PEOPLE

I am seeking graduate students or a postdoctoral Fellow (with nano- microfabrication and microfluidics expertise) to start in the Summer/Fall 2020. 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 based on solid-state nanopores, please contact me directly via email and provide your CV and a brief statement of your research interests.

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 Centerat 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).

CURRENT GROUP MEMBERS

Matthew 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

Dr. Autumn Carlsen

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

Dr. Kyle Briggs

Ph.D. (Physics)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Lab : STM485
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email: kbrig035 at uOttawa.ca
Project: Fabrication by CBD, Nanofiltered Nanopores, Single-Molecule Counting, DNA Nanostructures.

Dr. Daniel (Dan) Tessier

Ph.D. (Biology)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Lab : STM485
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email: dantessier16 at uOttawa.ca
Project: Development of ultra-sensitive Single-Molecule Assays.

Zachary Roelen

Doctoral Student (Physics)
Lab : STM485
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email: zroel034 at uOttawa.ca
Project: Integrating Nanopore Sensing with Pre-Concentration Methods.
Collaboration: Dr. Michel Godin (Physics, uO)

Martin Charron

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

Liqun He

Doctoral Student (Physics)
Lab : STM485
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email: lhe3 at uOttawa.ca
Project: DNA Nanostructures for Improved Capture and Translocation Characteristics

Javad Eslami

Doctoral Student (Physics)
Lab : STM485
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email: jesla070 at uOttawa.ca
Project: Integrating Nanopore Sensing with Pre-Concentration Methods.
Collaboration: Dr. Michel Godin (Physics, uO)

Simon King

Master Student (Physics)
Lab : GNN070
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7936
Email: sking036 at uOttawa.ca
Project: Detection of Disease related PCR Amplicons.
Collaboration: Dr. Robert Slinger (CHEO)

Undergraduate Students

Marie-Pier Laberge

Coop Student (Biomedical Engineering, uO)
Lab : GNN070
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7936
Email: mlabe017 at uOttawa.ca
Project: Fabrication by CBD, Protocols and Nanopore Instrumentation

Lucas Philipp

Coop Student (Biophysics,UBC)
Lab : STM485
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email: lucas.philipp at alumni.ubc.ca
Project: Fundamentals of Nanopore Capture and Translocations

Dmytro (Dmitry) Lomovtsev

Part-time Student (Biomedical, Mechanical, Computer Science, Engineering, uO)
Lab : GNN070
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7936
Email: dlomo006 at uOttawa.ca
Project: Nanopore Instrumentation

Guilherme Scholl Roballo

Exchange Student (Electrical Engineering, Military Engineering Institute, IME, Brazil)
Lab : GNN070
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7936
Email: guilhermeroballo at gmail.com
Project: Nanopore Instrumentation

Derek Boase

Part-time Student (Physics, uO)
Lab : STM485
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email: dboas065 at uOttawa.ca
Project: Integrating Nanopore Sensing with Pre-Concentration Methods.
Collaboration: Dr. Michel Godin (Physics, uO)

Matthaios Tsangaris

Part-time Student (Biochemistry, uO)
Lab : STM485
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7937
Email: mtsan054 at uOttawa.ca
Project: Development of ultra-sensitive Single-Molecule Assays.

Co-supervised Students and Postdocs

Dr. Reza Khanbabaie Shoub, Ph.D.

Research Associate (Physics)
Lab : STM4–
Phone: (613) 562-5800 x7929
Email: rezakhan at uOttawa.ca

Former Graduate Students and Postdocs

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

Research Associate (Physics)
Co-supervisor: Prof. Godin (http://godinlab.uottawa.ca)
Project: Nanopore Sensors Integrated with Microfluidics

Eric Beamish

PhD. student (Physics) – From Fall 2012 to Summer 2019
Co-supervisor: Prof. Godin (http://godinlab.uottawa.ca)
Project: Assay Development for Solid-state Nanopore Biosensors

Kyle Briggs

PhD. student (Physics) – From Fall 2014 to Summer 2018
Vanier Scholar and Winner of the Pierre Laberge Prize for best doctoral thesis in 2019 in the Sciences and Engineering
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 (http://godinlab.uottawa.ca)
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.

Former Undergraduate Students

Chelsea Leung
Undergraduate Student COOP (NanoScience, uWaterloo)
January – August 2019

Smile (Xi Man) Peng
Summer Researcher (Engineering Science, University of Toronto)
May – August 2019

Guillaume  Pregliasco
Undergraduate Student COOP (Chem. Eng, uO)
September – December 2018

Nathaniel Leslie
Undergraduate Student COOP (Chemistry, uO)
September – December 2018

Quinn Ingram
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biochemistry/Chem. Eng, uO)
January – December 2018

Michelle Vandeloo
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biochemistry, uO)
January – April 2018

Michelle Lam
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biophysics, UBC)
September 2017 – April 2018

Melissa Jimenez
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biomed. Mech. Eng, uO)
September 2017 – April 2018

Amanda Alain
Undergraduate Honours Thesis (Biochemistry, uO)
July 2017 – March 2018

Mohammed Sayeem
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biopharmaceutical Science)
September – December 2017

France Manigat
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biopharmaceutical Science)
January – August 2017

Samuel Berryman
Undergraduate Student COOP (Mech. Eng, UBC)
January – August 2017

Giulio Pregnolato
Undergraduate Student COOP (Mech. Eng, UBC)
September – December 2016

Caroline Tippins
Undergraduate Student COOP (Physics, uO)
May – August 2016

An Duong
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biology, uO)
May – August 2016

David Gregory Hobson
Undergraduate Student NSERC URSA (Physics-Math, uO)
May – August 2015

Erick Rene Espindola
Undergraduate Student Mitacs (Physics, Mexico)
May – August 2015

Sanmeet Chahal
Undergraduate Student NSERC URSA (Physics, uO)
May – August 2014

Timothea (Betty) Le
Undergraduate Student UROP, NSERC URSA (Biochemistry, uO)
January 2014 – August 2014

Pierre Janusz
Undergraduate Exchange Student (Physics, France)
September 2013 – April 2014

Nick Yelle
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biochemistry, uO)
September – December 2013

Julie Montgomery
Undergraduate Honours Thesis (Physics, uO)
September 2012 – April 2013

Julien Thibert-Leduc
Undergraduate Student COOP (Physics, uO)
January – August 2012

Matthew Windeler
Summer Researcher (Physics, uO)
May – August 2012

Chris Wlodarczyk
Undergraduate Honours Thesis (Physics, uO)
September 2011 – April 2012

Jean Luc Rukundo
Summer Researcher (Physics, McGill University)
May – August 2011

Edward Percy
Summer Researcher (Physics, Queen’s University)
May – August 2011

Matthew Rigby
Undergraduate Honours Thesis (Physics, uO)
September 2010 – April 2011

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