People


The Crew








Head of Research

Delphine Gourdon, Associate Professor
Physics Department
University of Ottawa
Phone: (607) 280-8132
office: N205 Minto
email: dgourdon@uottawa.ca






Dr. Delphine Gourdon joined the Department of Physics at University of Ottawa as an associate professor in 2017. She is the Head of the Mechanobiology and Tribology Laboratory, which belongs to the Biophysics cluster of the Physics department. 

Delphine received her BS in Applied Physics from University of Bordeaux (France) in 1995, and her PhD in Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) in 1999 for work done in nanomechanics and nanotribology. She was then a Swiss NSF postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Jacob Israelachvili's laboratory at UC Santa Barbara (California) where she addressed a variety of research issues in the fields of surface and polymer science with an emphasis on biomaterials, in particular on bioadhesion and biolubrication by nano-films of adhesive proteins and polysaccharides. Delphine next complemented her expertise in bioengineering by joining the Laboratory for Biologically Oriented Materials of Prof. Viola Vogel at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ, Switzerland) as a senior scientist, working on cell adhesion and extracellular matrix proteins, in particular the mechanotransducer protein: fibronectin. She then moved in 2010 to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (with a graduate field member in Biomedical Engineering) of Cornell University (New York) as an assistant professor.




Post Docs


Elie Ngandu Mpoyi
Phone: (438) 228-3407
office: N205 Minto
email: engandum@uottawa.ca








Prior to coming to uOttawa, Elie Ngandu Mpoyi received his B.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences at Newcastle University, UK. He then earned his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at University of Glasgow, UK in September 2017. Elie is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Gourdon group. His work is centered on the mechanobiology of extracellular matrix proteins associated with breast cancer. More specifically, he examines the biochemical and mechanical properties of cancer cells and their interactions with the surrounding tumor environment. During his postdoc, Elie intends to supplement his knowledge in cancer biology and biomechanics with Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer to characterize simultaneously the mechanics and conformation of extracellular matrix proteins found in the vicinity of tumors, and to develop 3D cell culture platforms that recapitulate the tumor environment to understand tumor vascularization and metastasis processes.




Fei Wu
Phone: (607) 279-2581
office: 129 Bard Hall
email: fw225@cornell.edu







Fei Wu received her B.S. degree in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. She then earned her PhD in Materials Science at Cornell University (June 2016) and she is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Gourdon group. Her research project focuses on developing biomaterials platforms to help elucidate the mechanisms of breast cancer metastasis to bone. More specifically, Fei's goals are to (i) generate hydroxyapatite (HAP, closely related to bone apatite) facets with controlled materials properties, (ii) characterize the HAP-induced altered deposition of the ECM protein fibronectin, and (iii) investigate how HAP-induced ECM alterations affect breast cancer cells functions.




PhD and MS Students


Sierra Cook
Phone: (510) 529-9075
office: 129 Bard Hall
email: sgc73@cornell.edu







Sierra G. Cook received her B.S. degree in Physics at UC Berkeley, California. Sierra is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Applied and Engineering Physics under the supervision of Prof Gourdon in collaboration with Prof Larry Bonassar (BME, Cornell). Her research projects focus on (i) biolubrication by natural and synthetic polymers and (ii) adhesion and friction of 2D graphene layers, using the Surface Forces Apparatus.   
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Maryam Asadishekari
Phone: (613) 400-7357
office: N205 Minto
email: masad041@uottawa.ca







Prior to coming to University of Ottawa, Maryam received her B.S. degree in Materials Engineering at Tehran Polytechnic, Iran. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science (M. Sc.) degree in Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Prof Gourdon. Her research projects focus on the design and engineering of collagen - fibronectin scaffolds for wound healing and cancer research.





Mihir Samak
Phone: (343) 988-4824
office: N205 Minto
email: msama042@uottawa.ca






Prior to coming to University of Ottawa, Mihir received his B.S. degree in Software Engineering at University of Pune, India. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Prof Gourdon. His research projects focus on the characterization of lubrication and wear protection of fibronectin-albumin systems using the Surface Forces Apparatus.





Parisa Sadeghi
Phone: (613) 698-2701
office: N205 Minto
email: psade009@uottawa.ca





Prior to coming to University of Ottawa, Parisa received her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at University of Zanjan, Iran. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Physics under the supervision of Prof Gourdon. Her research projects focus on the mechanical characterization of cell-deposited extracellular matrices and 3D engineered protein scaffolds using the Surface Forces Apparatus and a micromechanical device.





Naveena Janakiraman Narayanan
Phone: (613) 869-5035
office: N205 Minto
email: njana050@uottawa.ca









Prior to coming to University of Ottawa, Naveena received her B.Tech. degree in Biomedical Engineering at SRM University of Tamil Nadu, India after completing a semester of her Bachelor Program at NUS (Singapore). She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Prof Gourdon. Her research projects focus on the characterization of friction and lubrication of natural lubricin and synthetic lubricin-mimetics using the Surface Forces Apparatus.



Undergrad Students


Halimo Aden
email: haden071@uottawa.ca
Biolubrication project









Zian Shahid, COOP
email: zshah012@uottawa.ca
ECM in cancer project









Simardeep Dhindsa
email: sdhin010@uottawa.ca
ECM in cancer project







Yassmine Chahid Chentouf
email: ychah086@uottawa.ca
3D scaffolds for cancer research project








Alumni
  • Postdocs: Fei Wu, currently associate researcher at Mount Sinai Hospital (NYC); Alwin Wan, currently associate researcher at University of Toronto, ON.
  • PhD students: Karin Wang (currently assistant professor at Temple University, PA); Roberto Andresen Eguiluz (currently postdoc fellow at UC Santa Barbara, CA); Fei Wu, currently associate researcher at Mount Sinai Hospital (NYC).
  • MS: Rebecca Schur (currently PhD student at Case Western, OH); Yifan Li (currently PhD student at Ohio State, OH); Ya Guan (currently PhD student at University of Iowa, IA); Junhui Ye (currently CEO of XX, Shangai, China).
  • MEng: Jin Ho (Eric) Chang (currently at Wooshin Medics Inc, Seoul, Korea); Matthew Saunders (currently at United States Patent and Trademark Office, VA); Kunjal Patel (currently at L’Oréal, NY).
  • Undergraduate students: Noah Pacifici (currently PhD student at UC Davis, CA); Lauren Hsu (currently MEng student at MAE, Cornell); Evan Czako (currently at MSE, Cornell); Nicole Marroquin (currently at BEE, Cornell); Emily Day (currently at BEE, Cornell); Adeline Tse (currently at BEE, Cornell); Peter Ajayi (currently at CS, Cornell); Brian Gillis (currently at XX), Cory Brown (currently PhD student at UC Santa Barbara, CA); Soyoung Min (currently at Seoul National University, Seoul, KR); Michael Rothstein (currently at BEE, Cornell); Victoria Benson (currently at BEE/CS, Cornell); Marion Quien (currently at ChemE, Cornell); Taylor Holcomb (currently at MSE, Cornell); Cheryl Wu (currently MEng student at Cornell, NY); Sally Shi (currently at MSE, Cornell); Keli Thurston (currently PhD student at UC Berkeley, CA), Heather Schopper (currently MD student at University of Iowa, IA); Shengling Hu (currently at Facebook, CA).
  • High School students: Asia Badolato (currently at BME, University of Pisa, Italy), William Lewis (currently at BME, John Hopkins, MD).

The Team in 2014-2015



The Team in 2013-2014

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