Current Group Members

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers


Claudia El Nachef

Postdoctoral Fellow (May 2016-)

Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life Fellowship


Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Florida (Supervisor: Prof. Alan R. Katritzky)
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon

Summary of Research: Prebiotic chemistry related to the origin of life.




Binjie Li

Ph. D. candidate (Aug 2014-)

B. Sc. Central China Normal University
Hometown: Wuhan, China

Summary of Research: Secret organocatalysis project!


Josh Derasp

Ph. D. candidate (Sept 2014-)

NSERC PGS-D (2017-2019)

B. Sc. University of Prince Edward Island
Hometown: Wellington, PEI

Summary of Research: Cascade reactions of N-isocyanates.


Dilan Polat

Ph. D. candidate (May 2015-)

M. Sc. Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Hometown: Bois-Colombes, France

Summary of Research: Aminocarbonylation

Qiang Wang

Visiting Ph. D. candidate (2016-2018)


Summary of Research: Transition metal catalyzed reactions of amphoteric isocyanates


 Ryan Ivanovich

Ph. D. candidate (Sept 2015-)

NSERC CGS-M (2016-2017)

B. Sc. University of Ottawa
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Summary of Research: Incorporation of N-N-C=O into heterocyclic cores


Meredith Allen

M. Sc. candidate (Sept 2016-)

NSERC CGS-M (2017-2018)

B. Sc. University of Western Ontario
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Summary of Research: New reactions of O-isocyanates


Philippe Lemire

M. Sc. candidate (Sept 2016-)

OGS-Masters (2015-2017) + FQRNT (2015-2017)

B. Sc. University of Ottawa
Hometown: L’Ange-Gardien

Summary of Research: Origin of life, organocatalysis


William Gagné Monfette

M. Sc. candidate (Jan 2018-)

B. Sc. University of Sherbrook
Hometown: Disraeli

Summary of Research: Azatripeptides and transition metal catalyzed reactions of isocyanates


Undergraduate Students:


David  Brzezinski

Eric Skrotzki

Jasper Quartus


Group Alumni

Postdoctoral Researchers


Dr. Jing An (co-supervised by Prof. Howard Alper 2015-2016)
Ph. D. (Central China Normal University)
JiangSu Sevencontinent Green Chemical Co., Ltd.

Dr. Sampada Chitale (2012-2015)
Ph. D. (University of Connecticut)
IntelliSyn RD

Dr. Pouyan Zahedi (2013-2015)
Ph. D. (University of Saskatchewan)
Toronto Research Chemicals

Dr. Wei Gan (2010-2012)
Ph. D. (Queen’s)
MITACS Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Shu-Bin Zhao (2011-2012)
Ph. D. (Queen’s)
Start-up company in Toronto

Dr. Nicolas Das Neves (2011-2013)
Marie Curie Industrial PDF

Graduate Students

Mohammed Ahmed Mostafa Ali Dahab, Visiting Ph.D. student (2015-2017)
Ph.D (Faculty of Pharmacy, Al-Azhar University, Cairo 11884, Egypt.)

Eslam Elkaeed, Visiting Ph.D. student (2015-2017)
Ph.D (Faculty of Pharmacy, Al-Azhar University, Cairo 11884, Egypt.)

Parsa Jamshidi, M.Sc. student (2015-2017)
B.Sc. (University of Ottawa)

Indee Ranasinghe Gamage, M.Sc. student (2015-2017)
B.Sc. (University of Ottawa)

Amanda Bongers, Ph.D. student (2011-2016)
B.Sc. (University of Waterloo)
Postdoctoral Position with Allyson Flynn (University of Ottawa)

Jean-François Vincent-Rocan, Ph.D. student (2011-2016)
B.Sc. (University of Ottawa)
Paraza Pharma Inc., Montreal

Lyanne Betit, M.Sc. student (2013-2015)
B.Sc. (University of Ottawa)
Alio Health, Ottawa

Kaitlyn Lavergne, M.Sc. student (2013-2015)
B.Sc. (University of Ottawa)
Transport Canada, Ottawa

Christian Clavette, Ph.D. student (2009-2014)
B.Sc. (University of Ottawa)
Paraza Pharma Inc., Montreal

Colin Hesp, M.Sc. student (2011-2014)
B.Sc. (University of Guelph)
University of Toronto School of Pharmacy

Melissa Macdonald, Ph.D. student (2009-2014)
B.Sc. (University of Western Ontario)
Postdoctoral position – with Samuel H. Gellman (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Bashir Hussain, M.Sc. student (2011-2014)
B.Sc. (University of Ottawa)
Health Canada

Keira Garland, M.Sc. student (2011-2014)
B.Sc. (Carleton University)
Genentech, South San Francisco

Francis Loiseau, Ph.D. student (2007-2012)
B. Sc. (McGill University)
Rutgers Group

Nicolas Guimond, Ph.D. student (2009-2012-Fagnou Group transfer)
B. Sc. (Université Laval)
Postdoctoral position – NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow with Dirk Trauner (LMU)
Bayer Healthcare, Wuppertal, Germany

Isabelle Dion, Ph.D. student (2007-2012)
B. Sc. (Université de Sherbrooke)
Lecturer, Université de Sherbrooke

K. Matthew Whitmore, M.Sc. student (2009-2011)
B. Sc. (University of Toronto)
Paraza Pharma Inc., Montreal

Derek Schipper, Ph.D. student (2009-2011-Fagnou Group transfer)
B. Sc. (University of Prince Edward Island)

Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo, Waterloo (check his webpage!) Prior: Postdoctoral position – NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow with T. M. Swager (MIT)


Ashley Dawn Hunt, M. Sc. student (2009-2011)
B. Sc. (Western Ontario)
Research Associate with John Pezacki

Peter Ng , M. Sc. student (2008-2011)
B. Sc. (Toronto)
NRC, Ottawa

Hao Peng , M. Sc. student (2007 – 2010)
B. Sc. (Concordia)
Pharmascience (Montréal)

Jennifer Pfeiffer , M. Sc. student (2007-2010)
B. Sc. (McGill)
Health Canada after working at TRC

Toni Rizk , M. Sc. student (2007 – 2009)
B. Sc. (Ottawa)
Graduate Student, Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

Jean-Grégoire Roveda, M. Sc. student (2007-2009)
B. Sc. (Ottawa)
Graduate Student, Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

Joseph Moran, Ph. D. student (2004-2009)
B. Sc. (Ottawa)
Current position: Assistant Professor, ISIS, Strasbourg (check his webpage!). Prior: NSERC Post-doctoral fellow with M. J. Krische (UT Austin). Post-doctoral fellow, NRC, Canada (John Pezacki)

Joffré Bourgeois, M. Sc. (2005-2008)
B. Sc. (Ottawa)
Current position: Environment Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Pamela Cebrowski, M. Sc. (2006-2008)
B. Sc. (Ottawa)
Current position: Health Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Marie-Eve Lebrun, M. Sc. (2005-2007)
B. Sc. (Ottawa)
Current position: Health Canada (after working at Merck Frosst and Boehringer Ingelheim)

Past Undergraduate Students

Philippe Lemire (UROP & USRA 2015, Honours student 2015-2016)
Ryan Simard (Honours student 2015-2016)
Asianne Lee
(USRA 2015, Honours student 2015-2016)
Alex Jeanneret
(Co-op 2015, Honours student 2015-2016)
Nancy Marina
(Honours student 2014-2015)
Yara Abou-Hamde (Honours student 2014-2015)
Ryan Ivanovich (Co-op 2014, Honours student 2014-2015)
Alyssa Perozzo (Summer Student 2014)
Jane Nguyen (International exchange student 2014)
Nimrat Obhi (UROP Student, Honours student 2013-2014)
Julien Bejjani (Summer student 2014)
Kyle Leckett (Summer student 2013 & 2014,  Honours student 2014)
Menachem Benzaquen (USRA student, Summer 2014)
Patrick Moon (URS Summer student 2010, 2011, USRA 2012, Honours 2013-2014)
Kashif Tanveer (Summer Student – 2012, Honours student 2012-2013)
Brittany McCullagh (Part-time student 2012-2013)
Charlotte Depatie Sicard (Summer Student – 2011, 2012 – Honours 2012-2013)
Kaitlyn Lavergne (Honours student, Fall 2012)
Valérie Lemieux (2011 – 2012) – NSERC CREATE Summer Student, Honours student
Pierre Mouawad (2011 – 2012) – Honours student
Amy Toderian (2008 – 2011) – NSERC USRA Summer Student, Honours student
Éric Bilodeau (2008 – 2011) – NSERC USRA Summer Student, Honours student
Michael Raymond (2009-2011) NSERC USRA Summer (2009), Part-time student (2009), Honours student (2010-2011)
Jean-Francois Vincent-Rocan (2011) – Honours student
Sandring Taing (exchange student UPMC, France, 2010)
Alishya Burrell (2009 – 2010) – Honours student
Mark Dornan (2009 – 2010) – Honours student
Nicholas Wong (2009 – 2010) – Coop and Honours student
Jean-Philippe Wan-Fook Chuen (2008-2009) – Honours student
Christian Clavette (2008-2009) – Honours student
Lei Zhang (2008-2009) – Honours student
Catherine Séguin (2006 – 2008) – Honours Student (2008), NSERC USRA Summer Student (2006)
Emily Manthorp (2008) – NSERC USRA Summer Student
Maria Antonic (2007-2008) – NSERC USRA Summer + Honours Student
Anne-Catherine Bédard (2007-2008) – Summer + Coop Student
Elena Dimitrijevic (2007-2008) – NSERC USRA Summer + Honours Student
Anna Chkrebtii (2007) – COOP Student
Agnès Castella (2007) – Exchange Student (UIT Castres, France)
Christopher Whipp (2006-2007) – Honours + Summer Student
Lili Zhang (2006-2007) – Honours Student
Éric Beaulieu (2006) – Honours + Summer Student
Pamela Cebrowski (2006) – Honours + Summer Student
Maria Zlotorzynska (2005-2006) – NSERC USRA Summer + Honours Student
Peter Dornan (2005) – NSERC USRA Summer Student
Tanya Suen (2005) – Honours Student

Previous Group Photos

 June 2013 visit to Delmar Chemical
2013-06 Beauchemin visit
 May 2013
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 June 2012
July 2011
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Fall 2010
 Fall 2009
 January 2009
 June 2008
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 June 2007
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January 2006
Fall 2005
 May 2005
… each year there is a QOMSBOC story!!!