Training of Highly Qualified Personnel

In August 2022, 1 junior college (cegep), 2 B.Sc., 5 M.Sc., and 7 Ph.D. students, and 2 Post-Doctoral Fellows (PDFs) are engaged in my lab, and perform solution and solid-phase heterocycle, peptide, and mimic synthesis, spectroscopic and computational techniques, and organic, biological, medicinal, and combinatorial chemistry. This outstanding training has enabled graduates to become leaders in academia and industry. 

Present Group Members

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Kajumee Bora Bhowal

(Ph.D. 2022/03 -)   

 

Project :  Anti-parasitic therapy

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Origin: India

Hobbies : Bharatanatyam dance, Crafting, Exploring places and food !

Why Chemistry? It makes me giggle every time by being unpredictable. With time it builds a symbiotic architecture with you - creates itself by recreating your abilities.

Words to whomever is reading this? Compassion is what you will feel and radical thinking is what you will gain here.

Fun fact about me: Do not get convinced without a backup reasoning.

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Lylia Dif-Yaiche

(M.Sc. 2022/05 – ) 

 

Project : N- to C-Azapeptide synthesis

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Origin: France and Algeria 

Hobbies : Dance, cinema, pastry cooking  

Why Chemistry? Rather a molecular structure than one thousand worlds

Words to whomever is reading this? Smile and let’s make molecules !

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Juan Camilo Fonseca

(College Student, 2022/06 – Present)

 

Project : Benzimidazole synthesis

Origin: Colombia 

Hobbies : playing Volleyball, cooking and bartending 

Why Chemistry? 

Once when I was a kid, a chemist friend of mine told me that chemistry was just like doing magic, which can change something into a completely different thing. Ever since that day, chemistry hasn’t stopped to amaze and challenge me.

Words to whomever is reading this? Just get started in chemistry already. I’m telling you that you won’t ever know everything there is to know about it.

Fun fact about me: I am lazy but I tend to overwork a lot.

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Darince Truong

(Undergraduate student (2021/05 – Present, CGCC Fellow)                                    Project : N-Amino imidazalones

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Origin: I come from immigrant parents who were born in different places and speak a lot of languages, come ask me if you wanna hear a long story.

Hobbies : Gaming, Music, Chilling, Volunteering and of course, Chemistry!

Why Chemistry? I hate bio, but at the same time, it is really fascinating to understand that everything in life is somehow related to chemistry.

Words to whomever is reading this? C'est des choses qui arrivent... (The real people will know 🙂)

Fun fact about me: I'm always open to learn new stuffs

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Nassim Maarouf

(P.hD. 09/20 – , NSERC Fellow)

Project : Cyclic Amino Dicarboxylates

B-3285 MIL Campus

nassim.maarouf@umontreal.ca

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Origin : Canada

Hobbies : Sleep  

Words to whomever is reading this ? N'est jamais finie

Fun fact about me : Bad with sarcasm

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Xiaozheng Wei

(P.hD. 01/19 – )

Project : Urotensin receptor modulators

B-3285 MIL Campus

xiaozheng.wei.ca@gmail.com

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Origin : China

Hobby : Chemistry

Why chemistry ? Hobby

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Origin: France

Hobbies : Art, drawing, reading, meditation, hiking

Why Chemistry? The world around us is made up of chemical elements. Chemistry is everywhere. The study and the understanding of this science bring us closer to the beauty of this world

Words to whomever is reading this? Research is tough but it’s worth the effort

Fun fact about me: I look like much younger than I am

Zeynab Imani

(PDF 04/22 – )                       

 

Project : Cyclic interleukin-1 receptor ligands

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Justin Desjardins-Michaud

(Undergraduate student, 2022/5 –, NSERC Scholar)

 

Project : Beta-amino caprolactams

Origin: Montréal South shore baby

Hobbies : The gym, playing baseball with my son, some video games. 

Why Chemistry? I always liked doing chemical experiment from a young age even tho kids are not suppose to play with fire.

Words to whomever is reading this? Always believe in yourself because nothing is impossible.

Fun fact about me: I would rather like watching esports on tv than watching hockey.

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Zoé Villeneuve

(M.Sc. 2022/05 – Present )                  

 

Project : Organocatalyzed lactam synthesis

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Ayyoub Selka

(PDF 05/21 – )

Project : Imaging mass spectrometry tags for cancer steroidomics

B-3285 MIL Campus

ayyoub.selka@hotmail.fr

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Origin : Algeria

Hobbies : Soccer, board games, hiking, traveling, and volunteering

Why chemistry ?

I am curious to understand life at the molecular level.

Words to whomever is reading this ? Keep calm and breath, now you are doing chemistry.

Fun fact about me :

Ability to remember and numbers as boiling point and molecular weight.

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Charity Yongo-Luwawa 

(M.Sc. 09/20 – , FRQNT Fellow)

Project : IL-1R Receptor Modulator

B-3285 MIL Campus

charity.yongo-luwawa@umontreal.ca

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Origin : Congo

Hobbies : Piano, guitar, anything else around music, cooking, reading, watching tv shows

Why chemistry ? For me there's a similarity between music and chemistry. Either way, you need to understand the pattern, use your creativity to improve your knowlegde and work patiently to achieve your goals and that's what led me to study organic chemistry.

Words to whomever is reading this ? I think you've come to right place to learn more about organic chemistry and we're nice people :) 

Fun fact about me : I have a contagious laugh ... you'll see!

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Xiaomeng Wang

(Ph.D. 09/17 – )

Project : DNA-peptide conjugates

xiaomengwang.ca@gmail.com

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Origin : Canada

Hobbies : Sleep

Why chemistry ? Understanding change

Words to whomever is reading this ? N'est jamais finie

Fun fact about me : Bad with sarcasm

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Origin : Canada

Hobbies : Sleep

Why chemistry ? Understanding change

Words to whomever is reading this ? N'est jamais finie

Fun fact about me : Bad with sarcasm

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Fatemeh Baghestani

(M.Sc. 2022/05 – )                 

 

Project : Azapeptide lactams

Origin: Iran

Hobbies: Walking, mountaining,

Why chemistry: a wo/rld without chemist and chemistry is a world without Insulin, medicine, plastic and in a word without life.

words to whomever read this: a little progress each day adds up to big results.

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Origin: India

Hobbies : Reading, drawing, travelling, puzzles

Why Chemistry? Because it's fun assembling molecules to play among themselves.

Words to whomever is reading this? Hold your breath! You are about to enter the magical labyrinth of Chemistry!

Fun fact about me: Always curious!!

Chitra Sadanandhan

(Ph.D. - 2022/03 – )       

 

Project : Phosphono-peptides            

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Omer N'dri Landry

(M.Sc. 2022/09 – Present )                  

 

Project : Pyrrolidine synthesis

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Ali El-Husseini

(M. Sc. 01/21 –)

Project : Cyclic Peptide Probes and Treatments of Amyloid Diseases

B-3285 MIL Campus

ali.el-husseini@umontreal.ca

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Origin : Canada

Hobbies : Movies, reading books, video games, puzzles ...

Why chemistry ? I like building stuff

Words to whomever is reading this ? Ça va bien aller :)

Fun fact about me : I can eat food really fast

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Origin : Canada

Hobbies : Sleep

Why chemistry ? I like to mix things

Words to whomever is reading this ? N'est jamais finie

Fun fact about me : I usually focus too much on the details and like to give a twist to things.

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Origin : Canada

Hobbies : Sleep

Why chemistry ? I like to mix things

Words to whomever is reading this ? N'est jamais finie

Fun fact about me : I usually focus too much on the details and like to give a twist to things.

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Yousra Hamdane

(M.Sc. 09/19 – 12/20; Ph.D. 01/21 – )

Project : CD36 Modulators

B-3285 MIL Campus