Chan Lab (INBS)

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Development of nanotechnologies to diagnose and treat cancer and infectious diseases

Areas of expertise

The objective of the Integrated Nanotechnology/Biomedical Sciences Laboratory (INBS) is to develop nanotechnologies to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases (two of the deadliest diseases in the world).  We have expertise in designing and engineering nanoparticles, nanostructures, and nanomaterials; testing and using them in cells and animals and for detecting small biological molecules such as proteins and DNA; and we have started to integrate optical devices such as smartphones with nanotechnology to develop cheaper and more efficient diagnostic systems. 

Research services

Nanoparticle synthesis, animal testing of drugs, development of diagnostic devices, materials analysis, cell culture research. 

Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Chemical industries
  • Defence and security industries
  • Education
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Description of function


UV-visible spectrophotometer

Measures the absorbance properties of materials and chemicals



Measures the fluorescence properties of materials and chemicals


Kodak In-Vivo Multispectral Imaging System

Images fluorescence signals from animals


Malvern Zetasizer

Measures the size and surface charge of nanoparticles


NIR laser

Generation of heat from nanoparticles


Thermal camera

Measures heat from nanoparticles


Fluorescence microscopes

Images nanoparticle fluorescence properties on slides, cells, and animals



Purifies nanoparticle bioconjugates


Probe sonicator

Makes polymeric nanoparticles


Glove box

Storage of air free chemicals


Flow focusing system

Makes beads



Purifies nanoparticles


High-throughput Clarity setup

Removes scattering molecules from tissues


Flow cytometer

Analyzes optical signals from beads and cells

  • Parvus Therapeutics Inc.
  • Vigilant Technology LLC



Nanoparticle exposure test developed by Canadian scientists

Glowing space mice show where quantum dots lodge

DNAzymes and gold nanoparticles: a colorimetric assay for diagnostics in the field

DNAzymes, gold nanoparticles and disease detection: an interview with Dr. Chan and Kyryl Zagorovsky, University of Toronto

Three glowing mice

Fast, cheap methods of diagnosing infectious disease? They're coming sooner than you think

DNA-built nanoparticles safely target cancer tumours

Breaking barriers

Gold & DNA cocktail can rapidly screen for malaria and other diseases

New rapid disease test uses DNA powder and gold nanoparticles