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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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/they)

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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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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 everyone! I'm Mya, a fourth-year student in the Integrated Science program, concentrating in Chemical Biology. I am very interested in the applications of chemistry in the biomedical field, and I am excited to explore this further through my thesis in the Hoare Lab, which is focusing on creating an anti-infective surface coating to reduce transmission of bacteria. Outside of the lab, I love reading and learning how to bake!

Mya Sharma

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Hey everyone! I’m Colin, an undergraduate Co-Op student in the Hoare lab, and I’m working on the development and testing of anti-infective coatings. I’m currently in my third year of the Chemical Biology program here at McMaster and have an interest in finding ways to improve medicine and public health. In my personal life, I enjoy reading, sports and being in the company of friends!

Colin Stark

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Hello! I'm Sim, a fourth-year student in the Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization program. I have a strong interest in bacteria and the development of novel formulations for varied purposes. I find this area has a remarkable convergence between biology, chemistry, and design, which I find to be very interesting. Through my thesis in the Hoare Lab, I will focus on both the creation of an anti-infective surface coating and test it for hydrophobicity. My other interests include everything from global politics, history, dinosaurs, aviation, automobiles, and astronomy among other topics.

Simranjeet Singh (he/him)

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Hey! I'm Cynthia, a final year Chemical Bio Engineering student at McMaster. I worked in the Hoare lab during the summer after my second year and I'm excited to be returning to work on my undergrad thesis with Dr. Abrishamkar where I'll be exploring microfluidic encapsulation of cells. In my free time I love to be outdoors hiking, road cycling or paddle boarding!

Cynthia Pham (she/her)

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Hi! I’m Amber, a final year Chemical and Bioengineering student. I’m interested in using engineering to innovate solutions to current problems in healthcare. I’ll be working with Andrew on my undergraduate thesis to develop and optimize a starch nanoparticle-based drug delivery system for treatment of neurological conditions. I like coffee (a lot), swimming, hiking, and spending time with my friends, family and my 2 dogs.

Amber Monteiro (she/her)

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Hello! I’m Meghan, a 3rd year Biochemistry Co-op student in the Hoare Lab. I am working with Dr. Fei Xu on developing hydrogels with anti-infective properties that can support tissue regeneration and bacterial growth prevention. Outside of the lab, I love weightlifting and hiking, as well as playing guitar and singing. Always willing to geek out about science and marvel!

Meghan Kostashuk

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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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Hello! I am a second year chemical engineering student at the University of Waterloo. I am interested in studying the utilization of chemistry and material science in order to reconstruct our energy systems. I will be working on developing a anti-infective coating that reduces the transmission of bacteria and I hope to learn the immense potential material science can have in diverse applications. Beyond chemistry, I enjoy reading, soccer, and cooking with my family.

Madeline Sain (she/her)

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Hi! I’m Thomas, a third-year Chemistry student at McMaster working in the Hoare lab as a co-op student. As a chemist, I work mainly in the synthesis of polymers for use in other projects, and I collect data to characterize each polymer I have made. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, running, and reading sci-fi or fantasy novels.

Thomas Kalab

Alumni

Maryam Badv

Ph.D (2013 - 2022)

Diane Kim (she/her)

Undergraduate (2021)

Laura Neely

Undergraduate (2021)

Isabelle Poulin (she/her)

Undergraduate (2021)

Zheng Fu Zhou

Undergraduate (2020 - 2021)

Michael Majcher

Ph.D (2014 - 2021)

Michael Kiriakou

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

Elizabeth Keane

Undergraduate (2020)

Dabeer Abdul-Azeez

Undergraduate (2020)

Bridget Latka

Undergraduate (2020)

Dr. Zhicheng Pan

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2018 - 2020)

Albert Stancescu

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Cecilia Tran

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Victoria Kirkness

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Sophia Emerson

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

Shalimar Ramos

Undergraduate (2019)

Terrel Marshall

Undergraduate (2019)

Dr. Somiraa Said

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2017 - 2019)

Alan Mo

Undergraduate (2018 - 2019)

Kelli Johnson

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

Amy Ling

Summer Student (2018)

Laura Carter

Summer Student (2018)

Dr. Lukas Sadowski

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2015 - 2018)

Dr. Wenwen Xu

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2017 - 2018)

Abigail Go

Undergraduate (2018)

Nazrin Azeez

Undergraduate (2017 - 2018)

Dr. Rabia Mateen

Ph.D (2011 - 2018)

Annika Yardy

Undergraduate (2017)

Kaylie Lau

Undergraduate (2017)

Dr. Brandon Corbett

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2016 - 2017)

Dr. Julijana Milosevic

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2015 - 2017)

Maria Budi Hartono

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Henry Yu

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Ali Abu Helal

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Meghan Rothenbroker

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)

Dr. Daryl Sivakumaran

Ph.D (2010 - 2015)

Katya D’Costa

Undergraduate (2014 - 2015)

Juhina Elmajdoub

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

Sahar Mokhtari

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

Andrew McMillen

Undergraduate (2014)

Rowen Moon

Undergraduate (2012 - 2014)

Justin Piazza

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

Dr. Hongxia Guo

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)

Elysia Jellema

Undergraduate (2010 - 2011)

Syed Usman Ahmed

Undergraduate (2009 - 2011)

Robert Fuller

Undergraduate (2011)

Hamzeh Qureshi

Undergraduate (2009 - 2010)

Dr. Madeline Simpson (she/her)

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2014 - 2021)

Couper Smith

Undergraduate (2021)

Dr. James Bodnaryk

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2020 - 2021)

Evelyn Cudmore (she/her)

Undergraduate (2021)

Jonathan Que

Undergraduate (2019 - 2021)

Angela Pollinzi

Undergraduate (2019 - 2021)

Dr. Xiaoyun Li

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2018 - 2020)

Maya Ziolkowska

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Riyadh Baksh

Undergraduate (2020)

Maggie Zhu

Undergraduate (2020)

Dr. Zohreh Farsangi

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2018 - 2020)

Parmida Amid

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Lucas Jarrett

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Coulter Montague Szakaly

Undergraduate (2018 - 2020)

Ali Affar

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

Menatalla Ellag

Undergraduate (2019)

Anna Basatskaya

Undergraduate (2019)

Kevin De France

Ph.D (2014 - 2019)

Vishrut Panchal

Undergraduate (2018 - 2019)

Nicola Muzzin

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

Angus Lam

Undergraduate (2014 - 2018)

Juliana Onesi

Summer Student (2018)

Dr. Emilia Bakaic

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2012 - 2018)

Karishni Ramamoorthi

Undergraduate (2017 - 2018)

Ugonwa Echendu

Undergraduate (2017 - 2018)

Haniah Shaikh

Undergraduate (2017 - 2018)

Jonathan Dorogin

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

Ashlyn Leung

Undergraduate (2017)

John Vairo

Undergraduate (2017)

Dr. Vitaliy Kapishon

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2015 - 2017)

Sydney Bell

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Kaleela Kadir

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Katelyn Chan

Undergraduate (2015 - 2017)

Zixin Zhang

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)

Dr. Jianfeng Zhang

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2015 - 2016)

Haiming Luo

Undergraduate (2015 - 2016)

Ivan Urosev

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

Spencer Imbrogno

Undergraduate (2015)

Dennis Kinio

Undergraduate (2012, 2014-2015)

Owen Barrigar

Undergraduate (2015)

Cameron Shaw

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2014)

Danielle Maitland

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

Jacqueline Chau

Undergraduate (2014)

Rebecca Chu

Undergraduate (2012 - 2014)

Jared Gour

Undergraduate (2013)

Tyler Homer

Undergraduate (2012 - 2013)

Pardis Assi

Undergraduate (2012)

Leah Kesselman

Undergraduate (2009 - 2012)

Miles Montgomery

Undergraduate (2011 - 2012)

Thomas Oszustowicz

Undergraduate (2011)

Steven Zhao

Undergraduate (2011)

Thaksena Rangaranjan

Undergraduate (2011)

Sabika Raza

Undergraduate (2010 - 2011)

Chris Ewaschuk

Undergraduate (2009 - 2010)

Cameron MacLean

Undergraduate (2009 - 2010)

Dr. Ali Akbari

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2014 - 2021)

Melanie Chung (she/her)

Undergraduate (2021)

Blake Patterson

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

Makenzie Lamb

Undergraduate (2020 - 2021)

Elizabeth Keane (she/her)

Undergraduate (2020 - 2021)

Mina Yeganeh

Undergraduate (2020 - 2021)

Yang Lu

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

Elizabeth Keane

Undergraduate (2020)

Alexandra Colville-Reeves

Undergraduate (2020)

Nicholas Carbonara

Undergraduate (2020)

Olivia Waite

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Yasamin Allahverdi

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Yulia Shcherbakova

Undergraduate (2020)

Shilpa Bhardwaj

Undergraduate (2019 - 2020)

Ali Babar

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

Mosana Abraha

Undergraduate (2019)

Kathryn Whitesell-O’Melia

Undergraduate (2019)

Francesco Vito

Undergraduate (2018 - 2019)

Alexander McKay

Undergraduate (2018 - 2019)

Ana Arezina

Undergraduate (2016 - 2018)

Lauren Weir

Summer Student (2018)

Gero Padberg

Summer Student (2018)

Rabia Mateen

Ph.D (2011 - 2018)

Jennifer Boughton

Undergraduate (2017 - 2018)

Ahmed Koasmh

Undergraduate (2018)

Jacob Saunders

Undergraduate (2018)

Michel Syriani

Undergraduate (2017)

Troy Stoner

Undergraduate (2017)

Seamus Ingram

Undergraduate (2017)

Trevor Gilbert

Ph.D (2010 - 2017)

Francis Yavitt

Undergraduate (2013 - 2017)

Mimi Deng

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Carter McInnis

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Caleb Seo

Undergraduate (2016 - 2017)

Dr. Trevor Gilbert

Ph.D (2010 - 2017)

Helen Dorrington

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

Scott Campbell

Ph.D (2010 - 2016)

Jenny Chen

Undergraduate (2014 - 2016)

Dr. Xudong Deng

Ph.D (2012 - 2016)

Dr. Varvara Pokrovskaya

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2015)

Ian Gough

Undergraduate (2015)

Samuel Suntharalingham

Undergraduate (2014 - 2015)

Sahil Azeez

Undergraduate (2012 - 2015)

Sara Amjad

Undergraduate (2014)

Stephanie Truelove

Undergraduate (2014)

Mathew Patenaude

Ph.D (2009 - 2014)

Danielle Maitland

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

Dr. Niels Smeets

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2011 - 2013)

Helen Dorrington

Undergraduate (2012 - 2013)

Ahmed Eltom

Undergraduate (2012)

Danielle Maitland

Undergraduate (2009 - 2012)

Iza Noor

Undergraduate (2011 - 2012)

Genevieve Conant

Undergraduate (2011)

Ho Mak

Undergraduate (2011)

Sonia Nijampatnam

Undergraduate (2010 - 2011)

Benjamin Greenlay

Undergraduate (2010 - 2011)

Stuart Young

Undergraduate (2010)

Pamela Schimmer

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