Professor Frank Gu

Prof. Frank Gu is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the University of Toronto in July 2018, Dr. Gu was an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Gu received his Ph.D. from Queen’s University, Canada, where he majored in chemical engineering. Following completion of his graduate program, he pursued postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Gu has established a frontier research program in Nanotechnology Engineering, with important advances in medical and life science applications. Leading-edge projects have produced new materials and tools for targeted drug delivery, rapid pathogen detection, and passive water treatment. His research has had tangible impacts on his field and industry, including mucoadhesive nanoparticles for the treatment of Dry Eye Disease, and photocatalytic water treatment technologies that are the core technology of H2nanO, a Canadian startup company. Dr. Gu has authored and co-authored more than 200 journal and conference publications, as well as 25 U.S. and World patents and applications.

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

 
  Research Interests:    Nanomedicine, ocular drug delivery, targeted delivery, mucoadhesion, controlled drug release   Contact Me

Research Interests: 

Nanomedicine, ocular drug delivery, targeted delivery, mucoadhesion, controlled drug release

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Dr. Shengyan (Sandy) Liu
Postdoctoral Fellow

 
  Research Interests:    Water treatment, nanoparticles, photocatalysts, solar, recyclable, oil sands

Research Interests: 

Water treatment, nanoparticles, photocatalysts, solar, recyclable, oil sands

Dr. Tim Leshuk
Postdoctoral Fellow

 
 

PhD Students

  Research Interests:    Wastewater treatment, metal removal, nanomaterials, photocatalysis

Research Interests: 

Wastewater treatment, metal removal, nanomaterials, photocatalysis

Andrew Holmes
PhD Candidate

  Research Interests:   Nanomedicine, targeted drug delivery, protein-nanoparticle interactions, infectious disease

Research Interests:

Nanomedicine, targeted drug delivery, protein-nanoparticle interactions, infectious disease

Jeff Watchorn
PhD Student

 

 

  Research Interests:    Nanoparticle production, starch properties, starch modifications, biomaterials, drug delivery

Research Interests: 

Nanoparticle production, starch properties, starch modifications, biomaterials, drug delivery

David Wulff
PhD Candidate

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Diogo Livera
PhD Student

  Research Interests:    Nanotechnology engineering, biomaterials, medical diagnostics, infectious diseases, machine learning

Research Interests: 

Nanotechnology engineering, biomaterials, medical diagnostics, infectious diseases, machine learning

Paul Chen
PhD Candidate

  Research Interests:    Targeted delivery of nanoparticles for environmental applications, colloidal nanoparticles, nanoparticle synthesis, environmental remediation, surfactants, photocatalysis

Research Interests: 

Targeted delivery of nanoparticles for environmental applications, colloidal nanoparticles, nanoparticle synthesis, environmental remediation, surfactants, photocatalysis

Stuart Linley
PhD Candidate

 

Masters Students

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Aaron Clasky
MASc Student

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Michelle Si
MASc Student

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Sukrit Rajpal
MASc Student

 

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Lori Pollit
MASc Student

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Mostafa Saquib
MASc Student

  Research Interests:    Wastewater treatment, desalination, supercapacitors, electrochemistry, nanotechnology

Research Interests: 

Wastewater treatment, desalination, supercapacitors, electrochemistry, nanotechnology

 Zac Young
MASc Student

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Mahtab Z. Roshandel
MASc Student

  Research Interests:    nanoparticles, nanomedicine, targeted drug delivery, mucoadhesion, sustained drug release

Research Interests: 

nanoparticles, nanomedicine, targeted drug delivery, mucoadhesion, sustained drug release

Noor Bahsoun
MASc Student

 

 

Research Assistants - Spring 2018

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Corin Seelemann

Kashyap Kartha

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Megan Thomson

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Shannon Tsai

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Daniel Harrold

Katherine Kobernyk

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Natalie Pundsack

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Danielle Smith

Maaz Shanjer

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Nicholas Rasmussen

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Elora Deering

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Mary Gopanchuk

Sean McLay

 

Alumni - Graduate Students

2018 Graduation

 
  Research Interests:    Contact lense engineering, semiconductor photocatalysis, advanced water treatment technology

Research Interests: 

Contact lense engineering, semiconductor photocatalysis, advanced water treatment technology

Harish Krishnakumar
MASc

Dr. Tim Leshuk
PhD

 

2017  Graduation

 
  Research Interests:    Mucoadhesive nanoparticles, drug delivery, targeted therapy

Research Interests: 

Mucoadhesive nanoparticles, drug delivery, targeted therapy

Aaminah Ahmad
MASc

Dr. Peter Lin
PhD

 
 

2016 Graduation

Dr. Erin Bedford
PhD

Jacob Rogowski
MASc

Dr. Shengyan (Sandy) Liu
PhD

 

2015 Graduation

Dr. Mohit Verma
PhD

Sarah (Leblanc) Strathern
MASc

 

Alumni - Research Assistants

Winter - 2018

Ivy Liu

Fall - 2017

Emma Belliveau
Song-Jae Bong
Andrew Bright
Nic Calen
Adam Calvert
Jenny Chang
Alyssha Schneider
Fionna Felon
Jason Giannis
Shannon McBride
Mayar Zawawi
Aya Tsugimatsu
Jordan Van Wyk
Zixin Zhang