The Forde lab is a biophysics research group affiliated with the departments of Physics, Chemistry and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.

Biophysics involves integrating skills and knowledge from a variety of fields to further our quantitative understanding of the marvels of life. In our group, we encourage students to learn techniques from a variety of fields, specializing in their own particular interests. Mastering this combination of skills from a range of scientific fields means that researchers in our group become true multidisciplinary scientists, able to communicate and work in a wide range of scientific disciplines.

To learn more about our lab and the work we do, please refer to the links at the top of the page. You can also check out Nancy describing some of our collagen goals in this video produced by the Canada Foundation for Innovation. En franšais, c'est ici.

If you are interested in research experience in our group, please write to Nancy including a CV and statement of why you're interested in our research, including how your past research or coursework relates to our ongoing research. If you are an undergraduate student looking for a thesis or ISS project in Physics, Chemistry or Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, we are especially interested in hearing from you.


February 2018

Our paper that describes the use of our mini-radio centrifuge force microscope (MR.CFM) to unravel collagen's response to force is published, and highlighted as "New and Notable", in Biophysical Journal.

February 2018

Our paper describing the genetic introduction of chemical labelling sites in collagen's termini is published in Canadian Journal of Chemistry.

November 2017

Our paper describing how finite and discrete sampling and blur influence microrheology experiments is published in Optics Express.

October 2017

Aaron Lyons is awarded Best Overall Talk at the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC). Congratulations, Aaron!

For older news, see the news archive.