The Department is pleased to congratulate Dr. Leyla Soleymani who has just been awarded the Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence. This award is given for research leading to new understanding and novel developments in microsystems and related technologies. She accepted the award at a ceremony in Ottawa in October.
Leyla Soleymani received the B.Eng. degree from McGill University, the M.Sc. degree from University of Southern California, and the Ph.D. degree from University of Toronto. Throughout her research career, Soleymani has taken a multi-disciplinary approach in combining innovations in physics, electrical engineering, materials science, and biochemistry for solving problems in healthcare. She is currently an assistant professor at McMaster University, with research interests in areas of biosensing and nanofabrication. More specifically, she is interested developing in-vivo and in-vitro diagnostic platforms for early disease detection, modeling nano- and micro-scale sensors, fabricating hierarchical and hybrid materials using chemical deposition methods with nanometer resolution, and studying materials growth using in-situ techniques.
Development of fully integrated cellular sensors
The advances in genomics and proteomics have led to the identification of pathogen and disease biomarkers. We are interested in bringing these advances to the patient’s bedside through the development of point-of-care diagnostic platforms. The work in our laboratory is focused on the design and fabrication of fully integrated cellular sensors for point-of-care applications. These devices integrate sample purification, cellular lysis and genetic analysis on a single microchip for diagnosis of cancers and infectious diseases.
Integration of nanomaterials into microsystems
We are developing new methods for combining top-down microfabrication techniques used in microelectronics with bottom-up nanofabrication techniques including electrodeposition, electroless deposition and self-assembly to construct highly controllable hierarchical materials. Particularly, we integrate and pattern nanostructured polymeric and metallic materials within silicon technology for biosensing, photovoltaic, and fuel cell applications.
We are involved in the development and implementation of finite element methods (FEM) for models involving diffusion of biomolecules and their capture by three-dimensional sensors and transducers. We are using these models to develop and optimize biosensing platforms with size, sensitivity and speed suitable for clinical applications.