Walker Group Alumni

Kirby, Robert – MSc, 2015 – 2016
Broadband Mid-Infrared Light Source for Near-Field Microscopy Using Ultrashort Near-Infrared Laser Pulses
Graduate student, Princeton University

Stewart, Alexander – PhD,  2011-2016
Teaching Nanorods: Towards the development of Phospholipid-Encapsulated Gold Nanorod Chains for Enhanced Raman-Scattering and Towards the improvement of Student Scientific Communication Skills in Undergraduate Classroom and Laboratory Settings

Maiti, Aniket – Visiting Undergraduate Researcher, 2016
Undergraduate Student, Indian Institute of Technology

de Beer, Sissi – Visiting Researcher, 2015-2016
Research Associate, University of Twente

Al-Faouri, Tamara – MSc, 2013-2015
Silica Encapsulated Gold Nanoparticles as SERS Labels for the Detection of Lymphoma B-Cells in Tissue Sections

Chung, Mike – Undergrad, 2014-2015
Infrared Spectroscopy of Boron Nitride Nanotubes on Surfaces
Graduate student, UBC

Gagnon, Brandon – MSc, 2013 – 2015
SERS Labels using Nanoparticles and J-Aggregating Dyes
Technical Sales, Kobitex Inc.

Gunari, Nikhil – Postdoc & Research Associate, 2007-2014
Eco-friendly Nanostructured Antifouling Coatings
Co-founder, Sylleta Inc.

Song, Byron – MSc, 2013-2014
SERS Nanoparticle Synthesis
Medical student, University of Toronto

Breitgoff, Frauke – Visiting Student, 2013-2014
Graduate student, ETH Zurich

Xu, Xiaoji – Postdoc, 2012 – 2014
Near-field IR Imaging Studies
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Lehigh University 

MacLaughlin, Christina – PhD, 2009 – 2014
Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Nanoparticles as Optical Labels for Imaging Cell Surface Proteins
Postdoctoral Fellow, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network

Zamecnik, Colin – MSc, 2012-2013
SERS using Plasmonic Nanoparticles and J-aggregate Dyes
Doctoral candidate, University of California, Berkeley/UCSF

Auerbach-Ziogas, Ilia – MSc, 2013
An Exploration of Cell Receptor Labeling via Dark Field Imaging and Quantifying Densely Bound SERS Labels via Raman Signal Strength

Razi, Aida – Undergrad, 2011-2013
Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering Gold Nanoparticles for Biological Imaging
Graduate student, McMaster University

Joseph, Michelle – Undergrad, 2011-2013
Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering Gold Nanoparticles for Biological Imaging
Clinical pharmacist

Walters, Christopher – Undergrad, 2011-2015
Graduate student, UBC

Willsey, Elizabeth – Undergrad, 2011-2013
Structural Attachment of H. Elegans
Medical student, UBC

Kumachev, Alex – MSc, 2011-2012
Generation of Cell-laden Biopolymer Microgels with Tunable Mechanical Properties for Cancer Cell Studies
Medical student, University of Toronto

Han, Nellie – Undergrad, 2011-2013
Darkfield Imaging Using Plasmonic NPs

Munshi, Aamir – Undergrad, 2011-2012
Non-resonant enhancement of dimolecules covalently attached to metal nanoparticles
Medical student, Wayne State University

Parsons, David – Undergrad, 2011-2012
Non-resonant enhancement of dimolecules covalently attached to metal nanoparticles
Medical student, McMaster University

Nakamata Huynh, Stephanie – Undergrad, 2011-2012
Polarization dependent scattering of Au nanorods
Graduate Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Steel, George – Undergrad, 2011-2012
Modeling polarization dependent scattering of Au nanorods

Sun, Katherine – Undergrad, 2010-2012
Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering Gold Nanoparticles for Cancer Cells Detection
MPH (Epidemiology) Student, University of Toronto

Wu, Kelly – Undergrad, 2010-2012
Analysis algorithms for multiplexed surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy
Medical student, Vanderbilt University

MacNeil, Drew – Undergrad, 2011
Atomic Force Microscopy of Nano-Scale, Self-Assembled, Polymeric Systems
Founder, Deleg8

Shi, Weiqing – Postdoc, 2008-2013
Surface-induced denaturation of fibronectin

Paulite, Melissa – PhD, 2007-2012
Nanoscale Chemical Imaging of Synthetic Materials and Biomaterials using Apertureless Near-field Infrared Microscopy
Staff scientist, Canada Revenue Agency

Grozea, Claudia – PhD, 2007-2012
Nanopatterned Polymer Coating for Antifouling Applications
Postdoctoral Fellow, Queen’s University

Tanur, Adrienne – PhD, 2007-2012
Structure and Properties of Nanomaterials: From Inorganic Nanotubes to the Calcareous Biomineralized Tubes of H. Dianthus
Materials Development Scientist, Siluria

Li, Isaac – PhD, 2007-2012
Studies of Polymer Hydrophobic Hydration by Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy
Assistant Professor, UBC-Okanagan

Lam, Tina – Undergrad trainee, 2009-2011
Detection of Leukemia Lymphocytes Using Gold Nanoparticles

Xu, Michelle Ye-Chen – PhD (Co-supervised), 2008-2011
Interface Plasmon Polariton Waveguides and Sensors
Engineer, Intel Corporation

Ip, ShellPhD, 2005-2011
Lipid Bilayers as a Surface-functionalization Platform in Planar and Particle-based Biosensors
Field Application Scientist, Precision NanoSystems Inc.

Li, JamesPhD, 2005-2011
Atomic Force Microscopy of Nano-Scale, Self-Assembled, Polymeric Systems
Project Manager, Impact Centre, University of Toronto

Sullan, Ruby May – PhD, 2006-2010
Nanomechanics of Barnacle Proteins and Multicomponent Lipid Bilayers Studied by Atomic Force Microscopy
Postdoctoral Fellow, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

Guo, Baoshan – Postdoc, 2009-2010
Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering Biosensor
Lecturer, Beijing Institute of Technology

Nguyen, Thang – MSc, 2008-2009
SERS Tags for Leukemia Cell Surface Receptor Detection
Medical School, University of Toronto

Escorcia, Egda – Undergrad trainee, 2007-2008
Near Field Microscopy Laser Development

Fakhraai, Zahra – Postdoc, 2007-2008
Near Field Microscopy Using Heterodyning
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania

Hickie, Dan – Undergrad trainee, 2007-2008
Nanomotors Using Segmented Metal Rods
Grad student, University of Toronto

Mudrik, Jared – Undergrad trainee, 2007-2008
Nanomotors with Directional Capability
Grad student, University of Toronto

Yu, Claire – Undergrad trainee, 2006-2008
FDTD Calculations of Plasmonic Arrays
HPC Specialist & System Administrator, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics

Chan, Yuri – MSc, 2006-2008
Nanoscale Motors in Solutions

Cheung, Jane – Undergrad trainee, 2006-2008
Protein Adhesion on Polymer Surfaces
Medical Writer at New Evidence, SAGE Medica

Nie, Zhihong – PhD (Co-supervised), 2006-2008
Developing New Strategies for the Preparation of Micro- and Nano-structured Polymer Materials
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland

Rider, David – PhD (Co-supervised), 2005-2008
Synthesis, self-assembly and applications of amorphous polyferrocenylsilane block copolymers
Assistant Professor, Western Washington University

Wieczorek, Michal – Undergrad trainee, 2007
Protein Mechanics Examined by Steered Molecular Dynamics

Nguyen, Toan – MSc, 2006-2007
Near Field Optics Theory of Hole Arrays
Dental School, University of Toronto

Lee, Derek – Undergrad trainee, 2005-2007
Diblock Copolymer/Polymer Composites
Co-op student, Scotia Bank, Toronto

Zou, Shan – Postdoc, 2005-2007
Diblock Copolymer/Polymer Composites
Research Associate, National Research Centre in Ottawa

Huang, Ruby – Undergrad trainee, 2005-2006
Nanophotonics Theory
Physics grad student, University of Windsor

D’Abreo, Roger – Undergrad trainee, 2005-2006
Diblock Copolymer Nanohole Arrays
Senior Associate, PwC

Mueller, Kerstin – Visiting scholar, 2005-2006
IR Near Field Microscopy Technology Development
Grad student, Max Born Institute

Yang, Xiujuan – Postdoc, 2005-2006
Near Field IR Microscopy of Diblock Copolymers
Senior Research Chemist, Dalhousie University

Wei, Jianjun – Postdoc, 2005-2006
Polymer Aggregate Adhesion Mechanics
Associate Professor, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Lu, Xuekun – Postdoc, 2005-2006
Diblock Copolymer Thin Films
Sr. Research Assoc., Electr. & Comp. Engineering, U Minnesota

Meadows, Pamela – PhD, 2001-2005
Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, North Carolina Wesleyan College

Romanov, Slava – PhD, 2000-2005
Near Field Microscopy of Nanocomposites
Physical Scientist, Department of Energy, Pittsburgh, PA

Stebounova, Larissa – PhD, 2000-2005
Infrared Near Field Microscopy of Polymers
Research Associate, University of Iowa

Sun, Yujie – PhD, 2000-2005
Elasticity of Polymer Surfaces
Assistant Professor, Biodynamics Optical Imaging Center, Peking University

Tivanski, Alexei – PhD, 1999-2005
Conducting Probe Studies of Polymers
Assistant Professor, University of Iowa

Hynicka, Lauren – Undergrad trainee, 2002
Surface Plasmon Resonances of Gold Films
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Janesko, Benjamin – Undergrad trainee, 2001-2002
Single Molecule Force Measurements
Assistant Professor, Texas Christian University

Al-Mawaali, Sabah – PhD, 1998-2002
AFM of Polymer Surfaces
Scientist, Omani Institute of Minerals, Oman

Bemis, Jason – PhD, 1996-2002
Single Molecule Force Studies of Polymers
Research Scientist, Asylum Research Inc., Santa Barbara, CA

Brown, Henry – Postdoc, 2000-2001
Tissue Elasticity Imaging
Pathologist, University of Illinois

Liu, Haiying – Postdoc, 2000-2001
Conducting Polymer Synthesis
Assistant Professor, Michigan Technical University

Khostaria, Dimitri – Postdoc, 2000
Infrared Spectroscopy of Protein Hydration
Professor, Tblisi University, Tblisi, Georgia

Priore, Ryan – Undergrad trainee, 2000
AFM of Breast Tissue
Director of Applications & Contract Services, ChemImage Corp.

Petri, Edward – Undergrad trainee, 1999-2000
Infrared Spectroscopy of Proteins
Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Wang, Chengfei – PhD, 1994-2000
Ultrafast Infrared Studies of Electron Transfer
Research Scientist, Lightel Technologies, Seattle, WA

Fredericks, John – School teacher, 1999
Electronic Structure of Nitrosothiols
High school science teacher, Dallas, TX

Akhremitchev, Boris – PhD, 1994-2000; Postdoc, 1999-2002
Near Field Microscopy
Associate Professor, Florida Institute of Technology

Mohney, Brian K. – PhD, 1994-1999
Associate Professor, Ashland University