Research Spotlights

February 13, 2019

Shining a light on suspicious-looking moles


Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a prototype version of a low-cost handheld device for detecting skin cancer without a biopsy. The device may one day enable people to have moles initially…

January 25, 2019

The future will be faster thanks to photonics

photonics system

From biomedical sensing to quantum computing and machine learning, the potential applications of large-scale, ring resonator-based silicon photonic systems are numerous. But due to various limitations, including the need for…

January 15, 2019

Good blood or bad?

red blood cells

Researchers at The University of British Columbia have developed a simple way to assess the quality of red blood cell concentrate, the most in-demand blood product in the world, without breaching the sterility of the sealed…

November 20, 2018

Catching the silent killer


High blood pressure — often called a “silent killer” because it rarely produces symptoms — can be accurately diagnosed by examining two commonly recorded biosignals, research from the University of British Columbia and the…

September 4, 2018

Enhancing porous materials with plasma

plasma treatment

For a membrane-based fuel cell to work properly, it needs the right amount of water. Too little, and not enough hydrogen ions will be conducted across the membrane. Too much, and porous materials inside it will be flooded,…