Biomedical Engineering

Alex Czekanski, P.Eng, PhD, MBA

Associate Professor and NSERC/Quanser Chair in Engineering Design for Innovation

Dr. Alex Czekanski is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Canada NSERC Chair in Design Engineering and founding Director of York Centre for Automotive Research, York University. Prior to his academic position, he was Engineering Manager of Advanced Engineering Analyses and Materials in Magna Mechatronics, a tier-one automotive global part supplier. He also holds an MBA and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching. Presently, he is a Senior Vice-President of CSME and Past President of CEEA. He is a Fellow of CSME, and CEEA.

Dr. Czekanski has extensive industrial and managerial expertise in automotive and consulting engineering. Dr. Czekanski has been the recipient of several awards including the Lassonde Innovation Award – Established Researcher, the Faculty Excellence in Graduate Mentorship Award, the Faculty Educator of the Year and the President’s University Wide Teaching Award.


The focus of IDEA Lab (Integrated Design and Engineering Analysis) is on computational and experimental solid mechanics, multi-scale modelling, shape and topology optimization, additive manufacturing, bioprinting and design educational engineering research. See Dr. Czekanski’s personal website for the list of his publications and other research outputs (

Research Keywords: Computational solid mechanics, Experimental solid mechanics, Additive Manufacturing, Bioprinting, Soft and super-soft Materials, Design Engineering Education

Integrated Design and Engineering Analysis (IDEA Lab):


Office: BRG 435D

Solomon Boakye-Yiadom, PhD, P.Eng

Associate Professor

Pouya Rezai, PhD, P.Eng

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director

Dr. Pouya Rezai is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, a Professional Engineer in Ontario, and the director of the Advanced Center for Microfluidic Technology and Engineering. He obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University in 2012. He is the founding Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Director at the Lassonde School of Engineering. Dr. Rezai is a recipient of the Early Researcher Award, the CSME IW Smith Award, and the Early Researcher Lassonde Innovation Award. He is the Editor of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering bulletin and an editorial board member of Nanotechnology for Environmental Engineering Journal.


Dr. Pouya Rezai’s interdisciplinary research interest is in multi-phase flows within microfluidic and Lab-on-Chip (LoC) devices. At a fundamental level, it aims to understand the interactions between biological and physical nano- and micro-particles and various fluids in biomimetic microsystems. The generated knowledge and expertise are used at the applied level to develop point-of-care and LoC devices for disease studies and drug discovery, and point-of-need sensors for health-and-safety monitoring applications such as pathogen and pollutant detection in air, water, food, and/or human body fluids. See Dr. Rezai’s personal website for the list of his publications and other research outputs.

Research Keywords: Microfluidics, Lab on a Chip, Point of Care Diagnostics, Point of Need Detection, Health and Safety Monitoring

Laboratory: Advanced Center for Micro-fluidic Technology and Engineering (ACµTE)


Office: BRG 433B

Phone: +1-4167362100-44703

Terry Sachlos

Terry Sachlos, PhD

Associate Professor

Laboratory: Stem Cell Engineering


Office: Bergeron 437D

Nima Tabatabaei, PhD

Associate Professor


The focus of HBO Lab is on the design and development of thermal and optical imaging technologies and devices with applications in medical diagnosis and screening. Optics-based medical devices are of particular interest to us due to their intrinsic ability of revealing malignancies in their early stages. The early diagnosis of diseases improves the effectiveness of treatments, promotes prevention rather than medical intervention, and is probably the only approach for us to win the war on cancer.

One of the major challenges in optical imaging of endogenous tissue contrast is the poor specificity due to background signals from the healthy tissue. The HBO Lab’s vision is to overcome this shortcoming by separating excitation and detection channels (i.e, Hybrid methods). In this scenario, crosstalk between the channels takes place by energy conversion at malignant sites that are sensitive to the excitation.

Laboratory: Hybrid Biomedical Optics Lab


Office: Bergeron 437E