Vincent Tabard-Cossa

Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Vincent is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, at the University of Ottawa. His laboratory in nanoscale biophysics was founded in 2010. He is cross-appointed with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Since 2020, he is also Chief Scientific Officer (part-time) of Northern Nanopore Instruments, a company he co-founded that specializes in research tools and solutions to support fundamental and applied research on solid-state nanopores. Vincent received the Early Research of the Year award at the University of Ottawa in 2018 and was inducted to the College of the Royal Society of Canada in 2019.
Vincent Tabard-Cossa


  • B.Sc. Physics, McGill University, 2000
  • Ph.D. Physics, McGill University, 2006

Ph.D. thesis research was performed in Peter Grütter‘s Scanning Probe Microscopy and Nanoscience group in the Physics Department at McGill University. He investigated the origins of surface stress when various types of molecules trigger chemical/physical reactions at gas-solid and liquid-solid interfaces using AFM-based microcantilever sensors.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia, 2008

In the applied biophysics group of Andre Marziali at the University of British-Columbia (UBC), he studied single-molecule bonds (DNA-DNA for genotyping and receptor-ligand for drug screening applications) using solid-state nanopore-based force spectroscopy.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, 2010

At the Stanford Genome Technology Center, with Ron Davis, he studied the screening behaviour of DNA polymers and fluid transport under high electric fields in nanofluidic transistors, i.e. electrically gated nanopore devices.


Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Ottawa

Cross-appointed, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa

Chief Scientific Officer (part-time), Northern Nanopore Instruments

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Ottawa


Member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada
University of Ottawa Young Researcher of the Year Award
Ontario Early Researcher Award
Rising Young Investigator Award, Genome Technology Magazine


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Vincent Tabard-Cossa, Department of Physics,
University of Ottawa, Ottawa ON, K1N 6N5, Canada