Prof. Andrew Eckford

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Andrew Eckford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University, Toronto, Ontario. His research interests include the application of information theory to biology, and the design of communication systems using molecular and biological techniques. His research has been covered in media including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and IEEE Spectrum. His research received the 2015 IET Communications Innovation Award, and was a finalist for the 2014 Bell Labs Prize. He is also a co-author of the textbook Molecular Communication, published by Cambridge University Press.

Andrew received the B.Eng. degree from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1996, and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto in 1999 and 2004, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. Andrew held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Toronto, prior to taking up a faculty position at York in 2006. He has held courtesy appointments at the University of Toronto and Case Western Reserve University. In 2018, he was named a Senior Fellow of Massey College, Toronto.

Contact information

  • Mailing address: Dept. of EECS, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3
  • Office location: Room 3026, Lassonde building
  • Email:

Prof. Eckford's TEDxYorkU Talk on Molecular Communication