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Research - Biophysical Communication Engineering (BioPhysComm) Lab


Summary: We work on biophysical signal propagation, cellular signal processing, and molecular communication engineering.

We're interested in the signalling cues that drive the behaviour of living cells and other microscale processes. Our long-term objective is to use communications and signal processing tools to improve the understanding of biophysical processes and how to interact with them at a microscopic level.

As examples, we're interested in answers to the following questions:

  • Could we disrupt signalling between cells? This could be used to prevent a biofilm from forming or a cancerous tumour from developing.
  • Could we support a diseased system to maintain signal integrity and prevent degeneration?
  • Could we safely add a network of nanorobots to a body without disrupting natural signalling processes?

Ultimately, we hope that this research can be coupled with advancements in nanotechnology to aid in the advancement of medical treatments and other applications that rely on the release and detection of molecules.

Our underlying research lens is communications engineering. We look at molecular communication as an inter-disciplinary domain at the intersection of communications theory, physical chemistry, and biology. Progress in this field can improve our understanding of biological processes while also enabling the design and deployment of novel communication networks in biological and fluid environments. Novel systems based on molecular communication could advance applications such as targeted drug delivery, distributed environmental monitoring, and lab-on-a-chip systems.

You can refer to our contributions on the Publications page.

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