Amir Sanati Nezhad

Assistant Professor

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering


Preferred method of communication


Mohsen Janmaleki


Office: 403-220-7708

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Biosensing
  • Biomedical device
  • Tumor environment modeling

Summary of Research

Dr. Sanati-Nezhad primary research interest involves BioMEMS, Microfluidics, Tissue Engineering, Micro and Nano Technology, and Lab-on-Chip. His research group has the research focus on developing integrated, bioinspired microdevices using microfluidics and tissue engineering approaches for disease modeling, biological systems modeling, and drug discovery. Another research interest of his group is to develop point-of-care devices and biosensors for rapid detection and management of cancer, brain injury and blood stream infection. In particular, he is developing in vitro, biomimetic models of tumor microenvironments for evaluating the efficacy of cancer therapeutics. He is also developing highly sensitive and selective biosensors for the detection of cancer biomarkers (proteins and exosomes).   


Dr. Amir Sanati-Nezhad is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering with a joint affiliation with the Biomedical Engineering Program and the Center of BioEngineering for Research and Education (CBRE), at the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary. He is also the Principal Investigator of BioMEMS and Bioinspired Microfluidic Laboratory. Amir completed his Postdoctoral trainings at the Harvard and McGill Universities (2013-2015), and accomplished his PhD program at the Concordia University (2010-2013). His research program has the focus on bioinspired microfluidics, tissue engineering and biosensors. Dr. Sanati-Nezhad has published over 135 journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers. He has also presented several invited talks in national and international conferences. Dr. Sanati has received numerous prestigious awards and recognitions during his research career, including:  "CMC Microsystem's Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence" and "Governor's General Gold Medal of Canada".