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A University of Guelph biomedical engineering student is one of ten finalists for the prestigious 2016 Sunnybrook Research Prize, the second year in a row that a Guelph student has made the final round.

Robert Hunter will present his research on the use of biosensors for diagnosis, management and tracking of diabetes to a judging panel on Friday, Jan. 8.

The annual competition is intended to recognize excellence in undergraduate research and promote careers in biomedical research.

Last year, Guelph student Evan Wright made the contest finals. Both students worked in the BioNano Lab at U of G led by engineering professor Suresh Neethirajan. Lab researchers use nanoscale imaging tools and instruments to study biological systems.

Hunter used microscopic materials, including graphene oxide, to develop an inexpensive hand-held biosensor that rapidly detects diabetes in a user-friendly home test, said Neethirajan.

“It is different because it can distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes from the same droplet of blood,” he said.

“Participation in this competition will allow Robert to not only showcase his research skills gained at Guelph but also establish valuable contacts, which will benefit his career and connections with industry.”

Microfluidics: Rapid Diagnosis for Breast Cancer 

Satvinder Panesar  & Suresh Neethirajan

Nano-Micro Letters  DOI: 10.1007/s40820-015-0079-8


Breast cancer affected 1.7 million people worldwide in 2012 and accounts for approximately 23.3% of all cancers diagnosed in women. The disease is characterized by a genetic mutation, either inherited or resulting from environmental factors, that causes uncontrollable cellular growth of breast tissue or adjacent tissues. Current means of diagnosing this disease depend on the individual analyzing the results from bulky, highly technical, and expensive equipment that is not globally accessible. As a result, patients can go undiagnosed due to a lack of available equipment or be over-diagnosed due to human error. This review attempts to highlight current means of diagnosing breast cancer and critically analyze their effectiveness and usefulness in terms of patient survival. An alternative means based on microfluidics biomarker detection is then presented. This method can be considered as a primary screening tool for diagnosing breast cancer based on its robustness, high throughput, low energy requirements, and accessibility to the general public.

Congratulations to Robert Hunter for being selected as a finalist to present at the prestigious National level 2016 Sunny Brook Competition. Robert Hunter has been working as a CO-OP Research Intern in the bionanolab as of April 2015. Robert's presentation is titled 'Dual-Electrode Biosensors: Applications of Functionalized Graphene Oxide for Diagnosis, Management and Tracking of Diseases'.  Prize Money - 10,000 CAD $

The Sunnybrook Research Prize competition is open to undergraduates in the physical sciences and engineering disciplines who are in their third or fourth year of study at a Canadian university and have an interest in biomedical research.

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Last Year 2015 Evan Wright of our BioNano Lab also presented and participated in this national level competition. 


Congratulations to Robert Hunter, Adam Mungroo and Murugan Veerapandian for winning the 2016 Visual Challenge (pdf) Contest by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.  The BioNano Lab team has been winning this contest for the 5th consecutive year and clearly demonstrates research excellence. 

2016 - PDF

2015 - PDF

2013 and 2014 - PDF 

2012 - PDF 

2010 and 2011 - PDF 



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