PEOPLE

I am seeking graduate students or a postdoctoral Fellow (with nano- microfabrication expertise) to start in the Spring/Summer 2019. If you are interested in single-molecule techniques and nanofluidics and would like to study the dynamics of biological molecules (i.e. DNA, proteins), their interactions or work on the development of new bionanotechnologies, please contact me directly via email and provide your CV and a brief statement of your research interests.

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Vincent Tabard-Cossa

Associate Professor
Department of Physics, University of Ottawa
Cross-appointment: School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Office:  STEM Complex Rm STM421
Office Phone: (613) 562-5800, ext 6964
Email: vincent at tcossalab.net

Biophysics Lab: STEM Complex, Rm STM485
STM Lab Phone: (613) 562-5800, ext 7937

Engineering Lab: Biosciences Gendron Bldg. Rm GNN070
GNN Lab Phone: (613) 562-5800, ext 7936

 

Education

McGill University, Ph.D. (2006)
McGill University, B.Sc. (2000)

 

Previous Research

I did my post-doctoral research in the applied biophysics group of Andre Marziali (Physics) at the University of British-Columbia (UBC), where I studied single-molecule bonds (DNA-DNA for genotyping and receptor-ligand for drug screening applications) using solid-state nanopore-based force spectroscopy (2006-2008). I continued my postdoctoral research at the Genome Technology Center at Stanford University, in collaboration with Ron Davis (Biochemistry), Bob Dutton (EE), and Roger Howe (EE), where I studied the screening behaviour of DNA polymers and fluid transport under high electric fields in nanofluidic transistors, i.e. electrically gated nanopore devices (2008-2010).

My Ph.D. thesis research was performed in Peter Grütter‘s Scanning Probe Microscopy and Nanoscience group in the Physics Department at McGill University. I investigated the origins of surface stress when various types of molecules trigger chemical/physical reactions at gas-solid and liquid-solid interfaces using AFM-based microcantilever sensors (2000-2005).

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Current Group Members

Matthew_WaughMatthew Waugh, BSc. (Biochemistry) MSc. (Physics)

Laboratory and Project Manager
Lab: GNN070
Phone: (613)562-5800 x7936
Email: mwaugh at uottawa.ca
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by CBD, Instrumentation and Applications

 

Autumn Carlsen, Ph.D. (Physics)

Research Associate
Lab : STM485
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email:  acarlse2 at gmail.com
Project: Nanopore-based Single-Molecule Immunoassay.

 

Daniel Tessier, Ph.D. (Biology)

Postdoctoral Fellow
Lab: STM485
Phone: (613)562-5800 x7937
Email: dantessier16 at gmail.com
Project: Development of ultra-sensitive Single-Molecule Assays

 

Kyle Briggs, Ph.D. (Physics)

Postdoctoral Fellow
Lab: STM485
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email: kbrig035 at uottawa.ca
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by CBD, and Applications of Nanopore Devices

 

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Zachary Roelen

Ph.D. student (Physics)
Lab : STM485
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email:   zroel034 at uottawa.ca
Project: Integrating Nanopore Sensing with Pre-Concentration Methods.

 

Martin Charron

M.Sc. Student (Physics)
Lab : STM485
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email:  mchar243 at uottawa.ca
Project: Single-Molecule Counting with Solid-State Nanopores

 

Liqun He

M.Sc. Student (Physics)
Lab : GNN070
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7936
Email:   TBD at uottawa.ca
Project: DNA Labels for Improved Nanopore Capture and Detection

 

Javad Eslami

Ph.D. Student (Physics)
Lab : STM485
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7938
Email:   TBD at uottawa.ca
Project: DNA Labels for Improved Nanopore Capture and Detection

 

Quinn Ingram

Undergraduate Student COOP (Biochemistry/Chem. Eng.)
Lab : GNN070
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7936
Email:   qingr027 at uottawa.ca
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by CBD and Instrumentation

 

Simon King

part-time Undergraduate Student (Biochemistry)
Lab : GNN070
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7936
Email:  sking036 at uottawa.ca
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by CBD and Instrumentation

 

Matthaios  Tsangaris

Undergraduate Student Honours Thesis Project (Biochemistry)
Lab : STM485
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7936
Email:   mtsan054 at uottawa.ca
Project: Development of ultra-sensitive Single-Molecule Assays

 

Dmytro  Lomovtsev

part-time Undergraduate Student (Biomedical Mechanical Engineering)
Lab : GNN070
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7936
Email:   dlomo006 at uottawa.ca
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by CBD and Instrumentation

 

Derek  Boase

part-time Undergraduate Student (Physics)
Lab : GNN070
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7936
Email:   dboas065 at uottawa.ca
Project: Nanopore-based Single-Molecule Sensing

 

Guillaume  Pregliasco

Undergraduate Student COOP (Chem. Eng.)
Lab : GNN070
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7936
Email:   gpreg050 at uottawa.ca
Project: Fabrication of Nanopore Arrays

 

Nathaniel Leslie

Undergraduate Student COOP (Chemistry)
Lab : GNN070
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7936
Email:   nlesl079 at uottawa.ca
Project: Membrane Functionalization of Membranes

 

Chelsea Leung

Undergraduate Student COOP (NanoScience Waterloo)
Lab : GNN070
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7936
Email:   RRR at uottawa.ca
Project: TBD starting in January 2019

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Co-supervised Students & Postdocs

Eric Beamish

Ph.D. student (Physics)
Lab : GNN075
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7929
Email: eric.beamish at gmail.com
Supervisor: Prof. M. Godin (http://godinlab.uottawa.ca)
Project: Nanopore-based multiplexed detection and assays

 

Ali Najafi Sohi, Ph.D. (Mech. Eng.)

Postodoctoral Fellow (Physics)
Lab : GNN075
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7929
Email: eanajafis at uOttawa.ca
Supervisor: Prof. M. Godin (http://godinlab.uottawa.ca)
Project: Nanopore Sensors Integrated with Microfluidics

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Former Graduate Students and Postdocs

Kyle Briggs

Ph.D. student (Physics) – From Fall 2013 to Fall 2018
Project: Applications of Solid-State Nanopores.

Philipp Karau

M.Sc. student (Physics) – From Winter 2016 to Winter 2018
Project: Translocation characteristics of branched DNA through nanopores

Radin Tahvildari

PhD. student (Physics) – From Fall 2013  to Winter 2017
Co-supervisor: Prof. Godin
Project: Nanopore arrays integrated with microfluidics

Matthew Waugh

M.Sc. student (Physics) – From Fall 2013 to Fall 2015
Project: DNA translocations through nanopores interfaced with gel media.

Benjamin Watts, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow (Physics) – 2014-2015
Co-supervisor: Prof. Godin
Project: Custom Membrane Fabrication and Microfluidic Integration

Jose Bustamante

M.Sc. student (Physics) – From Fall 2012 to Summer 2014
Project: Simultaneous Single-Molecule Fluorescence and Electrical Detection of DNA through Nanopores.

Harold (Wing Hei) Kwok

Ph.D. student (Physics) – From Fall 2010 to Winter 2014
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by Controlled Dielectric Breakdown.

 

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Former Undergraduate Students

Michelle Lam

Undergrad (Biophysics UBC)
UBC coop student  (Fall 2017 – Summer 2018)
Project: Applications of Nanofiltered Nanopore Devices

 

Michelle Vandeloo

Undergrad (Biochemistry)
uOttawa coop student  (Winter 2018)
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by CBD and Instrumentation

Melissa Jimenez

Undergrad (Biomedical Mechanical Engineering)
uOttawa coop student  (Fall 2017 – Winter 2018)
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by CBD and Instrumentation

 

Amanda Alain

Undergrad (Biochemistry)
uOttawa Honours Thesis  (2017-2018)
Project: Attachment and Release of DNA from Au nanoparticles for Single-Molecule Assays

Mohammed Sayeem

Undergrad (Biopharma)
uOttawa coop student (Fall 2017)
Project: Development of Traumatic Brain Injury Assays

 

France Manigat

Undergrad (Biopharma)
uOttawa coop student (Winter and Summer 2017)
Project: Development of Traumatic Brain Injury Assays

 

Samuel Berryman

Undergrad (Engineering)
UBC coop student (Winter and Summer 2017)
Project: Development of Nanopore-based Biosensing System

 

Giulio Pregnolato

Undergrad (Engineering)
UBC coop student (Summer 2016)
Project: Development of Nanopore-based Biosensing System

Caroline Tippins

Undergrad (Physics)
UROP student + NSERC USRA student (Summer 2016)
Project: Functionalization of Nanopores .

 

An Duong

Undergrad (Biology – minor in Biophysics)
Summer research student (Summer 2016)
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by Controlled Dielectric Breakdown.

 

David Gregory Hobson

Undergrad (Physics-Mathematics)
NSERC USRA student (Summer 2015)
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by Controlled Dielectric Breakdown.

 

Erick Rene Espindola

Undergrad (Physics)
Mitacs student (Summer 2015)
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by Controlled Dielectric Breakdown.

 

Sanmeet Chahal

undergraduate (Physics)
NSERC USRA (Summer 2014)
Project: Kinetics of Nanopore Fabrication by Controlled Breakdown

 

Timothea (Betty) Le

undergraduate (Biochemistry)
UROP student (winter 2014) + NSERC USRA (summer 2014)
Project: Microfluidic circuit fabrication and Nanopore Fabrication.

Pierre Janusz

undergraduate (Physics – French exchange student)
4th year research project 2013/2014
Project: Fabrication of Solid-State Nanopore for DNA Analysis

 

Nick Yelle

undergraduate (Biochemistry)
COOP student, Fall 2013
Project: Simultaneous Single-Molecule Fluorescence and Electrical Detection of DNA through Nanopores

 

 

Julie Montgomery

undergraduate (Physics)
4th year research project 2012/2012
Project: Single Molecule DNA Flow Stretching Microscope

 

Kee Hyun Paik

Ph.D. student (EE)
Lab : Stanford Genome Technology Center
Co-supervisors: Drs. Davis and Dutton
Project: Single-molecule charge sensor based on long range de-screening in nanochannels.

 

Julien Thibert-Leduc

undergraduate (Physics)
COOP student, Winter 2012 – Summer 2012
Project: NanoFluidic Transistor – Control of DNA motion

 

Matthew Windeler

undergraduate (Physics)
Research student (Physics), Summer 2012
Project: Microfluidics for Single-Molecule Fluorescence Microscopy

 

Chris Wlodarczyk

undergraduate (Physics)
Honours Thesis 2011/2012
Project: Nanopore-based Force Spectroscopy: Characterization of Aptamer-Viruses interactions

 

Jean Luc Rukundo

undergraduate (Physics, McGill University)
Research Student , Summer 2011
Project: Microfluidics for single-molecule fluorescence microscopy

 

Edward Percy

undergraduate (Physics, Queen’s University)
Research Student , Summer 2011
Project: NanoFluidic Transistor – Ionic current modulation

 

Matthew Rigby

undergraduate (Physics)
Honours Thesis, Fall 2010
Project: NanoFluidic Transistor – Instrumentation

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