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Dr. Todd Hoare

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Dr. Todd Hoare

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University

Post-Doctoral Fellows

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Hi, I’m Lei, and I am a postdoctoral fellow working on peptide-based biomaterials for advanced applications. I earned my B.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Nanjing Tech University, with my Ph.D. also being co-cultured at the University of Waterloo. My work outside of the lab is driven by a passion for popular science education and the world of startup enterprises.

Lei Zhang

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Hello! My name is Mandana. I'm a postdoctoral fellow working on developing drug carriers for plants, a project in collaboration with Suncor. I earned my PhD in Chemical Engineering from McGill University, where my research centered on the biomedical and industrial applications of cellulose derivatives. Outside of work, I'm passionate about cooking, outdoor activities like hiking and camping, and spending quality time with friends.

Mandana Tavakolian

Ph.D. Students

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Milana Pikula

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Hi! I’m Nate, a PhD student working on targeted drug delivery to the lungs using naturally derived polymers. I completed my undergrad at Queen’s University where I received my B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering. Outside of the lab I am a huge football fan and an avid guitarist.

Nate Dowdall

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Hi! I’m Norma, a PhD candidate working on the development of functional bioinks for 3D bioprinting applications. I completed my undergraduate studies in Biotechnology Engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico. In my free time, I enjoy reading, discovering new coffee shops and visiting museums.

Norma Garza Flores

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Hey! I'm Saeid, a PhD candidate working on data-driven modelling of pH-temperature responsive microgels for tailoring their final swelling profile. I received my MSc from Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute, and for the last few years, I have been working on the first principle modelling of polyolefin polymerization reactors. My passion is to combine black-box and white-box modelling to make the best possible use of available data and theoretical knowledge and improve understanding of the complex polymerization system dynamics. Outside of the research, I am a big fan of nature tourism and watching series.

Saeid Tayebi

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¡Hi! I'm Alexis a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at Hoare Lab. I am currently working on tissue engineering and drug release . My background is in Dentistry, having graduated in 2013, and the completing an MSc in Biomedical Sciences in 2017. I then went on to train as a Periodontist (Gum health and Dental Implant Surgery) all in Mexican Institutions. Outside the lab, I enjoy spending time with friends, sightseeing and shopping.

Alexis Larios Cervantes

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Nahieli Preciado

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Hey! I’m Ridhdhi, a PhD student co-supervised by Dr. Hoare and Dr. Sheardown! I am working on developing nano-sized drug carriers for efficiently delivering drugs to the front of the eye. I am a “Mac-Lifer” that also completed her undergrad in Chemical and Bioengineering at McMaster University. Outside of the lab, I love trekking up mountains or through forests, running, and hiking!

Ridhdhi Dave

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Hi, I am Survanshu, a Ph.D. student working on developing hybrid polymeric materials for improved biosensing co-supervised by Dr. Todd Hoare and Dr. Leyla Soleymani. I completed my M.Tech degree in Biomedical Engineering from IIT Bombay, India, and holds a B.Tech degree in Biotechnology Engineering. Outside of the lab, I like to watch anime and thriller/horror movies, and play chess and table tennis

Survanshu Saxena

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Hi, I’m Kayla! I’m a PhD candidate working on drug delivery vehicles focusing on controlled release triggered by external stimuli. I completed my undergraduate degree here at McMaster in Materials Science and Engineering, followed by a one-year accelerated master’s on the topic of polymer coatings for orthopedic implants. In my free time I love to play and coach soccer. I also enjoy reading and going on hikes.

Kayla Baker

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Hey! I’m Sadru, a PhD student co-supervised by Dr. Hoare! My research focuses on combining bacteriophage work from one lab with the hydrogel materials in Dr. Hoare’s lab to fight antimicrobial resistant infections. Science is my first love, but my second love is dad jokes. I also enjoy rock climbing, coffee, and deep dives into the nerdy corners of YouTube.

Sadru Walji

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Hello! I’m currently a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at McMaster University under the co-supervision of Dr. Todd Hoare and Dr. Ram Mishra. I completed my undergraduate in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo. My current research involves the use of nanoparticle network hydrogels as drug delivery systems for various neurological conditions.

Andrew Lofts

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Hi everyone! I'm Mya, a Master's student working on creating anti-infective coatings surgical masks and synthesizing antimicrobial microgels for drug delivery applications. I recently completed my undergraduate degree in the Integrated Science program, concentrating in Chemical Biology. Outside of the lab, I enjoy reading and learning how to bake!

Mya Sharma

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Hi everyone! My name is Gurpreet and I am a PhD student in the Hoare Lab.My research is focused on developing a polymer therapeutic ocular drug delivery to prevent vitreal degeneration in order to combat retinal diseases. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, crafts, makeup, home renovation, and travelling!

Gurpreet Kaur Randhawa

M.A.Sc Students

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Hi! I’m Parizad, currently a Master’s student in the Hoare lab working on fabricating plant-based polymer hydrogel films to use as wound dressings for individuals with fragile skin conditions. I recently completed my undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in biology from McMaster. In my free time outside of the lab I enjoy hiking, cooking and playing Mario Kart!

Parizad Katila

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My name is Cameron and I am a Master's student in the Hoare Lab working on using starch nanoparticles for drug delivery. I recently graduated from McMaster's Chemical and Biomedical Engineering program, and completed my undergraduate thesis in the Hoare lab. In my free time I love swimming, sailing and hiking!

Cameron MacDonald

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Hi, I’m Hugo and I am currently a Master’s student in the Hoare Lab. I am working on extracting and integrating natural plant antimicrobial compounds into natural-based hydrogel structures for use as wound dressings. I previously completed my undergraduate degree at McMaster University in Chemistry where I was also in the co-op program. Outside the lab, I love to travel, go to wine tastings and to go cycling.

Hugo Lopes

Undergraduates

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Isabella Jun

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Ben Kertesz

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Mackenzie Belchos

Summer Students

Manar Ali

Hi everyone, I’m Manar! I’m a Summer student in the Hoare lab working on the formulation and characterization of skin adhesive hydrogels for the dermal delivery of drugs. I’m going into my fourth year of the Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization program. In my free time, I enjoy baking and spending time outdoors.

Manar Ali

Abby Benyair

Hey! I’m Abby, an undergraduate student working on synthesizing gradient brush copolymers for stabilizing nanoparticles for drug delivery. I’m going into my fourth year of the Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (iBioMed) program at McMaster, specializing in Materials and Biomedical Engineering. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, music, and going to concerts!

Abby Benyair

Jack Girardi

Hi! My name is Jack and I just finished Engineering 1 at McMaster University. I hope to study chemical engineering and bioengineering for the remainder of my undergraduate degree. This summer, I am developing mesoporous silica/cellulose gels for wound healing and agriculture applications. Outside the lab, I enjoy hiking, biking, and running along the various trails in Hamilton.

Jack Girardi

Chelsey Ellis

Hi everyone! I’m Chelsey Ellis, a third year student in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at McMaster. My projects are focused on 3D bioprinting of composite bioinks based on in-situ gelling nanofibers and fabrication of magnetic electrospun fibers for aligned tissue fabrication! In my free time I enjoy reading and being with my dog.

Chelsey Ellis

Emily Gaylard

My name is Emily Gaylard. I am a fifth year chemical biology student. My project for uses on alkylated EDTA loaded gels for wound dressing applications. A fun fact about me is that I can read braille!

Emily Gaylard

Reina Mazloum

Reina Mazloum

Ella Chow

Hi! I'm Ella, I just finished Engineering I and McMaster and I'm an undergraduate summer student in the Hoare Lab. I'm working under Lei Zhang to enhance POEGMA polymers with lysine-based peptides. We hope to create improved nanoparticles and hydrogels for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. Outside of the lab, I love listening to music, shopping, and spending time with friends and family!

Ella Chow

Jordan Classen

Hey! My name’s Jordan and I’m an undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering & iBioMed at McMaster! I’m also pursuing minors in Biochemistry and Impact of Infectious Disease on Individuals & Society. I’ve been developing a guar gum-based hydrogel to optimize its treatment applications for patients with epidermolysis bullosa! My academic interests include pathogenic microorganisms, synthetic biology, immunology, and drug delivery!

Jordan Classen

Elaina Piliouras

Hi everyone! My name is Elaina, and I am a fourth-year undergraduate student here at Mac in the Integrated Science program (biochemistry). This summer I am working with Mya Sharma to develop antibacterial microgels for the prevention of biofilm growth in medical and industrial settings. In my free time I enjoy cooking, swimming, and all things music!

Elaina Piliouras

Alumni

Owais Amir

Undergraduate (2023 - 2024)

Nils Nordstrom

Undergraduate (2023)

Laura Weiler

Summer Student (2023)

Nada Ibrahim

Undergraduate (2022 - 2023)

Samaneh Toufanian (she/her)

Ph.D (2018 - 2023)

Emma Chalupka

Undergraduate (2022 - 2023)

Eva Mueller

Ph.D (2017 - 2022)

Thomas Kalab

Undergraduate (2022)

Vivek Kannan

Summer Student (2022)

Chloe Wu (she/her)

Undergraduate (2021 - 2022)

Simranjeet Singh (he/him)

Undergraduate (2021 - 2022)

Dr. Ali Akbari

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2014 - 2021)

Dr. James Bodnaryk

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2020 - 2021)

Blake Patterson

M.A.Sc. Student (2018 - 2021)

Makenzie Lamb

Undergraduate (2020 - 2021)

Michael Majcher

Ph.D (2014 - 2021)

Michael Kiriakou

M.A.Sc. Student (2018 - 2020)

Elizabeth Keane

Undergraduate (2020)

Elizabeth Keane

Undergraduate (2020)

Alexandra Colville-Reeves

Undergraduate (2020)

Dr. Zhicheng Pan

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2018 - 2020)

Lucas Jarrett

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Cecilia Tran

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Coulter Montague Szakaly

Undergraduate (2018 - 2020)

Shilpa Bhardwaj

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Sophia Emerson

M.A.Sc. Student (2018 - 2019)

Terrel Marshall

Undergraduate (2019)

Kathryn Whitesell-O’Melia

Undergraduate (2019)

Kevin De France

Ph.D (2014 - 2019)

Vishrut Panchal

Undergraduate (2018 - 2019)

Kelli Johnson

M.A.Sc. Student (2016 - 2018)

Amy Ling

Summer Student (2018)

Juliana Onesi

Summer Student (2018)

Dr. Wenwen Xu

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2017 - 2018)

Dr. Lukas Sadowski

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2015 - 2018)

Haniah Shaikh

Undergraduate (2017 - 2018)

Ahmed Koasmh

Undergraduate (2018)

Dr. Rabia Mateen

Ph.D (2011 - 2018)

John Vairo

Undergraduate (2017)

Troy Stoner

Undergraduate (2017)

Trevor Gilbert

Ph.D (2010 - 2017)

Dr. Vitaliy Kapishon

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2015 - 2017)

Katelyn Chan

Undergraduate (2015 - 2017)

Zixin Zhang

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Ali Abu Helal

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Henry Yu

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Ashutosh Kulkarni

M.A.Sc. Student (2014 - 2017)

Ivan Urosev

M.A.Sc. Student (2014 - 2016)

Xudong Deng

Ph.D (2012 - 2016)

Donovan Ramkishun

Undergraduate (2015 - 2016)

Dr. Scott Campbell

Ph.D (2010 - 2016)

Juhina Elmajdoub

M.A.Sc. Student (2014 - 2015)

Dennis Kinio

Undergraduate (2012, 2014-2015)

Owen Barrigar

Undergraduate (2015)

Juhina Elmajdoub

M.A.Sc. Student (2014 - 2015)

Danielle Maitland

M.A.Sc. Student (2012 - 2014)

Stephanie Truelove

Undergraduate (2014)

Rowen Moon

Undergraduate (2012 - 2014)

Justin Piazza

M.A.Sc. Student (2012 - 2013)

Dr. Niels Smeets

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2011 - 2013)

Pardis Assi

Undergraduate (2012)

Paniz Sheikholeslami

M.A.Sc. Student (2010 - 2012)

Leah Kesselman

Undergraduate (2009 - 2012)

Iza Noor

Undergraduate (2011 - 2012)

Jenny (Mayra) Tzoc

M.A.Sc. Student (2009 - 2011)

Syed Usman Ahmed

Undergraduate (2009 - 2011)

Thaksena Rangaranjan

Undergraduate (2011)

Doren Singh

Ph.D (2018 - 2024)

Sofia Bordignon

Undergraduate (2023)

Julia Pona

Summer Student (2023)

Youssef Emam

Undergraduate (2022 - 2023)

Colin Stark

Undergraduate (2022 - 2023)

Meghan Kostashuk

Undergraduate (2022 - 2023)

Melaina Del Grosso

Summer Student (2022)

Hadeel Abu-Jazar

Summer Student (2022)

Sophia Andru

Summer Student (2022)

Madeline Sain (she/her)

Undergraduate (2021 - 2022)

Cynthia Pham (she/her)

Undergraduate (2018 - 2022)

Melanie Chung (she/her)

Undergraduate (2021)

Elizabeth Keane (she/her)

Undergraduate (2020 - 2021)

Couper Smith

Undergraduate (2021)

Laura Neely

M.A.Sc. Student (2021)

Angela Pollinzi

Undergraduate (2019 - 2021)

Dr. Xiaoyun Li

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2018 - 2020)

Maya Ziolkowska

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Bridget Latka

Undergraduate (2020)

Maggie Zhu

Undergraduate (2020)

Dr. Zohreh Farsangi

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2018 - 2020)

Yulia Shcherbakova

Undergraduate (2020)

Victoria Kirkness

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Albert Stancescu

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Ali Babar

M.A.Sc. Student (2017 - 2019)

Menatalla Ellag

Undergraduate (2019)

Anna Basatskaya

Undergraduate (2019)

Maryam Badv

Ph.D (2013 - 2019)

Francesco Vito

Undergraduate (2018 - 2019)

Alexander McKay

Undergraduate (2018 - 2019)

Angus Lam

Undergraduate (2014 - 2018)

Laura Carter

Summer Student (2018)

Dr. Fei Xu

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2013 - 2018)

Dr. Emilia Bakaic

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2012 - 2018)

Ugonwa Echendu

Undergraduate (2017 - 2018)

Abigail Go

Undergraduate (2018)

Jennifer Boughton

Undergraduate (2017 - 2018)

Jonathan Dorogin

M.A.Sc. Student (2016 - 2018)

Annika Yardy

Undergraduate (2017)

Kaylie Lau

Undergraduate (2017)

Dr. Julijana Milosevic

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2015 - 2017)

Maria Budi Hartono

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Kaleela Kadir

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Mimi Deng

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Carter McInnis

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Ashutosh Kulkarni

M.A.Sc. Student (2014 - 2017)

Helen Dorrington

M.A.Sc. Student (2015 - 2016)

Courtney van Ballegooie

Undergraduate (2014 - 2016)

Scott Campbell

Ph.D (2010 - 2016)

Jenny Chen

Undergraduate (2014 - 2016)

Ivan Urosev

M.A.Sc. Student (2014 - 2016)

Ian Gough

Undergraduate (2015)

Dr. Daryl Sivakumaran

Ph.D (2010 - 2015)

Sahil Azeez

Undergraduate (2012 - 2015)

Cameron Shaw

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2014)

Sahar Mokhtari

M.A.Sc. Student (2012 - 2014)

Andrew McMillen

Undergraduate (2014)

Rebecca Chu

Undergraduate (2012 - 2014)

Jared Gour

Undergraduate (2013)

Helen Dorrington

Undergraduate (2012 - 2013)

Sahar Mokhtari

Undergraduate (2012)

Hua Tong

Undergraduate (2012)

Janine Ho

Undergraduate (2011 - 2012)

Thomas Oszustowicz

Undergraduate (2011)

Elysia Jellema

Undergraduate (2010 - 2011)

Ho Mak

Undergraduate (2011)

Sonia Nijampatnam

Undergraduate (2010 - 2011)

Matt Campea (he/him)

Ph.D (2018 - 2023)

Charlotte Fleet

Summer Student (2023)

Dr. Afshin Abrishamkar (he/him)

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2020 - 2023)

Trent Ignaczewski

Undergraduate (2022 - 2023)

Cam Macdonald (He/Him)

Undergraduate (2022 - 2023)

Chloe Dawson (she/her)

M.A.Sc. Student (2019 - 2022)

Lauren Choi

Summer Student (2022)

Rosalie Wang (she/her)

Summer Student (2022)

Amber Monteiro (she/her)

Undergraduate (2021 - 2022)

Kevin Gulo

Undergraduate (2019 - 2022)

Dr. Madeline Simpson (she/her)

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2014 - 2021)

Diane Kim (she/her)

Undergraduate (2021)

Jonathan Que

Undergraduate (2019 - 2021)

Zheng Fu Zhou

Undergraduate (2020 - 2021)

Isabelle Poulin (she/her)

Undergraduate (2021)

Mina Yeganeh

Undergraduate (2020 - 2021)

Yang Lu

M.A.Sc. Student (2018 - 2020)

Dabeer Abdul-Azeez

Undergraduate (2020)

Riyadh Baksh

Undergraduate (2020)

Nicholas Carbonara

Undergraduate (2020)

Pamela Schimmer

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Parmida Amid

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Olivia Waite

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Yasamin Allahverdi

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Ali Affar

M.A.Sc. Student (2017 - 2019)

Shalimar Ramos

Undergraduate (2019)

Mosana Abraha

Undergraduate (2019)

Dr. Somiraa Said

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2017 - 2019)

Alan Mo

Undergraduate (2018 - 2019)

Nicola Muzzin

M.A.Sc. Student (2016 - 2018)

Ana Arezina

Undergraduate (2016 - 2018)

Lauren Weir

Summer Student (2018)

Rabia Mateen

Ph.D (2011 - 2018)

Gero Padberg

Summer Student (2018)

Karishni Ramamoorthi

Undergraduate (2017 - 2018)

Nazrin Azeez

Undergraduate (2017 - 2018)

Jacob Saunders

Undergraduate (2018)

Ashlyn Leung

Undergraduate (2017)

Michel Syriani

Undergraduate (2017)

Seamus Ingram

Undergraduate (2017)

Dr. Brandon Corbett

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2016 - 2017)

Meghan Rothenbroker

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Sydney Bell

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Francis Yavitt

Undergraduate (2013 - 2017)

Caleb Seo

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Dr. Trevor Gilbert

Ph.D (2010 - 2017)

Helen Dorrington

M.A.Sc. Student (2015 - 2016)

Dr. Jianfeng Zhang

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2015 - 2016)

Haiming Luo

Undergraduate (2015 - 2016)

Dr. Xudong Deng

Ph.D (2012 - 2016)

Dr. Varvara Pokrovskaya

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2015)

Spencer Imbrogno

Undergraduate (2015)

Samuel Suntharalingham

Undergraduate (2014 - 2015)

Katya D’Costa

Undergraduate (2014 - 2015)

Sara Amjad

Undergraduate (2014)

Jacqueline Chau

Undergraduate (2014)

Mathew Patenaude

Ph.D (2009 - 2014)

Danielle Maitland

M.A.Sc. Student (2012 - 2014)

Dr. Hongxia Guo

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2011 - 2013)

Tyler Homer

Undergraduate (2012 - 2013)

Ahmed Eltom

Undergraduate (2012)

Danielle Maitland

Undergraduate (2009 - 2012)

Miles Montgomery

Undergraduate (2011 - 2012)

Genevieve Conant

Undergraduate (2011)

Robert Fuller

Undergraduate (2011)

Sabika Raza

Undergraduate (2010 - 2011)

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