• Biomedical devices
  • Spectroscopy
  • Optofluidics
  • Electro-optic devices
  • Laser systems
  • Ultrafast optics
  • LED photonics
  • Optics
  • Electromagnetic simulation

About the Collier Research Group

The Collier Research Group (CRG) is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Collier and operates within the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph, with experimental photonics work in the AOML Applied Optics and Microsystems Laboratory (Thornbrough Building, Room 2131). Our primary research focus is optics and photonics and we have multidisciplinary projects that relate to Biomedical Engineering, Biological Engineering, and Engineering Systems and Computing.

Media and News


Our work on PCR optofluidic devices is featured in the University of Guelph news article Rapid U of G COVID-19 Test Promises Quicker Results, Better Care .

Dr. Collier is an invited panelist for UNIV*2020 Pandemics: Culture, Science, and Society speaking on Innovative Approaches for Detection and Prevention of COVID-19.


Our paper on voltage control for microchip capillary electrophoresis is selected as the Cover Article for Electrophoresis volume 41, issue 23.

Our paper on microfluidic fabrication with silver nanowires for optofluidic lenses is accepted for publication in Sensors and Actuators A: Physical.

Our works on microfluidic devices for antibiotic detection in the dairy industry and voltage control for microchip capillary electrophoresis are accepted for publication at Scientific Reports (in the Nature Research publishing group) and Electrophoresis.

Dr. Collier receives funding to develop microfluidic devices for detection of COVID-19, featured in the article Testing and Treating COVID-19.

Collier Research Group MASc students Jasen Devasagayam and Michelle Del Rosso, and BEng student Camille Leclerc, present papers at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco .

Collier Research Group students, Harrison Brodie and Ramandeep Kaur Sandhu, are awarded the CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award for their MASc theses. Harrison Brodie's work is on spectral imaging and Ramandeep Kaur Sandhu's work is on LED technologies. This is further highlighted in the article Five Graduate Students Win CSBE/SCGAB Awards


The Collier Research Group receives funding through the Ontario Research Fund for the photonics/agri-food research laboratory. Read about it in the article U of G Research Projects Get $2.5 Million From Province.

Dr. Collier is invited to present at the 2019 Dairy Research & Innovation Day.

Research from the CRG is featured as a News and Research Highlight by the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

CRG student, Michelle Del Rosso, is awarded the SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship, and congratulated in the article Michelle Del Rosso Awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship. Michelle's work in the Collier Research Group relates to optofluidic technologies.


The first three MASc students from the CRG defend their theses within one week in December 2018. Congratulations to Shravani Prasad, Harrison Brodie, and Ramandeep Sandhu!

Dr. Collier is featured in a UBC Alumni Profile.

The Collier Research Group receives funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation to establish a photonics/agri-food research laboratory. The funding is highlighted in the article U of G Research Leaders Get $335,000 in Federal Support.


Funding is awarded for the Collier Research Group through the NSERC Discovery Grant.