BioIntel Paul Research Laboratory Members

Dr. Arghya Paul

Arghya Paul (Principle Investigator), is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering and Department of Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario Canada). Prior to this he was an Assistant Professor at the University Of Kansas (Lawrence, USA). He did his Postdoctoral Research training with multiple Canadian scholarships in the laboratory of Prof. Ali Khademhosseini at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology & Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (Boston, USA). He received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering with NSERC-CGSD Scholarship (Canada) at McGill University (Montreal, Canada). 

He directs the Bio-Intel Laboratory to develop new class of biofunctional nanomaterials for drug and gene delivery, regenerative tissue engineering and advanced biomedical devices for translational research. Specifically, the lab aims to: (1) innovate at the biomolecular and cellular level to develop biomedical technologies, (2) exploit the stem cell-material interactions and mechanistic pathways, and (3) discover therapeutic and diagnostic strategies which can be translated to point-of-care patient applications.

Courses Taught : 
CBE 2290 - Fundamentals of Biochemical & Environmental Engineering
BME 3303 - Cellular Systems Engineering
CBE 4423 and BME 9526 – Tissue Engineering
CHEM 4491 - Chemical Research Discovery and Scientific Communication
CHEM 9608 - Polymers in Cell and Drug Delivery
CPE 656 and CPE 756 - Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
CPE 221 - Basic Thermodynamics
PHCH 870 - Advances in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

He believes in ......

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it” – Alan Kay

  Awards, Scholarships & Recognition

2024X- Chem Research Excellence Award from Chemical Institute of Canada
2022Royal Society of Canada (RSC) - College of New Scholars
2021Early Researcher Award (ERA) from the Government of Ontario (5 years)
2019Wolfe-Western Fellowship At-Large for Outstanding Newly Recruited Research Scholar (pan-Western for 5 years)
2019Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Advanced Cell-Instructive Materials and Biotherapeutics, The University of Western Ontario
2018Young Innovator Award in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
2018NIH/NIGMS NISBRE Young Investigator Travel Award
2018-Raymond Oenbring Award for Excellence in Teaching Chemical Engineering
2017-Fred Kurata Memorial Professorship at University of Kansas (till 2020)
2014 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC, Canada) (declined)
2013 Leslie A. Geddes Award for the Best PhD Thesis, McGill University

 Experience & Education

2023– Associate Chair, Graduate Studies,  Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
2019– Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair II,  Wolfe-Western Fellow,  Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering,  Department of Chemistry,   School of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
2014–2019 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering and Bioengineering Graduate Program, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA
Member: The Center For Epigenetics and Stem Cell Biology, Institute for Reproductive Health and Regenerative Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, USA
2012–2014 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology, Cambridge, USA (Advisor: Ali Khademhosseini)
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Boston, USA
Research Topic: Advanced Tissue Engineering & NanoBiomaterials
2012– Research Fellow, Department of Cardiothoracic Research and Surgery, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Canada
Research Topic: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
2008–2012 PhD in Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (Advisor: S Prakash, D. Shum-Tim)
Research Topic: Nano-bioengineered cardiovascular implants & devices
2006-2008 MSc (A) in Biotechnology, McGill University [in collaboration with National Research Council (NRC)-Biotech Research Inst] (Advisor: S Prakash/C Elias), Montreal, Canada
Research Topic: Nano-vectors for gene therapy and angiogenesis
2005–2006 Project Executive at R&D in IFB Industries Ltd., India
Responsibilities: Project management at bioprocess and distillery plant
2004- Undergrad Training in Biotech Operation (R&D/Process Dev), Dr. Reddy's Lab Ltd
Research Topic: Production & purification technique of proteins (summer intern)
2001-2005 Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology, WBUT-Haldia, India
Responsibilities: Bioengineering (4 years Engineering program)

 Awards, Scholarships & Recognition

2012- Fonds de Recherche Sante Quebec (FRSQ) Postdoctoral award at Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology & Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Boston (2 years)
2012- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC, Canada) Postdoctoral Award (declined) (2 years)
2012- McGill MedStar Awards (*2) for best publication and research contributions
2011- McGill MedStar Award for best paper publications
2011- Canada Graduate Scholarship-Michael Smith Foreign Study Award at Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Division
2010-2012 Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (NSERC-CGSD)
2009- Fonds de Recherche Sante Quebec (FRSQ) Doctoral Award, Quebec, Canada (2 years)
2009- James O. Maria Meadows McGill Faculty of Medicine Internal Studentship for PhD studies (declined)
2008- McGill International Doctoral Awards

Our young scientists @Western University, Canada!

  • Aishik

    Aishik Chakraborty

    Post Doctoral Research Associate

  • Yasmeen

    Yasmeen Shamiya

    PhD in Chemistry

  • Cho-E

    Cho-E Choi

    PhD in Chemical & BioChemical Engineering

  • Alap

    Alap Zahid

    PhD in Chemical & BioChemical Engineering

  • Wei

    Wei Luo

    PhD In Biomedical Eng (present)
    MEng in Chemical Engineering

  • Ali

    Ali Coyle

    MESc in Biomedical Engineering

  • Jake

    Jake Harding

    Oakridge Secondary School (2022 Discover Western Engineering Co-op)

  • Suchitra

    Suchitra Tadepalli

    BESc in Chemical Engineering

  • Zeiad

    Zeiad Saad

    BSc in Chemistry

  • Huang

    Jiaqi Huang

    MEng in Chemical Engineering

  • Nicholas

    Nicholas Alexander Bainbridge

    BSc in Chemistry (NSERC USRA)

  • Aghbal

    Aghbal Algholl

    MEng in Chemical Engineering

  • Yousir

    Caroline Cui

    BSc in Chemistry (NSERC USRA)

  • Mia

    Mia Van Oirschot

    BESc in Chemical & Biomedical Engineering (NSERC USRA)

  • Rajan

    Rajan Leung

    BSc in Basic Medical Science

  • Jaime

    Jaime Belliveau

    Oakridge Secondary School (2022 Discover Western Engineering Co-op)

  • Yousir

    Yousir Aldin

    BSc in Chemistry

  • Shruthi

    Shruthi Polla Ravi

    MESc in Biomedical Engineering

  • Hailey

    Hailey Adzija

    BSc in Chemistry

  • Shana

    Shana Alexander

    BESc in Chemical Engineering (Dean's Research Award)

  • Janina

    Janina Chelu-Penalagan

    BSc in Chemistry