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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.

Leading the charge is the School of Biomedical Engineering with focuses in three key areas of research:

Biomaterials and Devices

  • Growth/regeneration of cells, tissues, and organs
  • Biomaterials, implantable devices, and sensors for various applications

Imaging, Sensing, and Detection

  • Development and application of imaging technologies for cell, tissue, organ and brain diagnostics and therapies

Therapeutics

  • Novel drug & delivery advancements
  • Biodegradable polymers
  • Tissue engineering
  • Release of signalling molecules

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.

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Cheryl Quenneville

Cheryl Quenneville

Associate Chair, Undergraduate

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Qiyin Fang

Qiyin Fang

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Biophotonics

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Todd Hoare

Todd Hoare

Professor

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Dr. Tohid Didar

Assistant Professor

Biomedical devices; Bio-sensing; Microfluidics; Bio-functional Interfaces, Bio-hybrid micro/nano-robots

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Dr. Elizabeth Hassan

Assistant Professor

Engineering education; Multivariate statistics; Biomechanics

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Dr. Colin McDonald

Associate Director
Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences

Engineering Education; Interdisciplinarity; Biomechanics; Musculoskeletal Imaging

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Dr. Zahra Motamed

Assistant Professor

Medical devices, Medical imaging; Diagnostic, Intervention-predictive and intervention-optimization tools

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Dr. Ishwar K. Puri

Professor

Transport Phenomena; Heat Transfer, Energy Storage; Fluid Mechanics; Self Assembly & Nanostructure Synthesis; Combustion & Pollutant Airborne Emissions; Mathematical Biology; Bioinspired Computational Biology

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Dr. P. Ravi Selvaganapathy

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Biomicrofluidics

Micro/Nanofabrication; Bioprinting; Biomedical Microdevices; Microelectromechanical Systems; Microfluidics; Medical and Environmental Sensors; Smart Textiles; Biomaterials; Artificial Organs

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Dr. Gregory R. Wohl

Associate Professor

Biomechanics

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McMaster Engineering professor wins Young Innovator Award

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March 8, 2016 /  Department News

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June 26, 2013 /  Department News

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March 21, 2013 /  Department News

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November 22, 2012 /  Department News

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Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence

March 1, 2012 /  Department News

Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence

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April 12, 2012 /  Department News

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