Ryerson University is the largest primarily undergraduate university in Canada, with approximately 700 full time faculty members, 21 000 undergraduate and 700 graduate students.  Offering more than 80 degree programs, which include 18 graduate degrees, Ryerson’s growing research activities have a strong applied focus.

Main research areas are:

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomaterials
  • Bioprocessing
  • Imaging
  • Signal Processing
  • Medical Physics
  • Trace and Minor Metal Analysis
  • X-Ray Fluourescence
  • Metabolic Modelling
  • Lasers in Medicine and Biomedi
  • Radiation Therapy and Dose Rat
  • Ultrasound Imaging and Therape
  • Molecular Sciences
  • Analytical Biochemistry
  • Biofilms
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Protein Biochemistry

Ryerson University, Faculty of Engeneering, Architecture and Sience


The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science is developing specializations at the undergraduate and graduate level in Bioengineering. A multidisciplinary initiative involving engineering (Chemical, Electrical and Computer, and Mechanical Engineering) and science (Chemistry and Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics) departments forms the basis of unique collaborations in bioengineering.  Research includes research in signal processing in the development of new medical devices, biomedical physics, advances in human factors research, imaging, bioinformatics, bioprocess engineering,  biosensors, biomechanics and biomaterials, and computational modeling within medical device engineering.

Medical Physics

Research in medical physics focuses on the rapid development of innovative techniques for disease detection, imaging and treatment and for the improved understanding of disease etiology and progression.Concentrated in the Department of Physics faculty are engaged in the development of science and applications of the new technologies that can advance Canada to the forefront of the biomedical technology sector, and to educate the future scientists and clinicians who will use these new systems. The Department is home to the Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Applications of Ultrasound. Other research areas include the development of minimally invasive thermal therapeutics, in vivo measurement of strontium and other trace elements in human bone and tissue using X-ray fluourescence, treatment of tumors using intensity modulated radiating therapy, and computational modeling for improving cancer treatment methods.

Molecular Sciences

Faculty in the Departments of Chemistry and Biology, Physics, Nutrition, and Chemical Engineering contribute to research and graduate studies in molecular sciences. The varied research programs integrates the composition, structure, function, expression, interaction and imaging of molecules using concepts and methods in the chemical and biological sciences.  The Department of Chemistry and Biology is home to the Canada Research Chair in Biofilms. Faculty research includes the development of analytical tools in environmental chemistry, proteomics and biomarker discovery, biochemistry of microbial extracellular polymeric materials, and the development of novel polymer systems for use in sensors.  Advances in understanding cellular responses to thermal and ultrasound therapies, microbial-host interactions, and bioorganic and medicinal chemistry are being made. 


The Ryerson University Analytical Centre houses the latest PerkinElmer instrumentation:  HPLC with uv, refractive index, conductance, and fluorescence detection; GC-MS with autosamper; GC with headspace and purge-and-trap autosamplers; molecular luminescence, uv-vis, and FTIR spectroscopies.  Access to ESI/MALDI-Qq-TOF-MS and ESI-Ion Trap-MS is also available within the Department as are opportunities to access PCR (Roche Lightcycler) and DNA sequencing.

The Ryerson Clean Room Facility is a specially designed laboratory for work involving the measurement of metals at trace and ultratrace levels in environmental samples. The dust-free room is outfitted with laminar flow hoods for sample preparation and a graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometer for detection and quantitation of metals in water.

The Advanced Microscopy Facility includes a two-photon confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM), a Raman confocal microscope (RCM), and an atomic force microscope (AFM). A Scanning Electon Microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and coating facility is based in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. The Department of Chemistry and Biology houses an inverted laser-confocal microscope suitable for live-cell imaging and an epiflurescence microscope.  

Facilities in Physics include the Minimally Invasive Thermal Therapy Laboratory, Human Trace Element Detection Laboratory, Ultrasound Biomicroscopy Laboratory and the Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Laboratory.