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Leyla Soleymani, Associate Professor, Engineering Physics

Disease detective Leyla Soleymani builds sensors that make finding disease faster, easier and more accurate.

One in 10 women worldwide has endometriosis, a condition where the tissue that usually lines the inside of the uterus grows elsewhere in the body, causing pain, internal scarring and adhesions, and, in some cases, infertility. The disease can be devastating – and yet, because it can only be diagnosed through a surgical procedure, it takes an average of seven to nine years to get a confirmed diagnosis.

Leyla Soleymani, associate professor in the department of Engineering Physics and the School of Biomedical Engineering, wants to change that by making endometriosis detection as easy as checking blood glucose, which only requires a pinprick’s worth of blood.

Soleymani and her team, including colleagues in McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences, have already seen success in creating a handheld, solar-powered device for diagnosing tuberculosis quickly using a saliva sample, and are currently also working on developing a more accurate diagnostic test for prostate cancer.