Current Students

COHORT I

NishaNisha Chander is originally from Chennai, India. She has completed her B.Tech. Degree in Biotech engineering from SRM University, India and her M.Sc. degree in Biotechnology from the University of Maryland, USA. In 2014, she began her PhD work in the area of developing lipid nanoparticles containing gold for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes under the guidance of Dr. Pieter Cullis in the Department of Biochemistry at UBC.

Email: nisha.chander@ubc.alumni.ca

 

 

TrevorTrevor Cross is from Atlanta, Georgia and completed his BSc in Chemistry at Emory University. In 2014, he packed up his car and drove across the continent to begin his graduate studies at the UBC Chemistry Department. Under the supervision of Dr. Michael Wolf, he currently works on photoswitchable ruthenium sulfoxide complexes. In his spare time, Trevor enjoys cooking, skiing, and astrochemistry.

 

Email: tcross@chem.ubc.ca

 

Bryce2Bryce Laver was born and raised in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. He completed his Hon. B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Human Biology with high distinction at the University of Toronto. There he also worked as a research technician in a neuroscience lab, investigating the effects of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) on neurogenesis. Bryce came to UBC in Sept. 2014, when he joined the Li group and is now working on protein-based hydrogels. He enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, skiing, spending time with his dog, and basically anything else you can do outside.

Email: blaver@chem.ubc.ca

 

LevLev Lewis is from beautiful Sydney, Australia. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Nanotechnology with Honours working with Dr. Pall Thordarson and Dr. Peter Gunning at the University of New South Wales. Lev then worked as a research assistant in an advanced fluorescence microscopy lab with the Biomedical Imaging Facility at UNSW for nearly two years before making the move to UBC in August 2014, to pursue a PhD in Chemistry. In the MacLachlan group, Lev is working on the development of photonic materials using nanocrystalline cellulose. He enjoys football, cooking and travelling.

Email: levlewis@chem.ubc.ca

 

JUneJune Li came from Guangzhou, China and she finished her BSc degree in Chemistry at the University of British Columbia. In January 2015, she began her graduate studies in Chemistry at UBC under the supervision of Dr. Russ Algar. Her research interests lie in designing analytical techniques using quantum dots and their applications in bioanalysis. June likes outdoor activities such as biking and jogging.

 

Email: jjli@chem.ubc.ca

 

ManavManav completed his B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. He joined Dynamics and Applied mechanics lab in mechanical engineering at UBC as an M.A.Sc. student in 2012. He continued in Prof. Srikantha Phani’s group as a PhD student starting in 2014. His PhD work is focused on the study of mechanics of soft active materials. In his free time he enjoys hiking and reading.

 

Email: manav@alumni.ubc.ca

 

BeckyBecky Winnick grew up near Seattle, Washington, and earned her BSc degree in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She then took off to Missoula, Montana for two years where she designed sustainable flavor and fragrance products for the company Blue Marble Biomaterials. Now she is back in the Pacific Northwest, designing new materials from chitin and cellulose with the MacLachlan group. Becky is motivated to use chemistry to make a positive impact on the environment. In her infinite spare time Becky enjoys playing Old Time fiddle and guitar, singing, dancing, and environmental restoration.

                                          Email: Beckwin@chem.ubc.ca

COHORT II

GrahamGraham Allegretto was born and raised in Kamloops, BC. He completed his degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Victoria in 2014 receiving his graduating class’s IEEE Gold Medal in Electrical Engineering. Shortly thereafter he began working as an electrical engineer at Ballard Power Systems primarily on the design of Ballard’s fuel cell bus module. He left his job in September of 2015 to pursue his Masters in Electrical Engineering under Prof. John Madden focusing on ionic sensors and energy capture and storage. In his free time he enjoys playing hockey, surfing, fishing, and playing the guitar.

Email: gram.allegretto@gmail.com

 

LiusLius Daniel was born in Pontianak, Indonesia, and completed his BSc in Chemical Engineering at the Bandung Institute of Technology. He joined UBC as an MEng student in 2015 and began his PhD a year later in the area of nanomaterial architectures for electrochemical energy conversion technologies under the supervision of Prof. David Wilkinson. Lius loves reading, cooking, and playing badminton in his free time.

 

Email: liusd@chbe.ubc.ca

 

DuaneDuane Hean is from Johannesburg, South Africa, and completed his MSc degree (with distinction) in chemical crystallography at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2016 he flew across the world to begin a PhD project looking at the photochemistry of sulfur bridged anthracene molecules under the supervision of Prof. Michael Wolf at UBC Chemistry. Duane enjoys the outdoors, gaming and spending time with animals.

 

Email: dhean@chem.ubc.ca

 

ChanelChanel La is originally from Toronto, Ontario and completed her BSc in Chemistry at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She came to UBC in the Fall of 2015 to pursue a graduate degree under the supervision of Prof. Jay Kizhakkedathu. Currently, her research project focuses on the development of novel macromolecular inhibitors for polyanions such as heparins and polyphosphates to eliminate thrombotic risk. In her free time, Chanel enjoys traveling and ballroom dance.

Email: chanel@chem.ubc.ca

 

AndyAndy Tran is originally from Hamilton, Ontario, and completed his BSc honors degree in Chemistry (specializing in chemical biology) at McMaster University. He started his PhD work in the fall of 2015 under Prof. MacLachlan in the Department of Chemistry at UBC. Andy enjoys stargazing!

 

Email: atran@chem.ubc.ca

 

MichaelMichael Tran is originally from Hamilton, Ontario where he completed his BSc in Chemical Biology at McMaster University. In September 2015, Michael started in the Algar group at UBC in the Department of Chemistry under Prof. Algar. Michael’s research focuses on the bioconjugation of quantum dots and its applications in microfluidic devices. Michael enjoys indoor bouldering, snowboarding and cooking.

 

Email: tranm9@chem.ubc.ca

 

Chris3Chris Walters moved here from Toronto, where he completed BSc honors degree in Chemistry working with Prof. Gilbert Walker at the University of Toronto. He started his Master’s degree in the MacLachlan group in 2015, and is working on the development of new nanomaterials from chitin. Chris enjoys skiing, windsurfing, and cooking in his free time.

 

Email: cwalters@chem.ubc.ca

 

Han2Han Wang came from Rizhao, China and he completed his BSc degree at Wuhan University. He arrived at UBC in September 2015 to start his graduate career under the supervision of Professor Hongbin Li. His research interest is studying mechanical properties of proteins in single molecular level by the technique of AFM. Han likes playing badminton and table tennis in his free time.

 

Email: hanwang@chem.ubc.ca

 

COHORT III

hossein-yazdani-ahmadabadiHossein Yazdani Ahmadabadi is originally from Iran. He holds a BSc and MSc degree in Polymer Science from Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT, Iran). He has a two year working experience on the development of the UV-curable coatings and the photopolymers used in 3D printing processes in a knowledge-based company in Iran. For his PhD thesis, he is working on the development of the novel polymeric coatings used in the cardiovascular applications under supervision of Dr. Kizhakkedathu. He is interested in swimming during his free time.

Email: yazdani.aut32@yahoo.com

 

 

francesco-daciernoFrancesco D’Acierno was born and raised in Turin, Italy. He completed his BSc in Materials Science at Università degli Studi di Torino (2013). He was admitted in the MaMaSELF program (Master in Materials Science Exploiting Large-scale Facility), a two-year Erasmus Mundus project funded by the European Commission. He completed a MSc in Geochemistry & Geomaterials at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, in collaboration with Technische Universität München (2015) and an additional MSc in Chemistry, Materials & Processes for Energy and Sustainable Development at Université de Montpellier (2015), as well as an extensive training on large-scale facilities (nuclear reactors, synchtrons, etc.). He was also a Visitor Scholar at the Department of Physics at University of Connecticut (2015), developing his thesis and other research projects. He began his PhD in Sept 2016 in Chemistry at UBC, under the supervision of Prof. Michal and Prof. MacLachlan. His work concerns the investigation and the improvement of the thermal stability of cellulose  nanocrystals and filaments. During his  free time, he loves play Ultimate Frisbee, reading, learning new languages and explore undiscovered areas in Vancouver and the World.

                                             Email: fradaci@yahoo.it

tianyu-duanTianyu Duan is originally from Langfang, China and he completed his BSc Degree in chemistry at Beijing Normal University. In 2016 he came to UBC to begin his graduate studies in Dr. Hongbin Li’s group. His research focuses on protein-based hydrogels. He enjoys reading and cooking in his free time.

Email: duantianyu88@hotmail.com

 

 

ruben-govindarajanRuben Govindarajan is originally from Ipoh, Malaysia. He graduated with B.A.Sc in Chemical Engineering with Distinction from UBC in 2015. Currently,  he is pursuing a Masters of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Wilkinson on the modification of gas diffusion layers in PEM fuel cells for improved water transport. With a penchant for traveling, he enjoys reading travel blogs and his other interests include soccer, tennis, swimming, biking, cooking and trying new food!

Email: ruben.govindarajan@ubc.ca

 

rupsa-guptaRupsa Gupta is from Asansol, India. She completed her BSc in Chemistry (Hons) from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. She went on to complete her MSc in Chemical Sciences from Pondicherry University, Puducherry in 2016. She is presently doing her PhD in the field of nanomaterials for point-of-care diagnostics under the supervision of Prof. Algar in the Department of Chemistry at UBC. She loves to watch movies and read books in her free time.

Email: rupsag.3007@gmail.com

 

tiffany-jeenTiffany Jeen grew up in a small and quiet city in the Lower Mainland called Delta. She completed her BSc in Chemistry at University of Saskatchewan and in Fall 2016, and she returned to BC where she began her graduate studies under the supervision of Prof. Russ Algar. Her research focuses on bioconjugation and the surface chemistry of quantum dots. When time permits, she likes to hike, watch movies, and cuddle with her dog.

Email: tiffany.jeen@gmail.com

 

jeff-liJiayu Li was born in Xuzhou, China. He completed his BSc honors degree at Fudan University. He came to UBC in the Fall of 2016 to pursue a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Hongbin Li. His research focuses on using optical tweezer and AFM to study single protein’s folding and unfolding dynamics. Jeff likes travelling and photography in his free time.

 

Email: fduljy@gmail.com

 

haisle-moonHaisle Moon is originally from South Korea and completed her BSc degree in Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia. In 2016, she began her PhD work in the area of cell surface grafting to increase immune-tolerance of allogenic cell transplantation under the guidance of Prof. Kizhakkedathu in the Department of Chemistry/Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC. Haisle enjoys doing yoga  and watching movies in her free time.

Email: haisle@alumni.ubc.ca

 

hsin-yun-tsaiHsin-Yun Tsai is originally from Taoyuan, Taiwan. She completed her BSc in Chemistry at the National Taiwan Normal University and her MSc degree in Chemistry at National Taiwan University. In 2016, she began her PhD work in the area of developing luminescent material for bioanalysis under the guidance of Prof. Algar in the Department of Chemistry at UBC. Hsin-Yun enjoys listening to music and playing with her dog in her free time.

 

Email: hytsai@chem.ubc.ca

 

jennifer-yuanJennifer Yuan grew up in Brantford, Ontario and completed her Honors BSc in Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario in 2016. She then moved across the country and began her graduate studies on sulfur-bridged chromophores under the supervision of Prof. Wolf in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia. Jenn enjoys running and drinking coffee.

Email: jyuan@chem.ubc.ca