Our Team

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Dr. Todd Hoare

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University

Post-Doctoral Fellows

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Hi, I’m Lisha, a postdoctoral fellow working on the development of liposomes, niosomes and other products for Suncor. I completed my PhD thesis at University of Alberta on liposome production to deliver multiple bioactives. In addition to my research, I love hiking and playing Arena of Valor and League of Legends.

Dr. Lisha Zhao

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Dr. Fei Xu

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Hello, I’m Ali, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Hoare’s lab. In collaboration with Suncor, I’m working on fabrication of anti-infective coatings and nanocarriers for delivery of bioactive compounds in plants. During my PhD program and previous postdoctoral fellow at University of Alberta, I developed protein/carbohydrate-based nanoparticles and studied their interaction with the gastrointestinal tract. I enjoy biking, swimming and watching historical movies!

Dr. Ali Akbari

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Dr. James Bodnaryk

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Hi, I’m Madeline, a Hoare lab PhD grad turned postdoctoral fellow. I graduated from uOttawa’s Biotechnology co-op program with a passion for biomaterials, which led me to my PhD where I developed nanocarriers to improve the delivery of antipsychotic drugs to the brain. I now collaborate with Suncor to deliver anti-infective agents to plants and bacteria. I enjoy doing yoga and barre classes, baking, and reading historical fiction curled up with my cat, Biff.

Dr. Madeline Simpson (she/her)

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Hey! I’m Afshin, a postdoctoral fellow in the Hoare Lab working on developing microfluidic technologies for synthesis of smart materials. I completed my PhD at ETH Zurich (Switzerland), where I developed different microfluidic platforms for controlled synthesis of advanced materials. I am also passionate about entrepreneurship. Outside of the lab, I am a fan of soccer and enjoy traveling, hiking, and watching never-ending thriller TV series!

Dr. Afshin Abrishamkar (he/him)

Ph.D. Students

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Hey everyone! I’m Matt, a PhD Candidate currently researching size-switching nanogels to make chemotherapeutic more effective, efficient, and safe. My undergrad degree is in Chemical Biology from McMaster University, which basically just means I like drawing hexagons and making them react. Outside of the lab I love learning new languages (ciao!) and crying while watching soccer.

Matt Campea (he/him)

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Hi! I’m Samaneh, a PhD candidate in our lab. I’m working on injectable hydrogels for tissue engineering applications. I also work in a collaborative industry project with Ceapro Inc. And use the Pressurized Gas eXpanded liquids (PGX) technology to create wound dressings for antibiotic resistant infections. I’m passionate about diversity, inclusion, and equitable leadership. I also dabble in social media and mental health blogging.

Samaneh Toufanian (she/her)

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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 (he/him)

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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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Milana Pikula

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Doren Singh

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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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Hi! I’m Eva, a PhD candidate focusing on bioink development for 3D bioprinting applications. I am a Chemical and Bioengineering graduate from McMaster University, followed by a one-year accelerated Masters thesis in the area of drug delivery. Outside of research, I’m an avid outdoor enthusiast and love exploring the many scenic trails that Hamilton has to offer!

Eva Mueller

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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 (he/him)

M.A.Sc Students

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Hello everyone! I’m Gurpreet, a Master’s student currently working on developing an anti-infective surface coating for medical devices and PPE to eliminate surface transmission of bacteria and viruses. I just completed my B.A.Sc. degree in Nanotechnology Engineering at University of Waterloo with a focus in nanobiotechnology and nanomaterials. In my free time I love roller skating, hiking to find beautiful views and creating new makeup looks!

Gurpreet Kaur Randhawa (she/her)

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Natalie Ifraimov

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Blake Patterson

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Hi! I’m Danielle, a Master’s student working on developing drug delivery systems to treat diabetic foot infections. I completed my undergraduate studies at Queen’s University where I received my B.A.Sc in Chemical Engineering. Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time outdoors, reading, and running!

Danielle Clasky

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Hello! I’m Chloe, a Master’s student focusing on electrospun, multi-layered, aligned cell scaffolds for use in regenerative medicine. I am a recent Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering graduate from McMaster. Outside of the lab I love to cook, workout, and play board games with my friends!

Chloe Dawson (she/her)

Undergraduates

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I am a Chemical & Bioengineering student at McMaster entering my final year of the program. I am passionate about using my engineering skills to find ways to improve medicine and public health. I have previously done an internship at Sanofi Pasteur's vaccine manufacturing plant, and am now working with Matt on his nanoparticle drug delivery project for cancer therapy. Outside of science, I love to play sports like soccer, hike, play with my dog and go to the beach!

Kevin Gulo

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Hi! I’m a 4th year iBioMed & Chemical Engineering student from Ottawa and I will be working on 3D bioprinting of hydrogel-based bioinks. I’m passionate about tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, so I’m thrilled to be working on a project in The Hoare Lab that is relevant to these fields. I like to spend my free time working out, gardening and enjoying nature, or in the kitchen creating new recipes!

Isabelle Poulin (she/her)

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Hi everyone, my name is Diane and I am going into my third year of iBioMed HESE. As I am interested in the advancement of healthcare through the development of innovative technology, I am excited to be working on mucopenetration and mucoadhesion of nanoparticles and their commercialization. I also like to go for walks and runs around my neighbourhood, play the flute, and try out new types of food.

Diane Kim (she/her)

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Hi my name is Zheng, I am currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Chemical Biology at McMaster. I am conducting my Co-op work term in Dr. Hoare’s lab, working on the synthesis of diversely functionalized polymers to make hydrazone crosslinked hydrogels for various applications. I am passionate about organic chemistry and recently polymer chemistry. I like speed walking, chess, comedy and crime shows, as well as an interest in martial arts.

Zheng Fu Zhou

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Makenzie Lamb

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Hi everyone! I’m Couper, a current undergraduate student at McMaster. I have just finished a general first year of Engineering and, I will be pursuing Mechatronics starting in the fall. I am very excited to be joining the Hoare Lab this summer as I have always had a love of physical chemistry and biology, and I am excited to get some hands-on experience in a lab. In my spare time, you will often find me singing, practicing my meditation, reading, as well as going on hikes.

Couper Smith

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Hi! I’m Melanie (she/her), an undergraduate student at McMaster University that is passionate about applying my engineering skills to the biomedical field. I am excited to be working on an industrial project for Suncor that utilizes polymers for surface disinfection. In my free time, I love to swim, bake (I have a cookie business!), and watch medical shows.

Melanie Chung (she/her)

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Hey, my name is Elizabeth! I am heading into my fourth year of Materials Science and iBioMed. This is my second summer working in the Hoare Lab, and I spent last fall doing a research project in the Hoare Lab. I having been using PLS models and MATLAB to predict the particle size of microgels at various temperatures. I am excited to get some actual in-lab experience this summer. In my free time, I enjoy baking, going for walks, and playing the piano.

Elizabeth Keane (she/her)

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Hi! I'm a 4th year Chemical Biology Co-op student conducting my thesis in the Hoare Lab. Outside of the lab, I'm fascinated by scientific communication and educating others about care chemicals in misinformation-rampant consumer-centric industries (like skincare!). I have a long-haired cat called Archie and a cockapoo named Bailey (still probably more a cat person). You’ll usually find me at my desk watching a different K-drama everyday.

Chloe Wu (she/her)

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Hey! I am a third year student in the Ibiomed program for Chemical Engineering. I am passionate about math and science, especially in the biomedical field. I am excited to work in Dr. Hoare’s Lab, especially during the major global pandemic, as it gives me the opportunity to learn more about the transmission of COVID-19. I am thrilled to be able to contribute to research with the potential to save and improve the lives of frontline workers.

Evelyn Cudmore (she/her)

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Hi! I'm Laura, an undergraduate student at McMaster University studying Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. I am currently interested in drug delivery research and its potential to improve the treatment and prognosis of a range of diseases. Outside of school, I love spending time outdoors with my pup and playing sports!

Laura Neely

Alumni

Michael Majcher

Ph.D (2014 - 2021)

Michael Kiriakou

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

Maya Ziolkowska

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Maggie Zhu

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Nicholas Carbonara

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Post-Doctoral Fellow (2018 - 2020)

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Albert Stancescu

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Ali Affar

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Anna Basatskaya

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Kevin De France

Ph.D (2014 - 2019)

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Amy Ling

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Rabia Mateen

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Dr. Wenwen Xu

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Michel Syriani

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Annika Yardy

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Dr. Vitaliy Kapishon

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Ali Abu Helal

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Carter McInnis

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Meghan Rothenbroker

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Kaleela Kadir

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Ashutosh Kulkarni

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Ivan Urosev

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Scott Campbell

Ph.D (2010 - 2016)

Donovan Ramkishun

Undergraduate (2015 - 2016)

Dr. Xudong Deng

Ph.D (2012 - 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)

Sahar Mokhtari

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

Jacqueline Chau

Undergraduate (2014)

Rebecca Chu

Undergraduate (2012 - 2014)

Justin Piazza

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

Dr. Niels Smeets

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2011 - 2013)

Sahar Mokhtari

Undergraduate (2012)

Paniz Sheikholeslami

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

Hua Tong

Undergraduate (2012)

Janine Ho

Undergraduate (2011 - 2012)

Jenny (Mayra) Tzoc

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

Ho Mak

Undergraduate (2011)

Thaksena Rangaranjan

Undergraduate (2011)

Robert Fuller

Undergraduate (2011)

Hamzeh Qureshi

Undergraduate (2009 - 2010)

Jonathan Que

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Mina Yeganeh

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Yang Lu

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Elizabeth Keane

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Riyadh Baksh

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Yulia Shcherbakova

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Lucas Jarrett

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Victoria Kirkness

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Shilpa Bhardwaj

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Ali Babar

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

Terrel Marshall

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Kathryn Whitesell-O’Melia

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Alan Mo

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Alexander McKay

Undergraduate (2018 - 2019)

Ana Arezina

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Lauren Weir

Summer Student (2018)

Laura Carter

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Gero Padberg

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Ahmed Koasmh

Undergraduate (2018)

Abigail Go

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Ugonwa Echendu

Undergraduate (2017 - 2018)

Jonathan Dorogin

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

John Vairo

Undergraduate (2017)

Troy Stoner

Undergraduate (2017)

Trevor Gilbert

Ph.D (2010 - 2017)

Caleb Seo

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Henry Yu

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Francis Yavitt

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Maria Budi Hartono

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Dr. Trevor Gilbert

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Helen Dorrington

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

Courtney van Ballegooie

Undergraduate (2014 - 2016)

Dr. Jianfeng Zhang

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2015 - 2016)

Haiming Luo

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Ivan Urosev

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

Ian Gough

Undergraduate (2015)

Dr. Daryl Sivakumaran

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Samuel Suntharalingham

Undergraduate (2014 - 2015)

Cameron Shaw

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Danielle Maitland

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Andrew McMillen

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Rowen Moon

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Jared Gour

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Helen Dorrington

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Pardis Assi

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Leah Kesselman

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Miles Montgomery

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Thomas Oszustowicz

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Steven Zhao

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Sabika Raza

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Sonia Nijampatnam

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Stuart Young

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Cameron MacLean

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Angela Pollinzi

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Elizabeth Keane

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Alexandra Colville-Reeves

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Dabeer Abdul-Azeez

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Dr. Zhicheng Pan

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Olivia Waite

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Cecilia Tran

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Parmida Amid

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Sophia Emerson

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

Menatalla Ellag

Undergraduate (2019)

Shalimar Ramos

Undergraduate (2019)

Dr. Somiraa Said

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2017 - 2019)

Francesco Vito

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Kelli Johnson

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

Angus Lam

Undergraduate (2014 - 2018)

Cynthia Pham

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Dr. Lukas Sadowski

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2015 - 2018)

Dr. Emilia Bakaic

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2012 - 2018)

Nazrin Azeez

Undergraduate (2017 - 2018)

Karishni Ramamoorthi

Undergraduate (2017 - 2018)

Jacob Saunders

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Ashlyn Leung

Undergraduate (2017)

Kaylie Lau

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Dr. Brandon Corbett

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Zixin Zhang

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Katelyn Chan

Undergraduate (2015 - 2017)

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Helen Dorrington

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Xudong Deng

Ph.D (2012 - 2016)

Jenny Chen

Undergraduate (2014 - 2016)

Dr. Scott Campbell

Ph.D (2010 - 2016)

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Spencer Imbrogno

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Katya D’Costa

Undergraduate (2014 - 2015)

Sahil Azeez

Undergraduate (2012 - 2015)

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Undergraduate (2014)

Stephanie Truelove

Undergraduate (2014)

Mathew Patenaude

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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)

Iza Noor

Undergraduate (2011 - 2012)

Genevieve Conant

Undergraduate (2011)

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Undergraduate (2009 - 2011)

Benjamin Greenlay

Undergraduate (2010 - 2011)

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Undergraduate (2010 - 2011)

Chris Ewaschuk

Undergraduate (2009 - 2010)

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