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Dr. Sana Jahanshahi Anbuhi, PhD

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Dr. Sana Jahanshahi Anbuhi, PhD
Office: S-EV 2280 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 7025
Website(s): Anbuhi Research Group


Ph.D. (2015) in Chemical Engineering 
         McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada. 

B.Sc. (2007) in Chemical Engineering 
         Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Tehran, Iran. 

Research Areas

Paper-based microfluidic devices, and fabrication of ready-to-use analytical devices for point-of-care (POC) diagnostic, bio-sensing, and on-site detection of analytes such as pesticides, heavy metals, microorganisms, etc. 

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Teaching activities

CHME 6981)


Journal Publications

  • Seyed Hamid Safiabadi-Tali, Jason J. LeBlanc, Oyejide Damilola Oyewunmi, Z. Sadiq,Carolina Camargo, Narges Armanfard, Selena Sagan, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi. “ToolsAnd Methods For The Diagnosis of SARS-Cov-2/COVID-19”, 2021,  ClinicalMicrobiology Review (Accepted). (Impact Factor: 25.985)

  • Amir R. Rouhani EsfahaniZubi SadiqSeyed Hamid Safiabadi-Tali, Oyejide Damilola Oyewunmi, Ndifreke Usen, Daria Camilla Boffito, and S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi.“Portable, stable and sensitive assay to detect phosphate in water with goldnanoparticles (AuNPs) and Eu3 -dextran tablet”, 2021Analyst, (Accepted). (ImpactFactor: 3.864)

  • OyejideDamilola Oyewunmi , Seyed Hamid Safiabadi-Tali, and  S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi. “Dual-Modal Assay Kit for the Qualitative andQuantitative Determination of theTotal Water Hardness Using a Permanent Marker Fabricated MicrofluidicPaper-Based Analytical Device”, 2020Chemosensors,8 (97), 1-19 (ImpactFactor: 3. 108)

  • Leung,V.; Mapletoft, J.; Zhang, A.; Lee, A.; Vahedi, F.; Chew, M.;  Szewczyk,A.;  S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, S.; Ang, J.; Cowbrough, B.; Miller,M.S.; Ashkar, A.; Filipe, C. D. M. Scientific reports. 2019,9,7631. (Impact Factor: 4. 259)

  • S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, B. Kannan,  K. Pennings, M. MonsurAli, V. Leung, M. Liu, K. Giang, J. Wang, Y. Li, R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, andC. D. M. Filipe. “Automating Multi-Step Paper-Based Assays UsingIntegrated Layering of Reagents”, Lab Chip, (17) 943-950, 2017. DOI: 10.1039/C2LC41005B. (Impact Factor:6.914)

  • M. M. Ali,C. L. Brown, S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, B. Kannan, Y.Li, C. DM. Filipe, and J. D. Brennan. “A Printed MulticomponentPaper Sensor for Bacterial Detection”, ScientificReports, Nature Publishing Group(7)1-10, 2017.  DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-12549-3. (ImpactFactor:4. 259)

  • P.Hsieh, M. M. Ali, Kh.Tram, S. Jahanshahi‐Anbuhi, C. L. Brown, J. D.Brennan, C. D. M. Filipe,and Y. Li   “RNAprotection is effectively achieved by pullulan filmformation”, ChemBioChem  (18)502-505,2017.  DOI:10.1002/cbic.201600643. (Impact Factor: 3. 088)

  • S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, B. Kannan, V. Leung, K. Pennings, M. Liu, C.Carrasquilla, D.White, Y. Li, R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, and C. D. M.Filipe. Simple and ultrastableall-inclusive pullulan tablets for challenging bioassaysChem Sci, (7) 2342-23462016.  DOI: 10.1039/C5SC04184H(ImpactFactor: 9.063)

  • M.Liu, C. Y. Hui, Q. Zhang, J. Gu, B. Kannan, S. Jahanshahi‐Anbuhi, C.D. M. Filipe, J. D. Brennan, and Y. Li. Target‐induced andequipment‐free DNA amplification with a simple paper deviceAngew. Chem. Int. Ed., (128) 2759-2763, 2016.DOI:10.1002/ange.201509389 (Impact Factor: 12.959)

  • S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K. Pennings, V. Leung, B. Kannan, J. D.Brennan, C. D. M. Filipe,and R. Pelton. Design rules for fluorocarbon-freeomniphobic solvent barriers in paper-based devices”, ACS Appl.Mater. Interfaces, (7) 25434-254402015. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b08301 .(ImpactFactor: 8.758)

  • B.Kannan; S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi;R. Pelton; Y. Li; C. Filipe; J.Brennan.  “All-in-One” PrintedPaperSensors for Serum Lactate Dehydrogenase using Pullulan-based Inks toImmobilizeReagents”, Anal. Chem, (87) 9288-9293, 2015.DOI:10.1021/acs.analchem.5b01923. (Impact Factor: 6.785)

  • C. Sicard,C. Glen , B. Aubie,D. Wallace,S.Jahanshahi-AnbuhiK. Pennings,G. T. Daigger,R. Pelton,J. D. Brennan,C. D.M.Filipe “Toolsfor Water Quality Monitoring and MappingUsing Paper-Based Sensors and CellPhones“, Water Research, (70)  360-369, 2015nDOI:10.1016/j.watres.2014.12.005(ImpactFactor: 9.130)

  • S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K. Pennings, V. Leung, M. Liu, C.Carrasquilla, B. Kannan, Y. Li,R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, and C. D. M. Filipe. “PullulanEncapsulation of Labile Biomolecules to Give Stable Bioassay Tablets”, Angew.Chem. Int. Ed., (24) 6155-6158, 2014. DOI:10.1002/anie.201403222 (ImpactFactor: 12.959)

  • S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi,  A. Henry, V. Leung, C.Sicard, K. Pennings,R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, and C. D. M. Filipe. “Paper-BasedMicrofluidics with an Erodible Polymeric Bridge Giving Controlled Release andTimed Flow Shutoff”, Lab Chip, (14) 229-236 2014.DOI:10.1039/c3lc50762a. (Impact Factor: 6.914)

  • S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, P. Chavan, C. Sicard, V. Leung, S. M. Z.Hossain, R. Pelton, J. D.Brennan and C. D.M. Filipe. "Creating FastFlow Channels in Paper Fluidic Devices to Control Timing of Sequential Reactions", LabChip, (12) 5079-5085, 2012.  DOI: 10.1039/C2LC41005B. (ImpactFactor:6.914)

  • Z.Zhang, P. Wigmore, X. Deng, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, V. Leung, R.Pelton, Y. Li, and C. D. M. Filipe. “Bi-Enzymatic Odour-GeneratingBiosensor with Enhanced Stability: Pullulan Based Smell-TellTablets forOn-Site ATP detection”, Analyst , Under Review. (Impact Factor:4.107)

  • Z.Zhang, R. Ng, X. Deng, V. Leung,  S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, P. Wigmore, J. Zhang, R. Pelton, Y. Li, and Carlos D. M. Filipe. “Detectingand Locating Water Leaks Using Odour and Colour Signals Based on PullulanFilm”, Analyst , Under Review. (Impact Factor: 4.107)

Disclosures and Provisional Patent Application​s

1.      S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi,V. Leung, M. M Ali, and C. D.M. Filipe. "Method of Long-TermPreservation of Chemical and Biological Species Using Sugar Glasses”, USprovisional patent application, 62/572,928, 2017.

2.      S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi,R. Pelton, C. D.M. Filipe, J. D. Brennan, M.M Ali, V. Leung, and K. Pennings."PullulanMixtures for Protection of Chemicals and Biological Materials", USprovisional patent application, 62/168,192, 2015.

3.      B. Kannan,S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi,R. Pelton, C. D.M. Filipe, J. D. Brennan. "PrintedPaper Sensors for Serum Lactate Dehydrogenase Using Pullulan-Based Inks toImmobilize Reagents”, US provisional patent application,62/212,185, 2015.

4.      S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi,C. D.M. Filipe, R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, and Y. Li. "Method forStabilizing Various Molecules without Refrigeration Using Water SolublePolymers – Demonstration Using Pullulan", US provisional patentapplication. 61/901,784, 2013.

5.      S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi,C. D.M. Filipe, R. Pelton, and J. D.Brennan. "Automatic FlowShut-off System forPaper-Based Microfluidics Formed through DissolvingPolymers", US provisional patent application 61/759,073, 2013.

6.      S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi,C. D.M. Filipe, R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, and K. Dalnoki-Veress."Methodsof Controlling Flow in Paper-Based Microfluidic Devices", US provisionalpatent application 61/645,144, 2012.


Selected Presentations

1.      Z.Sadiq, and S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, “Real Time Analysis ofHeavy Metal Ions with Gold Nanoparticles”, Accepted for the oral presentationat the ChemEng Research Day Conference, Montréal, Canada,March, 2020

2.      S.H. Safiabadi-Tali, and S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi. “MicrofluidicPaper-Based Analytical Devices for Lead Detection”, Accepted for the oralpresentation at the ChemEng Research Day Conference, Montréal,Canada, March, 2020

3.      S. H.Safiabadi-Tali, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi“Paper-basedAnalytical Devices (PADs): the Technology Tree and Future Directions”, BIOFORInternational Conference, Montreal, Canada, Feb. 2020

4.      A. R.Rouhani Esfahani, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi“Colorimetricsensor for determination of phosphate ions using gold nanoplates and europiumions”, BIOFOR International Conference, Montreal, Canada,Feb. 2020

5.      S. H.Safiabadi-Tali, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi“MicrofluidicPaper-Based Analytical Devices: Fabrication Methods and EmergingApplications”, CQMF-QCAM Student Symposium, Montreal, Canada,Nov. 2019

6.      A. R.Rouhani Esfahani, E. Usen, D.  Boffito, S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi“Colorimetricsensor for determination of nitrate ions using gold nanoparticles”, CQMF-QCAMStudent Symposium, Montreal, Canada, Nov. 2019

7.      A. R.Rouhani Esfahani, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi“Paperbased bio-sensor with gold nanoparticles for detection of phosphate inwater”, Chemical engineering research day, Montreal, Canada,March 2019

8.      O. D.Oyewunmi, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi“Paper-BasedAnalytical Devices: A Tool to Monitor The Hardness Level of Water”, CQMF-QCAMStudent Symposium, Montreal, Canada, Nov. 2019

9.      O. D.Oyewunmi, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi“MicrofluidicDevice for Detection of Water Hardness”, Alembic Study Tour,Montreal, Canada, July 2019

10.   O. D.Oyewunmi, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi“PaperBased Microfluidic Device for Detection of Water Hardness”, Chemicalengineering research day, Montreal, Canada, March 2019

11.    S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K. Pennings, V. Leung, M. Liu, C. Carrasquilla,B. Kannan, Y. Li, R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, C. D. M. Filipe. “BioLabin Pills: Pills Based Assay Kit for Detection of Pesticide in DrinkingWater”, Biodefense World Summit, Bethesda, Maryland. June 2015

12.    S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K. Pennings, V. Leung, M. Liu, C.Carrasquilla, B. Kannan, Y. Li, R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, C. D. M.Filipe. “Pill-Based Assay Kit for Quick Detection of WaterContamination”, 4th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology,Lisbon, Portugal. May 2015

13.    S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K. Pennings, V. Leung, M. Liu, C.Carrasquilla, B. Kannan, Y. Li, R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, C. D. M.Filipe. “Detection of Organophosphate Pesticide in DrinkingWater”, Industry Connect FIBRE Regional Conference, London,Ontario, Canada. March 2015

14.    S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, R. Pelton, and C. D. M. Filipe. “Paper-BasedBiosensor for Detection of Organophosphate Pesticides”, PaperWeekCanada 2015, Montreal, Canada, February 2015.

15.    S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K. Pennings, V. Leung, M. Liu, C.Carrasquilla, B. Kannan, Y. Li, R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, C. D. M.Filipe. “Simple Method for Long-term Preservation of Labile Enzymes atRoom Temperature”, 64th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, NiagaraFalls, Canada, October  2014.

16.    S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, R. Pelton, and C. D. M. Filipe. “Biosensor-on-pills:Detection of the Organophosphate Pesticides”, McMaster WaterWeek, Hamilton, Canada, October 2014.

17.    S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K. Pennings, V. Leung, M. Liu, C.Carrasquilla, B. Kannan, Y. Li, R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, C. D. M.Filipe. “Immobilized BioLab in Pills”, Fiber Conference, Vancouver,Canada, May 2014.

18.    S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K. Pennings, V. Leung, M. Liu, C.Carrasquilla, B. Kannan, Y. Li, R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, C. D. M.Filipe. “BioLab in Pills”, MUCEC, Hamilton, Canada,April 2014.

19.    S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K.Pennings, V. Leung, C. Sicard, R. Pelton,J. D. Brennan and C. D.M. Filipe. “Fully Automated BioactivePaper-Based Sensor for Detection of Organophosphate Pesticides”, PaperWeekConference, Montreal, Canada, February 2014.

20.    S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, A. Henry, V. Leung, C. Sicard, R. Pelton, J.D. Brennan and C. D.M. Filipe. " Paper-based microfluidics witherodible polymeric bridge giving controlled release and timed flowshutoff", 247th ACS National Meeting and Exposition 2014,Dallas, Texas, March 2014.

21.    S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, A. Henry, V. Leung, C. Sicard, R. Pelton, J.D. Brennan and C. D.M. Filipe. "Automatic Time-Dependent Flow Cut-OffSystem for Paper-Based Microfluidic Devices Using Erodible PolymericBridge", AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, USA,November 2013.

22.    S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, A. Henry, V. Leung, C. Sicard, R. Pelton, J. D.Brennan and C. D.M. Filipe. "Development of an Automatic TimeDependent Flow Cut-Off System Using Rapid Dissolvable Polymer", FIBREConference, Cornwall, Canada, May 2013.

23.     S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, P. Chavan, C. Sicard, V. Leung, S. M. Z.Hossain, R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan and C. D.M. Filipe. "Speeding up theCapillary Flow in Paper-Based Fluidic Devices for Rapid Diagnostics andEnvironmental Sensing Applications", The 62nd Canadian ChemicalEngineering, Vancouver, Canada, October 2012.

24.   A. Haghtalab, S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, "Sequential Rate-Based Model for CO2 AbsorberColumn Using Monoethanolamine Solution", 23rd InternationalConference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and EnvironmentalImpact of Energy Systems ECOS2010, Lausanne, Switzerland, June 2010.



SelectInternational Broadcast and Interviews

1.      HamiltonSpectator: “Smartphones get smart about water” (2015-05-14) Link

2.      TheGlobe and Mail: “Engineered to Change the World: Turning the Water TestingProcess Upside Down”(2014-11-05) Link

3.      WebIndia123: “Now,water-testing lab packed into a pill” (2014-04-29Link

4.      TheGlobe and Mail: “Forget the fridge: McMaster researchers develop newstorage method for vaccines” (2014-09-25)Link

5.      CBC| Hamilton: “McMaster scientists working on new melt in your mouth vaccine-Group receive$100K grant to study how breath strip-like tablets” (2014-09-24) Link

6.      LabCanada: “Project to develop room-temperature storage for fragile biologics”(2014-09-23Link

7.      TakePart:“Drop This Tiny Pill Into a Glass of Water to See If You're DrinkingPesticides” (2014-06-07)Link

8.      MedicalDaily: “Contaminated Water May Soon Be Unmasked With A Tiny Pill VerySimilar to Minty-Fresh Breath Strips” (2014-06-06) Link

9.       McMasterUniversity News: “Sentinel Students take top two prizes at national FIBREconference” (2014-05-22Link

10.  Gizmag:“Water-testingpills draw on breath-freshening tech” (2014-05-01) Link

11.  CBC| Radio Canada International: “Safe drinking water? Canadians developa simple test with a pill” (2014-04-30)Link

12.  ScienceDaily: “Water test for the world: Simple pill brings lab to water to testfor contamination”(2014-04-28) Link



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