Mitacs Elevate Research Showcase

Are You Interested in Tapping into Top Ph.D. Talent?
You’re invited to the Mitacs Elevate Research Showcase on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Come meet the following Postdoctoral fellows who are excelling in fields such as: Life sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Psychology, Mathematics and Statistics, Psychology and Sociology.

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Adrian has a B.Sc and Masters in mathematical physics from Queen’s University and a PhD from the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. His research background is in the fields of biophotonics, algorithm design/implementation and image analysis, which has resulted...

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Dr. Alireza Abbasi is an experimentalist, theoretician and CFD analyst in Thermo-Fluids Science and Fluidized Bed Reaction Engineering, with potential applications in alternative fuels and sustainable energy. His research area focuses on application of coupled heat and mass transfer phenomena to...

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Dr. Amir Moradifam studied Mathematics and got his PhD in department of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia. He is currently a MITACS postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto.  His main interests are Partial Differential Equations and Inverse Problems in Medical...

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Dr. Aref Bakhtazad’s extensive engineering experience has been in progressively more responsible positions. More recently, he has been a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario, working on a prototype of the smallest Piezoresistive type pressure sensor for...

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Aydin is a Mitacs Elevate post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto. He received his PhD degree from the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, Canada) in 2009, MSc from Sharif University of Technology (Tehran, Iran) in 2005, and...

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Azadeh Moghtaderi is a Mitacs Elevate postdoctoral fellow, working in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. After completing an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering in Iran, she obtained her M.Sc. Eng. and Ph.D. in statistics from...

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Bardia Sadri received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (Tehran, Iran) in 1999, and his PhD in Compute Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. He has held research positions at Duke University and University of...

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Dr. Kuttner is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) in Ontario, with interests in advancing sustainable forest management, particularly enhancing information upon which management decisions are based. He holds a degree in Forest Resource Management from the University of New Brunswick (B.Sc....

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Dr. C. Ozgur Colpan is currently a MITACS Elevate Post-doctoral Fellow at the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department of the Ryerson University. He received his PhD degree from the Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and his Bachelor of Science (2003) and Master of Science (2005)...

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Darryl Hudson was born in Lethbridge, Alberta and raised in a small rural farming community. As such, he has always had a keen interest in farming and agriculture.  He began his undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary and transferred to the University of Lethbridge after getting...

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Dr. Dagmar M. Hajducek has recently graduated from the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo. As a statistician, Dr. Hajducek is interested on the development of methodology for the analysis of longitudinal survey data. She has experience with large-scale...

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While growing up in upstate New York, Daniel became passionate about the outdoors and working with the wildlife from that region. He began volunteering for a U.S. Fish and Wildlife bird banding station in Millbrook, N.Y. where he would catch and tag migrating birds in the spring and fall. Since...

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Dr. Farhana H. Zulkernine is a MITACS Industrial Post Doctoral Fellow at the School of Computing in Queen's University. She holds a BSc. and MSc. in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and a Ph.D. from the School of Computing at Queen...

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Glen received his Ph.D. in 2009 from York University in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Science.  His Masters of Exercise Science (M.Sc.) was completed at the University of Toronto, where he was an undergraduate alumni and an Academic All-Canadian with the Men’s Varsity...

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Gurjit is currently a Mitacs Elevate postdoctoral fellow at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the University of Toronto. Gurjit obtained his Ph.D. (psychology) from the University of Toronto, his M.A. (social psychology) from the University of Waterloo, and his M.Sc. (Audiology) from the...

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Hakimeh completed her BSc in microbiology followed by MSc in virology both at the University of Tehran. Following graduation she was appointed a four-year research position in Influenza vaccine production unit in the world-class bioresearch Pasteur Institute of Iran, the sister of Institute...

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Dr. Hedia Fgaier is currently a MITACS Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Guelph. She received her PhD under the direction of Professor Hermann Eberl (Canada Research Chair in Applied Mathematics). Her PhD thesis dealt with the mathematical modeling of microbial population dynamics...

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Hojjat Ghaderi is a computer scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Database group at the University of Toronto working in the area of Business Intelligence (BI). In collaboration with IBM Research, he is developing an innovative framework and tooling to help business users better understand...

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Janet Baron Gavidia came to Canada in 2006 after obtaining a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the Univerisdad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela. She attended graduated school at the University of Guelph in the Department of Chemistry and completed a Ph.D. degree in electrochemistry in 2010. She has worked in...

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John Lam received his B.Sc., M.Sc. (Eng) and Ph.D. degrees from Queen’s University in 2003, 2006 and 2010 respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. For his doctoral research, he focused on the development of low cost, compact and high performance dimmable electronic ballast circuits for...

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Montasir Qasymeh received his BSc degree in electrical engineering from Mutah University, Mutah, Jordan, in 2003, the MSc degree in optical communication and photonic technologies from Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy, in 2005, and a PhD degree in electrical engineering from Dalhousie...

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Nabin Chowdhury works as a Research Fellow at Trojan Technologies, London, Ontario under MITACS Elevate Industrial Fellowship. He has more than 7 (seven) years of experience in water/wastewater process engineering, process modeling, life-cycle cost analysis, advanced oxidation, biofilm kinetics...

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Naresh Vempala is a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow at the SMART Lab, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University. He is working on a collaborative research project with waveDNA, an Ontario-based music software development company. His work involves developing a cognitively-based analysis...

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Dr. Natasha Alves-Kotzev received her PhD in biomedical engineering (2010) and her Masters degree in electrical engineering (2006) from the University of Toronto. Her research interests are in physiological signal processing, pattern-recognition, bio-instrumentation, body-machine interfaces and...

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Oleksandr Romanko is currently a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster University (Department of Computing and Software) and a Research Fellow at Algorithmics (Quantitative Research Group). He holds Ph.D. in Computer Science from McMaster University. Oleksandr's research and...

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Peter Basl is a MITACS Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster University & acting Engineering Manager for developing Bombardier’s TrackSafe solution. He is leading the McMaster RFID Applications Lab (MRAL) technical team since 2010. Peter is passionate about the development of new...

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Peter received his doctorate in 2008 from the University of Toronto after training in the department of medical biophysics under the supervision of Dr. Peter N. Burns, PhD. The focus of his doctorate was to understand the behaviour of ultrasound contrast agents (encapsulated microbubbles)...

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Ramila Peiris is an expert in using multivariate data analysis methods for developing process monitoring and optimization techniques for chemical and process engineering applications as well as membrane-based water treatment operations. He has a wide range of research and industrial experience...

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Reihane Marzoughi is currently a Mitacs postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto's city centre. She has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and conducts research that helps policy-makers and practitioners build more livable and sustainable cities. She is interested in fostering effective...

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Rick Salay is a MITACS post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. In his research he explores innovative ways to support the use of graphical models in software development in order to improve the quality of software. Before his PhD, he had a 15 year...

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Dr. Susan Sawyer-Beaulieu has almost 30 years of professional engineering experience, including 10 years in the mining industry, 7 years in the metals recycling industry, and 8 years in consulting, and holds professional engineering licenses in Ontario and Quebec. Susan holds a B.A. (Biology)...

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Rozanne grew up in Montreal, Quebec, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University. Having lost many close family members to cancer, she has always been passionate about learning more about this disease. Combined with a thirst for knowledge...

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Sambhavi Chandrashekar holds a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from the University College London, U.K. and a PhD in Information from the University of Toronto. Her expertise lies in user experience research involving non-visual interaction with information and communication...

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M.J. Schertzer received B.Eng.Mgt. and M.A.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University, in 2003 and 2005. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2010. Dr. Schertzer has several publications focused on the experimental,...

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Shengkun (Victor) Xie completed a PhD degree in applied statistics at The University of Guelph in 2010. He holds a MSc degree in Statistical Science (specialization: actuarial science) from The University of Western Ontario, and a second MSc degree in Mathematics for Finance and Science from...

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Sylvain Pitre is originally from a small town in northern New Brunswick where he lived until he decided to pursue his first academic degree. He attended the Université de Moncton where he received his Bachelor of Applied Computer Science (BIA), Carleton University in Ottawa for his Master of...

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Eva’s graduate work started at York University from where she migrated over to University of Toronto for her PhD. There she studied the mechanism governing adipogenesis and focal adhesion in embryonic stem cells. Following Eva’s PhD, she pursued her postdoctoral studies, funded by...

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After receiving his DVM from University of Tehran, Dr. Farzan joined with Razi Research Vaccine and Serum Institute and worked on laboratory animals and veterinary bacterial vaccines. He then returned to the University of Tehran to do a four-year residency-PhD program on Veterinary Microbiology...

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Dr. Wei Zhao is currently a Mitacs Elevate Strategic Postdoctoral Fellow working at McMaster University. He works on the wavelet methods for optimal control problems in pharmaceutical research, in order to achieve better results with cheaper computational cost over traditional methods. As part...

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Dr. Weijing Ma is with the Current Density Imaging laboratory at the University of Toronto. Her fields of expertise include Magnetic Resonance Imaging, electromagnetic field simulations and bio-electrical property imaging. Dr. Ma received her Ph.D. degree in the collaborative program of...

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William E. Lin lived in Vancouver, B.C. for his first eighteen years and then relocated to southwestern Ontario to pursue formal education in mechanical engineering. His main research interests relate to fluid mechanics and fluid-structures interactions. His extracurricular activities include...

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Albert Vette is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, and at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute in Toronto. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto....

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Lisa received his doctorate from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto in developmental psychology and education. Her expertise falls within the realm of infant development, namely the development of manual skill and handedness. A secondary area of interest...

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Dr. Keith Huynh obtained both his B.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto as an NSERC Postgraduate Scholar in the areas of synthetic inorganic and polymer chemistry. Following the completion of his Ph.D., he went on to pursue an NSERC–funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University...

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Dr. Shaikh Hasibul Majid is a Post Doctoral Researcher at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of University of Waterloo. He obtained his PhD from University of Saskatchewan, Canada and since then he has been working on advanced medical imaging devices used in X-ray imaging. His...