2016-2017 Courses

EE-6BF3 Modelling of Biological Systems
Offered:  Fall 2016
One 3 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial per week

  • The purpose of this course is to understand some of the routine mathematical approaches to modelling biological systems.  Linear time invariance (LTI) will be discussed as it applies to biological modelling and a thorough analysis using nonlinear dynamics (fractal and chaotic models) will be presented. 

EE-6BF4 Medical Imaging
Next Offered:  Winter 2017
One 2 hour lecture, one 1 hour tutorial and 3 hours of lab per week

  • In this course you will learn physical principles of medical image acquisition and formation, and post-processing of magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy data.  Comparisons will be made to other medical imaging modalities.

BME-765 / MS-765  Advanced Functional Brain Imaging
Offered: Fall 2016
One 3 hour lecture and one 2 hour lab per week

  • This course involves imaging demonstrations in the Imaging Research Centre at St. Joseph’s Healthcare.  The course summarizes most brain imaging methodologies and students learn details of data acquisition, image analysis, basic script programming and use of popular software platforms.  Topics include brain segmentation, voxel based morphometry (VBM), perfusion, diffusion and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), functional MRI (hypothesis driven and data driven analysis methods), brain spectroscopy. 

BME-701 Biomedical Engineering, Core I
Next Offered:  Fall 2016
One 3 hour lecture per week

  • An Introduction to biomedical engineering.  The biological, chemical, electrical, and mechanical principles involved in the design and operation of medical devices and bioprocesses.  The engineering research themes of the School of Biomedical Engineering are emphasized:  mechanical engineering, biomedical imaging, bioinstrumentation, biomedical technology (e.g. biophotonics and medical robotics). This is a core BME course designed for people with a biology background.  I am the course coordinator and teach the medical imaging part (9 hours).

BME-705  Medical Imaging for Physical Scientists
Offered:  Winter 2017
One 2 hour lecture and one 3 hour tutorial per week

  • Each week in this course an invited radiologist will speak on the current state of the art in a particular area of diagnostic medical imaging (e.g., musculoskeletal radiology, neuroradiology, interventional radiology, etc.).  They will outline the approaches they use to diagnose and grade disease and the limitations of the technology, as they see it from a clinical perspective. This presentation will be followed (on a different day) by a synopsis and open discussion on how the technology is used, the limitations, and potential avenues or approaches on how students would improve the technology for better assessing disease.

BME-706 Biomedical Engineering, Core II
Offered:  Winter 2017
One 3 hour lecture per week

  • An introduction to biomedical engineering with a health science focus.  The biological and chemical concepts involved in the design and operation of medical devices and biological processes will be discussed. The following research themes will be emphasized: cell biological responses to biomaterials, tissue engineering, genetic engineering, gene therapy, biotechnology, physiological response to biomaterials.  I teach pharmacokinetics/dynamics and toxicity/bioelimination (6 hours).