Skip to main content


Saving lives, improving health and wellness and overall quality of life are key goals of biomedical engineers.

Health: Saving Lives

Saving lives, improving health and wellness and overall quality of life are key goals of biomedical engineers.

Innovative, leading-edge research is needed to do everything from detect disease to provide therapies to create better biomaterials.

Challenges: Improving drug delivery, lowering costs, improving quality of life for people with chronic diseases, creating healthy homes, communities designed for healthy living, better biomaterials

Health Heroes

Carlos Filipe, Chemical Engineering Professor
Sana Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Chemical Engineering

Cool Mint Technology

If this technology had a flavour, it would be cool mint.

Specializing in disease prevention, Chemical Engineering Professor Carlos Filipe and his research team are using the concept of a mint breath strip to test water for contaminants. While traditional methods take weeks for results, Filipe’s method takes minutes, and virtually anyone will be able to do it. Comparing the process to that of dropping sugar into a cup of coffee, the water tester (which comes in a pill form) is key to not only helping expedite this lengthy process, but also available to those in remote regions. Filipe and his team intend to apply the same principle to vaccines.

Learn how Carlos and Sana are making a difference Learn more about Carlos
Kathryn Grandfield, Assistant Professor Materials Science and Engineering

Kathryn Grandfield

When you receive a dental or an orthopaedic implant, you want it to last for life, but unfortunately that is not always the case.

Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Kathryn Grandfield and her group are researching the attachment of bone to biomaterials. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the 3D models they create of bone-biomaterial junctions in electron microscopes tell a full story about why certain materials fail. Grandfield and her team then apply this information to the design of new materials for bone applications that could show a better performance in the body.

Learn how Kathryn's making a difference
Todd Hoare, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Improving drug efficacy

“Smart” materials that respond in well-defined ways to changes in their environment aren’t science fiction – they are a reality driving research in the lab of Associate Todd Hoare.

Hoare engineers the chemistries and structures of smart hydrogels that can respond to multiple types of stimuli (including temperature, pH, light, magnetic fields, and particular chemicals) to design new drug delivery technologies that release their therapeutic only at the desired site of action and only at user-controlled doses, aiming to significantly reduce the side-effects and improve the efficacy of therapies for treating cancer, schitzophrenia, and ocular disease, among others.

Learn how Todd's making a difference Watch the view

Want to design better communities? #ThinkEngineering