News & Events

The Department bids farewell to Student Affairs Administrator, Andy Catalano, and welcomes Aimée Jabour into the role. (November 2018)

Figure 4B from first article. Fluorescence micrographs of entire substrates after hybridization. From top to bottom, these substrates are plain glass, Nexterion E, Nexterion HiSens E, micro-pillars/ on Si, micro-wells/on Si, micro-pillars/on Pt and micro-wells/on Pt

Professor Dan Nicolau and his lab have recently had 2 papers published online. The first, Fluorescence Interference Contrast-enabled structures improve the microarrays performance, was published in Elsevier’s Biosensors and Bioelectronics journal. The second, Something has to give: scaling combinatorial computing by biological agents exploring physical networks encoding NP-complete problems, can be found in Interface Focus through The Royal Society’s publishing. (October 2018)

Cover page of the Biomedical Engineering Society's program. It includes information about the conference with peaches as the background.

The Department of Bioengineering will be exhibiting at the Biomedical Engineering Society’s 50th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia from October 17 – 21, 2018. Swing by booth #319 to meet McGill University’s Bioengineering crew! (October 2018)

Cover of the journal Small (Volume 14, Number 25)

Professor Sara Mahshid’s Paper, Pathogenic Bacteria Detection: A Hierarchal 3D Nanostructured Microfluidic Device for Sensitive Detection of Pathogenic Bacteria, is on the frontispiece of the journal Small (Small 35/2018). The paper was first published on August 29th, 2018 (DOI: 10.1002/smll.201870159). (August 2018)

Head shot of Professor Adam Hendricks

Professor Adam Hendricks is one of 53 research groups at McGill who have been awarded CIHR Project Grants over 5 years. Prof. Hendricks’ project is titled Regulation of microtubule motors in organelle transport. (August 2018)

(L to R) Picture of Aimee, Andy and Antonella by a tree on campus

The Department of Bioengineering is proud to be the first department at McGill to gain silver certification by the Office of Sustainability’s Sustainable Workplace Certification. The program is part of McGill’s Vision 2020 Climate & Sustainability Action Plan, which aims to improve the university’s environmental and socio-economic impact. If you’d like to get involved and make a difference on campus, check out the Office of Sustainability’s website. (July 2018)

Schematic illustration of an integrated fluidic device for selective capture and analysis of bacteria.

McGill’s Newsroom recently interviewed Prof. Sara Mahshid on her new device which can rapidly detect bacterial infections. Read more on the recent work by Prof. Mahshid and graduate students, Mahsa Jalali and Tamer AbdelFatah, in their paper, A Hierarchical 3D Nanostructured Microfluidic Device for Sensitive Detection of Pathogenic Bacteria, which was published in the journal Small. (July 2018)

Prof. J. Matt Kinsella and members of his lab have been featured in a video article in the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). Their article, Bioprintable Alginate/Gelatin Hydrogel 3D In Vitro Model Systems Induce Cell Spheroid Formation, can also be read on their website. (July 2018)

Picture of the McGill Flag on the Arts Building

We are pleased to announce that three of our professors have been promoted by McGill’s Board of Governors this summer. Professor Allen Ehrlicher and Professor J. Matt Kinsella have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, and Professor Yu (Brandon) Xia to the rank of Full Professor. Congratulations! (July 2018)

Engineering conferences international logo

Professor Amine A. Kamen will be co-chairning the upcoming Vaccine Technology VII conference presented by Engineering Conferences International (ECI). This year, the conference will take place at Mont-Tremblant from June 17 - 22. (June 2018)

Canada Research Chair insignia

We are proud to announce that Prof. Allen Ehrlicher is one of nine McGill scholars who has been named a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Active Biological Mechanics. (May 2018)

McGill Aluma, Marika Roy, and Department Chair, Professor Dan Nicolau

On April 23, 2018, the Department celebrated the grand opening of their new office space located in MC 350. A special thank you to our distinguished guest, McGill alumna Marika Roy, whose contribution established the Department of Bioengineering. (April 2018)

Schematic diagram showing the model geometry with electrodes, inlet/outlet, insulator and channel  wall; ( b ) surface map showing the normalized electrical field strength for the applied voltage of 2  V; ( c )  simulation showing the accumulation of molecules due to the negative DEP field. The surface map of electric  field gradient (grey) is superimposed with particle (yellow) accumulation and ( d ) fluorescent image showing  DNA concentration of  λ -Phage DNA with application of DEP force

Professor Sara Mahshid’s paper, Transverse dielectrophoretic-based DNA nanoscale confinement, was recently published in the journal Scientific Reports. (April 2018)

Program cover page for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Biomaterials

Tao Jiang, a third year Ph.D. student in Prof. Matt Kinsella’s lab, presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Biomaterials in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out the program for details on his talk: “lginate/Gelatin as a Bioprinting Ink to Tailor Tumor Spheroid Formation.” (April 2018)

Aimee Jabour, Andy Catalano and Antonella Fratino from the Department of Bioengineering holding plants for our bronze certification poster

The Department of Bioengineering is proud to announce it has been awarded bronze by The Sustainable Workplace Certification Program. It is the first unit in the Faculty of Engineering and one of the first units at McGill to be participating in the program, as part of Vision 2020 Climate & Sustainability Action Plan. If you want to learn more about how you can get involved, visit the Office of Sustainability’s website. (April 2018)  

Professor Matt Kinsella presented “Bioprinting Tumor Models with Mechanically and Biochemically Tunable Bioinks that Mimic the Native Tumor Microenvironment” at Select Biosciences fourth annual BioEngineering 2018 conference in Boston, Massachusetts. (March 2018)

Computation by Natural Systems event - The Royal Society

Professor Dan Nicolau was invited to speak at The Royal Society’s Computation by Natural Systems scientific meeting in Buckinghamshire, England. You can listen to Prof. Nicolau’s talk, “Computing with Motile Biological Agents Exploring Networks,” here. (March 2018)

Super-resolution images (color corresponds to position in z) demonstrating differences between organization, distribution, and morphology of actin filaments/bundles in the cytoplasm of amniotic mesenchymal stem cells extracted from the male versus female fetuses.

Congratulations to Pooja Pushparaj, Master’s student in Prof. Kinsella’s lab, on being a co-first author on the article entitled “Effect of Cell Sex on Uptake of Nanoparticles: The Overlooked Factor at the Nanobio Interface” published in ACS NANO Publications. This is a collaborative project between McGill’s BBME program, Stanford University, and Harvard Medical School, investigating how cells from male or female patients interact with nanoparticles differently. (March 2018)

Dan Nicolau presenting the Prizmatix Young Investigator Award to one of the two students

Professors Dan Nicolau and Sebastian Wacshmann-Hogiu attended the SPIE Photonics West 2018 conference in San Francisco from January 27 - February 1. Nicolau - who also chaired the event - presented the Prizmatix Young Investigator Award to two young scientists for the work they presented at SPIE Nanoscale Imaging, Sensing, and Actuation for Biomedical Applications XIV. (February 2018)

In this figure, the MT cytoskeleton is shown in a living cell (pre-extraction) and after the extraction treatment (post-extraction), using SiR-tubulin (Spirochrome).

Two papers from Prof. Adam Hendricks' group have recently been published online: Acetylated Microtubules Are Preferentially Bundled Leading to Enhanced Kinesin-1 Motility, and Tau directs intracellular trafficking by regulating the forces exerted by kinesin and dynein teams. Linda Balabanian, co-author of the first paper, has kindly written a summary which can be read here. (February 2018)

Dr. Kyriaki Kostoglou, first Ph.D. student to graduate under the Department of Bioengineering’s supervision

Congratulations to Dr. Kyriaki Kostoglou, first Ph.D. student to graduate under the Department of Bioengineering’s supervision! Learn about her experiences at McGill and her advice to potential graduate students below. (January 2018)

Jaqueline Kort Mascort and Salvador Flores Torres in front of the BMES conference center

What's it like to present at a conference?  We caught up with two of our students to find out. (October 2017)

Headshot of Dr. Sara Mashid

Professor Sara Mahshid joined the Department of Bioengineering. We had a quick interview with Professor Mahshid to get to know her better.  (August 2017)

The Faculty of Engineering was granted the McGill’s 2017 Team Award for Equity and Community Building for its initiatives in creating a more equitable and inclusive environment. Equity Ambassadors Andy Catalano and Antonella Fratino proudly joined Dean Jim Nicell, Associate Dean Fabrice Labeau, and fellow Engineering Equity Ambassadors in receiving the award. (May 2017)

Tao Jiang and Abdullah Chaudhary

And the winter 2017 GREAT Award recipients are... Tao Jiang and Abdullah Chaudhary. Congratulations! We caught up with Tao and Abdullah to ask them about their research interests in the field of bioengineering. (February 2017)

Headshot of Dr. Sebastian Wachsmann Hogiu

Professor Sebastian Wachsmann Hogiu joined the Department of Bioengineering. (January 2017)

LAPRESSE LOGO

Department Chair, Prof. Dan Nicolau, discusses the growing industry demands for bioengineers in La Presse. (November 2016)

Cover page of the BMES 2016 program

The Department was proud to exhibit again this year at the Biomedical Engineering Society's Annual Meeting (BMES) (October 5-8) in Minneapolis, MN. (October 2016)

It was our pleasure to meet our first cohort of undergraduate students at our orientation session on August 31st! (August 2016)

We are thrilled to announce that the proposed undergraduate program in Bioengineering (B.Eng.) has been approved by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur du Québec. The Department would like to extend thanks and gratitude to everyone who helped make this possible, and to the interested students who have been following our progress. Our first cohort will enroll in Fall 2016. For more information, please visit our Undergraduate Studies page. (July 2016)

Prof. Matt Kinsella is featured in Medicine Focus for his research involving non-invasive cancer detection. You can read more about his use of nanoparticles to track tumors in "The Future of Medicine is Very Small." (June 2016)

The Department of Bioengineering proudly participated in the 10th World Biomaterials Congress (May 17-22) and the Canada-Wide Science Fair (May 18-20). (May 2016)

Prof. Matt Kinsella and his student research group

We are please to announce that three abstracts from Prof. Matt Kinsella's research group have been published online: Bioprinting heterogeneous 3D tumor models, Multimodal theranostic polymersomes composed of hybrid inorganic nanoparticles and Mechanochemical synthesis of bismuth sulfide nanoparticles for their use as contrast probes in computed tomography imaging. These topics will be presented by the group at the upcoming World Biomaterials Congress (WBC) in Montreal (May 17-22). (April 2016)

Strands of proteins of different lengths move around the chip in the bio computer in directed patterns, a bit like cars and trucks navigating the streets of a city. Photo by Till Korten

Prof. Dan Nicolau is featured on CBC News for the development of an energy-efficient biological supercomputer. This biocomputer, which has the ability so solve multiple, complex mathematical problems simultaneously, is only the size of a book. Read more about his findings in his article, Parallel computation with molecular-motor-propelled agents in nanofabricated networks, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). (February 2016)

Figure from article showing comparative functional profiling of alternative isoforms

Prof. Yu (Brandon) Xia's co-authored article, Widespread Expansion of Protein Interaction Capabilities by Alternative Splicing, was showcased in McGill News. (February 2016)

Canada Research Chair Insignia

We are proud to announce that Prof. Yu (Brandon) Xia was awarded a Canada Research Chair Tier I in Computational and Systems Biology. Read more about the 25 McGill researchers awarded the CRC in The McGill Reporter. (February 2016)

Canada Research Chair Insignia

We proudly announce Prof. Amine Kamen as Canada Research Chair Tier I in Bioprocessing of Viral Vaccines. (November 2015)

On October 1st, the Department of Bioengineering welcomed colleagues from McGill, neighboring universities, and industry to its first annual Lab Open House. Guests were given personal tours of state-of-the-art facilities and were offered a glimpse at the kind of research conducted on site. (October 2015)

Rosalie Nardelli and Prof. Matt Kinsella standing at the McGill Bioengineering booth at the Biomedical Engineering Society conference

The Department of Bioengineering exhibited at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida from October 7-10. (October 2015)

Students discussing with Prof. Adam Hendricks

Bioengineering hosted its first annual Undergraduate Lunch where students from across from the Faculty of Engineering and beyond had the chance to meet the Department's professors and learn about its latest course offerings over pizza. (September 2015)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) logo

We are proud to announce that Prof. Allen Ehrlicher is the recipient of a new foundation grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for his project, "Cellular mechanotransduction in the actin cytoskeleton." The funding is awarded to high-impact, long-term programs. (July 2015)

Beatrice and Brandon at their farewell breakfast

The Department bids farewell to Brandon Bray, Administrative Coordinator, and welcomes Beatrice Lego's newest family member, baby Petra. (June 2015)

The Department welcomes Ms. Rosalie Nardelli as Student Affairs Administrator and Ms. Audrey Ferlatte as interim Lab Manager - Research Assistant. (June 2015)

Illustration of the binding interaction between WT (Upper) and K255E (Lower) ACTN4 with actin filaments. Principle actin binding domains are depicted in blue, with the third putative site in yellow. The K255E mutation removes the bridge (green top) allowing the third putative actin binding domain (yellow) to be exposed, which increases the cross-linker affinity for actin.

Professor Allen Ehrlicher's article, Alpha-actinin binding kinetics modulate cellular dynamics and force generation, was published in the in the Journal PNAS. 
Commentary on above article by W.Ahmed and T.Betz: Dynamic cross-links tune the solid-fluid behavior of living cells. (May 2015)

Figure from article: Representative random network under increasing stretch.

Professor Allen Ehrlicher's article, Structurally Governed Cell Mechanotransduction through Multiscale Modeling, was published in the in the Journal Scientific Reports. (February 2015)

Figure from article: Released proplatelets can elongate, pause, and retract. Representative time-lapse differential interference contrast microscopy: released proplatelets in static tissue culture elongate, pause, and retract over time. Scale bar is 10 µm. Red arrows indicate proplatelet tips.

Professor Allen Ehrlicher's article, Microtubule sliding drives proplatelet elongation and is dependent on cytoplasmic dynein, was published in the in the Journal Blood. (January 2015)

Beatrice Lego

Dr. Beatrice Lego joins the Department as Research Associate - Lab Manager at our UQAM facilities. (December 2014)

Cover page of the BMES program

The Department of Bioengineering will be exhibiting at the Biomedical Engineering Society's Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas from October 22-25. (October 2014)

Cover of 2015 program

Department Chair, Dan Nicolau, will be chairing the upcoming BiOS 2015 Symposium. (August 2014)

Professor Allen Ehrlicher's article, Platelet Bioreactor on a Chip, was published in the Journal Blood. (July 2014)

Figure showing fungi going through a maze

Professor Dan Nicolau was an invited speaker at the International Workshop on Micro-and Nanomachines in Hannover, Germany where he presented his talk: From Molecular Motors to Fungal Intelligence. (July 2014)

Professor and Chair Dan Nicolau

Bioengineering Chair, Dan V. Nicolau, is featured in the winter 2014 publication of the Dean's Report. (July 2014)

Headshot of Dr. Adam Hendricks

Professor Adam Hendricks joined the Department of Bioengineering. (January 2014)

Headshot of Dr. Amine Kamen

Professor Amine Kamen joined the Department of Bioengineering. (January 2014)

Headshot of Dr. Georgios Mitsis

Professor Georgios Mitsis joined the Department of Bioengineering. (January 2014)

The Department of Bioengineering's Antonella Fratino and Professor Allen Ehrlicher were present at McGill's Open House along with Engineering student volunteers Mohammad Attari, Martin Ahrens, Derek Burrows, Matthew Mayers and David Villegas Gonzalez. (October 2013)

Image from Dr. Allen Erlicher's research on the cover of the Biophysical Journal (October 2013)

Professor Allen Ehrlicher's article, The Role of Vimentin Intermediate Filaments in Cortical and Cytoplasmic Mechanics, was featured on the cover of Biophysical Journal. (October 2013)

Picture of Dr. Matt Kinsella and Antonella Fratino at the McGill Bioengineering Booth at BMES 2013

The Department of Bioengineering was one of only three Canadian universities exhibiting at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA from September 26-29. Professors Dan Nicolau and Matt Kinsella both presented papers at the conference. (September 2013)

Fogure from article: visualizing structural variation in the Rossmann fold

Professor Brandon Xia's article, Consequences of Domain Insertion on Sequence-Structure Divergence in a Superfold, is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) in July 2013. (September 2013)

Headshot of Dr. Yu (Brandon) Xia

Professor Brandon Xia joined the Department of Bioengineering. (September 2013)

Headshot of Dr. Allen Ehrlicher

Professor Allen Ehrlicher joined the Department of Bioengineering. (August 2013)

Headshot of Dr. Dan Nicolau

Professor Dan Nicolau was appointed Chair of the Department of Bioengineering. (January 2013)

Professor Joseph Matt Kinsella joins the Department of Bioengineering. (August 2012)