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Nancy Tawil
Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering ; M.Eng Chemical Engineering ; B.Sc Physiology

Phone: (514) 686-1683 Fax: (514) 340-5170

Research interests and affiliations

Research interests
  • Bacteriophages

  • Nanomaterials in medicine

  • Biocompatibility

  • Antibacterial medical devices

  • Antibiotic resistant infections

  • Biodegradable polymers

Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 2004 Polymers and coatings
  • 2006 Biomaterials
  • 3402 Surface and interfacial chemistry
  • 6403 Toxicology


Recent publications


Dr. Nancy Tawil has a solid multidisciplinary background in human physiology (B.Sc. McGill), chemical engineering (M.Eng. École Polytechnique), and biomedical engineering (Ph.D. École Polytechnique).

Her research focuses on the development of innovative delivery systems which allow the sustained release of novel antimicrobials. These strategies are nested in the current need to resolve biofilms and multi-drug resistant infections. Her expertise and interests include drug delivery, physico-chemical characterization, polymer chemistry, periprosthetic joint infections, novel combination devices, antibiotic resistance, and nanotechnology.

In her current role as the Chief Scientific Officer at Phagelux Inc., she is responsible for the management of a global, multidisciplinary team.  She oversees laboratories and scientists in Canada and China. Her success as a leader in the industry of bacteriophage and lysin research has allowed for a multitude of global partnerships and collaborative efforts, as well as the translation of Phagelux’s technologies into human clinical trials.

Dr. Tawil continues to foster strong working relationships with professors in Canada and around the world, as well as governmental entities in Canada  and in the United Sates. In the past 3 years she has been an invited speaker at multiple international conferences, including the World Anti-Microbial Resistance Congress, and the US Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic- Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB). As an Associate Professor, she would continue to foster these relationships and further reinforce École Polytechnique de Montréal’s standings as a leader in research and innovative development in the field of antimicrobials.


  • Règlementation des instruments médicaux
  • Introduction aux biomatériaux, biocompatibilité et science des matériaux


  • Doctor of Philosophy Biomedical Engineering (École Polytechnique de Montréal)
  • Masters of Chemical Engineering (École Polytechnique de Montréal)
  • Bachelors of Science Physiology (McGill University)