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Dr. Boyang Zhang

Associate Chair (Graduate)

Department of Chemical Engineering

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering

Tissue engineering, biomaterials engineering, microfluidics, organ-on-a-chip engineering, advanced biofabrication, regenerative medicine, high-throughput drug screening
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The rising cost of healthcare driven by the increasing expenditures in drug discovery and clinical treatments has become a significant burden to our society while the outcomes of care have not improved. To reverse this trend, the healthcare industry demands innovative biotech solutions that will disrupt the existing methods of care. The field of tissue engineering emerged nearly two decades ago promises to offer human tissues on demand. Realizing this ambitious goal will fundamentally transform modern medicine and change the way we approach drug discovery and clinical treatments. To this end, we strive to develop advanced biofabrication techniques integrated with insights from developmental biology to build human micro-tissue models for predictive drug discovery and to construct functional macro-tissues for tissue regeneration in patients. In this pursuit, we strive to create an environment that will inspire the next generation of researchers and dreamers to solve big challenges in our world by fostering learning, passion, and collaboration. The BZhangLab is always seeking passionate scientists and engineers to join our team and to engage in multidisciplinary collaboration. In the quest to solve the biggest challenge in medicine, we understand "it takes a village to build an organ". We welcome you to embark on this exciting journey with us! 

Highly motivated graduate students who are interested in tissue engineering, microfluidics, organ-on-a-chip, and advanced biofabrication can visit our lab website ( and reach out to Dr. Boyang Zhang ( with your CV, transcript and a brief statement of interest.


  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellow – University of Toronto (2018)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry – University of Toronto (2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – Georgia Institute of Technology (2010)




Boyang Zhang, Miles Montgomery, M Dean Chamberlain, Shinichiro Ogawa, Anastasia Korolj, Aric Pahnke, Laura A Wells, Stéphane Massé, Jihye Kim, Lewis Reis, Abdul Momen, Sara S Nunes, Aaron R Wheeler, Kumaraswamy Nanthakumar, Gordon Keller, Michael V Sefton

Biodegradable scaffold with built-in vasculature for organ-on-a-chip engineering and direct surgical anastomosis

Nature materials

Sara S Nunes, Jason W Miklas, Jie Liu, Roozbeh Aschar-Sobbi, Yun Xiao, Boyang Zhang, Jiahua Jiang, Stéphane Massé, Mark Gagliardi, Anne Hsieh, Nimalan Thavandiran, Michael A Laflamme, Kumaraswamy Nanthakumar, Gil J Gross, Peter H Backx, Gordon Keller, Mil

Biowire: A platform for maturation of human pluripotent stem cell–derived cardiomyocytes

Nature methods

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  • Canadian Association of Graduate Studies Distinguished Dissertation Award in Engineering/Medical science (2017)                               
  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017-2018)
  • MedTech’s Rising Star (2016)                                                                                                                        
  • NSERC MATCH Innovation Award (2014)                                                                                                    
  • University of Toronto Inventor of the Year Award (2013)