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


25th Jan        Ruby gave a talk at the Seminar Series hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Biology and the Molecular Science Graduate Program at Ryerson University. Lots of exciting research on biofilms, surfaces and interfaces, and host-pathogen interactions are happening at Ryerson U!

8th Jan        The lab welcomes two undergraduate specialists from the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology program of UTSC,  Nawrah Khader and  Jonathan Burnie. Know more about Nawrah and Jonathan here.

Welcome 2018!!!

7th Dec          The lab was awarded the UTSC VPR Research Competitiveness Fund!

7th Dec          Ruby gave a talk at the Analytical Chemistry Seminar at the St. George campus.  

15th Nov        The lab welcomes its first undergraduate thesis student, Muhammad Khan! Know more about Muhammad... 

12th Oct         The lab received matching funds from the Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science (MRIS)―Ontario Research Fund (ORF)!

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!

21st July         Noula Pitsiniaga joins the lab as a volunteer, welcome! Know more about Noula... 

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

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.                                         

12th Apr          The lab was awarded an NSERC Discovery Grant for the proposed work on "Molecular Forces in       Microbial Biofilms"!

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!!!