Dr. Belinda Heyne

Principal Investigator

Belinda graduated with a PhD degree in Science from the University of Liege (Belgium) in 2004. She then moved to Canada as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa where she worked under the supervision of Dr. Tito Scaiano. In 2007, she started her independent career at the University of Calgary in the Department of Chemistry and moved to the rank of Associated Professor in 2013. Her research work lies in photochemistry and photobiology, with a particular interest in the production of singlet oxygen to solve society grand challenges.

Dr. David Press

Research Associate

David Press is known to us as ‘an ancient one’. Archeological evidence places him carrying out chemical reactions and transformations in the North American continent during the last ice age. At that time, the geographical location of Calgary was under a sheet of glacier ice and so all of his reactions were carried out well below room temperature. At one point during his existence the University of Calgary (then U of A) built a chemistry building around him and allowed him to enroll as both a BSc student and eventually a PhD student. After completing his PhD, focussing in Organic Chemistry, in 2014, the Heyne group adopted him as a resident source of late 80’s and 90’s obscure references. The agreement between the Heyne group and the ancient one is that he gets to make molecules and they get to make him make molecules. It is most cordial.

Dr. Nicolas Macia

Post Doctoral Associate

Nicolas was born in Montréal, Québec. He did his undergraduate degree at the Université de Montréal. It was during his participation in the RISE program that Nicolas’ discovered his desire to do research in photochemistry. He subsequently joined Belinda’s research group for his Ph.D. where he studied plasmon effects on singlet oxygen generation by photosensitizers using metal nanoparticles of every possible sizes and shapes. During his Ph.D., Nicolas held a NSERC Alexander Graham Bell CGS-Doctoral and an Alberta Innovates Technology Futures PhD scholarships and was the Ken Taylor Fellow from the Richard J. Schmeelk Canada Foundation. Nicolas published 7 peer-reviewed articles and presented his research at several national and international conferences. During grad school, Nicolas was also the president of the UofC Nanotechnology Group, a graduate-student led group funded by Alberta Innovates. While not in the lab, Nicolas likes to remind everyone of the importance of French in Canada, cooking, reading and watching the latest TV shows on Netflix.

Vladimir Kabanov

Ph.D. Candidate

Vladimir was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan and moved to Calgary, Canada when he was 14. While completing his HBSc in Chemistry at the University of Calgary, Vladimir discovered his passion for physical chemistry, photochemistry and nanoscience. During his undergrad, Vladimir worked with Dr. Cooper Langford (photochemical treatment of wastewater) and with Dr. Max Anikovskiy (design of a novel nanobiosensor for the detection of singlet point mutations in DNA). In 2015 Vladimir and his coworkers, were able to present their nanobiosensor design at the international biomolecular design competition, BIOMOD, at Harvard University. In 2016, he joined Dr. Belinda Heyne`s research group to pursue a Masters and a future Ph.D. degree. Vladimir`s work concentrates on studying how various homo- and heterogeneous nanoparticles affect photosensitizers’ ability to generate singlet oxygen, and whether plasmonic effects from such nanostructures can be employed to amplify singlet oxygen’s emission signal. If you can`t find Vladimir in the lab, it is likely that he took off to go to the Rockies to enjoy a hike or just to take some beautiful pictures. But, if the weather outside is not fit, Vladimir is probably home in his small studio playing guitar or recording some new material.

Cyrus Mackie

M.Sc. Candidate

Cyrus was born in Edmonton Canada and has grown up, for the most part, in Calgary. In 2018, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the University of Calgary. As an undergraduate student in the Heyne research group, Cyrus completed an Honours project on the synthesis and characterization of modified beta cyclodextrins with and without their attachment to gold nanoparticles, with the aim of studying the photothermal effect on these molecules. In Fall 2018, Cyrus will be joining the Heyne research group as a MSc student under the co-supervision of Doctors Belinda Heyne and Vanina Zaremberg. His research will focus on the synthesis of fluorogenic α-Tocopherol analogues to be applied in yeast cells in order to study the toxicity of lipid peroxyl radicals and elucidate metabolic pathway architecture. In his spare time, Cyrus enjoys playing the piano, running, travelling, and baking.

Shauna Schechtel

M.Sc. Candidate

My name is Shauna Schechtel and I am a fourth year Undergraduate Honors Chemistry student. My research projects include work on cyanine dyes and their photophysical and photochemical properties. Other projects that interest me include educational research. My main focuses within education include physical chemistry, quantum chemistry and general chemistry. The best part of my research is the opportunity to pursue what I am passionate about and I also the opportunity to make a difference to my field. If I am not researching I am often found watching and designing theatre within my community. Apart from theatre my other interests include basketball and cycling.

Olga Kravchenko

M.Sc. Candidate

Olga was born in Ukraine, and have arrived to Calgary in 2009. She has completed undergraduate degree at University of Calgary in 2018, which included a research project with Dr. Heyne on copper nanoparticles. As of 2019, she has joined Dr. Heyne's group as a masters student, with main focus in photochemistry.  Olga's hobbies include playing piano, hiking, camping, swimming, cooking and traveling.

Adrien Takada

Research Assistant

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Conner McGregor

Undergraduate student

Jacky Kieu

Undergraduate student

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Past Group Members

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Dr. Poliraju Kalluru (2019-20)

Dr. Suma Thomas (2017-18)

Dr. Kristen Clary (2012)

Graduate Students

Sophia Roth, M.Sc. (2020)

Dr. Nicolas Macia, Ph.D. (2020)

Joanne Lam, M.Sc. (2017)

Joel Viccars, M.Sc. (2016)

Dustin Pearson, M.Sc. (2014)

Dr. Sara Mooi, Ph.D. (2013)

Chris Sveen, M.Sc. (2012)

Adriana Valencia-Perez, M.Sc. (2012)

Undergraduate Students

Laurent Rémy, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Mulhouse (2019)

Mélanie Côte-Cyr, RISE, NSERC USRA, UQUAM (2018)

Amir Yeganeh, RISE, NSERC USRA, McMaster University (2017)

Vladimir Kabanov, NSERC USRA (2016)

Jana Dao (2015) 

Faisal Assad (2015)

Vincent Ma, NSERC USRA (2015)

Ryan Woloschuk, RISE (University of Victoria), NSERC USRA (2015)

Nicole Boyle, RISE (University of Ottawa) (2014)

Anita Ludwar (2013)

Wyatt Vine, NSERC USRA (2013)

Nicolas Macia, RISE (Université de Montréal), NSERC USRA (2013)

Rocío Gutiérrez Contreras, Exchange student from Spain (2012)

Jessie Basnak (2011-12)

Dustin Pearson (2010-11)

Jeffrey Meers, NSERC USRA (2010)

Vivian Lau, (2010)

Ivan Kryukov, Markin USRP (2010)

Roshan Achal, Private Funding, Wilson Analytical (2010)

Vivian Lau, NSERC USRA (2009)

Rosa La, NSERC USRA (2009)

Roshan Achal, Private Funding, Wilson Analytical (2009)

Eimy Rodriguez (2009)

Christopher Green, Markin USRP (2008)

Vivian Lau (2008)


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