Principle Investigator


Dr. Amir Sanati-Nezhad

  • Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering (2022-)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (2020-) Link
  • Canada Research Chair Tier II in BioMEMS (2018 - Now)
  • Peak Scholars, University of Calgary (2019) Link
  • 2020 Parex Innovation Fellowship, University of Calgary (2020) (Link)
  • Co-Lead of BME Novel Medical Devices, the University of Calgary (2019- )Assistant Professor,
  • Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (2015-2020) Link
  • Joint affiliation with the Biomedical Engineering Program (2015 - Now) Link
  • Joint affiliation with the Center of BioEngineering for Research and Education (2015 - Now )



  • Postdoc: Harvard University (2014-2015)
  • Postdoc: McGill University (2013-2014)
  • Ph.D.: Concordia University (2010-2013)


A member of:

  • CIHR College of Reviewers (CIHR)
  • Center for Bioengineering Research and Education (CBRE
  • Biomedical Engineering Program (BME)  
  • Hotchkiss Brain Institute (Link)
  • Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute (Link)
  • Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta (Link)
  • Integrated Concussion Research Program (ICRP)


Research focus:

  • Developing point-of-care devices for rapid diagnosis of cancer, brain injuries, spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative diseases, and viral/bacteria infectious diseases as well as food and environmental pathogens and contaminants.
  • Developing wearable biosensors and digital health monitoring platforms for precision medicine and personalized therapy. 
  • Engineering of innovative microfluidic devices for biomedical, biological, environmental and energy applications. 
  • The development of integrated bioinspired microdevices using microfluidics and tissue engineering approaches for disease modeling, biological systems modeling, and drug discovery.


Selected Awards:

  • Schulich School of Engineering Achievement Award, University of Calgary (2020)
  • 2020 Parex Innovation Fellowship, University of Calgary (2020) (Link)
  • Peak Scholars Award, University of Calgary (2019) (Link)
  • Early Research Excellence Award, University of Calgary (2018) (Link)
  • Innovation, Development, and Entrepreneurship Award, University of Calgary (2018)
  • Canada Research Chair Tier II (2018) (Link)
  • Early Career Research Award, University of Calgary (2017)
  • Research Achievement Award, University of Calgary (2016)
  • CMC Microsystem's Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence (2015) Link1 , Link 2
  • Outstanding Teaching Performance, University of Calgary (2015)
  • Governor's General Gold Medal of Canada (2013) Link

Postdoc Scholars/Research Scientists

Dr. Hasan Pezeshgi

Dr. Hassan Pezeshgi Modarres

Dr. Hassan Pezeshgi Modarres received his MSc in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology and his Ph.D. degree from the school of life sciences at EPFL, Switzerland.

His main research interest is in the field of computational biology using different in-silico techniques including bioinformatics and molecular modeling and simulation. Currently, he is developing protein engineering and design algorithms for drug design and next-generation organ-on-chip technologies. He is actively working with experimenters to test drugs on biomimetic models of diseases. In addition, Hassan is developing in-silico models to predict and understand blood-brain-barrier permeability and mechanism.

He is currently a Post-Doc in collaboration between Mofrad lab at the University of California Berkeley and Sanati-Nezhad lab.

Dr. Seyedeh Raziyeh Mohammadi

Dr. Seyedeh Raziyeh Mohammadi

Dr. Seyedeh Raziyeh Mohammadi received her bachelor from Amirkabir University of Tehran and her MSc from Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute both in polymer engineering. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. During the course of her studies and research projects, she has worked on different fields of polymer science and engineering such as physical chemistry of polymers, rheology of polymers, polymer blends and nanocomposites, polymer foams, and 3D-printing of various polymers including commodity polymers, high performance, and biocompatible polymers. She is funded by a prestigious PDF FRQNT Quebec fund and currently working on biopolymer nanocomposites for tissue engineering applications. Her research focused on numerical modeling of biopolymeric systems with tunable cell-matrix interactions, enhanced mechanical and rheological performance to develop biosystems with high bioprintability and long-term tissue function for drug testing and disease modeling applications.    

Dr. Shirin Mousavi

Dr. Shirin Moossavi

Dr. Shirin Moossavi is a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and Biomedical Engineering jointly supervised by Dr. Marie-Claire Arrieta and Dr. Amir Sanati-Nezhad. Shirin obtained her Medical Doctorate from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran; her MSc in Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Biology from the University of Sussex, UK; and Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology from the University of Manitoba. She is the Early-Mid Career Ambassador of the International Society of Microbial Ecology and the Founding Director of Microbiome and Microbial Ecology Interest Group, Universal Scientific Education and Research Network. Shirin is interested in using animal models, novel technologies, and mathematical modeling to dissect the ecology of the gut microbiome and identify its causal role in disease pathogenesis. She envisions that this knowledge will be the foundation of targetted microbiome interventions for various diseases. Additionally, she is interested in the clinical application of microbiome and other omics data in precision medicine. Shirin’s research currently focuses on the role of gut microbiota in response to viral diseases and susceptibility to asthma; ecological principles governing infant microbiome development; and development of gut-microbiome-on-chip for mechanistic microbiome studies. 

Dr. Shaghyegh Shajari

Dr. Shaghayegh Shajari

Dr. Shaghayegh Shajari is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Biomedical Engineering program jointly supervised by Dr. Amir Sanati-Nezhad and Dr. Jaideep Bains from Hotchkiss Brain Institute of Cumming School of Medicine. She received her B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST), Tarbiat Modares University (TMU), and the University of Calgary, respectively. Her Ph.D. thesis was a collaboration between Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering departments (a member of the Center for Advanced Polymers and NAnotechnology group (CAPNA)) and focused on the development of multifunctional polymer nanocomposites with hybrid structures for the fabrication of stretchable strain sensing and wearable electronic devices. She received several prestigious scholarships including Alberta Innovate Technology Future (AITF), Eyes-High International Doctoral Scholarship, Deans' Doctoral Scholarship, and Scholarship in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She has published more than 18 journal articles and conference papers.

Recently she has received the Brain CREATE Postdoctoral Fellowship and her current research focus is on developing wearable stress biosensor devices.

Dr. Razieh Salahandish

Dr. Razeah Salahandish

Dr. Razeah Salahandish has joined our group as a visiting Ph.D. student from the Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran. She studied MSc from the Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST), and BSc from the University of Tehran both in electrochemistry.

Razeah specializes in electrochemical biosensors and has worked on projects related to the detection of cancer, Hepatitis C and B, Influenza, cardiovascular, brain injuries, SARS-CoV-2 and neurodegenerative diseases. She completed her Ph.D. in joint work with the BioMEMS lab and IUST for the development of different nano-biosensor. She did a one-year postdoc in CardiAI. She is currently a Senior Research Assistant in BioMEMS lab for making multiplexed microfluidic-based nano biosensors for rapid diagnosis. 

Visiting Scholars


Dr. Emad Mohammed

Dr. Mohammed received his B.Sc. degree in System and Biomedical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, in 1999, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Software Engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada, in 2013 and 2016, respectively. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary. His interest research fields are biomedical image analysis, data mining, data fusion, distributed software systems, machine learning, and Big Data Analytics. He received multiple awards including, Lakehead University – NSERC Enhancement grant, 2019-2020 Teaching and Research Merit Award, NSERC-Alliance COVID-19 Grant, Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF), IBM-University of Calgary Energy Analytics competition, MITACS Accelerate, and several academic excellence awards.


Dr. Sultan Khetani

Dr. Sultan Khetani is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary, developing point of care devices for rapid diagnosis of COVID-19 and monitoring of immunity level for further implementation for remote monitoring of long-term care facility residents in Alberta. He received his PhD from the University of Calgary with Dr. Nezhad where his point of care devices and biosensors were successfully used for rapid diagnosis of patients with brain injuries and concussion. 


Dr. Azam Zare

Dr. Azam Zare received her Bachelor's from Persian Gulf University and her MSc and Ph.D. from Shiraz University in Mechanical Engineering – Fluid Mechanics. She is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Islamic Azad University. She joined our group as a Visiting Professor. Her interests are focused on the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis of fluid flows, flow control. She has also worked on projects related to aerosol science. Azam’s research currently focuses on numerical analysis of capillary microfluidics and developing capillary circuit models.

Graduate Students

Sara Hassanpour Tamrin

Sara Hassanpour Tamrin

She is a Ph.D. student supervised by Dr. Arindom Sen and co-supervised by Dr. Amir Sanati-Nezhad.

She has completed her MSc in Biomedical Engineering- Tissue Engineering and her BSc in Biomedical Engineering- Biomaterial from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2012 and 2010, respectively.

While working in the Bio-Inspired Developing Advanced Research (BiDAR) group, she engineered manipulation in neural stem cell's fate, stem cell niche, and energy metabolism.
She is currently working on engineered control of stem cell differentiation by fine tuning their biological and physical cues.

Hossein Zargartalebi

Hossein Zargartalebi

He is a Ph.D. student supervised by Dr. Sanati Nezhad. He received his BSc and MSc degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He has 5 years research experience in numerical modeling and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code development for studying transport phenomena in porous and non-porous media at different scales and nanofluid convectional flows. Through this work, he has authored several peer-reviewed publications.
He is currently working on developing electrochemical biosensors for early diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease (AD).

Raied Aburashed

Raied Aburashed

He completed his BSc at the University of Calgary in Mechanical Engineering with a Biomedical Specialization. During his undergraduate degree, his thesis focused on the low-cost automation of microfluidic control and the electrochemical detection of S100b.
Raied is now pursuing MSc. in Biomedical Engineering student at the university an the group in the bio-optical optical of bacteria and low-cost automation of microfluidic devices

Maryam Vatani

Maryam Vatani

She is an MSc student in Biomedical Engineering supervised by Dr. Amir Sanati-Nezhad. She received her BSc and MSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Tehran, Iran. Her research experience includes working at the National Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (NIGEB, Tehran, Iran), Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology of Martin Luther University (Halle-Zaale, Germany), Avicenna Research Institute for monoclonal antibodies (Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran) and Terry Fox Cancer Research Laboratories in Memorial University of Newfoundland (St John’s, NL, Canada). She has worked on a variety of research projects including antimicrobial effects of essential oils, optimization, and purification of enzyme production in fungi, and gene expression analysis in cancer cell lines. She is currently working on building a 3-dimensional model to study tumors.

Fatemeh Haghayegh

Fatemeh Haghayegh 

Fatemeh obtained her B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Isfahan University of Technology(IUT), Isfahan, Iran, in 2018. Regarding her interest in Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Science, she joined Royan Institute for Biotechnology, Isfahan, Iran, as an intern to work on the development of a retinal model on Microfluidic Chips. Through her internship, she gained practical experience in Organ-on-Chip and Tissue Engineering technologies. She started her M.Sc. in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME) under the supervision of Dr. Amir Sanati-Nezhad in September 2019. Currently, her research focuses on developing capillary microfluidic electrochemical biosensors for the detection of Parkinson's disease and SARS-CoV-2.

Anupriya Singh

Anupriya Singh

Anupriya joined the group as a Ph.D. student, supervised by Dr. Sanati-Nezhad and co-supervised by Prof. Walter Herzog. She aims to apply her expertise in Electrochemical Biosensor and microfluidic devices into diagnosing biomarkers related to bone and joint.


Pezhman Jalali


Pezhman is a Ph.D. student of Biomedical Engineering (BME) supervised by Dr. Amir Sanati-Nezhad.  He received his M.Sc in Electrical engineering by focuses on electromagnetic simulation with both analytical and numerical methods. He joined the group as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2020. His current research focuses on circuit design, flexible electronics, and PCR-on-chip. 


Mahrokh Namazi

Mahrokh is M.Sc. student in Electrical Engineering, cosupervised by Dr. Kartikeya Murari and Dr. Amir Sanati-Nezhad at the University of Calgary. She currently works on electronics for wearable biosensors for longitudinal monitoring of sweat markers. 

In 2020, Mahrokh received her B.Sc. in degree in Electrical Engineering (with a focus on bioelectronics) from Sharif University of Technology. Her B.Sc. thesis project was the design and implementation of a neurostimulator for the treatment of spinal cord injury."


Mahmood Khalghollah

Mahmod is a Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Software Department, supervised by Dr. Far and co-supervised by Dr. Nezhad. He completed his BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering at Shiraz University of Technology, working on designing, numerical modelling, and controlling dynamic systems. Then he pursued his career at the University of Tehran to design and develop automated systems and control dynamics. As a case study, he developed a customized haptic actuator and sensor to implement a telemedicine platform.

Currently, he is working as a system modeller, optimizer, and developer integrating with Artificial Intelligent. He aims to develop an intelligent platform to optimize components for designer to develop microfluidics platforms for making in vitro diagnostic devices.