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Welcome to the Micro and Nanobioengineering Group wikipage!
David Juncker, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair
Adjunct member of the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI)
Member of the McGill Institute of Advanced Materials (MIAM)
Member of the Centre for Biorecognition and Biosensors (CBB)
Associate Member of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
Our motivation and research
Micro and Nanotechnologies supported the integration, miniaturization, and large scale parallelization of microelectronics along with an exponential growth that has already lasted over 40 years and has come to be known as Moore’s law. This exponential growth has fueled the “digital revolution”. The power of miniaturization and parallelization, enabled by microtechnologies, has started to bear on the life sciences, and already revolutionized them, by means of DNA microarrays and high throughput DNA sequencers running millions of biochemical reactions in parallel, as opposed to a single reaction at a time just a few years ago.
We are designing and developing micro and nanobioengineering technologies – with a strong focus on microfluidic systems – and are using these technologies for miniaturizing and parallelizing the protein analysis (proteomics) and cell biology. We aspire to emulate the parallelization of DNA microarrays and sequencers,, and enable systematic, quantitative, and comprehensive approach for protein analysis and ultimately for cell biological experimentation. Systematic and quantitative biological experimentation will in turn help achieve full modeling of cells such as neurons and of diseases such as cancer as complex (biological) systems. These new approaches will transform biology into a predictive science and will help increase exponentially our understanding of the human brain and of cancerous diseases.
Inquiries and applications for graduate studies or Postdoctoral fellowships are welcome any time. Please see Openings for additional details.