Research in our group lies at the interface of mechano-microbiology and materials-biosystems interactions. We use a multifaceted and integrative approach to quantify, and elucidate the molecular mechanism behind the mechanical forces that stabilize the initial stages of bacterial biofilm formation on different materials. Initial efforts in the Mechano-microbiology Lab will focus on the early stages of biofilm development―first contact with the surface and microcolony formation. Below are the key research themes that we are working on (see our Research Page for more details):

  • Molecular forces in Bacterial Biofilms―at the single-molecule and single-cell levels
  • Bacterial Rigidity Sensing
  • Structure and Nanomechanics of Bacterial Biofilms
  • Targeted Delivery of Anti-biofilm Agents


15th Sept          The lab welcomes its very first graduate student member, Alexa Zayadi! Know more about Alexa... 

Group lunch―Summer 2017
L-R: Brody, Alexis, Sri, Eric, Ruby, Daniel...with tiramisu, gelato, and crème brûlée!


31st Aug          Group lunch at FratellisThanks to this bunch of dynamic undergraduates for kick-starting the lab's
research program!

15th Aug          Lab's infrastructure grant from CFI-John R. Evans Leaders Fund in UTSC news!

3rd Jun            Ruby gave a talk, "Bacterial Attraction", at the Chemistry Alumni Spring 2017 Reunion at St. George

11th May          Kudos to Eric for being awarded the NanoNet Undergraduate Student Enhancement Award! 

8th May           Ruby gave a talk in the Matrix Dynamics Group seminar series of the Faculty of Dentistry (UofT). Lots of                              exciting research synergies between the Matrix Dynamics group and the Mechano-microbiology Lab!   

1st May             Daniel Lysak joins the group for the summer as a recipient of the NSERC Undergraduate Student
                          Research Award (USRA)! Congratulations and welcome!                                         

1st May             Brody Chen starts his Summer Research in the group. Brody is a recipient of the
                          University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA)-awarded to only two students in the Sciences in UTSC.
                          Congratulations and welcome!                                    

12th Apr           Say what? Bacterial Attraction? Check out this great article by journalist Patchen Barss for a nice
                         overview of the research we do.                                         

3rd Mar            Ruby gave a talk in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Concordia University.  

6th Feb            Alexis Ty joins the lab, welcome!  

23rd Jan          Sri Nowduri and Ajitha Kananathalingam join the lab, welcome!  

16th Jan           How we got interested with bacterial biofilms is summarized here. (article by Mandy Koroniak)

2nd Jan           The lab welcomes its very first member, Eric Lentz! Know more about Eric...     

2017 Jan          Welcome to Mechano-microbiology Lab! Happy New Year and Happy New Lab!!!