It goes without saying that the Department of Bioengineering is immensely proud of its first undergraduate cohort and their graduating students. We hope that you take your perseverance, ambition, and enthusiasm wherever life carries you. Félicitations, parabéns, congratulazioni, felicitari, selamat bertuang, CONGRATULATIONS to you all!! (June 2020)
We are proud to announce that Prof. Amine Kamen’s group will be one of 47 research teams across Canada to receive government funding towards COVID-19 research. On March 6th, we welcomed Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board, for a tour of Prof. Kamen’s lab.
Read more here. (March 2020)
Our very own Dr. Dan V. Nicolau was recently appointed as the Editor in Chief (EiC) of Transactions on NanoBioscience (TNB). Read more about IEEE's EiC and the transactions in Nanobioscience here (December 2019).
Dr. Xia and his lab published an article on Nature Communications titled "Estimating dispensable content in the human interactome". Read the article here.
Dr. Nicolau published an article on PNAS titled Intracellular mechanisms of fungal space searching in microenvironments.
His team's research involved using time-lapse live-cell imaging of Neurospora crassa in microfluidic environments to show how constraining geometries determine the intracellular processes responsible for fungal growth.
Read more about his paper here (September 2019).
Dr. Matt Kinsella recently published a new article on IOP Science titled "Engineering bioprintable alginate/gelatin composite hydrogels with tunable mechanical and cell adhesive properties to modulate tumor spheroid growth kinetics".
Dr. Sara Mahshid was recognized by the New Frontiers in Research Fund's Exploration Grants: " [...} with this substantial inaugural investment, thirteen of McGill’s outstanding early career researchers have the opportunity to build unique partnerships across scientific disciplines, open new areas of inquiry and undertake potentially field-defining work.” Martha Crago, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation
Graduate student Jaqueline Kort Mascourt was awarded a second place prize for her recent poster presentation at the annual Canadian Biomaterials Society meeting in Quebec City (May 2019).
Dr. Sara Mahshid's research, titled "Apta-Nanosurface Fluidic Assay for Specific and Rapid Detection of Parasites via a Labelfree Electrical Readout", was one of the sixteen recipients of the new seed fund grant offered by the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4). (April 2019)
Tao Jiang, a doctoral graduate of the Kinsella lab, and fellow labmates have recently published a review article in Applied Physics Reviews covering the physical mechanisms controlling extrusion bioprinting and development of bioprinted tissue models. The article has been selected by the editor as a featured article and will be showcased in an upcoming special issue of APR focused on the physical and chemical mechanisms of bioprinting.
Jacqueline Kort-Mascort, a doctoral student in the Kinsella lab, has co-authored a paper with colleagues and collaborators from the Faculty of Dentistry including lead author Alaa Mansour and Prof. Simon Tran and Prof. Faleh Tamimi in the journal Acta Biomaterialia. The team extracted extracellular matrix components from bone as an extract that was shown to modulate the immune response of bioceramics and enhance bone regeneration in vivo. Jackie helped develop a gel that would enable sustained localized release of the extracts at the site of insult.
Dr. Sebastian Wachsmann-Hogiu recently published an article with his lab members Sara Kheireddine, Ayyappasamy Sudalaiyadum Perumal, and Zachary J. Smith, along with chair and professor Dr. Dan V. Nicolau. Their article, "Dual-phone illumination-imaging system for high resolution and large field of view multi-modal microscopy", was published in the journal Lab on a Chip, and presents the first time a system comprised of two mobile phones, one for illumination and the other for microscopy, as a portable, user-friendly, and cost-effective microscopy platform for a wide range of applications. (February 2019)
Professors Dan Nicolau and Sebastian Wacshmann-Hogiu attended the SPIE Photonics West 2019 conference in San Francisco from February 3rd - February 6th. Dr. Nicolau - who also chaired the event - presented the Prizmatix Young Investigator Award to the best paper at the conference. (February 2019).
The Department welcomes Luisa Seidl as Administrative Coordinator. (January 2019)
The Department bids farewell to Student Affairs Administrator, Andy Catalano, and welcomes Aimée Jabour into the role. (November 2018)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Dr. Horia Roman joins the Department as Research Assistant (Undergraduate Labs). (July 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)
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)
It was our pleasure to meet our first cohort of undergraduate students at our orientation session on August 31st! (August 2016)
Andy Catalano joins the Department of Bioengineering as Student Affairs Administrator. (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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)