Research Highlights

Hollow Microneedle Array for Painless Injections

Professor Boris Stoeber, co-founder of UBC spin-off Microdermics, and his team have developed a hollow metal microneedle injection system, a painless alternative for delivering vaccinations and therapeutics, and monitoring drugs in the bloodstream. Their product could one day replace costly, invasive hypodermic needles and improve patient comfort. The array of hollow metal microneedles barely penetrates […]

Controlled Drug Delivery Using Magnetic Implant

Ali Shademani and Hongbin Zhang, graudate students in Professor Mu Chiao’s lab at UBC, have developed a magnetic implant that offers controlled delivery of a drug to an internal target site. The device, a silicone sponge with magnetic iron oxide particles and a polymer layer, measures just six millimetres in diameter. A drug can be […]

Smart Stent Technology for Clinical Application

The Takahata Lab, led by Professor Kenichi Takahata at UBC, has developed a clinically viable “smart” stent that can wirelessly transmit real-time blood flow information to an external receiver. The technology, which requires no battery or active circuitry to function, may enable patients with stents to receive more timely treatment for a common, potentially fatal […]

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]