Welcome. This page is the point of contact for Al Meldrum's research team, at the University of Alberta.  
Covid-19: Our lab has "relaunched" under many heavy restrictions.

WHY DID COVID-19 HAPPEN? Exactly how did this virus start in Wuhan as early as Nov. 2019, and how was it allowed to spread all over the world? Why were we so unprepared, despite unequivocal warnings from the SARS (2003) and Avian Flu (2013) pandemics? The reasons must be understood and appropriate actions must be taken.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, has failed, backtracked, and changed direction at almost every step of this disaster. Read the timeline by the Edmonton Journal.

Petition for the resignation of WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
receives over 1 million signatures.

Research projects

  • Microfluidic biosensors
  • Biolasers
  • Greenhouse gas sensors
  • Microlasers and sensors
  • Fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy

Want to know how to make a material into a "laser of many colors"? Read our recent work.

Grayflare: Spin-off company producing ANSI rated laser barrier solutions and spectral imagers.

University of Alberta: With more than 35,000 students, the University of Alberta is one of the largest universities in western Canada. We work in the brand new Centennial Center for Interdisciplinary Science, a modern state-of-the-art building housing scientists from Physics, Chemistry, and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

Edmonton: With a population of just over 1 million, Edmonton is the northernmost major city in North America. Originally the Fort Edmonton trading post (which you can still visit), Edmonton is now a diverse, thriving metropolis, with several professional sports teams, a jam-packed summer festival schedule, and the largest river parkway in North America. It is also a 4-hour drive from the famous ski centers at Banff and Jasper, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.


Welcome. Here you will find various research, teaching, and other information. Thanks for visiting.