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

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Aldrich Ngan
PhD Student

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Diogo Livera
PhD Student

  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

  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

  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

 

Masters Students

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Aaron Clasky
MASc Student

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Mahtab Z. Roshandel
MASc Student

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Sukrit Rajpal
MASc Student

 

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Emile Milan
MASc Student

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Michelle Si
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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Lori Pollit
MASc Student

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Mostafa Saquib
MASc Student 

 

Research Assistants - Fall 2018

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Brandon Tran

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Jaksana Kananesan

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Dean Stipanic

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Jane Ye

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Eileen Zhong

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Kayleanna Giesinger

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Eric Lee

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Kristian Young

 

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

  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

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

Spring - 2018

Corin Seelemann
Daniel Harrold
Danielle Smith
Elora Deering
Kashyap Kartha
Katie Kobernyk
Maaz Shanjer
Mary Gopanchuk
Megan Thomson
Natalie Pundsack
Nicholas Rasmussen
Sean McLay
Shannon Tsai

Winter - 2018

Adam Calvert
Corin Seelemann
Danielle Smith
Ivy Liu
Zihan Li

Fall - 2017

Aleksei Angell
Amelia Caza
Arianna Skirzynska
Darron Phann
Fezza Haider
Kevin Lee
Maaz Shanjer
Savannah Knorr
Shirley Chan
Simi Zhang
Soung-Jae Bong

Spring - 2017

Aaron Clasky
Alyssha Schneider
Andrew Bright
Aya Tsugimatsu
Diogo Livera
Emma Belliveau
Fionna Fenlon
Iason Giannis
Jordan Van Wyk
Mayar Zawawi
Nicholas Calen
Shannon McBride
Soung-Jae Bong
Zixin Zhang

Winter - 2017 

Aaron Clasky
Daid Ahmad Khan
Ibrahim Fanek
Jenny Chang
Lisa Krygsman
Maaz Shanjer
Michael Johnson
Patrick Bardo
Peter Keillor
Sabrina Zuccaro
Savannah Knorr
Shakhir Lakhani

Fall - 2016

Adam Calvert
Bryan Bartle
Ibrahim Fanek
Patrick Bardo
Ronnie Wan
Sabrina Zuccaro
Soung-Jae Bong
Zhendong Li

Spring - 2016

Adam Calvert
Aya Tsugimatsu
Bryan Bartle
Daniel Kahn
Karyn Sun
Michelle Si
Mostafa Saquib
Nicholas Kam
Ronnie Wan
Sukrit Rajpal
William McLaren
Yunsheng Jiang

Winter - 2016

Austin Tripp
Aya Tsugimatsu
Caleb Jefferies
Daniel Kahn
Diogo Livera
Mostafa Saquib
Sukrit Rajpal

Fall - 2015

Aya Tsugimatsu
Shuyu Chen
Sucharita Vijayaraghavan
Ye Huang

Spring - 2015

Cullen Tielemans
Diogo Livera
Elaine Huang
Harish Krishnakumar
Matthew Dozois
Paul Chen
Perry Everett

Winter - 2015

Harish Krishnakumar
Paul Chen
Perry Everett
Timothy Wong

Fall - 2014

Mahyar Abolhallaj

Spring - 2014

Brooks Maclachlan
Duleeka Ranatunga
Timothy Wong

Winter - 2014

Deborah Ng
Harish Krishnakumar
Matthew Dozois
Mostafa Saquib
Myung Kim
Paul Chen
Perry Everett

Fall - 2013

Harish Krishnakumar
Matthew Dozois
Myung Kim
Paul Chen
Perry Everett

Spring - 2013

Lori Pollit
Matthew Gleason
Mostafa Saquib
Stuart Linley
Xin Liu

Winter - 2013

Brent McCleave
Harish Krishnakumar
Paul Chen
Perry Everett
Stuart Linley

Fall - 2012

No research assistants

Spring - 2012

Chun Wong
Harish Krishnakumar
Perry Everett
Shun-Chi Chiang
Tim Leshuk

Winter - 2012

Benjamin Dippelsman
George Baxter
Stuart Linley
Tim Leshuk

Fall - 2011

George Baxter
Stuart Linley

Spring - 2011

Eun-Sue Cha
Mohit Verma

Winter - 2011

Mohit Verma
Stuart Linley
Tim Leshuk

Fall - 2010

Tim Leshuk

Spring - 2010

Roger Tsang
Stuart Linley

Winter - 2010

Mohammad Siddiqi
Mohit Verma
Tim Leshuk

Fall - 2009

Mohit Verma

Spring - 2009

Jasper Huang
Tim Leshuk

Winter - 2009

Jasper Huang