Ruby Sullan

Assistant Professor
EV 566 - Environmental Science & Chemistry, 1065 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON, M1C 1A4


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Research in our group lies at the interface of mechano-microbiology and materialsbiosystems interactions. We use a multifaceted and integrative approach to quantify, and elucidate the molecular mechanism behind the mechanical forces that stabilize the initial stages of bacterial biofilm formation on different materials. As initial attachment is the crucial pre-requisite for a mature biofilm, initial efforts in the Mechano-microbiology Lab will focus primarily on the early stages of biofilm development - that is initial adhesion and microcolony formation. Below are the key research themes that we are working on:

  • Molecular forces in Bacterial Biofilms - at the single-molecule and single-cell levels
  • Bacterial Rigidity Sensing
  • Structure and Nanomechanics of Bacterial Biofilms
  • Targeted Delivery of Anti-biofilm Agents