Portrait of Margaret Hai-Ling Cheng

Hai-Ling Margaret Cheng

Associate Professor

BSc (Calgary), MSc (Calgary), PhD (Toronto), PEng

Research Stream: Cell & Tissue Engineering

Laboratory Website:

Email: hailing.cheng@utoronto.ca | Tel: 416 978-4095 | Office: MaRS West Tower, 661 University Ave, Room 1433-N

Main Appointments

  • Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering
  • Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Additional Appointments

  • Adjunct Scientist, Translational Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute

Research Interests

  • Non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for cellular, molecular, and physiological imaging
  • New contrast agents for vascular and cellular imaging and targeting
  • Quantitative MRI methods to measure microvascular function
  • Monitoring vascularization and regeneration in tissue-engineered systems
  • Early cancer detection and diagnosis

Stories & Media

Non-invasive Biosurveillance

Dr. Hai-Ling Margaret Cheng and her lab have been developing sensitive trackers that will allow cells and non-cellular components to be monitored without invasive surgeries. These trackers convey how cell and tissues move around in the body. The technology will enhance Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) into a more informative analysis tool upon its release within the next few years.