Undergraduate Summer Research Program

The TRANSFORM HF Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP) gives Engineering students the opportunity to train alongside our multidisciplinary community of researchers to help address the grand challenge of inequity in heart failure care.

Students participating in the USRP will receive an award of up to $6,000, which must be supplemented by a $2,000 contribution from their research supervisors to ensure a minimum total stipend of $8,000 for a period of 16 weeks.

To learn more about the USRP, visit our Opportunities page.


2023 USRP Participants


Project: Equity focused usability evaluation of patient facing tools to treat heart failure
Supervisors: Drs. Enid Montague and Quynh Pham


Project: Assessing exercise quality from videos with deep learning approaches
Supervisors: Drs. Shehroz Khan and Ali Abedi


Project: Remote oxygenation monitoring of tissue
Supervisors: Drs. Ofer Levi and Daniel Franklin


Project: Development of algorithms for skin-tone invariant pulse oximetry
Supervisors: Drs. Daniel Franklin and Ofer Levi


Project: Developing remote-monitoring and person-centered digital sleep apnea technologies for shelter residents
Supervisors: Drs. Azadeh Yadollahi and Mandeep Singh


Project: Indigenous graphic medicine and arts-based knowledge translation 
Supervisors: Drs. Sahr Wali and Craig Simmons


Project: Implantable piezoelectric energy harvester for pacemaker
Supervisors: Drs. Kamran Behdinan and Ridha Ben Mrad


Project: Lateral flow assays for chronic heart failure
Supervisors: Drs. Xinyu Liu and Heather Ross


Project: Characterization of three-dimensional ballistocardiograph in relation to hemodynamic assessment of heart failure patients
Supervisors: Drs. Isaac Chang and Susanna Mak

2022 USRP Participants


Supervised by Drs. John Floras and Chris Bouwmeester

Congratulations to the TRANSFORM HF 2022 Trainee Award Recipients!

Helen is an incoming third-year student majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in biomedical engineering. Her interests lie in the research and development of effective, non-invasive, and personalized early diagnostic devices for genetic and chronic diseases.

In her project, Helen aims to design and build a physical flow loop of the cardiovascular system to demonstrate the changing pressure and cardiac output due to various heart conditions as a teaching aid. By the end of the summer, she is hoping to develop an interactive, low-cost tool to assist the learning of her fellow undergraduate students.

Originally from Hong Kong, China, Helen loves to travel, enjoy beautiful sceneries, read, and experiment with different ways to bake and decorate cookies.



Supervised by Drs. Xinyu Liu and Heather Ross

Congratulations to the TRANSFORM HF 2022 Trainee Award Recipients!

Ziyi is an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. She is eager to work with other TRANSFORM HF network members on interdisciplinary issues and gain hands-on experience.

This summer, Ziyi is working with Drs. Xinyu Liu & Heather Ross to develop a high-sensitivity lateral flow immunoassay for remote, rapid detection of heart failure biomarkers in point-of-care devices. 

In her spare time, Ziyi enjoys drawing, swimming, and playing the piano.