Xinyu Liu


Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Percy Edward Hart Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Tel: 416-946-0558
Office: MC312
Research Group: Microfluidics and BioMEMS Lab

Research Areas


Research Interests

Microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip technologies; biosensors; bio-microelectromechanical systems (bioMEMS); point-of-care diagnostics; robotics and automation at the micro and nanoscales; soft robotics; flexible/stretchable sensors and electronics


Xinyu Liu is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, he was an Associate Professor and the Canada Research Chair in Microfluidics and BioMEMS in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University. He obtained his B.Eng. and M.Eng. from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2002 and 2004, respectively, and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2009, all in Mechanical Engineering. He then completed an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University in 2009–2011.

Prof. Liu’s research interests are at the interfaces of microfluidics and robotics. His research group is developing integrated micro/nano devices and systems to target a variety of exciting applications in biology, medicine, and environment. Applications of their recent technologies include point-of-care diagnostics, environmental monitoring, large-scale gene editing, and wearable and implantable sensing, and robotic rehabilitation.

His achievements have been recognized through several awards and honours, including: the elected Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA); Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC Fellow), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME Fellow), and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME Fellow); Canada Research Chair in Microfluidics and BioMEMS; the Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence; the Percy Edward Hart Professorship from the University of Toronto; the Christophe Pierre Award for Research Excellence from McGill University; and the Star in Global Health Award from Grand Challenge Canada. His publications have also been recognized by the Outstanding Article Award from Materials Horizons (IF: 15.7), the Highly Cited Article Award from Microsystems & Nanoengineering (IF: 8.0), and eight Best Paper Awards at major engineering (IEEE & ASME) and biomedical (ASRM & CFAS) conferences.

Prof. Liu serves as the Corresponding Chair of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society (IEEE-RAS) Technical Committee of Micro/Nano Robotics and Automation, and the Chair of IEEE-RAS Technical Committee Cluster on Health and Medical Robotics. He was a General Co-Chair of the International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS 2022), the Awards Chair of MARSS 2017, and the Program Co-Chair of the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Real-Time Computing and Robotics. He has also served on the organizing/program committees of another 12 international conferences in IEEE and ASME. As a Senior Editor of IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters and Microsystems & Nanoengineering, he plays a key role on the senior editorial teams of the two influential journals. In 2021, he was appointed Specialty Chief Editor by Frontiers in Robotics and AI and initiated the new section of Nano and Microrobotics in the journal.

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