. Our ongoing research supported by the CIHR Cardiovascular Respiratory Institute/Canadian Blood Service partnership grant is one of these 5 projects.  This is the innovative research by Chang’s group at McGill University on a novel soluble nanobiotherapeutic complex with enhancement of all 3 red blood cell functions. Potential health benefits include emergency on the spot transfusion in severe hemorrhagic shock since this has no blood group; the soluble complex can better perfuse partially obstructed blood vessels in stroke & heart attack; the lyophilized complex, unlike red blood cell, can be heat sterilized to inactivate infective agents in natural or man made contaminated donor blood risks; the lyophilized complex is also more stable with a storage time at room temperature of more than 100 days compared to 1 day for donor red blood cells. This also utilizes and conserves donor blood that is needed for many other important uses. Much more extensive and costly research is needed to move this towards clinical uses. The Blood Transfusion Institute of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences is our Chinese collaborator with extensive experience in the scale up of an earlier first generation blood substitutes. They will have their own research support from China in collaborate with our Canadian supported research so that we can together move this towards clinical use earlier. The result from this collaboration will be shared towards the design for future preclinical and clinical trials and the production of this in both countries for patient use.

More details from Prof. Chang's website

2016 Oct 7 - JDRF Canada awards $466,450 (USD) to Dr. Ahmad Haidar and his team at McGill University to improve the artificial pancreas system

JDRF and McGill University are pleased to announce research occurring to improve a platform designed to aid in glucose control for those living with type 1 diabetes. The artificial pancreas platform is a system of devices that closely mimics the glucose regulating function of a healthy pancreas. Dr. Ahmad Haidar was awarded $466,450 (USD) to study the effect of co-administering insulin with pramlintide (a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar) and its effect on improving the glycemic performance relative to the insulin-alone artificial pancreas.

You can read the full article at Med e-News

2016 Jun 8 - Particles that point to cancer - Dr. David Juncker's reasearch featured in McGill Mdicine Focus magazine

The first steps to better cancer treatment start with identifying the disease.

Over at the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre, Dr. David Juncker and his team are investigating cancer diagnostics and screening technologies in the Micro & Nano Bioengineering Lab.

One tool is a filtration technique to isolate cells that could be linked to cancer, based on size, but also based on molecular features. The initial work was done at the McGill Nanotools Microfab, a facility dedicated to developing micro- and nanotechnologies, says Juncker, a Canada Research Chair in Micro- and Nanobioengineering and Professor in Biomedical Engineering at McGill.

The microfabricated filters are engineered to catch circulating tumour cells, which could signal whether cancer has spread.

“The next step is to go to the clinic and try this setup with patient samples,” Juncker says.

Juncker’s lab is also developing microfluidics and microarrays, both of which are techniques using “lab-on-a chip” technologies that function like mini-laboratories, testing samples for particles that could point to cancer.

“What you need is to have technologies that are user-friendly and economically viable and also provide actionable information in the end,” Juncker says. “There’s still a big gap there.”

The goal is to use biomarker signatures with the new technologies in diagnostics for cancer patients. Using blood samples and microarrays—chips with dots that measure proteins—Juncker and his team are looking to identify breast cancer biomarkers, which are molecules released by tumours. These molecules are signs that cancer is present in the body.

For the full story see the Medicine Focus magazine.

2016 May 31 - Congratulations to BME graduates - Spring 2016 Convocation













2016 Apr 14 - BME welcomes Professor Ahmad Haidar

Lunch reception held on April 14 to welcome new BME recruit, Dr. Ahmad Haidar, to the position of Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track). Welcome Ahmad!


2016 Feb 18 - Professor David Juncker promotion to Full Professor

Congratulations to Prof. David Juncker upon his promotion to Full Professor. It is a well-deserved recognition!

Congratulations to Prof. David Juncker upon his promotion to Full Professor – Well deserved recognition!Professor Juncker earned his PhD from the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. He joined McGill in 2005. His research focus is on the miniaturization and integration in biology and medicine, which includes using micro- and nano-technology in the study of proteins, cells and tissues. He has developed a multipurpose fluidic probe, which can be used for making micro-arrays, manipulating single cells, and for the study of cell migration and diagnostics. He is an associate member of the Departments of Surgery, Medicine, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Bioengineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Details in McGill Reporter

2015 Oct 31 - Professor Thomas M.S. Chang receives Chinese-Canadian Legend award

Known as the “father of artificial cells”, Prof. Chang created the first artificial cell in the world in 1956, which brought forth many ground-breaking approaches in human health and other applications. Professor Emeritus in the departments of Physiology, Medicine and Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Artificial Cells and Organs Research Centre at McGill, to this day Prof. Chang continues his research and innovative work to better the future of humankind. He was awarded Officer of the Order of Canada and was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize. In 2011, Dr. Chang was voted the winner of the Greatest McGillian contest organized by the McGill Alumni Association for McGill’s 190th anniversary.

For the full story see the the Live 2015 of the Med-eNews.

Chinese-Canadian Legend: Presented by the Honorable Dr. Vivienne Poy, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Toronto

2015 Aug 28 - BME at the 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in Milano, Italy

Standing at the booth are Student Affairs Officer Pina Sorrini (3rd from left), Dept. Chair Robert Kearney (4th from left), and some attending BME students.

The new program Biological and Biomedical Engineering was being promoted at the IEEE EMBC conference.

2014 Dec 18 - Chair re-appointed. Professor Robert Kearney has been reappointed as Interim Chair for an additional two years, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Dr. Kearney has accepted this reappointment to provide some stability and continuity in this leadership role within the Department. The longer term also allows Dr. Kearney to continue his efforts in strengthening the relationship with Bioengineering with the ultimate goal of establishing a structure beneficial to both faculties and departments.

2014 Oct 29 - Pina Sorrini wins Principal's Award in the Managerial category

Photo: Rachel Schafts

“I wouldn’t trade my job for anything. I love it! I love helping students in any way I can. Even if sometimes it’s just as someone to listen to them when they need to talk.” - Pina Sorrini, Student Affairs Officer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

For the full story see the the November 18, 2014 issue of the McGill Reporter



2013 Feb 1NEW Graduate Program Director. Professor Louis Collins has been appointed Graduate Program Director.