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5 Bionic Devices Improving Lives Today

5 Bionic Devices Improving Lives Today

Bionic devices restore or augment the capabilities of human beings. In recent years we have seen many of these devices enter the market, including advanced prosthetic limbs, orthotic devices, wearables and assistive products like exoskeletons. To better understand the landscape of bionic products, we have made a short list of the most interesting recent developments […]

Printing of Single Cells

Printing of Single Cells

Eric Cheng is a PhD candidate from the BioMEMS lab supervised by Dr. Karen Cheung, working on improving the single cell-printing outcome from piezoelectric inkjet devices. Using state-of-the-art techniques such as high-speed microscopy and micro-PIV, investigations into the motion of living cells during inkjet actuation revealed an undesirable phenomenon which may interfere with the cell-encapsulation […]

3D Bio-Printing Neural Tissue

3D Bio-Printing Neural Tissue

Laura de la Vega is a PhD candidate at the Willerth lab at the University of Victoria. Her research in biomedical engineering focuses on neural tissue engineering using biomaterials, stem cells, and drug delivery systems. The aim of her thesis is to bio-print human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) along with drug-delivery systems to generate […]

The Next Generation of Bionic Devices

The Next Generation of Bionic Devices

Inspired by the iconic scene of Luke Skywalker receiving an artificial hand in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, UBC is focusing on the future of bionics and the next generation of bio-integrated devices. Led by electrical and computer engineering professor Dr. John Madden, the newly-formed Bionics Network connects over two dozen principal investigators at UBC, […]

3D Printing Humans: A Quick Review of 3D Bioprinters

3D Printing Humans: A Quick Review of 3D Bioprinters

It was only a matter of time before the iconic scene from 1997’s The Fifth Element became a reality. In the film Milla Jovovich’s character, Leeloo, is entirely rebuilt using her dead hand as a template. The resurrection is performed by a surgical robot that collects slices of heterogeneous tissue, generated from a yellow bio-ink, […]

Nylon-Based Artificial Muscle Fibres

Nylon-Based Artificial Muscle Fibres

Xu Fan and Kieran Morton are third year Engineering undergraduates working in John Madden’s Molecular Mechatronics Lab. Their research focuses on artificial muscle development and application, particularly in the area of biomedical engineering. The nylon-based artificial muscles used by the duo can produce a high tensile stress and large stroke relative to their size. However, […]

Pressure Detection Device

Pressure Detection Device

Justin Wyss is a graduate research assistant in John Madden’s Molecular Mechatronics Lab. His research focuses on flexible electronics and smart materials and their biomedical applications. Justin is developing a prevention device for pressure ulcers (a.k.a. bedsores or decubitus ulcers), which are one of the most expensive preventable secondary complications for patients with spinal cord […]

Transparent Sensor Array

Transparent Sensor Array

Lead researcher, Mirza Saquib Sarwar, recently published findings on a new sensor technology developed in John Madden’s Molecular Mechatronics Lab. The sensor is a transparent and flexible touch sensor that uses readily available and low cost polymer materials and is able to detect a light touch and even the proximity of a finger. The sensor […]

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