Principle Investigator  


 

Isaac T.S. Li
Assistant Professor
Canada Research Chair (T2) in Single-Molecule Biophysics and Mechanobiology
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 - 3247 University Way, Kelowna, BC V1V1V7

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

 

   
Postdocs Group photos


 

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 2022.


 

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
PhD - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UBC
(2022/9 - present)
BSc (Hons.) - Biochemistry, UBC
(2020/5 - 2022/8)

Research interests: mathematical biology, SMFS
Awards:
NSERC-USRA 2021, 2022, GDES 2022, Faculty of Science Graduate Entrance Awards 2022, BSC poster award 2022.


 

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 2022


 

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

Research interests:
Awards: GDES 2022


 

David Bakker
MSc - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UBC
(2022/9 - present)
BSc (Hons.) - Biochemistry, UBC
(2020/9 - 2021/4)

Research interests: SMFS
Awards:
GDES 2021

 
   
Undergraduate Students  


 

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

Research interests: Instrumentation


 

Lisa Graßmel
Undergraduate, Physics, Georg-August Universität Göttingen
2022/8 - 2022/10

Research interests: Single-molecule force
Award:
MITACS globalink

   
   

Lab Alumni

George Ng
Undergraduate, Engineering (2022/5 - 2022/9)
Current position: undergraduate, UBCO

   

Allison Leam
Undergraduate thesis, Microbiology (2020/5 - 2022/05)
Awards: NSERC-USRA 2020, URA 2021
Current position: Going for med school!

Lilian Ton Nu
Undergraduate, Science (2022/5 - 2022/9)
Awards: URA 2022
Current position: undergraduate, UBCO

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 (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, Biophysics, UBC (2022/5 - 2022/9, 2021/5 - 2021/9)
Awards: NSERC-USRA 2022
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 manager

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