People - postdocs
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.
Biao Zhang, PhD
Biao Zhang received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chongqing University, China in 2014, co-supervised by Prof. Xun Zhu and Prof. Ned Djilali. During his PhD study, Biao’s research mainly focused on microfluidic fuel cells, including catalyst electrodeposition, transport phenomena and computational modeling. Biao also has wide-ranging research interests and experience in microbial fuel cells, CO2 reduction and microfluidic electrochemical sensors. In August 2015, Biao joined Sintonlab as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. His current research topic is microfluidic sperm selection. This technology selects sperm with intact chromatin and high DNA integrity for application in assisted reproductive technology (ART).
Aaron Persad, PhD
Aaron joined SintonLab in 2016 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow where he investigates the phase-change kinetics of hydrocarbons in nano-channels. The objective of his research is to develop more efficient, and greener methods, of extracting hydrocarbons from shale. His doctoral work (under Charles A. Ward in the Thermodynamics and Kinetics Laboratory at U of T) investigated several topics: liquid-vapor phase change processes, surface and wetting phenomena, energy transport and conversion, and the stability of confined fluids in near-freefall environments.
Persad is a university lecturer in Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics. He was recognized as the top teaching assistant by the Faculty of Engineering in 2013. His doctoral thesis was nominated by the MIE department for the 2015 John Leyerle-CIFAR Prize for Interdisciplinary Research and for the Governor General’s Gold Medal. During his spare time, Persad pursues training as a scientist-astronaut with Astronauts4Hire, Integrated Spaceflight Services, and Project PoSSUM.
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.