Welcome to the Biological and Biomedical Engineering (BBME) Program!
The BBME interfaculty graduate program involves the Department of Bioengineering in the Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. The joint program builds on the excellence and high standard of quality of its predecessor graduate program in Biomedical Engineering through a restructuring of the program into a broader, interdisciplinary and structurally interfaculty program, accommodating more extensive areas of research and training.
Showcasing research in our labs
MRI methods in cancer
The Levesque group develops quantitative imaging methods in the fight against cancer. The goal is to map tumour structure and metabolism to provide optimal treatment targeting information.
Dr. Li's lab takes multidisciplinary approaches of mechanics, chemistry and biomimetics to design and engineer novel soft biomaterials with unprecedented properties for cellular engineering, and tissue repair and regeneration.
Mechanics of the middle ear
Dr. Funnell's lab studies the mechanics of hearing. They use computational modelling, in close collaboration with state-of-the-art experimental and clinical measurements, to arrive at a quantitative understanding that will guide diagnostic and surgical practice.
Viral vectors and vaccine bioprocessing
Dr. Kamen's lab is solving key scientific and engineering questions at different scales: molecular, cellular, and bioreactor; with a multi-dimensional bioengineering approach to achieve the development and implementation of fully integrated processes for viral vector and vaccine productions.
Using anatomically realistic networks derived from diffusion weighted imaging (DWI), Dr. Misic's lab develops analytic and computational models of communication, diffusion and spreading. they use these models to characterize how communication processes unfold on structural brain networks and to individual differences in cognitive performance.
Dr. Xia’s lab uses multi-scale models of biomolecular machines and networks to probe their design principles in health and disease. They use 3D structural models of proteins and protein-protein interactions to investigate their evolutionary design principles.
Bone replacement implants with mechanical biocompatibility
Dr. Pasini's expertise lies in solid mechanics, structural optimization, and fabrication of architected materials. Some of these materials, often named mechanical metamaterials, exhibit extreme mechanical properties, at times beyond those of existing solids.
Dr. Ehrlicher's lab specializes in biological mechanics and how biological systems are able to convert chemical energy into controlled active forces; as these forces move cells and also change their mechanical properties.
Biocomputation, biosimulation and biological algorithms
Dr. Nicolau’s lab uses microfluidic devices to study information storage and processing in biological systems, from the biomolecular to the cellular level.
Nanobioengineering and lab-on-a-chip
Dr. Juncker's lab specializes in the miniaturization and integration in biology and medicine, which includes
the engineering and utilization of novel micro and nanotechnologies for manipulating, stimulating and studying oligonucleotides, proteins, cells, and tissues.
Advanced magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) data acquisition
Dr. Near uses functional MRI during optogenetic stimulation of GABAergic neurons in the medial septum of the mouse brain. Localized proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy for measurements of neurochemical concentrations in the human brain.