Assistant Professor

McMaster University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4L7

Office: JHE-308A (Mail to JHE-310)
Voice: (905) 525-9140 x20413


  • B.Sc., Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2004
  • Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2013
  • PDF, Harvard University (Wyss Institute), Boston, USA, 2016


Brief Bio

Before joining McMaster University in January 2016, Dr. Tohid Didar was a postdoctoral fellow at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. There he designed and developed a robust and clinically relevant extracorporeal dialysis-like treatment (DLT) device for sepsis treatment, leveraging medical grade hollow fiber filters. He obtained his PhD degree in 2013 from McGill University. His doctoral research was focused on design and development of miniaturized devices for label-free and high-throughput sorting, detection and in vitro culture of primary and rare cells. His PhD project resulted in 2 patented microfluidic technologies for rare cell detection, separation, patterning and in vitro culture as well as 8 journal publications, 15 conference presentations and several invited talks. During his PhD studies, he was a research fellow at Harvard University, a member of NSERC-Create Integrated Sensor Systems training program and a visiting researcher at the National Research Council of Canada.

Research Interests

Dr. Didar is currently working on the development of bio-functional interfaces with simultaneous repellency and targeted binding which could have significant impact on the design and development of the next generation of biomaterials, biosensors and medical coatings. He plans on implementing bio-functional interfaces in the forms of large-scale microfluidic systems for developing new diagnostics, drug discovery and personalized medicine platforms. He plans on designing bio-inspired materials and devices for applications in biomedical devices, bio-sensing, microfluidics and bio-hybrid micro-robots.


There are multiple MSc and PhD positions available in my group. Please apply by email ( and include a curriculum vitae and references.

Selected Publications