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Dr. Zeinab Hosseini-Doust

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering

Targeted Drug Delivery, Alternative Antimicrobials, Bacteriophage Biotechnology, Bacterial Biofilms, Biohybrid Systems
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My research at McMaster will focus on developing multifunctional biohybrid materials and devices. Biohybrid systems utilize biological colloids (I focus on bacteria and bacteriophage) as functional building blocks, along with non-biological colloids/surfaces that provide structural support and aid in the functionality of the hybrid system. The aim of the biohybrid approach is to engineer function at colloidal scale, a task that despite the massive progress of nanotechnology has remained exclusive to biological systems. This is a budding field of research that seeks knowledge at the interface of microbiology, surface chemistry and material science and will lead to novel materials, systems and devices that tackle challenges in human health and pressing environmental issues. For more information, you can visit the Biohybrids Lab website:



  • PDF, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent systems, Germany, 2016
  • Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2013
  • B.Sc., Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2003

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Multiple MSc and PhD opportunities exist. Highly motivated students with background in engineering, sciences, or health sciences, interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.Sc. degree in one of the above-mentioned research areas are encouraged to contact me directly ( Please include a curriculum vitae and a brief statement of interests. Please see our website for a list of available projects.

Opportunities also exist for undergraduate students seeking to do research for credit (or just for fun).


I joined McMaster University in July 2016. I was previously a CIHR fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany, where I worked alongside computer scientists, engineers, chemists and biologists to design biohybrid micro/nano-robots for drug delivery. For my PhD thesis, I worked on designing of evolutionarily robust biohybrid/biointegrated systems with bacteriophages. Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria and have garnered significant attention as alternative antimicrobials. The generated know-how from my PhD research is fundamental to developing bacteriophage-based antimicrobials for tackling infectious disease.


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