>>   GROUP

  Graduate
     Cookie (Hyungjun) Cho
     Elsa Lu
     Isaac Herrera
     Jerry (Jieyi) Liu
     Jessica (Qing) Yu
     Loryn Arnett
     Megan Roberts
     Penny Le
     Rachel Keunen
     Yefeng Zhang

  Post-doc
     Jiangping Xu
     Joey (Hang) Zhou
     Jothir Pichaandi
     Yang Liu

  Visiting Scholars
     Chang-Lian Xu

  Undergraduate
     Menandro "Andre" Cruz

  Staff
     Angela Brown
     Gerald Guerin
     Yijie Lu






Angela Brown

abrown@chem.utoronto.ca

Education and Training: Has worked with the Winnik group for over 3 years.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Professional Actor in both film and theatre, also loves aviation and music.


Chang-Lian Xu

changlian.xu@mail.utoronto.ca

Chang-Lian Xu is from Sichuan province, P.R. China. He received his B.Sc. at Sichuan University in 2014. He started the successive postgraduate and doctoral programs of study for doctoral degree in polymer chemistry and physics at Sichuan University in the fall of 2014. He was concentrated on surface modification and surface wettability of polymers. He joined the Winnik group in the August of 2017 as an international visiting graduate student supported by China Scholarship Council. His current project focuses on NaLnF4 nanoparticles with core-shell structures as bio-markers for mass cytometry using the polydopamine coating method. In his spare time, he likes cycling, hiking, camping, and photography.


Elsa Lu

e.lu@mail.utoronto.ca

Elsa is an undergraduate student at UofT majoring in chemistry, and her project involves the synthesis of lanthanide nanoparticles under Lemuel's supervision. In her spare time, she enjoy watching movies with friends, playing cards, and sleeping.


Gerald Guerin

gguerin@chem.utoronto.ca

Gerald Guerin graduated in 2002 from Laval University with a Ph. D. In 2004, He joined the Winnik research as a Post-Doc. His current research involves Light Scattering investigation of the micelle formation of organometallic block copolymers in solution.


Isaac Herrera

iherrera@chem.utoronto.ca

Since September 2005, Isaac Herrera has been pursuing a Ph. D. in Polymers and Materials Chemistry at this University under the supervision of Prof. M. A. Winnik. He is currently working in an exciting multi-disciplinary project that involves the development of metal-containing polymer labels for antibodies as means to improve the detection of cancer cells by ICP-MS.

In 2005, Isaac graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with an M. Sc. degree in Chemistry. During his time at UTEP, he worked under the guidance of Prof. Jorge Gardea-Torresdey in a project that employs biomaterials to recover precious metals from aqueous solutions in an environmentally friendly and cost effective way.

When not in the lab, Isaac enjoys spending time with his friends, cooking (...and eating), dancing, and cycling. He also likes to wander around to catch some of the events that this multicultural city has to offer.


Jiangping Xu

jiangping.xu@utoronto.ca

Jiangping Xu was born in Leshan, China. He received his B. Sc. from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2008 and Ph. D. from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (CIAC) under the supervision of Prof. Wei Jiang in 2013. Then he joined Prof. Jintao Zhu’s lab at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) and worked there for two years in the area of confined self-assembly of block copolymers. In July 2016, he joined the Winnik group as a postdoctoral fellow. His current research topic is about metal chelating polymers and radioimmunoconjugates.


Jerry Liu

jieyi.liu@mail.utoronto.ca

Jerry joined the Winnik group in September 2016, pursuing his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering. He is interested in colloid and polymer research and its potential applications. His current research project involves synthesis and modification of latex particles for immunoassay applications.Jerry graduated from Sichuan University with a B.Eng in Pharmaceutical Engineering in 2010. In 2012, he earned his M.A.Sc from McMaster University under Prof. Robert Pelton’s supervision. From 2012 to 2016, he worked as an R&D Scientist for EcoSynthetix and Research Scientist for DuPont Canada. His expertise lies in product development of polysaccharide based materials. Jerry loves endurance running and swimming. He has finished several marathon races and dreams about becoming an iron man someday. In his spare time, he also enjoys travelling, cooking, and spending time with friends.


Jessica (Qing) Yu

jessq.yu@mail.utoronto.ca

Qing (Jessica) Yu was born in Hebei, China. She earned her BSc. Degree in Biochemistry from Concordia University in 2011. In 2012, she joined the group of Prof. John A. Capobianco and started her MSc in Chemistry. Her previous research focused on the synthesis of lanthanide-doped upconverting nanoparticles and their applications in photodynamic therapy. She joined Prof. Winnik's lab as a PhD student in September 2014 and her current research involves the investigation of micelle formation and self-assembly studies of block copolymers with polyferrocenylsilane (PFS).


Jothir Mayanantham Pichaandi

jothir.pichaandi@utoronto.ca

Jothir Mayanantham Pichaandi was born in India where he obtained his bachelors and Master’s degree from Nagpur and Mumbai universities respectively. He then moved to University of Victoria, BC to do his PhD with Frank C. J. M. van Veggel on luminescent nanocrystals and their applications in biolabeling. After finishing his PhD in 2012 he worked as a post doc in the same group for a short stint of 6 months. Thereafter in the September of 2013, he joined Mitchell Winnik's group as a post doc to work on polymer radioimmunoconjugates and lanthanide nanoparticles (for mass-flow-cytometry applications). His hobbies include reading novels (fiction and non-fiction), movies, and cooking.


Joey Zhou (Hang)

joeyhang.zhou@mail.utoronto.ca

Born in 1991 in Nanchang, China, Joey was admitted to Tsinghua University as an undergraduate student in the Dept. of Chemistry in 2008. He finished his bachelor thesis about one-pot synthesis of tri-block copolymer under the supervision of Prof. Jinying Yuan in the summer of 2012 and joined Prof. Winnik’s lab afterwards as a PhD student. His current research involves synthesis and self-assembly of block copolymers of polyferrocenylsilane (PFS). In his spare time, he loves badminton, anime and missing his undergraduate time in Tsinghua.


Loryn Arnett

loryn.arnett@mail.utoronto.ca

Loryn grew up in the beautiful city of Vancouver, and completed her BSc. (Hons) degree in Chemistry at UBC under the supervision of Dr. MacLachlan. She additionally completed four co-op work terms, which gave her the opportunity to work with Dr. Fryzuk (UBC), Dr. Crudden (Queen's) and at the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation. Loryn joined the Winnik group in Sept. 2015 and is working on surface modification of lanthanide nanoparticles for high-sensitivity mass cytometry bioassays. In her spare time she enjoys playing soccer, cooking, and board games with friends.


Megan Roberts

megan.roberts@mail.utoronto.ca

This is Megan.


Menandro "Andre" Cruz

menandro.cruz@mail.utoronto.ca

Menandro, who also goes by the nickname Andre, was born in Bulacan, Philippines. He is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto in the Biological Chemistry Specialist program. He joined the Winnik group as a DuPont undergraduate summer research fellow in May 2016, where he investigated the dissolution of PFS-b-PI block copolymers using DOSY NMR. The following summer of 2017, he worked in Prof. Scaiano’s group at the University of Ottawa as a Reactive Intermediates Student Exchange Scholar. He is now part of the group as a CHM499 student, working on his undergraduate thesis involving visualization of coronal segregation in rod-like micelles and investigating seeded growth kinetics of different PFS block copolymers for controlled self-assembly of patchy micelles. In his spare time outside the lab, he enjoys working out, watching movies and going out with friends.


Penny Le

penny.le@utoronto.ca

Penny graduated from uOttawa, where she completed her BSc. Biopharmaceutical Sciences - Medicinal Chemistry Option degree and worked under the supervision of Dr. Chris Boddy. She joined the Winnik group in May 2014, and is working towards the synthesis of metal-chelating polymer based radioimmunoconjugates via enzymatic methods. In her spare time, she perfects her latte art skills, and takes dance classes.


Rachel Keunen

rachel.keunen@mail.utoronto.ca

Rachel grew up in Drayton, ON and completed her B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Biotechnology at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013. She finished her M.Sc. in the department of Chemistry at UofT in fall 2014 in electroanalytical chemistry. She joined the Winnik group in the fall of 2014 as a PhD student and began her research in the self-assembly of block copolymers into rigid cylindrical micelles. Rachel is a Vanier Scholar. In her spare time she enjoys reading, skating, and hanging out with friends.


Yang Liu

yyl.liu@utoronto.ca

Yang was born in Shandong, China. He received his PhD in Soft Matter Physics in January 2015 from the University of Surrey, under the supervision of Prof. Joseph Keddie. He was interested in water transport and sorption in coatings deposited from colloidal dispersions and from solution in an organic solvent. After that, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow studying the dynamics of water when confined in polymer films by NMR techniques. The project was sponsored by BASF. He joined the Winnik group as a Post Doc in June 2017. He is currently working on a project aiming to examine how the curing rate compares to the rate of diffusion of polymer chains in the coating. Outside the lab, he enjoys movies, photography and traveling.


Yefeng Zhang

yefeng.zhang@mail.utoronto.ca

Yefeng grew up in Nantong, China. He received his B.Eng. degree in Materials and Nanotechnology at Soochow University and his B.S. degree in Materials and Nanosciences at University of Waterloo. His undergraduate thesis (supervised by Prof. Michael Pope) focused on the self-assembly of two-dimensional materials (i.e. molybdenum disulfide) at the air-water interface. He joined the Winnik group in the fall of 2016 as a Ph.D. student working on the development of new nanoparticle systems for mass cytometry applications. In his spare time, he enjoys playing table tennis, reading novels and sitting in the chair doing nothing. His favorite novel is “Siddhartha”.


Yijie Lu

ylu@chem.utoronto.ca

Yijie Lu received his B.Sc. in 2006 from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). He joined Professor Chi Wu’s group in USTC as a Ph. D. student. In September 2009, he awarded a scholarship from Chinese Scholarship Council and started his research in the Winnik group as a visiting PhD student. His topic of research is about radioimmunoconjugates.