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Scott Tsai


Associate Professor


B.A.Sc., University of Toronto, 2007

S.M., Harvard University, 2009

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2012





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Dr. Scott Tsai obtained his mechanical engineering B.A.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto in 2007. His engineering sciences S.M. and Ph.D. degrees were both awarded from Harvard University, in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Dr. Tsai also spent five months as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto prior to joining Ryerson University in December 2012.

Dr. Tsai’s laboratory is engineering small devices and smart materials to solve problems in biotechnology. His research often features microfluidic platforms—systems of microchannels where the physics of fluid flow are dominated by viscosity and surface tension—with electromagnetic fields to manipulate the movement of objects inside the microchannels. Dr. Tsai applies these small-scale fluidic systems to, for example, coat microscopic particles, with the eventual goal of coating single cells with thin layers of polymers.

As a graduate student, Dr. Tsai was awarded a two-year Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship at Harvard University. He also received a Mathematical Institute Visitorship to spend one month at the University of Oxford. More recently, he received an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship to support his postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto.

Research Interests:


Viscous flow fluid mechanics

Magnetophoresis and electrophoresis

Coating flows

Particle self assembly

Lab on a chip devices


Biomedical engineering

Current Courses:

ME8150 - Introduction to Microfluidics

MEC511 - Thermodynamics and Fluids

MEC323 - Statics and Mechanics of Materials

Professional Affiliations:

Member, Professional Engineers Ontario

Member, Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering

Member, American Physical Society