Name & Contact Info Roles Research Areas
Shernaz Bamji


Associate Director, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
Associate Director of Research, SBME
Formation, remodelling, elimination of brain synaptic connections; formation/plasticity disruptions & brain function; normalizing cognitive and functional abilities
Ali Bashashati


Assistant Professor

Director of AI Research, BC Ovarian Cancer Program (OVCARE)

Machine learning, statistical & signal processing algorithms, software infrastructure for combined omics & imaging data sources; cancer treatment stratification.
Anna Blakney


Assistant Professor Optimization of molecular RNA design and formulation for enhanced protein expression and immune response in vivo.
Karen Cheung


Director, SBME Graduate Program & Associate Director, SBME
Diagnostic & therapeutic biomedical microsystems; dielectric spectroscopy for flow cytometry; implantable polymer-based microelectrode arrays; integrated cell culture systems.
Peter Cripton


Director pro tem, School of Biomedical Engineering
Biomechanics & prevention of spinal cord/column and brain injuries and hip fractures; cervical spine injury prevention in sports and transportation; helmet efficacy; helmet design.
Carl de Boer


Assistant Professor Genomic big data to decipher genome regulation; gene regulation and susceptibility to common complex inherited diseases; autoimmunity, heart disease.
Connie Eaves


Professor Normal and leukemic stem cell characterization & regulation; breast cancer; hematopoietic cells from human embryonic stem cells and iPSCs.
Kurt Haas


Professor Imaging of structural & functional plasticity in the developing brain; growth and formation of dysfunctional neural networks; autism, schizophrenia, epilepsy.
Negar Harandi


Assistant Professor of Teaching Theory and experiments involving instruments for general, orthopedic, cardiac, and minimally invasive surgery
Pamela Hoodless


Director, Terry Fox Laboratory BC Cancer
Stem cells & control of normal development and oncogenesis; heart and GI tract development; genome-wide gene expression analysis, transcription factor binding, histone modifications.
Myeong Jin Ju


Assistant Professor Optical imaging; signal processing algorithms; OCT-based angiography and polarimetry; in vivo ocular imaging; ophthalmology.
Tim Kieffer Govind Kaigala


Associate Professor

Associate Director of Research, SBME

Bioanalytical methods, microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip, liquid scanning probes, microscale assays, compartmentalization
Molecular diagnostics, pathology, multi-omic tumor profiling, tumor heterogeneity, personalized medicine
Tim Kieffer Tim Kieffer


Professor Development of novel gene and cell therapies for diabetes; physiological insulin replacement.
Calvin Kuo


Assistant Professor Musculoskeletal modeling of traumatic brain injury; parameter identification; wearable sensors in concussion biomechanics; Bayesian filter for high rate human motion measurements.
Zachary Laksman


Assistant Professor
Director Atrial Fibrillation Clinic & Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic, St. Paul’s Hospital
Genetic basis for diseases of the heart muscle, heart rhythm, sudden cardiac death; stem cell models; growing heart cells in vitro; personalized disease modeling and therapy.
Gabrielle Lam


Assistant Professor of Teaching

Co-Director pro tem, SBME Undergraduate Program

Tissue engineering, biomaterials and regenerative medicine; integrating experiential learning in course design; self-regulated and collaborative learning.
Megan Levings


Lead, Childhood Diseases, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Immune cell engineering; immune tolerance in transplantation and autoimmunity; regulatory immune cell therapy.
David Liu


Associate Professor Interventional radiology for oncology; non-invasive imaging; inferior vena cava filter management; advanced management of blood clots.
Francis Lynn


Associate Professor Islet beta cell formation from pancreatic stem or progenitor cells; cell-based prevention and reversion of beta cell deterioration and loss in diabetes.
Manu Madhav


Assistant Professor

Canada Research Chair in Neural Circuits of Cognition and Control

Algorithmic role of neural circuits in controlling behaviour; quantifying computational transformations effected by neural networks in higher-level cognitive brain regions.
Kelly McNagny


Professor Signaling networks; innate immune response; kidney function and cell-based therapies; transcriptional and signaling networks; surface molecules expressed by HSCs.
Ivan Robert Nabi


Director, Life Sciences Institute Imaging Facility
Cell biology of cancer; use of super-resolution microscopy to study cellular domains.
Robyn Newell


Assistant Professor of Teaching Biomechanics; Biomedical Engineering Design Projects; Integrating teaching strategies that include accessible, experiential, and student-driven learning
Calvin Roskelley


Professor Genes and genetic products involved in regulating tissue architecture in breast and ovarian carcinoma progression.
Fabio Rossi


Professor Cellular systems in muscle regeneration; microglia and macrophages in CNS pathology; epigenetic control of lineage choice and differentiation.
Tim Salcudean


Canada Research Chair (Intelligent Computer Interface Design)
C.A. Laszlo Chair (Biomedical Engineering)
Co-Director pro tem, SBME Undergraduate Program
Haptic interfaces, teleoperation and simulators, medical robotics, imaging and interfaces, optimization-based design
Dena Shahriari


Assistant Professor Smart biomaterials; neural interfaces; biosensors; tissue regeneration; organ augmentation.
Nika Shakiba


Assistant Professor Cell competition to reverse engineer stem cell systems and synthetic biology to forward engineer stem cell fitness; engineered stem cell therapies using synthetic biology.
Roger Tam


Associate Professor
Director, Engineers in Scrubs Program
Magnetic resonance imaging of neurological disorders; imaging biomarkers; machine learning; imaging artifacts in quantitative analysis; computational shape modeling; medical informatics.
Carolina Tropini


Assistant Professor Human gut microbiome; response of microbial communities to perturbations during disease; imaging, microfluidics, computational techniques; inflammatory bowel disease.
Michael Underhill


Professor Retinoic acid receptor-mediated signaling in chondrogenesis; skeletal development; transcriptional networks for therapeutic bone and cartilage formation; arthritis; osteoporosis.
Jenna Usprech


Assistant Professor of Teaching Curriculum design; incorporation of cellular & tissue engineering into undergraduate curriculum; teaching strategies to promote retention of material, critical thought, wellness.
Rizhi Wang


Canada Research Chair in Biomaterials
Biomaterials, biomechanics, biomimetics.
Nozomu Yachie


Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Synthetic Biology
Director of Research & Associate Director, SBME
Genome editing, cell engineering, mouse genetics, high-performance computing to trace molecular & cellular dynamics in high-resolution; DNA event recording; cell lineage tracing.
Vikramaditya Yadav


Associate Professor
Chair, Chemical Institute of Canada (Biotechnology Division)
Tissue engineering, synthetic biology, medical biotechnology, metabolic engineering, drug delivery, infectious disease pathogenesis and drug discovery.
Peter Zandstra


Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Bioengineering
Multi-scale modeling of complex biology; synthetic stem cells & regenerative medicine; synthetic niches to control stem cell fate; new therapies for blood diseases.

  Name & Contact Info Courses
Sharareh Bayat


BMEG 400M/591M - Topics in Biomedical Engineering
BMEG 320 - Bioengineering Feedback Systems and Controls
BMEG 557 - Statistical Methods for Evaluating Medical Technologies

Associate Members

Associate Membership in the School of Biomedical Engineering is an unofficial position given to a faculty member outside of the school when there is a need to have a formal arrangement to participate in teaching, research and service. This is not a joint appointment. To request membership please see here for more instructions: Associate Membership Application. Each application will be reviewed by the School’s leadership team.

Notes on Applying for Associate Membership

Term for associate membership is a maximum of 3 years. For renewal, a new application package must be submitted. It is expected that each member participate in at least one teaching and/or service activity (i.e. serve on a SBME committee, other than graduate supervisory committees). This activity must be clearly outline in the letter of intent.

Teaching and Committees

Teaching activities fall under our undergraduate and graduate curriculum umbrellas. Note that our students do take courses in other departments. SBME-specific courses are BMEG. They can be viewed here:

Our list of committees continues to expand as the school itself expands. Below is a list SBME committees:

  • Undergrad Curriculum Committee
  • Undergrad Admissions Committee
  • Graduate Program Scholarship/Awards Committee
  • Graduate Program Policy Committee
  • MEng Admissions Committee
  • PhD Rotation Committee
  • Research Awards Committee
  • Research Advisory Committee
  • Faculty Mentorship Committee
  • REDI Committee


Current Members:

  Name & Contact Info Primary Affiliation Roles Research Areas
Purang Abolmaesumi


Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor
Canada Research Chair, Tier II (Biomedical Engineering)
Biomedical Engineering with emphasis on computer-assisted surgery, image-guided therapy and medical image analysis.
Mattia Bacca


Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Mechanics of functional materials, such as gecko-inspired adhesives, high toughness elastomers, hydrogels, and nanostructured metal alloys.
Mark Cembrowski


Cellular & Physiological Sciences Assistant Professor Anxiety, Big data, Bioinformatics, Cell types, Computation, CRISPR-Cas9, Fear, Genetics, Modeling, Neural circuits, Neuroscience, Neuroscience of memory, PTSD, RNAseq.
Mu Chiao


Mechanical Engineering Professor Micro-energy sources, protein-MEMS interaction, MEMS-based photonic devices, design, fabrication and packing of MEMS for biological applications.
Edward Conway


Medicine Professor
Canada Research Chair (Endothelial Cell Biology)
Molecular links between coagulation and innate immunity; tumor endothelial marker CD248.
Agnes d'Entremont


Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor of Teaching Adaptive control, predictive control, control of distributed parameters systems, advanced process control, applications of wavelet analysis, biomedical applications of control.
Guy Dumont


Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Orthopaedic biomechanics; human joint kinematics; magnetic resonance imaging of the musculoskeletal system; pediatric orthopedics.
Leah Edelstein-Keshet


Mathematics Professor Mathematics-based study of autoimmune diseases and Alzheimer’s disease.
Sid Fels


Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Human computer interaction, human 3D biomechanical modeling, speech synthesis, medical applications of modeling, computer vision, interactive arts and music.
Thalia Field


Medicine Associate Professor Clinical trial process improvement, participant recruitment and retention, resource optimization, outcomes selection; telemedicine for remote recruitment and assessment; artificial intelligence to enhance clinical trial efficiency.
Rafeef Garbi


Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Visual computing in biomedical imaging; computational techniques for efficient, reproducible, accurate and robust analysis of structural and functional multi-dimensional biomedical data.
Dana Grecov


Mechanical Engineering Professor Liquid crystals and nanomaterials; cellulose nanocrystals; biofluid mechanics; non-Newtonian fluid mechanics; computational fluid dynamics; rheology and tribology.
Matthias Gӧrges


Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, & Therapeutics Associate Professor (Partner) Patient monitoring alarms, medical displays, decision support systems, mobile health applications, and data integration/communication platforms.
Ilker Hacihaliloglu


Radiology Assistant Professor Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, ultrasound imaging, image-guided surgery, computer-aided diagnostics, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, traumatic brain injury, brain health, chronic disease, liver and lung disease, endometriosis.
Jane Hill


Chemical & Biological Engineering Professor Metabolomics, transcriptomics, diagnostics, infectious disease, tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis, mass spectrometry, chromatography, MEMS.
Antony Hodgson


Mechanical Engineering Professor Computer-assisted orthopedic surgery; real-time 3D ultrasound imaging; mini-robotic devices and simulations for surgical accuracy & efficiency; human eye model for sensorimotor studies.
Aly Karsan


Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Professor Myeloid malignancies, myelodysplastic syndromes, hematopoietic system development, toll-like receptor (TLR) pathways, Notch signaling pathway.
Jay Kizhakkedathu


Pathology Professor Macromolecular iron sequesters, anticoagulant antidotes, universal blood donor cells, cell-based therapeutic carriers, antithrombotic/antimicrobial surfaces, proteomics.
Tim Lee


Dermatology and Skin Science Associate Professor Early detection of skin cancer, epidemiologic research on skin cancer, artificial intelligence for analysis of skin lesion images, hand-held diagnostic imaging devices.
Sabrina Leslie


Physics & Astronomy Associate Professor DNA, RNA and protein interactions and dynamics; therapeutic oligonucleotides; nano-characterization and analytics; DNA super-structure; polymers under confinement.
Hongshen Ma


Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Microfabrication, microfluidics, instrumentation, product development, data analytics and visualization; development of new technologies for cell sorting, cell deformability, chemotaxis, single cell sequencing, and image cytometry; application of technologies to evaluate blood quality, test immune cell function, personalize cancer therapies, and expedite antimalarial drug development.
John Madden


Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Artificial muscle and application to medical devices, photosynthetic photovoltaics, super-capacitors, batteries, sensors, carbon nanotube devices.
Freda Miller


Michael Smith Laboratories & Medical Genetics Professor
Canada Research Chair, Developmental Neurobiology
Neural stem cells; neurotrophin regulation of neuronal survival; growth and connectivity; p53 family in the nervous system; molecular regulation of neurogenesis.
Tim Murphy


Psychiatry Professor Structure-function of brain circuits in relation to stroke; CNS synaptic plasticity/physiology mesoscale level; automated mouse brain imaging and brain stimulation.
Santa Ono


Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Professor The immune system, eye inflammation and age-related macular degeneration
Josef Penninger


Medical Genetics Professor
Canada 150 Chair (Functional Genetics)
Genetic editing; human iPS cell models of disease; organoid cultures; blood vessel engineering; T cell biology; glycoproteomics in cancer; haploid stem cells.
James Piret


Chemical & Biological Engineering Professor Biochemical and biomedical engineering, bioreactor, bioprocess, fed-batch, perfusion, hollow fibre, hybridoma, CHO, hematopoietic cells.
Eitan Prisman


Otolaryngology Clinical Associate Professor Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Microvascular Facial Plastic Reconstruction, Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery, Endocrine surgery, Airway Reconstruction, Salivary Gland Malignancy, Cutaneous Malignancy
Arman Rahmim


Radiology Professor Improved cancer diagnosis, prognosis & radiotherapy by quantifying how radiopharmaceuticals, a combination of drugs & radioactive isotopes, precisely target cancer cells, in both imaging and therapy applications; machine learning; radiomics; theranostics.
Lynn Raymond


Psychiatry Professor
Louise A. Brown Chair, Neuroscience
Synaptic function in Huntington disease; NMDA-type glutamate receptor and calcium homeostasis in synaptic function; mouse models & automated assessment.
Robert Rohling


Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor New acquisition techniques for 2D and 3D ultrasound, medical image processing, medical image guidance systems, and navigating very large medical image datasets. Applications in diagnostics, anesthesia, surgery, and radiation therapy.
Peyman Servati


Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Low-cost and flexible photovoltaic (PV) devices, Flexible electronics, Semiconductor nanowires (NWs), Nanostructured electronic films, Nanostructure growth and synthesis, Nanocomposite electronics.
Babak Shadgan


Orthopaedics Assistant Professor Biophotonics to study tissue processes, including blood and oxygen supplies, in the clinic; continuous monitoring of spinal cord hemodynamics and oxygenation in acute spinal cord injury; implantable NIRS sensors; sports injury prevention.
Vesna Sossi


Physics and Astronomy Professor Algorithm and instrumentation development; multi-modal imaging analysis in Parkinson’s disease, neurodegeneration; PET/MRI in discovering new markers for brain energetics and interactions between hemodynamic and metabolic networks.
Kenichi Takahata


Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor
Canada Research Chair (Advanced Micro/Nanofabrication and MEMS)
Micro/nanofabrication; micromachined sensors and actuators; medical MEMS; nanotechnology; microplasma control; wireless drug delivery chips; smart stents.
Shuo Tang


Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Biophotonics, biomedical optics, optical tissue imaging instrumentation, optical coherence tomography, multiphoton microscopy
Mike Van der Loos


Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Development of mechatronic exercise systems for movement therapy and diagnostic technologies for improved sleep quality; research into human-robot interaction, the neurophysiology of standing balance and the field of roboethics.
Fidel Vila-Rodriguez


Psychiatry Assistant Professor Clinical applications of Non-Invasive Neurostimulation Therapies (NINETs); neurobiology of psychiatric disorders
Konrad Walus


Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Nanoelectronic devices and circuits, quantum-dot cellular automata, single-electron transistors, quantum mechanical simulations.
Jane Z. Wang


Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Statistical signal processing for information security, biomedical imaging, genomic and wireless communications; model-based genomic/proteomic signal processing for cancer classification/prediction, modeling of genetic regulatory networks by incorporating genomic data sources, identification of cell-cycle related genes.
Alexander Weber


Pediatrics Assistant Professor Non-invasive imaging for brain to study health and disease; MRI; insults, injuries and diseases of the brain; multimodal imaging techniques.
Cheryl Wellington


Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Professor Genetic and environmental risk factors for dementia; apolipoprotein E (apoE) metabolism; history of traumatic brain injury (TBI); cerebrovascular dysfunction.
David Wilson


Orthopaedics Professor Hip, knee and spine mechanics; causes and treatments of osteoarthritis; medical imaging and medical image processing; orthopaedic sports medicine.
Lyndia Wu


Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Sensing and data analytics to study biomechanics; brain injury or concussion biomechanics; sensing, modeling, and machine learning; sleep biomechanics.

  Name & Contact Info Other Affiliation Roles
Anthony Chan


Biomedical Engineering, School of Health Sciences:
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Program Head

Faculty Member

Adjunct Professor, SBME

Bruno Jaggi


Simon Fraser University Adjunct Professor

Engineering Advisor, LivSpek Medical Technologies Inc

Dan Kirouac


Notch Therapeutics Adjunct Professor

Director, Systems Biology, Notch Therapeutics

Glen F. Tibbits


Simon Fraser University Professor

Tier I Canada Research Chair,
Molecular Cardiac Physiology

James A. McEwen


Western Clinical Engineering Ltd.

MDDC Medical Device Development Centre

Sirius Genomics Inc.

Adjunct Professor

President, Western Clinical Engineering Ltd.

Treasurer, MDDC Medical Device Development Centre

Chair, Sirius Genomics Board of Directors

Pierre Lane


Simon Fraser University

BC Cancer Research Center

Affiliate Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University

Senior Scientist, BC Cancer Research Center

Robert Judson


Stemcell Technologies Senior Scientist
Stephanie Willerth


University of Victoria Professor

Canada Research Chair, Biomedical Engineering

Acting Director, Centre for Biomedical Research (University of Victoria)