Ryan Fobel - Postdoctoral Fellow


Ryan received his B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2003. Some of his design projects included an electronic glove to translate American Sign Language into synthesized speech, and software for optimizing MRI angiography of the coronary arteries. After taking a couple of years off to work and travel, he moved to Toronto and obtained his M.Sc. in Medical Biophysics in 2008 under the supervision of Dr. Greg Stanisz. His research focused on quantitative MRI techniques for imaging of the brain and spinal cord.

Ryan joined the Wheeler lab in 2009. Since then, he has been investigating technologies that make digital microfluidics (DMF) more accessible to the wider research community. He designed an open-source DMF control instrument (DropBot) and a new technique for low-cost, scalable DMF chip fabrication using inkjet printing.

Outside of the lab, Ryan enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and fermenting things.  He's also likes playing with electronics, biking, snowboarding, and backcountry camping.