Cheng, Hai-Ling


Biomedical Engineering


Contact Information
Phone: 416-978-4095
Office: 661 University Avenue, Room 1433


Hai-Ling Cheng received her BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Calgary and spent two years in industry working on real-time synthetic aperture radar development for Canadian defense surveillance. She then returned to academia to pursue further post-graduate study in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto, where she received her PhD degree in 2003 on interventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided focused ultrasound thermal ablation therapy. She continued her academic research as a Scientist in The Hospital for Sick Children, Research Institute. In 2014 she joined the Institute of  Biomedical Engineering (BME) and The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor. Since 2015, she has been a member of the Translational Biology & Engineering Program in the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research. Dr. Cheng’s research focuses on the development of quantitative MRI for advanced applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, with a particular emphasis on cardiovascular imaging and imaging at a physiological, cellular, and molecular level.


  • Dean’s Spark Professorship (2018 – 2021)
  • CIHR College of Reviewers
  • Annual Meeting Program Committee of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
  • Member, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)
  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
  • Graduate awards: NSERC, OGS, U of T Open
  • Undergraduate awards: Muriel Kovitz Prize for the top graduating student at the University of Calgary, Governor General’s Silver Medal, Chancellor David B. Smith Gold Medal in Engineering, APEGGA Gold Medal in Electrical Engineering, Canada Scholar
  • International Engineering Consortium’s Top Student of the Year Award
  • Women in Engineering & Science Award from National Research Council of Canada (1991-1994)