Post-Doctoral Fellows

Xuewei Zhang

Xuewei received his bachelor degree in Fine chemistry from Dalian University of Technology (China) in 1999, and his master and doctor degrees in Materials chemistry and Physics-chemistry from Université de Montpellier II (France) in 2011. After that, he worked as a post-doc in the Pr. Bernadette Charleux’s group in France (2011-2014). In January 2014, he joined in the Pr. Françoise. M. Winnik’s Laboratory.

Research Synthesis and characterization of stimuli-sensitive polymers, emulsion and dispersion polymerization, synthesis and applications of nanogels, microgels and hydrogels in aqueous media.

XingPing Qiu

Xing-Ping graduated from Wuhan University, China with B. Sc. (Chemistry), M. Sc. (Organic Chemistry), and Ph. D. (Polymer Chemistry and Physics) degrees. After that, he pursued further postdoctoral researches in worldwide institutions including The Chinese University of Hong Kong, McMaster University, Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, and Stevens Institute of Technology.

Research Synthesis of end-functional and cyclic poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) by RAFT polymerization, end functional and diblock polyoxazolines by cationic ring opening polymerization. Thermo-responsive properties of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) and polyoxazolines in aqueous solutions.

Baowen Qi

Baowen obtained his MSc. Degree of Chemical Biology in the State key laboratory of Sichuan University, China. After a bachelor in Biopharmaceutics, he specialized in the preparation and characterization of biomaterials as well as a series of in vitro/in vivo studies.

Research Chitosan based biopolymer synthesis; Preparation and characterization of synthetic substrate for stem cell culture; Stem cell isolation, amplification and differentiation assay; Polymeric substrates based stem cell in vivo study.

Na Xue

Na graduated in Applied Chemistry from Shandong University, China, followed by a Master’s program in Environmental Chemistry studying the adsorption of heavy metal ions on soil. After that, she started a PhD program in UdM on the subject of polymer solutions.

Research Micellization of telechelic Polyoxazoline and Poly(N-isopropylacryamide)s; Cononsolvency study of Polyoxazoline and Poly(N-isopropylacryamide) systems using UV spectrometer, Light Scattering, DSC and NMR etc.

Evgeniya Korchagina

Evgeniya graduated from M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia and has her M. Sc. in Physics of Condensed Matter. Her doctoral studies in the Laboratory of Dr. Philippova were devoted to self-assembled aggregates of chitosan and its derivatives in aqueous solutions with a particular attention to light scattering method. In 2012 she got her Ph. D. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics.

Research Her current research project concerns aggregation of thermoresponsive diblock copolymers in aqueous solutions.

Eliza Hutter

Eliza Hutter obtained an MD degree at the Medical Institute in Leningrad (now St.Petersburg), Russia in 1991 and a Ph.D degree in Chemistry in Clarkson University, USA (2001). Her research interests lie in the interdisciplinary field of nanobiotechnology, specifically, in the exploitation of localized surface plasmon of gold nanostructures for biological applications, such as sensing, imaging and drug delivery.

Research Effect of gold nanoparticle morphology on biological responses; gold nanoparticle based drug delivery and bioimaging; intracellular fate of gold nanoparticles

Jukka Niskanen

Jukka Niskanen obtained his first degree in Pharmacy 2003 and decided after that to pursue a career in chemistry obtaining M.Sc. in chemistry 2008. Followed by Ph.D. in polymer chemistry at the University of Helsinki, Finland, 2013. Briefly the Ph.D. thesis dealt with controlled polymer synthesis, synthesis of hybrid nanomaterials and characterization of the polymeric materials, but also interfacial and rheological studies.His thesis is available here.

Research Grafting and functionalization of boron-nitride nanotubes, polymer synthesis, and characterization.

PhD Students

Jean-Richard Bullet

Native from Martinique, an Oversea Department of France, Jean-Richard is a multidisciplinary student. He graduated in Biochemistry from the University of La Rochelle (Bachelor) and in Organic Chemistry from the University of Orleans (Master), France. He is now focused on polymer chemistry and characterisation for biological applications where he can associate biochemistry and chemistry.

Research Polymer chemistry, Drug delivery, Biomaterial, Interaction polymer-proteins, Polymer characterization.

Adeline Lafon

Adeline graduated in Chemistry from the University of Sciences and Technology of Bordeaux, France. After a bachelor in Physics and Chemistry, she specialized in Polymer and Colloids science during her master focusing on characterization for these systems.

Research Micellization of Polyoxazoline-based systems; Effect of additives on thermosensitive polymers; Cononsolvency study of polyoxazoline systems; Polymer brushes.

Former Members – Visiting Scientists

Azusa Kasuga

Azusa graduated from Keio University, Japan with B. Sc.(Applied chemistry) in 2008, and M. Sc.(Fundamental Science and Technology) in 2010. After graduating the university, She works for KAO Corporation since 2010, and now she is studying at Université de Montréal as a visiting scientist.

Research Synthesis and characterization of modified hydroxypropylcellulose.

Tapani Viitala

Dr. Tapani Viitala completed his doctoral studies in 1999 at the Department of Physical Chemistry at Åbo Akademi University, Finland, focusing on structural and bio-functionality studies of ultra-thin films and lipid membranes. After receiving his Ph.D. Tapani Viitala occupied several positions at KSV Instruments Ltd/Biolin Scientific Oy, a provider of high-tech, precision analytical instruments for nanoscale study of interfaces, during 2000-2009. He then joined the Division of Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics (DBP), University of Helsinki (UHEL) (50 %), and Laboratory of Paper Coating and Converting, Åbo Akademi University (50%) in January 2010 where he now focuses on printability of biomaterials for cellular drug research and printable disposable power sources for printed intelligence. Tapani Viitala’s homepage

Yukiteru Katsumoto

Yukiteru KATSUMOTO graduated from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan with Ph. D. He learnt Physical Chemistry of Polymer in TUAT. After that, he moved to Kwansei Gakuin University and worked as Post Doctoral Fellow for 3 years. At 2003, he moved to Hiroshima University as an assistant professor.

Research Spectroscopic techniques: Infrared, Raman, Fluorescence, Circular Dichroism, and Light Scattering. Numerical Analysis of Spectra: Non-linear least squires, Multi-Variable Analysis, and Noise Reduction. Quantum Chemical Calculations: Molecular Orbital and Molecular Mechanics. Synthesis: Fluorescent labeling, Mon-deuterated labeling, Stereo-Specific Polymerization, and Living Radical Polymerization. Katsumoto’s homepage

Rigoberto Advincula

Rigoberto Advincula is Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston, Texas. He obtained his chemistry degrees from the University of Florida (Ph.D.) and the University of the Philippines (B.S.). He then did Post-doctoral work at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and Stanford University. He has published some 380 papers, including 195 peer-reviewed publications, 11 patents (and pending), and has co-edited the book on Functional Polymer Films, Polymer Brushes, and New Trends in Polymer Science all with Wiley-VCH. He currently serves as Editor of Reactive and Functional Polymers and is on the Editorial Boardsand Advisory Boards of Chemistry of Materials, ACS-Applied Materials and Interfaces, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, Macromolecular Research, Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, and Polymer for Advance Technologies journals. Other past awards include: Koh Science Lecture (PAASE), NSF-CAREER, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, and ACA (Coatings) Technical Speaker. He currently serves as Alternate Councilor (2009-present) and has served as past Treasurer (2006-2009) with the POLY Division ACS. Professor Advincula’s Homepage

Selim Kara

Selim Kara is an associate professor of the Department of Physics of the Takya University, Edirne, Turkey. After graduated from Karadeniz technical University in Physics, he started to work as a Electronic expert in the Department of Physics of Trakya University. In 1997, he obtained his Master degree from the same University and worked as a research assistant and as a lecturer while finishing his Ph.D focused on the “Investigation of gelation and phase transition processes of polymer gels by photon transmission technique”. Selim Kara’s homepage


Former Members – Post Doctoral Fellows

Piotr Kujawa

Piotr Kujawa obtained his Ph.D. in physical and theoretical chemistry in 2000 from Technical University of Lodz, Poland. From 2001 to 2002, he was awarded Marie Curie fellowship for his postdoctoral training at Institute Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, France. In 2003, he joined the group of Prof. Francoise Winnik at University of Montreal. Since 2007 he has been working at Labopharm Canada, where he is currently a manager in the feasibility group. His current research interests focus on the interface of nanomaterials with biology and pharmacy, such as polymeric and micellar drug delivery systems, nucleic acid and peptide delivery, and intracellular trafficking of nanoparticles. He recently joined the MANA as a scientist

Fabien Perineau

Fabien graduated from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France. During his Ph.D. and Post-doctoral studies in the Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères (with Dr. Laurent Bouteiller) and the Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris (with Dr. Clément Sanchez), his research was devoted to exploring the properties of polymeric and hybrid materials synthesized via controlled radical polymerization techniques and sol-gel processes.

Brieuc Guillerm

After receiving his MSc degree in 2008, he joined the group of Jean-Jacques Robin at the Institut Charles Gerhardt of Montpellier in 2008. He obtained his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Sophie Monge in 2011 from the University Montpellier II. Then he moved to Belgium in the group of Prof. Philippe Dubois in Mons as a postdoc (2012-2015). In April 2015, he joined the group of Prof. Françoise M. Winnik.

Research His general research interests are the synthesis of thermoresponsive and cationic copolymers by cationic ring-opening polymerization and controlled radical polymerization.

Haike Feng

Haike Feng obtained his Master degree at the State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering (Sichuan University) in China, 2005 and PhD degree in Chemistry in the University of Sherbrooke in Canada, 2009. His research mainly focused on using controlled radical polymerization to synthesize a wide range of functional diblock copolymers. He is also interested in fluorescence characterization method.

Research His current research project focuses on synthesis and characterization the solution properties of cyclic polymers.

Dewang Ma

Dewang graduated in polymer material engineering as a bachelor from the Qingdao University, P.R. China in 2004, and obtained his Ph. D degree in polymer chemistry and physics from Fudan University, P.R. China in 2011. During his Ph. D period, his research mainly focused on effects of copolymers on functions of retinal proteins and related protein/polymer composite materials.

Research Interactions of polymers and proteins, mainly about stabilization and renaturation of short peptides by polymers on solution.

Sivanantham Murugaboopathy

M. Sivanantham received his Ph. D in Physics from University of Madras, India. His doctoral thesis deals with stability of polyacrylamide hydrogels in different environments and application in selective ion trapping. During his post-doc, his research interests in soft condensed matters have been extended to synthesis and characterization of amphiphilic and polyion complex based block copolymer systems and also investigating their self-assembly behaviours in aqueous media.

Yong-Kuan Gong


Yong-Kuan Gong received his M.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Northwest University in 1986. After worked in Northwest University for 10-years, he went to Japan and received his PhD in Functional Material Chemistry from Saga University in 2001 for his work on surface characterization of polystyrene latex particles. As a post-doc, he joined the Winnik group in University of Montreal, where he investigated surface modification of biomaterials with cell membrane mimetic coatings. In 2003 he returned to Northwest University as a professor. As a visiting scientist from 2008-2009, he investigated nano-hydrogel antifouling coating of catechol capped multi-arm PEG in professor Messersmith group at Northwestern University. His current research interests include biomimetic surface modification and application in artificial organs, polymer nanoparticles with cell membrane mimetic structures for targeted and controlled delivery.

Sayaka Toita


Sayaka Toita received her B.S. in Science in 2006 from Toho University, Japan and her M.S in Science in 2008 from Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan. She received her in Engineering in 2011 from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, on the development of polysaccharide-based nanocarriers for nucleic acid delivery system.

Mariana Cristea


Mariana Cristea accomplished in 2000 the PhD in polymer science at “Gh. Asachi” Technical University, Iasi, Romania. After a 10 months stage at Centre de Recherche sur les Macromolecules Vegetales, Grenoble, France (Synthesis of grafted polymers with mono and oligo saccharides), she joined Winnik group (2002-2003) for a post-doc. She worked on synthesis and characterization of hydrophobically-modified polysaccharides as oral delivery vehicles for poorly water soluble drugs. Presently she is scientist in Polymer Materials Physics Department, “Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi, Romania.

Former Members – Research assistants

Bangar Raju B.

Dr. Bangar Raju B. contributed to the establishment of the spectroscopy and calorimetry laboratory at the University of Montreal while he was there in 2000-2001.
He is urrently working as Advanced Imaging Specialist at Nikon Canada Inc. in the Instruments Division. Manages sales, service, training, service, and application & product support of advanced microscopy imaging systems, including confocal, TIRF, superresolution and multiphoton microscopes, for Western Canada.

Former Members – Graduate Students

Tao Chen

Tao graduated in Animal Science as a bachelor from Sichuan Agricultural Univeristy, China. Then he obtained his MSc. Degree of Medicinal Chemistry in the state key laboratory of biotherapy from Sichuan University, China. He specialized in the synthesis and modification of small molecule drugs and natural products as well as a series of in vitro/in vivo studies.

Research Hyaluronic acid based biopolymer synthesis; Preparation of pro-drugs for ocular diseases; Cell testing and in vivo experiments about pro-drugs.

Yanyu Wang

Yanyu Wang obtained her Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry from Dalian University, China. Her Master’s research focused on preparation and biological activities of seleno-oligosaccharides. After graduation, she worked in Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in the field of ionic liquids from 2009 to 2011 and then she worked in Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in the field of transition metal catalysis during 2012 and 2013.

Alexandre Moquin

Alexandre obtained his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the Université de Montréal in 2007. After a year in the Master’s program in Pharmaceutical Sciences with option in medicinal chemistry, he transferred to the Ph.D. program. He specializes in the preparation of nanomedicine-nanodelivery systems, imaging systems and their thorough characterization as well as in the study of the subcellular fate.

Research Synthesis and characterization of functionalized quantum dots; preparation of polymeric nanodelivery systems and physicochemical characterization of the nanostructures by asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation among other techniques (DLS, QCM-D, UV-Abs, Fluorescence, HPLC).

Shogo Sumitani


Dr Shogo Sumitani received B.S./M.S. degree in Engineering from University of Tsukuba under the direction of Prof. Yukio Nagasaki. After that, He received his Ph.D. degree in Engineering in 2012 from the University of Tsukuba, on design of core-polymerized and boron-conjugated micelles as boron carriers for boron neutron capture therapy. He was a research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) since 2010 to 2012. During his doctoral studies, he studied at Université de Montréal as a visiting student in 2010. Since 2012, he has been working at Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corporation.

Sania Mansouri


Dr. Sania Mansouri obtained her Master’s (Biomedical Engineering) degree from École Polytechnique de Montréal in 2004 and her Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering) degree from McGill University in 2011 . She is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Industrial Materials Institute, working on the design and preparation of encapsulated iron oxide nanoparticles in polymeric matrice for delivery of biomolecules and for Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Rodolphe Obeid


Rodolphe Obeid graduated in polymer science and chemical engineering (Masters) from the University of Strasbourg I, France in 2005. After that, He obtained his Ph.D. degree in polymer chemistry from the University of Montreal (UdeM) in 2009. Then, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate (National Institutes of Health, NIH fellowship) at the University of Alabama (USA) on the synthesis of novel poly(amino acid)-based polymers for surface modification of biomedical implants. He is now a postdoctoral industrial R&D fellow (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, NSERC) at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of UdeM since July 2011, working on the design and preparation of novel polymer-based micro and nanoparticles as carriers for vaccine delivery.

Kirill Skupov


Kirill has received his B.S./M.S. degree in Chemistry from Higher Chemical College of Russian Academy of Sciences (at D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia) in Moscow in 2005, and Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Montreal in 2009 working on catalytic polymerization of the olefins. Since 2009 he is a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, working on the development of organic solar cells.

Kazuyuki Miyazawa


1992: Graduated from Keio University, received M. Science Started work for Shiseido co., ltd. 2000~2002: Worked in Winnik’s lab. 2009: Received Ph.D. from Tokyo University of Science

Charbel Diab


Dr. Charbel Diab obtained his Master’s (Polymer Chemistry) and Ph.D. (Pharmaceutical Science) degrees from the University of Montreal respectively in 2005 and 2008. He is now employed at PhaseRx, as a Scientist II, working on the design and preparation of novel polymers for the delivery of macromolecular therapeutics.

Former Members-Undergraduate Students

Pierre-Louis Aillot-Beaubois

Pierre-Louis received his B.Sc. at the University Pierre et Marie Curie in France. He joined the Winnik group as an intern after completed his first year as a M.Sc. student in 2014.

Research His current project involves the preparation and characterization of self-assembly of block copolymers nanoparticles using the host-guest interaction..

Eiko Hayaki

Eiko Hayaki is studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Condensed Matter Physics at the College of Engineering Science at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. She is currently a visiting research student in the group of Prof.Winnik, where she is investigating gold nanoparticles synthesis.

Research Gold nanoparticle synthesis and surface functionalization with hyaluronic acid.

Jessica Rolland


Jessica is about to complete a research internship as part of her double diploma: a Master in Chemistry and a Master in molecular physical chemistry from the University Paris Sud XI and the Ecole Normale Superieure of Cachan, France.

Research Synthesis and characterization of polymers from Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) with azobenzene and azide end groups.

Solene De Toffol


Solène graduated in Chemistry from the University Reuilly Diderot (Paris 7), France. After a bachelor in general chemistry, she obtained her master in “Nanochemistry, molecules and surfaces” and more precisely focused on drug delivery system. To enlarge her knowledge in biology, she is currently doing a 6 month internship in Winnik’s Lab as part of a one year formation in biomedical specialization in the IFSBM department of the Hospital Institut Gustave Roussy (Villejuif, France).

Research Drug delivery; thermosensistive liposomes; magnetoliposomes; encapsulation; nanoparticles; cyclodextrin; protein; graphene oxide.