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Franklin Research Lab

The Franklin Research Lab (FRL) employs optics, engineering, and biology to produce the next generation of materials and devices for fundamental medical science and clinical translation. We also partner with industry leading semiconductor and health companies to develop and leverage new sensor technologies.

Advanced Wearables

Wearable health devices for advanced hemodynamic monitoring, such as blood pressure, cardiac output, and systemic vascular resistance. Applications include our fundamental understanding of heart disease and commercial/clinical health telemetry.

Wireless Implants

Wireless implants for physiological monitoring and closed-loop stimuli/feedback. Applications include disease models, animal behavioral studies and neuromodulation.

Biophotonic Materials

Exploration of novel materials, such as liquid crystal, which can self-assemble into bioresorbable temperature sensors with applications in imaging and photodynamic therapy.

Through the multidisciplinary study of these bioelectronic and biophotonic systems, we aim to shed light on unexplored aspects of human physiology.

News

2022
  • Megh Rathod wins a Translational Biology and Engineering Program (TBEP) 3 Minute Thesis Award
  • FRL wins an EMH Seed Grant in collaboration with Alexander Koven, MD and Monica Farcus, MD
  • Megh Rathod wins a TRANSFORM HF Masters Trainee Award:
    https://transformhf.ca/2022-heart-failure-trainees/
  • Jason Park wins a Translational Biology and Engineering Program (TBEP) Summer Scholarship award
  • Haolin Liu receives a summer Engineering Science Research Opportunities Program (ESROP) Scholarship
  • Jason Park joins the lab and receives a summer Engineering Science Research Opportunities Program (ESROP) Scholarship
  • Hannah Kim joins the lab and receives a summer Engineering Science Research Opportunities Program (ESROP) Scholarship
  • Nicholas Chan joins the lab and receives a summer Engineering Science Research Opportunities Program (ESROP) Scholarship
  • Alexander Koven wins the Dr. Allan S. Tauber Graduate Student Award and the Draxis Health Inc. Surgeon Scientist Fellowship
  • FRL wins a TRANFORM HF Seed Grant:
    https://transformhf.ca/237154-2/
  • Alexander Koven wins an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – Masters award
  • Megh Rathod wins an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – Masters award
2021

“The way medicine approaches human suffering has always been determined by the technology available at any given time.” 

Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
Office Hours

All the time

Location

University of Toronto
Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research
661 University Ave, 14TH Floor, RM 1434
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1M1

Contact

416-946-0955
Dan.Franklin@utoronto.ca