Dr. Axel Guenther is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering with cross-appointment to the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. He obtained his doctoral degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and conducted postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is recipient of the ETH silver medal (2002), the Ontario Early Researcher Award (2009), the I.W. Smith Award of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers (2010) and currently holds the Wallace G. Chalmers Chair of Engineering Design (2012-).
He has published more than 30 scientific papers and invented 3 licensed technologies. Dr. Guenther co-organizes “Ontario-on-a-Chip“, the annual event on microfluidics, microreactors and labs-on-a-chip, which facilitates contact between university researchers and chemical, pharma, biotech, advanced materials and analytical device companies and is the Scientific Director of a new Centre for Microfluidic Systems in Chemistry and Biology in Toronto.