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2014-2015 Graduates

June 2015 Convocation

Back Row - From left to right: Peng Liu, Adelle Vandersteen, Melanie Mastronardi, Demyan Prokopchuk, Keegan Rankin, Nelson Lafreniere, Serge Zaretsky,  Muhammad Noor
Middle Row - From left to right:
Anna Cumaraswamy, Miriam Avadisian, Vinci Hung, Dan Bouchard, Dong Gao, Roihan Alvares
Front Row - From left to right:
Sacha Larda, Ran Zhao, Jenny Wong, Afton Hiscox, Scott McKay, Mauli Thakkar, Shivanthi Sriskandha, Arialla Lukach

GraduateProgramSupervisorThesis Title
Mohammad Akhter
Masters
Prof. Andre Simpson
In vivo NMR-based Metabolomics of Daphnia magna: Exploring the Potential and Limitations
Rohan Alvares
Doctoral
Prof. Scott Prosser / Prof. Peter Macdonald
13C PEG as an In Vivo Macromolecular Probe for MRI and Biophysical Studies of Detergent-Peptide and Detergent-Detergent Interactions using NM
Miriam Avadisian
Doctoral
Prof. Patrick Gunning
Artificial Lipidation as a Novel Molecular Approach to Inhibiting Proteins
Pasquale Benvenuto 
DoctoralProf. Michael Thompson
Self-assembled Monolayer-based Surface Modification of Stainless Steel for Oriented Antibody Immobilization: Towards Improved Stent Biocompatibility
Daniel Bouchard
Masters
Prof. Patrick Gunning
Application of a Novel Di-substituted 1, 4-Benzodiazepine 2,5-Dione Library for the Stabilization of p53 Through Inhibition of HDM2
Christopher Caputo
DoctoralProf. Douglas Stephan
Electrophilic Fluorophosphonium Cations: The Transition from Boron to Phosphorus Lewis Acids in Frustrated Lewis Pair Chemistry
Xavier Cheng  
DoctoralProf. Kagan Kerman
Development of Biosensors to Monitor the Interaction of Small Molecules with Amyloidogenic Proteins using Optical and Electrochemical Methods
Anna Cumaraswamy
DoctoralProf. Patrick Gunning
The Design and Development of Small Molecule Inhibitors Targeting Unregulated Transcription Factors in Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Vivek Dani 
MastersProf. Myrna Simpson
Understanding Earthworm Sub-lethal Responses to Atrazine and Imidacloprid Using 1H NMR Metabolomics
Paul DiCarmine
DoctoralProf. Dwight Seferos
Conjugated Polymer Nanostructures and Supercapacitors
Hashim Farooq 
DoctoralProf. Andre Simpson
The Development of Environmental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy for the Study of Structure and Interactions in Complex Environmental Matrices
Brandon Gagnon
MastersProf. Gilbert Walker
Development of Multiple J-aggregate-gold Nanoparticle Probes for SERRS Multiplexing 
Dong Gao
DoctoralProf. Dwight Seferos
The Influence of Polymer Sequence on the Formation of Bulk-Heterojunctions in Organic Solar Cells
Afton Hiscox
MastersProf. Robert Batey
Synthetic Studies of trans-4,5-Diaminocyclopent-2- enones: Toward Agelastatin A and Nagelamide J
Vinci Hung
DoctoralProf. Kagan Kerman
Development of Electrochemical Sensors for the Analysis of Therapeutic Compounds and Proteases Related to Alzheimer's Disease
Kevin Kou
DoctoralProf. Vy Dong    
Alkene, Ketone and Carbohydrate Functionalization by Stereoselective Rhodium(I) and Copper(II) Catalysis
Nelson Lafreniere
DoctoralProf. Aaron Wheeler
Applications of Digital Microfluidics for the Extraction and Analysis of Small Molecules from Solid Samples
Sacha Larda
DoctoralProf. Scott Prosser
Studies of Amino-specific Chemical Tags: Prospects for 19F and 13C Protein NMR and Materials Chemistry
Peng Liu
DoctoralProf. Mitchell Winnik
Metal-chelating Polymers for Auger Electron Radioimmunotherapy
Amy Liu 
MastersProf. Kagan Kerman
Bioanalytical Approach to the Interaction of Novel sym-Triazine Derivatives with Alzheimer's Disease Biomarkers
Ariella Lukach
DoctoralProf. Eugenia Kumacheva
Structure and Properties of Nanao- and Meso-scale Materials Prepared by Designed Self-assembly of Nano-particles
Matthew Lumba
MastersProf. Mark Nitz
Development of an Organotellurium Tag Compatible with Mass Cytometry to Probe Senescence-associated beta-Galactosidase Activity
Melanie Mastronardi
DoctoralProf. Geoffrey Ozin
Synthesis and Size-separation of Colloidally-stable Silicon Nanocrystals for the Investigation of their Size-dependent Optical Properties
Scott McKay
MastersProf. Greg Scholes
Light Harvesting Strategies of Cryptophyte Algae 
Stephen Murphy
DoctoralProf. Vy Dong
Activating Aldehyde C-H Bonds: Applications to Hydroacylation and Transfer Hydroformylation
Muhammad Noor
DoctoralProf. Ulrich Krull
Towards Solid-phase Nucleic Acid Hybridization Assays on a Paper-based Platform and Within Channel Microfluidics Using Quantum Dots as Donors in Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer
Amy Petretic
MastersProf. Mitchell Winnik
Synthesis and Solution Self-assembly of Poly(L- Lactide)-based Amphiphilic Block Copolymers
Demyan Prokopchuk
DoctoralProf. Robert Morris
Synthetic and Computational Studies of Metal-Ligand Cooperation with Iron Group Complexes for Water Splitting and Ketone Hydrogenation
Keegan Rankin
DoctoralProf. Scott Mabury
Fluorotelomer-based Acrylate Polymers as an Indirect Source of Perfluoroalkyl Carboxylates 
Julie Roy
MastersProf. Douglas Stephan
The Use of Ga(C6F5)3 in Frustrated Lewis Pair Chemistry
Jack Sheng
DoctoralProf. Michael Thompson
Assembling Surface Linker Chemistry and Minimization of Biosensor Non-specific Adsorption
Shivanthi Sriskandha
MastersProf. Eugenia Kumacheva
Properties and Structure of Cellulose Nanocrystal Hydrogels for Potential Applications as Three- dimensional Artificial Extracellular Matrices
Mauli Thakkar
MastersProf. Deborah Zamble
Engineering a Ni(II)-independent NikR to Determine the Role of the a3-helix in the Mechanism of Ni(II)-activated DNA Binding
Adelle Vandersteen  
DoctoralProf. Ronald Kluger
Rate-determining Processes in Acid-catalyzed Decarboxylation Reactions 
Jenny Wong 
DoctoralProf. Jonathan Abbatt
Role of Water in the Formation, Transformation, and Fate of Secondary Organic Aerosol
Tairan Yang 
MastersProf. Andrei Yudin 
Anti-thrombogenic Study of Ultrathin Monoethylene Glycol Adlayer on 316L Stainless Steel against Whole Human Blood
Serge Zaretsky
DoctoralProf. Andrei Yudin
Disrupted Ugi Reaction: Synthesis of Cyclic Peptides and Peptidomimetics
Lei Zhang   
DoctoralProf. Mark Lautens
Rhodium-catalyzed Asymmetric Carbon-Carbon Bond Formation Leading to the Development of Rhodium//Palladium Multi-metal Catalysis
Ran Zhao
Doctoral
Prof. Jonathan Abbatt
Aqueous-phase Organic Chemistry in the Atmosphere  

March 2015 Convocation (absentia)


GraduateProgramSupervisorThesis Title
Rouzbeh Afrasiabi 
Doctoral
Prof. Andrew Woolley
Application of Ultra-short Peptides as Building Blocks for the Rational Design of Stimuli-responsive Ferrocene-peptide Gels
Rishikesh Ariyakumaran
Masters
Prof. Mark Nitz
Novel Synthesis of Phosphonamidated Carbohydrates Designed as Transition-State Analog Inhibitors of CE4 De-N-acetylases
Kenneth Chen
Masters
Prof. Geoffrey Ozin
Synthesis, Size-selective Separation and Character of Colloidally Stable, Water-soluble Silicon Nanocrystals
Colin Douglas
Doctoral
Prof. Deborah Zamble
Metal Specificity in [NiFe] Hydrogenase Maturation Proteins
Rashi Hiranandani
Masters
Prof. Douglas Stephan
The Synthesis and Reactivity of Highly Electrophilic Phosphonium Cations
Yuyang Li
Masters
Prof. Ronald Kluger
Lanthanum-mediated Aminoacylation on Dinucleotides
Joradan Rebelo
Masters
Prof. Mark Lautens
Development of a New Mulitcomponent-multicatalytic Reaction of Vinyl Pyrazine Utilizing Orthogonally Reacting Boron Coupling
Yelena Simine
Doctoral
Prof. Dvira Segal
Theory of Charge Transport through Vibrating Molecules 
Sarah Weicker
Masters
Prof. Douglas Stephan
Exploring Tetracoordinate Silicon Lewis Acids for Frustrated Lewis Pair Chemistry

November 2014 Convocation



GraduateProgramSupervisorThesis Title
Christopher Adair
Masters
Prof. Mark Taylor
Towards Organoboron-mediated Functionalizationof Erythromycin A and Synthesis of its Aglycon
Salil Bedkihal
Doctoral
Prof. Dvira Segal
Quantum Transport through dDouble-dot Aharonov-Bohm Interferometers
Ramsay Beveridge
Doctoral
Prof. Robert Batey
Synthesis and Utility of New Ynamide and Organo-allytrifluoroborate Reagents: Application to the Total Synthesis of Geralcin A, Hydrazidomycins A-B, ()-CPC-1, ()-Alline, Splenocin-B, and the P Potent Cancer Cell Growth Inhibitors Kitastin and Respirantin
Pengpeng Cao
Doctoral
Prof. Mark Nitz
Using Lanthanide Nanoparticles as Isotopic Tags for Biomarker Detection by Mass Cytometry
Anthony Chibba
Doctoral
Prof. Mark Nitz
Substrates and Inhibitors of Enzymes Involved in Exopolysaccharide Dependent Biofilms
Ari Cuperfain
Masters
Prof. Jik Chin
Chiral Diamine-based Reduction and Oxidation Catalysts
Fatme Dahcheh
Doctoral
Prof. Douglas Stephan
Carbenes in Ruthenium Based Olefin Metathesis Catalysts and Stabilization of Low Coordinate Boron Species
Daniel Dalessandro
Masters
Prof. Douglas Stephan
Studies into the Reactivity of Frustrated Lewis Pairs Containing N-N Bases with Hydrogen
Elena Dimitrijevic
Doctoral
Prof. Mark Taylor
Noncovalent and Reversible Covalent Interactions as the Basis for Reaction Development
Jeffrey Farrell
Doctoral
Prof. Douglas Stephan
Hydrogen Chemistry of N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Borenium Ions
Gregory Gibson
Doctoral
Prof. Dwight Seferos
Fundamental Studies on Donor-acceptor Conjugated Polymers Containing 'Heavy' Group 14 and Group 16 Elements
Sina Haftchenary
Doctoral
Prof. Patrick Gunning
Targeting Clinically Viable Protein-protein Interactions via Rationally Designed Small Molecule Inhibitors
Jonathan Hollinger
Doctoral
Prof. Dwight Seferos
Selenophene-Thiophene Copolymers
Huy Huynh
Masters
Prof. Dwight Seferos
Investigating Heavy Atom Substitution on Perylene Diimides and Morphlogy Control Using Bulky Thiophene-Selenophene Block Copolymers
Ashlee Jahnke
Doctoral
Prof. Dwight Seferos
Polytellurophenes as Solution Processable Materials for Applications in Organic Electronics
Andriana Jouk
Masters
Prof. Patrick Gunning
Targeting Clinically Viable Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases with Rationally Designed, Small Molecule Inhibitors and Artificially Induced Protein-membrane Anchor
Rachel Keunen
Masters
Prof. Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz
Electrochemical Detection of Halides Using a Matrix Containing Silver Nanoparticles
Jung Yun Kim
Masters
Prof. Mark Lautens
Multicomponent One-pot One-step Synthesis of 1,2,3-Triazoles via Cu/Pd Catalysis
Andrea Kriby
Doctoral
Prof. Aaron Wheeler
New Interfaces and Applications for Digital Microfluidics with In-line Mass Spectrometry Analysis
Jonathan Lau
Masters
Prof. Jik Chin
Chiral Guanidines as Chiral Shift Reagents for Imino Acids and as Catalysts for Transamination
Yen-Chun Lin
Masters
Prof. Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz
CK2 Phosphorylation Assay by Electrochemical Detection Using 5'-y-FerrocenylAdenosine Triphosphate
Christina MacLaughlin
Doctoral
Prof. Gilbert Walker
Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering Nanoparticles as Optical Labels for Imaging Cell Surface Proteins
Anjan Mahrok
Masters
Prof. Dwight Seferos
Fundamental Studies on Benzotellurophenes and Platinum Diethynyl Chalcogenophene Polymers
Mostafizur Mazumder
Doctoral
Prof. David McMillen
Parts and Methods in Synthetic Biology: An Investigation of Light Induced Gene Regulation in E. coli and the Design and Characterization of a Dual Mode Promoter in S. cerevisiae
Adam McKinty
Doctoral
Prof. Douglas Stephan
Lewis Acid Activated Olefin Metathesis Catalysts
Perry Menzies
Masters
Prof. Mark Lautens
Palladium-catalyzed Carbohalogenation of Sterically Congested Alkynes: An Intramolecular Approach to the Synthesis of Vinyl Halides
Kimia Moozeh
Masters
Prof. Jik Chin
Artificial Amino Acids Racemase: Stereoselective Deuteration of Amino Acids
Anne Myers
Doctoral
Prof. Scott Mabury and Prof. Eric Reiner
Identification and Analysis of Halogenated Contaminants Formed in Thermal Decomposition of Halogenated Materials
Adam Pantaleo
Masters
Prof. Datong Song
Syntheses of Ruthenium Complexes of Borane- functionalized 4,5-Diazafluorenide and their Reactivity toward Carbon Dioxide
Sonia Sheikh
Doctoral
Prof. Michael Thompson
Antifouling and Antithrombogenic Ultrathin Surface Chemistry for Bioanalytical and Biomedical Applications
Tishaan Singh
Masters
Prof. Mark Taylor
Exploring New Synthetic Methodologies using Organoboron Catalysts
Jessica Sonnenberg
Doctoral
Prof. Robert Morris
Mechanistic Insights into Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Asymmetric Iron Catalysis
Jeffrey St. Denis
Doctoral
Prof. Andrei Yudin
Chemoselective Transformation of Amphoteric Aziridine Aldehydes and alpha-Boryl Aldehydes
Peter Sues
Doctoral
Prof. Robert Morris
Design and Synthesis of Phosphorus Containing Ligands for the Formation of Iron Group Metal Complexes and Catalysts
Anthony Tavares   
Doctoral
Prof. Ulrich Krull
Solid-phase On-chip Nucleic Acid Hybridization Assays Using Spatial Profiles from Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer by Immobilized Quantum Dots
Chandrika Vijayaratnam
Masters   
Prof. Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz
The Role of Chirality in Self-assembly of Ferrocene Peptide Conjugates
Katarina Vulic
Doctoral
Prof. Molly Shoichet
Affinity-based Growth Factor Delivery from Injectable Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering
Christopher White
Doctoral
Prof. Andrei Yudin
Synthesis and Site-specific Functionalizations of Aziridine-2-Carboxylic Acid-containing Cyclic Peptides
Connie Wong
Masters   
Prof. Robert Batey
Application of Carbamoylimidazolium Salts as Carbamoyl Transfer Reagents and Approaches toward Esterification and Etherification Protocols
Amina Zaheer
Masters   
Prof. Kagan Kerman
Optical Detection of Interaction between Alzheimer's Disease Biomarkers and Carbon Nanotube