Principle Investigator  


 

Isaac T.S. Li
Assistant Professor
Canada Research Chair Tier 2
Michael Smith Scholar
Department of Chemistry
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of British Columbia - Okanagan

isaac.li@ubc.ca | @isaacliUBC
250.807.8069 (office)
250.807.9825 (lab)
FIP343

Postdoc   University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Biophysics)
PhD   University of Toronto (Chemistry)
MASc   University of Toronto (Biomedical Engineering)
BASc   University of Toronto (Engineering Science)

Group photos

 
Postdocs


 

Seong Ho Kim
PDF, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)
PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Korea University of Science and Technology (UST)

2020/11 - present

Research interests: mechanobiology, single-molecule biophysics

   
Graduate Students  


 

Adam Yasunaga
PhD - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UBC
(2018/9 - present)
BSc (Hons.) - Biochemistry, UBC
(2017/5 - 2018/8)

Research interests: cell adhesion, motility and mechanical signalling, single-molecule biophysics
Awards: UGF 2019-2021, NSERC CGS-M, NSERC PGS-D, GDES, URA, Graduate Travel Award, 3 poster awards (URC, BSC, and BGS), WCBC presentation award, Special UBCO Graduate Award, BSC Trainee Paper Award.


 

Scott Minh An
MSc - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UBC
(2019/9 - present)
BSc - Biochemistry, UBC
(2018/5 - 2019/8)

Research interests: optical tweezers, coding, making stuff!
Awards: URC poster award, GDES, UGF 2021


 

Liubov Frolova
PhD - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UBC
(2021/1 - present)
MSc - Nanobiotechnology, Moscow State University

Research interests: exosome biogenesis & bioengineering
Awards:
GDES, International Doctoral Partial Tuition Award, Special UBCO Graduate Award, UGF 2021



 

Bahram Talebjedi
(co-supervised with M. Hoorfar)
PhD - Mechanical Engineering, UBC
(2019/1 - present)
MSc - Biomedical Engineering, University of Tehran

Research interests: acoustic microfluidics, exosome separation, droplet microfluidics
Award: GDES, International Doctoral Partial Tuition Award



 

Micah Yang
MSc - Chemistry, UBC
(2022/9 - present)
BSc (Hons.) - Biochemistry, UBC
(2020/5 - 2022/8)

Research interests: mathematical biology, SMFS
Awards:
NSERC-USRA 2021, 2022, GDES


 

Dyuti Raghu
PhD - Chemistry, UBC
(2022/9 - present)
BSc (Hons.) - Biochemistry, UBC
(2021/5 - 2022/8)

Research interests: SMFS
Awards:
IURA 2021


 

Shilong Pan
MSc - Chemistry, UBC
(2022/9 - present)
BSc (Hons.) - Biochemistry, UBC
(2021/5 - 2022/9)

Research interests: exosome
Awards: NSERC-USRA 2022, NSERC CGS-M


 

Nishtha Singh
MSc - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UBC
(2022/5 - present)
BSc - Biochemistry, University of Leicester

Research interests:
Awards: GDES

   
Undergraduate Students  


 

Allison Leam
Undergraduate, Microbiology, UBC
(2020/5 - present)

Research interests: SMFS, mechanobiology
Awards: NSERC-USRA 2020, URA 2021


 

Elise Phelan
Undergraduate, Biophysics, UBC
2022/5 - 2022/9
2021/5 - 2021/9

Research interests: Biophysics
Awards: NSERC-USRA 2022


 

George Ng
Undergraduate, Engineering, UBC
2022/5 - 2022/9

Research interests: Instrumentation


 

Lilian Ton Nu
Undergraduate, Science, UBC
2022/5 - 2022/9

Research interests: Mechanobiology
Awards: URA 2022

   
   
Prospective students  


 

David Bakker
MSc - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UBC
(2020/9 - 2021/4)
BSc - Biochemistry, UBC

Research interests: SMFS
Awards:
GDES 2021

 
   

Lab Alumni

Vanessa White
MSC - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2020/9 - 2021/9)
BSc - Biochemistry, UBC
Awards: GDES, Stober Foundation Graduate Award in Chemistry, UGF 2021

Omkar Kulkarni (co-sup. F. Menard)
MSc - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UBC (2019/9 - 2021/12)
BSc - Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
Awards: UGF 2020, International Doctoral Partial Tuition Award, Special UBC Graduate Award

Elise Phelan
Undergraduate summer student (2021/5 - 2021/8)
Current position: undergraduate, UBCV

Zhongyi Dai
MSc - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2018/9 - 2021/8)
BSc - Life Science, Lanzhou University, 蘭州大學萃英學院
Awards: UGF, GDES, Mitacs Globalink, Globalink Graduate Fellowship, Covid Relief Funding
Current position: QC technician

Runjhun Saran Narayan
Postdoc, Chemistry (2020/4 - 2021/3)
PhD, Chemistry, University of Waterloo | M.Tech, Biotechnology, Anna University

Duhan Yendi
Undergraduate thesis, Biochemistry (2020/09 - 2021/08)
Current position: undergraduate, UBCO

Victor Sun
Research Technician (2019/10 - 2020/10)
Undergraduate thesis (2016/6 - 2017/4)
MSc, Chemistry, UVic | BSc, Chemistry, UBC
Current position: Engineer, Infinti Electro-Optics
Rafaeal Hossain Rakin
MASc, Mechanical Engineering (2019/1 - 2020/12)
BASc, Electrical Engineering, North South University
Awards: UGF
Current position: Project Engineer, LabTest Certification

Alexander Corbett
Undergraduate thesis, Biochemistry (2018/5 - 2020/4)
Awards: 2xNSERC-USRA, MURPH Scholar
Current position: MSc, UofT

Summer Li
Postdoc, Chemistry (2018/4 - 2020/8)
PhD, MSc, Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, RMC
BSc, Biological Chemistry, University of Toronto
Current position: Assistant Professor, Thompson River University

Raunak Dey
Mitacs Summer Student (2019/5 - 2019/8)
BSc, Physics, IISER Kolkata
Current position: PhD, Georgia Tech

Erfan Taatizadeh
MASc, Mech. Eng. (2018/1 - 2019/12)
BASc, Mech. Eng., Toosi University of Technology
Awards: UGF
Current position: PhD, UBCV

Varun Surendran
Research Assistant, Chemistry (2018/1 - 2019/5)
MTech, BTech, Nanotechnology, Amity University
Awards: Kerala Government Scholarship
Current position: PhD, National Institute of Technology Calicut

Victoria Lange
NSERC USRA, Biochemistry (2019/5 - 2019/8)
Awards: NSERC-USRA
Current position: Medical School

Nicole Skidmore
Undergrad thesis, Biochemistry (2018/9 - 2019/5)
Awards: URC poster award (biology)
Sydney Fearnley
Undergrad thesis, Biochemistry (2018/5 - 2019/7)
Awards: Undergraduate Research Award (URA)
Current position: MSc, McGill University

Yousif Murad
UBC Medical School (2018/9 - 2021/8)
MSc, Chemistry (2016/9 - 2018/8)
BSc - Biochemistry, UBC
Awards: UGF, Graduate Student Travel Grant, SSRP
Current position: Medical school, UBC

Riley Waters
(co-supervise with Abdallah Mohamed)
Undergrad thesis, Computer Sciences (2017/9 - 2018/5)
Current position: MSc, Computer Science, University of Washington
Sydney Neumeier
Work-Study, URA, Biochemistry (2018/5-8, 2019/5-8)
Awards: Undergraduate Research Award (URA)
Queena Pan
Undergradute volunteer, Chemistry (2017/1 - 2018/8)

Sophia Ng
Undergrad thesis, Biochemistry (2016/9 - 2018/5)
Awards: Tuum Est Fund
Current position: Clinical Operations Associate, Babylon Health

Yuechao Tang
Postdoc, Chemistry (2018/4 - 2018/8)
PhD, University of Alberta | MSc, Fudan University | BSc, Zhejiang University
Current position: Assistant Professor, Chang'an University
Sara Tasnim
MSc, Chemistry (2017/1 - 2017/8)
Awards: GDES
Current position: MSc, UBCV
Keith Taverner
Undergrad thesis, Biochemistry (2017/5 - 2018/8)
Current position: MSc, Chemistry, UTM
Nadia Anvari
Undergrad volunteer, Biochemistry (2017/5 - 2017/9)
Melissa LeRose
Work-Study, Mechanical Engineering (2017/5 - 2017/9)
Current position: Mechanical engineer, Integral Group
Dawei Gu
Undergradute volunteer, Biochemistry (2016/6 - 2016/12)
Christine Furrer
Undergrad thesis, Chemistry (2016/9 - 2017/4)
    Nolan Frymire
Work-Study, Physics (2016/9 - 2017/4)
Current position: Software Developer, QHR, Kelowna