PEOPLE

I am seeking graduate students to start in the FALL 2016 or WINTER 2017. If you are interested in single-molecule techniques and nanofluidics and would like to study the dynamics of biological molecules (i.e. DNA, proteins) and their interactions, 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

Assistant Professor
Department of Physics

Office:  MacDonald Hall Rm 338J
150 Louis-Pasteur
Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5

Lab: MacDonald Hall Rm 021

Phone: (613) 562-5800, ext 6964
Email: vincent at tcossalab.net

 

Education

McGill University, Ph.D. (2005)
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

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Autumn Carlsen, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow (Physics)
Lab : MCD021
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email:  acarlse2 at gmail.com
Project: Nanopore-based Force Spectroscopy.

 

 

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Daniel Tessier

Postdoctoral Fellow (Molecular Biology / Physics)
Lab: MCD031
Phone: (613)562-5800 x7937
Email: dantessier16 at gmail.com
Project: Nanopore Fabrication and Application

 

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Aidan Baker-Murray

Postdoctoral Fellow (Physics)
Lab: MCD031
Phone: (613)562-5800 x7937
Email: abakermu at uottawa.ca
Project: Nanopore Fabrication and Application

 

 

 

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Kyle Briggs

Ph.D. student (Physics)
Lab : MCD021
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email: kbrig035 at uottawa.ca
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by Controlled Dielectric Breakdown.

 

 

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Zachary Roelen

Ph.D. student (Physics)
Lab : MCD021
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email:   zroel034 at uottawa.ca
Project: Integrating nanopores with gold surfaces.

 

 

Matthew_WaughMatthew Waugh

Research Associate
Former M.Sc. student (Physics) – 2013 to 2015

 

 

 

 

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M.Sc. (Physics)
Lab : MCD021
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email:  mchar243 at uottawa.ca
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by Controlled Dielectric Breakdown.

 

 

 

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Philipp Karau

M.Sc. (Physics)
Lab : MCD021
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email:   pkara031 at uottawa.ca
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by Controlled Dielectric Breakdown.

 

 

 

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Caroline Tippins

Undergrad (Physics)
UROP student
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by Controlled Dielectric Breakdown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An Duong

Undergrad (Biology, Biophysics Minor)
Coop student
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by Controlled Dielectric Breakdown.

 

 

 

 

 

Simon-MaxBornSimon King

Undergrad (Biochemistry, Biophysics Minor)
Coop student
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by Controlled Dielectric Breakdown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Co-supervised Students

Eric Beamish

Ph.D. student (Physics)
Lab : MCD 030
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7929
Email: eric.beamish at gmail.com
Co-supervisor: Prof. Godin
Project: Nanopore-based multiplexed protein detection

 

Radin Tahvildari

PhD. student (Physics)
Lab : MCD 030
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7929
Email: rtahvild at uOttawa.ca
Co-supervisor: Prof. Godin
Project: Nanopore arrays integrated with microfluidics
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Former Students

 

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.

 

Benjamin Watts, Ph.D.

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

 

 

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Harold (Wing Hei) Kwok

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

 

 

 

Jose Bustamente

Jose Bustamante

M.Sc. student (Physics) – From Fall 2012 to 08/2014
Project: Simultaneous Single-Molecule Fluorescence and Electrical Detection of DNA through Nanopores.

 

 

 

Sanmeet Chahal

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

 

 

Timothea_LeTimothea (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

 

Martin Charron

undergraduate (Physics)
COOP student, Winter 2013 – Summer 2013
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by Controlled Dielectric Breakdown

 

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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