Faculty

Xinyu Liu, PhD, P.Eng.

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip technologies; micro and nano biosensors; bioMEMS; robotics and automation at the micro and nanoscales; point-of-care diagnostics; environmental pollution testing; C. elegans biology; and large-scale gene screening.

Email: xyliu@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-0558 | Office: MC312

Research Areas

  1. Biomedical Engineering
  2. Robotics, Mechatronics and Instrumentation
  3. Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering

Biosketch

Xinyu Liu is an Associate 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 (tier II) 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.

Xinyu’s research interests are at the interfaces of microfluidics, bioMEMS (bio-microelectromechanical systems), and robotics. His research group is developing integrated micro/nanodevices and systems to target a variety of exciting applications in biology, medicine, and environment. Applications of their recent technologies include point-of-care diagnostics, large-scale gene screening, neural basis of behaviour, high-throughput drug screening, and environmental pollution monitoring.

He received the 2012 Rising Star in Global Health Award from Grand Challenge Canada, the 2012 Douglas R. Colton Metal for Research Excellence from CMC Microsystems, the 2013 Award of Excellence for Basic Science Research from the McGill Surgery Department, the 2017 Christophe Pierre Award for Research Excellence (Early Career) from McGill Faculty of Engineering, and seven Best Paper Awards at major engineering and biomedical conferences.

Xinyu is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters, and the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. He also served on editorial boards of the three major international conferences (ICRA, IROS, and CASE) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), and serves on the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at the Small Scales (MARSS).
Lidan You, PhD, P.Eng., FCSME

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Muscular skeletal biomechanics; bone cell mechanobiology; bone tissue engineering; bone modelling and remodelling; advanced microfluidics system for bone cell mechanotransduction study; osteoporosis prevention and treatment; and bone regeneration.

Laboratory: Cellular Biomechanics Laboratory (CBL)

Email: youlidan@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-5736 | Office: MC316

Research Areas

  1. Biomedical Engineering

Biosketch

Lidan You is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto with cross-appointments in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (MIE) and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME). She received her PhD degree in mechanical engineering from the City University of New York in 2002. Dr. You continued her postdoc training at Stanford University before she joined the University of Toronto as a faculty member in 2006.

Dr. You received the Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation in 2009 and the Duggan Medal from Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (CSME) in 2011. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, and a member of the Orthopedics Research Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research.

Dr. You is the director of Cellular Biomechanics Laboratory at U of T. Her research is focused on solving biomechanical questions in muscular skeletal system at the cellular level. In specific, her team is working on the anti-resorptive effect of mechanical loading on bone tissue; pressure effect on bone cell mechanotransduction; osteogenic potential of high frequency low magnitude vibration on bone adaptation; angiogenesis involvement in initiation of bone resorption under disuse condition; the advanced microfluidic system for bone cell mechanotransduction study; the role of focal adhesion assembly in cell mechanosensitivity using micropatterned surface; and the development of advanced artificial bone matrix by employing novel microfabrication technologies.