We program DNA to create nanoscale devices that help us manipulate and dissect biological systems
(Image courtesy of Dr. Rasmus Sorensen)
Our lab is located at the University of Toronto, in the heart of the city, within walking distance to the MaRS innovation centre and the University Hospitals
Our DNA-powered gene networks are being used to build portable molecular computers and operating systems
We work at the interface of chemistry, biology, engineering, and computer science
Are you curious, driven, passionate, and innovative?
11-01 A review paper on interfacing DNA nanotechnology with the immune system by Eric, Wendy, and Travis was accepted for publication in Advanced Healthcare Materials. Congrats team!
10-22 Eric passed his PhD qualifier. Congrats Eric!
09-08 Meghan and Shana joins the lab as Direct-Entry PhD students. Welcome Meghan and Shana!
08-28 We bid goodbye to Hossen and Jason, our two summer students. Good luck with the new semester
08-26 Lab BBQ at Hanlan’s Point, Toronto Center Islands. Check out the only photo we managed to take here! (And big thanks Jason for organizing!)
07-22 Wendy was awarded a PRiME Postdoctoral Fellowship. Congrats Wendy!
07-08 The lab receives the Connaught New Researcher Award!
07-01 Wendy joins the lab as a postdoc. Welcome Wendy!
06-29 Eric was awarded the Paul STARITA Graduate Student Fellowships from the Faculty of Medicine. Congrats Eric!
04-01 Eric was awarded a CIHR CGS-M award. Congrats Eric!
02-26 First lab social of the year, it’s going to be virtual drinks & games night!
01-08 Ian joins the lab as a MITACS Accelerate funded Postdoc. Welcome Ian!
11-01 Congrats to Travis and Ryan both for passing their PhD qualifiers in flying colors.
09-14 After 16 months of waiting (!), our brand-new lab space is finally operational. Check out a photo here!
08-26 The lab has been approved for CFI funding. See news article here
08-25 Just got approval to move into our newly renovated lab space! Photos to follow. Stay tuned!
08-23 Sachin Davis joins the lab as MASc student. Welcome Sachin!
08-21 Eric Tseng joins the lab as direct-entry PhD student. Welcome Eric!
07-29 The lab was awarded a MbD New Ideas grant to explore RNA transfer in stem cell transplants in collaboration with the Weaver, Lefebvre, and Shoichet labs!
05-20 The lab was awarded an NSERC Alliance COVID-19 Grant to develop diagnostic tools for SARS-CoV-2 detection
05-09 Ariel, Justin and Jianbang joins us for “virtual” summer research internships. They will be working with Ryan on computational nucleic acid design for molecular computing and FISHing. Welcome all!
04-27 The lab just received approval for our first NSERC Discovery Grant!
04-17 The lab joins the Task Force launched by PRiME to help combat COVID-19. Read about what the task force plans to do here
04-01 The lab is 1 of 31 labs funded by UofT’s COVID-19 Action Initiative. We will be using this fund to develop better tools for SARS-CoV-2 detection.
11-28 Our application for a CFI-JELF fund has been approved! This fund will support the purchase of major equipment for our lab
11-04 The lab is now part of UofT’s Precision Medicine (PRiME) initiative. Looking forward to being part of the community
11-01 Construction for our new lab space has finally started after >6 months of planning (>1 yr on the admin side). Can’t wait for the grand opening next year!
10-01 Leo’s paper on nucleic-acid programmable in vitro synthetic gene circuits is now published on ACS Synthetic Biology
08-30 Stuti is a recipient of this year’s Milligan Graduate Scholarship in IBBME, congrats Stuti!
08-01 Welcome Stuti, Travis, Abdulmateen, and Ryan (aka team S.T.A.R.) to the lab!
07-01 The beta version of the lab website is now live!
05-31 The lab has been awarded an Xseed grant for collaborative work with the Treanor lab to study B cell response to 3D antigen arrays!
05-11 Leo visits McMaster University to give a BIMR symposium lecture. Thanks to the Soleymani lab for hosting
04-02 The lab has been awarded the inaugural New Frontiers Research Fund - Exploration grant from the Tri-Council (1 of 10 labs at the University of Toronto, and 1 of 158 in Canada) . We will be using the fund to build molecular computers for portable diagnostics. Thanks Canada!
03-26 Leo discusses the integration of DNA nanotech with synthetic biology at the MbD synbio discussion group
03-18 The lab has been awarded the 2019 MbD New Ideas award (1 of 9 labs). We will be working with the Treanor lab to build DNA devices to elucidate B cell signaling for vaccine and regenerative medicine applications
01-07 Leo joins the IBBME Faculty!