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Vincent Tabard-Cossa

Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Vincent is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, at the University of Ottawa. His laboratory in nanoscale biophysics was founded in 2010. He is cross-appointed with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Since 2020, he is also Chief Scientific Officer (part-time) of Northern Nanopore Instruments, a company he co-founded that specializes in research tools and solutions to support fundamental and applied research on solid-state nanopores. Vincent received the Early Research of the Year award at the University of Ottawa in 2018 and was inducted to the College of the Royal Society of Canada in 2019.
T.-Cossa Lab group

Our philosophy

We are strongly committed to providing a positive, supportive and equitable work place. Our group is composed of researchers from diverse backgrounds and experiences, allowing us to tackle multidisciplinary problems with innovating solutions and rigorous science. We promote an open, fun and creative lab environment. To learn more, read our lab manual.

 

 

Matthew Waugh

Matthew Waugh

BSc. (Biochemistry) MSc. (Physics)
MBA

Lab Manager

Role: Laboratory manager
Projects:

Nanopore Fabrication by CBD; Nanopore Instrumentation; 3D printing; Membrane fabrication.

 
Erin McConnell

Dr. Erin McConnell

Ph.D. (Chemistry)
Postdoctoral Fellow

Projects:

Single-molecule assay design; Aptamers and DNAzymes; digital immunoassays; Developing nanopore assays compatible with enzymatic amplification techniques for infectious disease diagnostics. 

Kyle Briggs

Dr. Kyle Briggs

Ph.D. (Physics)
Postdoctoral Fellow

Projects:

Nanopore Fabrication by CBD; Nanopore Analysis Software; Algorithm for DNA Origami and Nanostructures Design.

 
Zachary Roelen

Zachary Roelen

BSc. (Physics, McGill) 
Ph.D. Student

Projects:

Nanopore integration with microfluidic-based iDEP devices; Synthesis of DNA scaffolds for biosensing; Nanoporous membrane fabrication by CBD. 

 

 
Liqun He

Liqun He

BSc. (Physics, UofT) 
Ph.D. Student

Projects:

Nanopore-based Single-Molecule Immunoassay; DNA origami and nanostructures characterization.

Martin Charron

Martin Charon

BSc. (Physics, uO) 
M.Sc. (Physics, uO) 
Ph.D. Student

Projects:

Dynamics of polymer capture and passage through nanopores; Nanoporous membrane fabrication  by CBD; DNA origami and nanostructures characterization; Characterize protein translocations.   

 

Philipp Karau

BSc. (Physics, Freie Universität Berlin) 
M.Sc. (Physics, uO) 
Ph.D. Student

Projects:

DNA nanostructure design; Characterization of synthetic polymer translocations; Nanopore-based decoding of information stored on molecules.

 
Simon King

Simon King

BSc. (Biochemistry, uO) 
M.Sc. Student

Projects:

Developing nanopore assays compatible with enzymatic amplification techniques for infectious disease diagnostics. 

Dmytro Lomovtsev

Dmytro Lomovtsev

BSc. (Mech. Engineering, uO)
M.A.Sc. Student

Projects:

Instrumentation development; 3D printing of milli- and micro-fluidic cells; Instrumentation for high-speed nanopore translocation recording with active temperature control.  

Yassine Bouhamidi

Mohamed Yassine Bouhamidi

4th year in Electrical Engineering 
Undergraduate Researcher (part-time)

Project:

GUI for assay simulation and DNA sequence optimization for nanostructure design software; 3D printing of micro- and millifluidic cells. 

 

Former Graduate Students, Postdocs and Research Associates

Dr. Daniel Tessier
Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate (Biology) – From Fall 2016 to Summer 2020
Project: Development of digital immunoassays
Now at: Abbott Point-of-Care  

Dr. Autumn Carlsen
Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate (Physics) – From Fall 2014 to Fall 2019
Project: Nanopore detection of DNA and proteins.
Now at: Canada Revenu Agency 

Dr. Reza Khanbabaie Shoub
Research Associate (Physics) – From Fall 2019 to Spring 2020
Co-supervisor: Prof. Godin (http://godinlab.uottawa.ca)
Project: Nanopore Sensors Integrated with Microfluidics 
Now at: UBC Okanagan (lecturer)

Dr. Ali Najafi Sohi 
Postdoctoral Fellow (Mech. Eng.) – From Fall 2017 to Fall 2019
Co-supervisor: Prof. Godin (http://godinlab.uottawa.ca)
Project: Nanopore Sensors Integrated with Microfluidics
Now at: Iridia (nanopore start-up)

Martin Charron
M.Sc. student (Physics) – From Fall 2016 to Fall 2019
Project: Precise DNA Concentration Measurements with Nanopores by Controlled Counting
Now at: Ph.D. student in T.-Cossa Lab

Kyle Briggs
PhD. student (Physics) – From Fall 2014 to Summer 2018
Vanier Scholar and Winner of the Pierre Laberge Prize for best doctoral thesis in 2019 in the Sciences and Engineering
Project: Applications of Solid-State Nanopores.
Now at: Postdoctoral Fellow in the T.-Cossa Lab and CEO of Northern Nanopore Instruments

Radin Tahvildari
PhD. student (Physics) – From Fall 2013  to Winter 2017
Co-supervisor: Prof. Godin (http://godinlab.uottawa.ca)
Project: Nanopore arrays integrated with microfluidics
Now at: IMEC

Philipp Karau
M.Sc. student (Physics) – From Winter 2016 to Winter 2018
Project: Translocation characteristics of branched DNA through nanopores
Now at: Ph.D. student in T.-Cossa Lab

Benjamin Watts, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow (Physics) – 2014-2015
Co-supervisor: Prof. Godin
Project: Custom Membrane Fabrication and Microfluidic Integration
Now at: ArtIC Photonics

Jose Bustamante
M.Sc. student (Physics) – From Fall 2012 to Summer 2014
Project: Simultaneous Single-Molecule Fluorescence and Electrical Detection of DNA through Nanopores.
Now at: Ph.D. student McGill

Harold (Wing Hei) Kwok
Ph.D. student (Physics) – From Fall 2010 to Winter 2014
Project: Nanopore Fabrication by Controlled Dielectric Breakdown.

Former Undergraduate Students

Lucas Philipp
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biophysics, UBC)
May 2019 – April 2020

Ahmed Rezk
Undergraduate Student 4th year Honours Project (Physics, uO)
January – April 2020

Dmytro Lomovtsev
Undergraduate Student COOP, USRA  and part-time (Biomed. Eng, uO)
September 2018 – December 2019

Marie-Pier Laberge
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biomed Eng., uO)
September – December 2019

Guillerme Roballo
Undergraduate Student Exchange program (Electrical Eng, Brazil, Military Engineering Institute)
September – December 2019

Matthaios Tsangaris
Undergraduate Student Honours Project BCH4040 and part-time (Biochemistry, uO)
May 2018 – December 2019

Derek Boase
Undergraduate Student summer research part-time (Physics and EE, uO)
May 2018 – December 2019

Chelsea Leung
Undergraduate Student COOP (NanoScience, uWaterloo)
January – August 2019

Smile (Xi Man) Peng
Summer Researcher (Engineering Science, University of Toronto)
May – August 2019

Guillaume  Pregliasco
Undergraduate Student COOP (Chem. Eng, uO)
September – December 2018

Nathaniel Leslie
Undergraduate Student COOP (Chemistry, uO)
September – December 2018

Quinn Ingram
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biochemistry/Chem. Eng, uO)
January – December 2018

Michelle Vandeloo
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biochemistry, uO)
January – April 2018

Michelle Lam
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biophysics, UBC)
September 2017 – April 2018

Melissa Jimenez
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biomed. Mech. Eng, uO)
September 2017 – April 2018

Amanda Alain
Undergraduate Honours Thesis (Biochemistry, uO)
July 2017 – March 2018

Mohammed Sayeem
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biopharmaceutical Science)
September – December 2017

France Manigat
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biopharmaceutical Science)
January – August 2017

Samuel Berryman
Undergraduate Student COOP (Mech. Eng, UBC)
January – August 2017

Giulio Pregnolato
Undergraduate Student COOP (Mech. Eng, UBC)
September – December 2016

Caroline Tippins
Undergraduate Student COOP (Physics, uO)
May – August 2016

An Duong
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biology, uO)
May – August 2016

David Gregory Hobson
Undergraduate Student NSERC URSA (Physics-Math, uO)
May – August 2015

Erick Rene Espindola
Undergraduate Student Mitacs (Physics, Mexico)
May – August 2015

Sanmeet Chahal
Undergraduate Student NSERC URSA (Physics, uO)
May – August 2014

Timothea (Betty) Le
Undergraduate Student UROP, NSERC URSA (Biochemistry, uO)
January 2014 – August 2014

Pierre Janusz
Undergraduate Exchange Student (Physics, France)
September 2013 – April 2014

Nick Yelle
Undergraduate Student COOP (Biochemistry, uO)
September – December 2013

Julie Montgomery
Undergraduate Honours Thesis (Physics, uO)
September 2012 – April 2013

Julien Thibert-Leduc
Undergraduate Student COOP (Physics, uO)
January – August 2012

Matthew Windeler
Summer Researcher (Physics, uO)
May – August 2012

Chris Wlodarczyk
Undergraduate Honours Thesis (Physics, uO)
September 2011 – April 2012

Jean Luc Rukundo
Summer Researcher (Physics, McGill University)
May – August 2011

Edward Percy
Summer Researcher (Physics, Queen’s University)
May – August 2011

Matthew Rigby
Undergraduate Honours Thesis (Physics, uO)
September 2010 – April 2011

Contacts

Dr. Vincent Tabard-Cossa
Associate Professor
Department of Physics
STEM Complex
University of Ottawa
Ottawa ON, K1N 6N5, Canada