The Cosa Group

Cosa Group Annual BBQ, Summer 2016. Left to right: Isabel Bacellar, Andrés Durantini, Vicent Wieczny, Viktorija GlembockytÄ—, Lana Greene, Chris McChesney, Gonzalo Cosa, Yasser Gidi, Christina Calver, Pierre Devlaminck, Casey Platnich, Amani Hariri, Mei-Ni Belzile, Mayra Martínez, Richard Lincoln, Mimi Simmons.


Principal Investigator


Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows


Visiting Graduate Students


Group Alumni

Graduate Students

Amani Hariri, Ph.D.
01/2010 - 06/2016
Thesis Title: Advancing DNA nanotechnology using single molecule fluorescence methodologies PDF Download
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, USA.

Mei-Ni Belzile, M.Sc.
09/2014 - 08/2016
Thesis Title: Development and Synthesis of Novel BODIPY Probes to Study Electron Transfer and Redox Processes PDF Download

Robert Godin, Ph.D.
09/2009 - 08/2015
Thesis Title: Visualizing and controlling redox processes at the single molecule/particle level PDF Download
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow at Imperial College, UK.

John Hardwick, M.Sc.
06/2014 - 12/2014
Thesis Title: Ni2+ as a photostabilising agent for single-molecule photobleaching studies of stepwise-assembled DNA nanotubes
Currently: PhD student at University of Oxford, UK.

Ryan Marko, M.Sc.
01/2011 - 06/2013
Thesis Title: Single molecule fluorescence studies on HIV-1 reverse transcriptase/nucleic acid interactions PDF Download

Katerina Krumova, Ph.D.
09/2006 - 10/2012
Thesis Title: Development of novel fluorogenic antioxidants for imaging reactive oxygen species in live cells PDF Download
Currently: Research Scientist at Berg Pharma, Boston, USA.

Pierre Karam, Ph.D.
09/2006 - 06/2011
Thesis Title: Structure and Dynamics of Supramolecular Systems one Molecule/Particle at a Time PDF Download
Currently: Assistant Professor at American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

An Thien Ngo, Ph.D.
01/2005 - 08/2010
Thesis Title: Tuning the electronic properties of light-harvesting conjugated polyelectrolytes via complexation with lipid vesicles and/or silica beads
Currently: Policy Analyst at Environment Canada

Paul Oleynik, M.Sc.
09/2005 - 08/2007
Thesis Title: Design, synthesis, and characterization of new fluorescent probes for in vivo redox visualization
Currently: Research Assistant at the Ottawa Eye Institute, and Professor at Algonquin College.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Katerina Krumova
10/2012 - 08/2013
Currently: Research Scientist at Berg Pharma, Boston, USA.

Dr. Mathieu Frenette
02/2012 - 06/2013
Currently: Assistant Professor, UQAM

Dr. Hsiao-Wei Liu
07/2009 - 08/2012
Currently: Research Associate, University of Alberta

Undergraduate Honours Thesis

Pierre Devlaminck
05/2016 - 08/2016

Zhu Tian Ding
05/2013 - 08/2013
McGill University SURA and CSACS fellowships

Ougjae Cheong
09/2012 - 04/2013

Laura Smith
05/2012 - 08/2012
NSERC-USRA Summer research

Richard Lincoln
05/2011 - 08/2011
NSERC-USRA Summer research, RISE program

Kai Lin Lau
05/2009 - 08/2009
Faculty of Science Award, CSACS program Summer research

Sayuri Friedland
05/2009 - 08/2009
NSERC-USRA Summer research

Catrina Pheeney
05/2007 - 08/2007
NSERC-USRA Summer research

Elisa Fuller
09/2006 - 04/2007

Jeffrey Quesnel
05/2005 - 04/2006

Undergraduate Students

Chris McChesney
05/2016 - 08/2016
NSERC-USRA Summer research
NSERC-CREATE bionanomachines Summer research
RISE program

Mimi Simmons
05/2016 - 08/2016
McGill University SURA

Briony Lago
05/2015 - 08/2015
CSACS Fellowships

Anais Robert
05/2015 - 08/2015
McGill University SURA

Junan (Xavier) Lin
09/2015 - 12/2015
NSERC-USRA Summer research
RISE program

Sheena Louisia
05/2015 - 08/2015
McGill University SURA

Jesse Gordon
05/2015 - 08/2015
NSERC-USRA Summer research, RISE program

Kathia Bachir
09/2014 - 12/2014

Junan (Xavier) Lin
09/2014 - 12/2014

Ruth Knox
09/2014 - 12/2014
CHEM396

Sheena Louisia
05/2014 - 08/2014
CHEM396

Joon Seung Hwang
01/2014 - 05/2014
CHEM396

James Reeves
05/2013 - 08/2013
NSERC-CREATE bionanomachines Summer research
RISE program

Timothy Teoh
05/2012 - 08/2012
NSERC-USRA Summer research
RISE program

Genevieve Redstone
06/2011 - 08/2011
CHEM396

Mark MacLean
05/2010 - 08/2010
NSERC-USRA Summer research
RISE program

Mien Chien Yu
05/2010 - 08/2010

Christopher Saunders
01/2010 - 04/2010
CHEM 396 program

Robert Aboukhalil
05/2009 - 03/2010
NSERC-USRA Summer research

Hollis Roth
05/2009 - 08/2009
NSERC-USRA Summer research
RISE program

Lukas Bebjak
05/2008 - 08/2008
NSERC-USRA Summer research
RISE program

Kai Lin Lau
05/2008 - 08/2008
Faculty of Science Award
CSACS program Summer research

Amine Benmassaoud
05/2006 - 12/2006
NSERC-USRA Summer research

Melanie Burger
05/2006 - 08/2006
Life Sciences Program, U. Calgary

Yoshihiro Ishihara
05/2005 - 08/2005
NSERC-USRA Summer research

Jeffrey Quesnel
05/2005 - 08/2005

Research Associates

Wayne Mah
11/2007 - 04/2010

Visitors

Ms. Sol Martinez
09/2016 - 02/2017
Ph.D. candidate, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba

Ms. Isabel Bacellar
05/2015 - 10/2016
Ph.D. candidate, Universidade do Sao Paulo, Brazil

Ms. Sol Martinez
09/2015 - 01/2016
Ph.D. candidate, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba

Mr. Felipe Venegas
10/2013 - 2/2014
M.Sc. U. Andres Bello, Chile

Prof. Pierre Karam
06/2013 - 09/2013
American University of Beiruth, Lebanon

Prof. Cornelia Bohne
03/2013 - 04/2013
Univ. Victoria, Canada

Mr. Juan O. Flores-Rizo
07/2011 - 08/2011
Ph.D. candidate, Univ. Guanajuato, Mexico

Ms. Laura Hernandez
06/2011 - 07/2011
Ph.D. candidate, Univ. Nacional de Rio Cuarto, Argentina

Prof. Rodrigo Palacios
06/2011 - 07/2011, 05/2010 - 06/2010
Univ. Nacional de Rio Cuarto, Argentina

Dr. Hsiao-Wei Liu
09/2007 - 11/2007
National Taiwan University, Taiwan