• 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!