We study bacterial adhesion at the single-cell (L) and single-molecule (R) levels.

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 Disruption of Biofilms

9th May          Congratulations to Keuna for receiving the MITACS Globalink Research Award for a research visit to Prof. Leonie Barner’s lab at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia!

1st May          Congratulations to Meera and Daniel for being awarded an NSERC-USRA!

13th April          Along with co-PI Mo Mojahedi of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, the lab received funding from XSeed: Expanding Our Research Impact through Inter-Disciplinary Collaboration.

3rd April           Successful NSERC-RTI (Research Tools and Instruments) together with the labs of Profs. Terebiznik, Harrison, and Vanlerberghe of the Department of Biological Sciences at UTSC.

Welcome 2019!!!

20th Sept Welcome and congratulations to Dr. Christian Kreis! Christian is our new Feodor Lynen Research Fellow (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany).

10th July          Congratulations to Alexa for being awarded the Ontario Graduate Scholarship!!!

30th May          Kudos to Daniel for being the recipient of the DPES Excellence and Leadership Award in Chemistry! This award is to recognize undergraduates who demonstrate both academic excellence and leadership within the Department. See more about Daniel on page 9 of the DPES Digest Newsletter.

27th April          Congratulations to Alexa for winning 1st prize in the IGRAD Conference! Way to go on your debut poster on bacterial rigidity sensing! See Alexa in action here...

26th April          Ruby received a Connaught New Researcher Award!

25th April          Congratulations to Daniel and Sri for being awarded an NSERC-USRA!

16th April           Together with the labs of Profs. Kerman, Kraatz, and Zhang (collectively known as the Biological Chemistry Cluster), the lab was awarded an NSERC-RTI (Research Tools and Instruments)!

12th April           Congratulations to Sri for winning the TD Undergraduate Research Opportunity Fellowship!

4th March          Brody placed 3rd in Best Poster at the 46th SOUCC (Southern Ontario Undergraduate Chemistry Conference) held at Wilfrid Laurier University. Congratulations Brody!

Welcome 2018!!!

The lab is grateful for these funding...