Lab News

On August 9th, 2017 - Ryan Berthelot - member of the Bionano research team successfully defended his master's thesis. 

Ryan's thesis was titled 'Electrotaxis and Electrical Property Quantification of Pathogenic Bacteria Using Microfluidics and Nanoscale Imaging'. 

Ryan's successful defense exam was celebrated at the Brass Taps Pub on August 9th with lunch party. 

L to R: Ryan Berthelot, Amit Tah, Connor Ormbsy, John Buozis, Jack Mogus, Xuan Weng, Rohit Chand, Rahin Ahmed, Satish Tuteja, Meghan Fragis, Abdul Murayyan, Gordon Hayward, Suresh Neethirajan 

The Canadian Organic Grower – Canada’s Organic Farming and Gardening Magazine conducted and published an interview with Prof. Neethirajan in their summer magazine Summer 2017. The interview can be found here in the link.  The interview is titled ‘The Onion Comes of Age: Pizza Topper, Salad Zinger, and Cancer Fighter’.

University of Guelph’s professor Dr. Suresh Neethirajan has been elected as incoming president of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE). Dr. Neethirajan will take up the post of CSBE president-elect on August 9, 2017, followed by a one-year term as CSBE president beginning July 2018.

A registered Professional Engineer with the province of Ontario, Dr. Neethirajan has received several awards at the national and global level for research excellence. He is the 2015 Young Engineer of the Year recipient of Engineers Canada and the 2015 Young Engineering Achievement award winner by both the Canadian and the NABEC section of the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He also was the recipient of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellowship and the Alexander-von Humboldt fellowship of Germany in 2009.

Dr. Neethirajan’s research goals include development of biosensors and bioinstrumentation tools and techniques for solving problems in the agri-food and animal health systems using bionanotechnology approaches. Neethirajan has previously served as Vice-President (Technical) on the Society’s executive board and governing council and was chair of the Emerging Technologies Committee of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Neethirajan also currently serves as an Associate Editor for the CSBE’s flagship journal – the Canadian Journal of Biosystems Engineering.

As president, Neethirajan will act as the chief officer and official representative of CSBE. Founded in 1958, CSBE - the Canadian Society for Bioengineering seeks to advance and develop agricultural and biological engineering principles for the production of food, bio-products, animal health and bio-energy. With several thousand members and affiliated with over 20 Canadian Universities, the society holds workshops and meetings, as well as public information and education programs.


Bionanolab undergraduate researchers presented their research findings on August 4, 2017 at the Science Complex during the 2017 College of Engineering and Physical Science Poster Day.  Congratulations to Meghan Fragis for winning the first prize and the Best in School of Engineering Poster awards at this competition.  Along with Meghan, Connor Ormbsy, Jorge Olmos Cordero (Mitacs Globalink Student from Mexico) and Alan Wang also presented posters in this science fair showcase. Special thanks to Abdulmonem Murayyan, Rohit Chand, Satish Tuteja, Amit Tah and Xuan Weng for closely working with these outstanding undergraduate future scientists. 

Bionanolab has been winning the Best Poster Awards since 2012 at this competition.  Previous year's poster awards can be found here.


Meghan Fragis - 'Cytotoxic Activity and Anticancer Potential of Ontario Grown Onion Extracts Against Breast Cancer Cell Lines'

Jorge Olmos Cordero - 'Low Cost Paper Biosensor for Rapid Detection of Food Allergens'

Connor Ormbsy - 'BIDDS - Biomarker Infant Disease Detection from Sweat/Saliva'

Alan Wang - 'Development of Nano-Biosensor for the Rapid Detection of Johne's Disease'







On July 21, 2017 Friday - several of the bionanolab members retreated at Niagara Falls, Canada. The team enjoyed the maid of the mist boat ride followed by Lunch at Grand Buffet Fallsview Casino and Mistrider Ziplining.   Video Link 


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