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     Cookie Cho (Hyungjun)
     Elsa Lu
     Guangyao Zhao
     Isaac Herrera
     Jan Paternoga
     Jessica (Qing) Yu
     Joey (Hang) Zhou
     Lemuel Tong
     Loryn Arnett
     Melinda Guo
     Mike Gretton
     Penny Le
     Rachel Keunen
     Sepehr Mastour Tehrani

  Post-doc
     Jothir Pichaandi
     María José Gonzalez
     Yijie Lu

  Visiting Scholars

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     Angela Brown
     Gerald Guerin






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.


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.


Guangyao Zhao

gzhao@chem.utoronto.ca

Guangyao is from Tianjin, China. He received his B.Sc. at Peking University studying Chemistry and his M.Sc. at York University studying Organic Chemistry. He joined the Winnik group in the spring of 2010. His current project focusses on the preparation and modification of lanthanide nanoparticle as biomarkers for mass cytometry. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, swimming, playing badminton, curing sick computers (not for free) and learning linguistics.


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.


Jan Paternoga

jan.paternoga@gmx.de

Born: Wiesbaden, Germany

Study: Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz. Bachelor Thesis in organics "Phosphin based MMP inhibitors". Now graduate student.

Hobbies: tennis, ski, playing piano, watching football.


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.


Lemuel Tong

lem.tong@mail.utoronto.ca

Lemuel was born in Hong Kong, China. He studied at the University of Toronto in Engineering Science specializing in Nanoengineering and graduated in 2010. In his last year of undergrad, he wrote his thesis on the synthesis and characterization of polylactide carbon nanotube fiber composites with Prof. Hani Naguib. He joined the Winnik group in the summer of 2010 as a PhD student and began his research on the synthesis and characterization of lanthanide nanoparticles for high sensitivity mass cytometry immunoassays. Some of his hobbies include learning languages, working out, swimming, playing piano and reading.


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.


María José Gonzalez

mjose.gonzalezalvarez@utoronto.ca

María José Gonzalez was born in Madrid (Spain). In 2012 she finished her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Mendicuti in the Physical Chemistry Department of the Universidad de Alcalá (Spain). In 2013, she joined the Winnik group as a Postdoc student. Her current project involves the synthesis and characterization of self-assembly studies of block copolymers with the poly(ferrocenylsilane) metalloblock. In her spare time, she enjoys going out with her friends, travelling, watching movies and playing sports.


Melinda Guo

melinda.guo@mail.utoronto.ca

Melinda graduated from the University of Manitoba, where she completed her B.Sc. degree in chemistry – biopharmaceutical option and finished her thesis on synthesis of novel biocides under the supervision of Dr. Song Liu. She then worked at the Genvion Corp. (a pharmaceutical company) as a Quality Control Analyst for four months, after which she joined the Winnik group in September 2014 as a M.Sc. student. Her current project involves the surface modifications of cellulose nanocrystals for drug delivery study. Outside the lab, she enjoys jogging, cooking and hanging out with friends around the city of Toronto.


Mike Gretton

mike.gretton@mail.utoronto.ca

Mike grew up in Oakville, Ontario, and completed his undergraduate education at Queen's University (Sci '09 Engineering Chemistry), during which he spent 15 months at DuPont Research & Development. He then moved to Toronto for an M.A.Sc. in siliconization of hole transport materials under Prof. Tim Bender, after which he joined the Winnik group as a Ph.D. student in August 2012. His current project involves synthesis and solution self-assembly studies of block copolymers with the poly(ferrocenylsilane) metalloblock.

Outside of the lab, Mike enjoys hobbies such as travelling, language learning, cycling, hiking and Dance Dance Revolution.


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.


Sepehr Mastour Tehrani

s.mastourtehrani@mail.utoronto.ca

Sepehr was born in 1986 in Tehran, Iran. He entered the Amirkabir University of Technology ( Tehran Polytechnic) in 2004 and received his B.Sc. from Polymer Engineering & Color Technology Department in 2008. He then finished his M.Sc. at the same department in 2010. His main area of research in polymer engineering was emulsion polymerization and particles self-assembly. In 2011, he joined the Winnik research group and his current researh is mainly focussed on the synthesis of Lanthanide-containing particles for multiplexed bio-assays.


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.