Professor Yu Sun

Ph.D. (University of Minnesota), P.Eng., FCSME, FEIC, FASME, FIEEE, FCAE, FAAAS
Canada Research Chair in Micro and Nano Engineering Systems

Areas of Research

My group designs and constructs enabling micro and nanosystems (e.g., micro-nanorobotic systems and MEMS/microfluidic devices) for automated operation at the micro and nanometer scales. We manipulate, characterize, and sense biological cells, biomolecules, and nanomaterials for both fundamental studies (e.g., molecule screen and genetics) and clinical/industrial applications (IVF, rare cell isolation, and precision instrumentation for industrial automation). The actively pursued areas are the manipulation and characterization of biological cells, molecules, and nanomaterials; microsystems and nanosystems; design and fabrication of MEMS and NEMS (micro-nanoelectromechanical systems); bioMEMS, sensors, actuators, and microfluidic devices; microrobotics and optical microscopy; nanorobotics and electron microscopy; automation at the micro-nanometer scales; cellular biophysics; and cellular biomechanics and mechanobiology.

My Advanced Micro and Nanosystems Laboratory (AMNL) is affiliated with Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Inst. of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. With a unifying theme centered upon the development and application of novel micro/nano devices and systems, AMNL’s research ranges from fundamental science, to applied biotechnology, to emerging engineering issues. Many of our present research projects involve the manipulation and characterization of biological cells and nanoscaled materials. Taking a multidisciplinary approach in research, our dynamic team consists of researchers from various backgrounds in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and biomedical engineering.

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Sun’s biography

Prof. Sun is jointly appointed in the Inst. of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering and in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


  • MIE342: circuits with applications to mechanical engineering systems (3rd year)
  • MIE404: control systems (4th year)
  • MIE506: MEMS design and microfabrication (4th year capstone design course and graduate course)
  • MIE1359: engineering cell biology and micro-nanoengineered platforms (graduate)

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Toronto
5 King’s College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8

Tel: 416-946-0549 (office)
Tel: 416-978-8663 (lab)
Fax: 416-978-7753