Axel Guenther

Axel Guenther


Dr. Guenther is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering with cross-appointment to the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. He obtained his doctoral degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and conducted postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is recipient of the ETH silver medal (2002), the Ontario Early Researcher Award (2009), the I.W. Smith Award of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers (2010) and currently holds the Wallace G. Chalmers Chair of Engineering Design (2012-). He has published >30 scientific papers and invented 3 licensed technologies. Dr. Guenther co-organizes “Ontario-on-a-Chip”, the annual event on microfluidics, microreactors and labs-on-a-chip, which facilitates contact between university researchers and chemical, pharma, biotech, advanced materials and analytical device companies and is the Scientific Director of a new Centre for Microfluidic Systems in Chemistry and Biology in Toronto.

Research Interests

The Gunther research lab focuses on the following areas:

  • Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

The Guenther Research Group draws from the areas of fluid mechanics, colloidal material synthesis, as well as micro/nanofabrication. We investigate fundamentals of transport processes associated with micro/nanoscale flows and aim at translating these fundamentals into unique and powerful technical solutions. We are particularly interested in realizing dynamically changing microenvironments for applications in materials science and biomedicine. Current applications include the controlled preparation of colloidal nanostructures in microreactors, high-throughput platforms for functional tests of small blood vessels with relevance to biopharmaceutical drug discovery, and microfluidic strategies for probing cellular decision processes.