Yuanjie Pang, PhD
Yuanjie Pang received his BEng degree from the University of Victoria in 2008, with the highest graduating GPA in the department. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria in 2012. Yuanjie had a very broad PhD research topic in nanophotonics. Besides the major topic, optical trapping, Yuanjie has also studied surface plasmon photonics, extraordinary optical transmission, as well as surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Yuanjie was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in University of Michigan from 2012 to 2015, where he focused on the study of single isolated HIV particles using optical trapping, for establishing a definitive linkage between HIV phenotype and productive infection pathway. In Feb. 2015, Yuanjie joined the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and his current research topic is to develop an opto-fluidic system for enhanced solar harvest, with applications in photovoltaics, conversion of solar energy to fuel, and carbon fixation.
Christine Gabardo, PhD
Christine received her BEng (2011) in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from McMaster University, where she also received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering (2016). Her thesis focused on the development of rapid nano/microfabrication techniques to create multi-scale electrode materials for bioprocessing and biosensing applications.
In 2017, Christine joined SintonLab as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, her research focusing on the development of microfluidic systems for in vitro fertilization applications and the development of electrodes for renewable energy applications.
Jae Bem You, PhD
Jae Bem You received his BSc in Chemical Engineering from The City College of New York (CCNY) in 2011. He then went back to South Korea, his home country, to pursue his PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (2017). His thesis focused on developing novel microfluidic devices via initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) process.
In March 2017, Jae Bem joined the Sinton Lab as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow investigating microfluidics for male fertility and artificial reproductive technology (ART). His current focus is to develop novel paper-based microfluidic platforms for male fertility potential.
Jun Li, PhD
Jun Li received his BEng in Chemical Engineering at the Harbin Institute of Technology (2012), and his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario (2016). Jun Li worked in renewable energy conversion, specializing in catalyst synthesis, synchrotron spectroscopy, and microscopic studies of the correlated physical and chemical properties during transformation, noble metal sensitization, chemical doping and ionic intercalation.
In 2017, Jun Li joined Sintonlab as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, and his current research aims to synthesize, characterize and functionalize efficient electrocatalysts for CO2 electroreduction to C1, C2 and C3 products with superior activity and selectivity.
Yihe Wang, PhD
Yihe received her BSc in Applied Chemistry from China University of Petroleum (East China) in 2008 and her MSc in Chemistry from Zhejiang University in 2011. Then, she pursued her PhD degree in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto, where her research focused on developing microfluidic platforms for cell encapsulation in biomimetic hydrogels.
In July 2017, Yihe joined the Sinton group as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for male fertility. Her current research is to develop microfluidic platforms for high quality sperm cell selection for assisted reproductive technologies.
Anna Kolomijeca, PhD
Anna holds an Engineering Degree in Chemical Technology (2010) from Riga Technical University (Latvija) and a PhD in Physics from Technical University Berlin (Germany). Anna has vast international work experience, which includes an Erasmus internship in France at MSC (Matière et Systèmes Complexes), a scholarship in Norway at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), a secondment in France at IFREMER oceanographic center, a research cruise in the Arctic, a short placement at Vree University Amsterdam and one postdoc in the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Anna specializes in environmental sensing (optical and remote sensing). Currently she is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto, where she works on environmental pollution and climate change problems.
Christopher McCallum, PhD
Chris received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2012. He then pursued his PhD, also in Mechanical Engineering, at the University of California – Santa Barbara. His thesis focused on modeling complex electrokinetic nanofluidic systems, specifically focusing on improving the fundamental understanding of the nano-structure of the electric double layer present in electrokinetic nanofluidic systems.
In December 2017 Chris joined the Sinton lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow, his research focusing on training machine learning algorithms to identify top sperm candidates for fertility, as well as modeling species transport in microfluidic electrocatalytic systems for CO2 conversion.