Our People

Meet our current team of researchers as well as alumni.

Research Professors

Research Associates

Dr. Sharif Ahmed

Dr. Sharif Ahmed

Senior Research Associate
su.ahmed@utoronto.ca

Dr. Dingran Chang

Dr. Dingran Chang

Senior Research Associate
dingran.chang@utoronto.ca

Dr. Sharif Ahmed

Dr. Hansen Wang

Research Associate
hansen.wang@utoronto.ca

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Kangfu Chen

Dr. Kangfu Chen

Postdoctoral Fellow
kangfu.chen@utoronto.ca

Dr. Fan Xia

Dr. Hossein Zargartalebi

Postdoctoral Fellow
h.zargartalebi@utoronto.ca

Dr. Fan Xia

Dr. Surath Gomis

Abdalla Abdrabou

Daniel Wang

Biomedical Engineering
zongjie.wang@mail.utoronto.ca

Hanie Yousefi

Dr. Hanie Yousefi

Dr. Fan Xia

Dr. Fan Xia

Postdoctoral Fellow
fan.xia@mail.utoronto.ca

Graduate Students

Abdalla Abdrabou

Abdalla Abdrabou

Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
abdalla.abdrabou@northwestern.edu

Abdalla Abdrabou

Piriththiv Dhavarasa

Photo of Bill Duong

Bill Duong

Connor Flynn

Connor Flynn

Gloria Hu

Gloria Hu

Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
gloria.hu@northwestern.edu

Alam Mahmud

Alam Mahmud

Abdalla Abdrabou

Laxman Pandey

Pharmaceutical Sciences
laxman.pandey@utoronto.ca

Abdalla Abdrabou

David Philpott

Electrical Engineering
david.philpott@mail.utoronto.ca

Abdalla Abdrabou

Kimberly Riordan

Abdalla Abdrabou

Tanja Sack

Pharmaceutical Sciences
tanja.sack@mail.utoronto.ca

Abdalla Abdrabou

Daniel Szames

Pharmaceutical Sciences
daniel.szames@mail.utoronto.ca

Abdalla Abdrabou

Xiaolong Yang

Pharmaceutical Sciences
xiaolong.yang@mail.utoronto.ca

Abdalla Abdrabou

Chenlin Zhao

Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
chenlin.zhao@northwestern.edu

Abdalla Abdrabou

Lily Zhang

Pharmaceutical Sciences
yiyun.zhang@mail.utoronto.ca

Group Administration

Abdalla Abdrabou

Tim Cahill

Program Coordinator – Northwestern University
kelley-ofc@northwestern.edu

Abdalla Abdrabou

Bob Christensen

Research Group Administrator – University of Toronto
bob.christensen@utoronto.ca

Alumni

Jenise Chen

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2021
Scientist, Roche Diagnostics

Amanda Clifford

University of Toronto PDF 2021
Assistant Professor, UBC

Carine Nemr

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2020
Assistant Professor, Harvey Mudd College

Yuan Ma

University of Toronto PDF 2021
Professor, Tsinghua University

Ivaylo Ivanov

University of Toronto RA 2017
Scientist, Wrana Lab

Ludovic Live

University of Toronto PDF 2013
CEO, Affinité Instruments

Laili Mahmoudian

University of Toronto RA 2015
Nutritional Science Program, U. Ottawa

David Tulumello

University of Toronto PDF 2012-2014
Head of Protein Biochemistry,
Sanofi Pasteur

Justin Besant

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2015
Manager at ZS Associates

Brian Lam

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2014
Director of Technology, Miru Smart Technologies

Mahla Poudineh

University of Toronto PhD 2017
Assistant Professor, Waterloo University

Andrew Sage

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2015
Scientific Associate, University Health Network

Zhichao Fang

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2010
Research Scientist, Bristol Myers Squibb

Sonali Fonseca

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2012
Management Consultant, Deloitte

Leyla Soleymani

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2010
Professor, McMaster University

Xiao Bin

University of Toronto PDF 2010 
Research Scientist, Lam Research Corporation

Grigory Tikhomirov

University of Toronto PDF 2010
Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley

Kristin Horton

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2010
Sr. Director, Rubius Pharmaceutical

Kelly Stewart

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2010
Director, Servier Pharmaceuticals

Xuping Sun

University of Toronto PDF 2008
Professor of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Marcel Roberts

Boston College Ph.D. 2007
Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Terra Potocky

Boston College PDF 2007
Director, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Jun Yang

University of Toronto PDF 2007
Research Scientist, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Singapore

Jay Carreon

Boston College Ph.D. 2006
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Vassar College

Melissa Devlin

Boston College Ph.D. 2006
Global Program Lead, Aruvant

Kerry Mahon

Boston College Ph.D. 2006
Senior Director, Valo

Erin Prestwich

Boston College Ph.D. 2006
Assistant Professor, Univeristy of Toledo

Marc Roy

Boston College Ph.D. 2006
Senior Director, Dyne Therapeutics

Brad Taft

Boston College Ph.D. 2006
Chief Technology Officer, Phylagen

Lisa Wittenhagen

Boston College Ph.D. 2006
Manager of Quantitative Research, Adheris

Rahela Gasparac

Boston College PDF 2006
Manager of Formulation Development, Idenix Pharmaceuticals

Sae Rin (Rachael) Jean

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2017
Research Scientist, Eutropics

Simon Wisnovsky

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2017
Assistant Professor, UBC

Eric Lei

University of Toronto PhD 2018
Scientist, National Research Council

Adam Mepham

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2019

Leyla Kermanshah

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2017
Sr. Engineer, Nicoya

Wendi Zhou

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2018
Research Operations Coordinator, Fujitsu Co-Creation Research Laboratory (at UofT)

Tina Saberi Safaei

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2017
Senior Analyst, Plaza Ventures

Yige Zhou

University of Toronto PDF 2015
Professor, Hunan University

Ying Wan

University of Toronto PDF 2013-2014
Nanjing University of Science and Technology

Peter Aldridge

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2019
Scientist, BlueRock Therapeutics

Nan Ma

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2009 
Professor, Soochow University

Ian Burgess

University of Toronto PDF 2014-2016
CEO & CTO, Validere

Brenda Green

University of Toronto Ph.D. 2018
Postdoctoral Fellow, FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology

Julie Shi

University of Toronto PDF 2015
Scientist, Juno Therapeutics

Marya Ahmed

University of Toronto PDF 2016
Assisstant Professor, UPEI

Sahar Mahshid

University of Toronto PDF 2018

Sara Mahshid

University of Toronto PDF 2017
Professor of Bioengineering , McGill University

Sarah Smith

University of Toronto PDF 2018
Professor of Chemistry, Bucknell University

Dr. Guangli Wang

Visiting Faculty Member, 2016

Dr. Arturo Jimenez-Sanchez

University of Toronto PDF 2017
Professor of Chemistry, Universidad Nacional Autonomy de Mexico (UNAM)

Xingshu Li

University of Toronto PDF 2019
Nanjing University of Science and Technology

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