Mehrnoosh was born in Tehran, Iran and lived there just before immigration to London, Ontario to complete her studies in Inorganic Chemistry at Western University with the Gilroy and Ragogna groups. Mehrnoosh obtained her B.Sc. from the Sharif University of Technology under the supervision of Prof. H. Bagheri and was working on the use of a graphene oxide-starch-based nanocomposite as an extractive phase for micro solid extraction of pharmaceutical compounds in her undergraduate thesis. She also completed her MSc in Inorganic chemistry under the supervision of Prof. A. Abbas, and her thesis was about post-synthesis of Metal-Organic Frameworks and their application in catalysis and heavy metal absorption. Mehrnoosh loves to travel and is a good cook too. She enjoys yoga and swimming in her leisure time.
Raj Vasdev, Chem 4491 student, 2016-2017
                         -Currently - Field Service Engineer, Agilent Technologies

Group Members

Graduate Students

Daniela was born in Toronto and lived just north of the city in Vaughan. She completed her BSc in Chemistry at Western in 2017 where she worked in the Ragogna and Gillies groups for her Chem 4491. Her undergraduate research involved the synthesis and self-assembly studies of phosphonium containing block copolymers. Her graduate research in the Gilroy Group focuses on the synthesis and characterization of molecular and polymeric main group hydrazonate complexes, including studying their aggregation induced emission and redox properties. On her free time, Daniela enjoys hot yoga, Zumba, seeing live musical theatre, preaching the importance of a quality skin care routine and being a cat mom to Charlie.

Group Alumni

Recent Undergraduate Students

Postdoctoral Fellows

Jacquelyn Price, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-2014
                         -Currently - Nurse, MLHU
Jas was born in Brampton, Ontario, but raised in Punjab, India with his older brother. He completed his honours B.Sc. in Chemistry at Ryerson University in 2017 where his first exposure to research occurred in the summer of 2015 in the Koivisto group synthesizing novel aryl alkyne BODIPY derivatives. He broadened his research experience by starting in the Foucher group in the fall of 2015 where he worked towards synthesizing conductive silver inks and amino stannyl ferrocenes. He then completed his undergraduate thesis under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Foucher synthesizing polystannanes with “push-pull” behavior. In the Gilroy group his graduate research will focus on the synthesis of stable radical polymers. When not in the lab, Jas enjoys hiking, working out and watching movies.
Jasveer Dhindsa
Daniela Cappello
John Trant, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2015
                         -Currently - Assistant Professor, University of Windsor
Desiree Bender, Chem 4491 student, 2015-2016
                         -Currently - Grad Student at Queen's (Liu Group)
Jasmine Buddingh, Chem 4491 student, 2015-2016 & NSERC USRA, summer 2015
                         -Currently - NSERC Graduate Student at Queen's (Liu Group)

Undergraduate Students

Anastasia Colomba, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2017
                         -Currently - Chem. Eng. Consulting Manager, KPMG

Graduate Students

Joseph A. Paquette, OGS & NSERC PhD Student, 2013-2016
                         -Currently - Chemist, Canada Border Services Agency
Amir Rabiee Kenaree, PhD Student, 2013-2016
                         -Currently - Development Scientist, Green Centre Canada
Scott Timmermans, Chem 4491 student, 2016-2017
                         -Currently - Operator, Ingredion Canada Inc. 
Stephanie M. Barbon, OGS & NSERC PhD Student, 2013-2017
                         -Currently - Senior Chemist, The Dow Chemical Company
Samantha Novoa, NSERC MSc Student, 2015-2017
                         -Currently - Project Leader, Imperial Oil
Chris Aspros, Chem 4491 student, 2017-2018
                         -Currently - Unknown
Zach Powell, Chem 4491 student, 2017-2018
                         -Currently - Technical Services Rep., Veolia NA
David Stephens, NSERC USRA, Summer 2018
                         -Currently - Associate Scientist, Paraza Pharma
Francis was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada in 2006. He received his B.Sc. in Biomedical Science (Hons) at Ryerson University and completed his undergraduate thesis under the supervision of Prof. Russell Viirre and Prof. Sarah Sabatinos. Following this, Francis undertook internships working with innovation-focused organizations where he worked in different branches of chemistry. His graduate research in the Gilroy group will involve the synthesis and characterization of formazan scaffolds with extended pi-conjugation. In his free time, Francis likes to read sci-fi novels, hang out with his cats and spend inordinate amounts of time on his computer.
Francis Buguis
Alex Van Belois, MSc Student, 2016-2018
                         -Currently - Research Chemist, Imperial Oil
Madeleine Sattler, Chem 4491 student, 2018-2019
                         -Currently - Account Manager, Advanced Chemistry Development Inc.
Alicia Battaglia, Chem 4491 student, 2018-2019
                         -Currently - Graduate Student at U of T (Seferos Group)
Benjamin Katzman, Chem 4491 student, 2018-2019
                         -Currently - Medical School at McMaster
Ryan Maar, NSERC PhD Student, 2015-2019
                         -Currently - Senior Chemist, The Dow Chemical Company
Raj Vasdev, MSc Student, 2017-2019
                         -Currently - Field Service Engineer, Agilent Technologies
Francois Magnan, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-2019 
                         -Currently - Senior Lab Instructor, University of Ottawa
Shaun Milkovich
Shaun grew up in London, Ontario. He completed the first two years of his undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria before transferring to Western University to finish his Honours Specialization Degree in Chemistry. His undergraduate thesis project focused on the application of high pressure to sodium-organic ion electrodes and induced structural changes. He also has previous research experience in medical biophysics studying capillary fascicles in skeletal muscle. Shaun joined the group in the fall of 2021 and his research focuses on designing new main group heterocycles. He enjoys watching and playing sports, especially hockey. His other pastime activities include reading, hiking and fitness.
Matthew Trunzo, Chem 4491 student, 2019-2020
                         -Currently - Pursuing a career in education.
Alexander Watson, Chem 4491 student, 2019-2020
                         -Currently - NSERC Graduate Student at Western (Gilroy/Ragogna Groups)
Sara Catingan, Chem 4491 student, 2019-2020
                         -Currently - NSERC Graduate Student at McGill (Moores Group)
Michael Anghel, MSc Student, 2018-2021
                         -Currently - Materials Engineer, Trojan Industries
Alexandra Ly, Chem 4491 student, 2020-2021
                         -Currently - Graduate Student at McMaster (Adronov Group)
Erin Cotterill
Erin was born and raised in the small town of Mount Brydges, Ontario and is currently working towards completing her Honours Double Major degree in Chemistry and Environmental Science at the University of Western Ontario while doing research with the Gilroy Group where she is working on a project which focuses on extending the degree of pi-conjugation in boron difluoride formazanate dyes. Outside of chemistry, Erin enjoys hiking, camping, playing soccer, walking her two dogs, and spending time with family and friends.
Benjamin Katzman, NSERC MSc Student, 2019-2021
                         -Currently - Medical School at McMaster
Alexander Watson
Alexander was born and raised in London, Ontario and just completed his Honours Specialization in Chemistry degree at the University of Western Ontario. He is currently working with the Gilroy and Ragogna groups as an NSERC-funded graduate student while exploring the chemistry of phosphorus-containing heterocycles. Other than chemistry, Alexander enjoys playing baseball, a good book and long walks on the beach.
Jessica Bosso, NSERC USRA, 2021
                         -Currently - Graduate Student at Western (Gilroy/Ragogna Groups)
Sofia Sirohey
Sofia grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and at the age of 12 moved to London, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate degree at Western University. Her undergraduate thesis was done under the supervision of Prof. Paul Ragogna and was centered upon achieving the first solid-state isolation of a phosphinidene sulfide. She also has previous research experience working on catalyst design and development in the Blacquiere group, and as an intern at the ARLANXEO R&D Centre for Butyl Rubber. In her free time, Sofia enjoys rock climbing, running, being out in the sun, and most importantly, eating!
Gabrielle Tellier
Gabby is from the small town of Belle River, Ontario. As an undergraduate student she has volunteered with the Blaquiere and Ragogna groups doing small molecule coordination chemistry and is now working on main group polymer chemistry with the Ragogna and Gilroy groups. Gabby enjoys surfing, golfing, antiquing, and watching stand-up comedy.
Mehrnoosh Raoofi
Michael Grant, Chem 4491 student, 2021-20221
                         -Currently - Graduate Student at University of Calgary (Welch Group)
Sung Yuan (Nathan) Hsu, Chem 4491 student, 2021-2022
                         -Currently - Graduate Student at U of T (Tran Group)
Jeff was born in El Paso, Texas and came to Canada for school in 2012. He completed his B.Sc in Chemistry at Western where he worked in the Huang group during his Chem 4491 where Jeff studied Xe adsorption in MOFs using solid-state NMR. Working jointly with the Gilroy and Ragogna Groups, he is studying novel surface coatings for his graduate work. When not studying chemistry, Jeff enjoys keeping up with the latest computer hardware and trying new restaurants wherever he finds himself.
Jeffrey Collins


Ian was born and raised in London, ON before left the city to complete his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph. He then left Ontario for the Wild West, completing his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Eric Rivard at the University of Alberta, where he studied the applications of N-heterocyclic olefins in catalysis and main group chemistry. He is happy to be back home, where he works on main group polymers as a post-doctoral associate in the Gilroy and Ragogna groups. He looks forward to hiking, camping, and cooking with the province’s fresh produce (something he has dearly missed!).
Ian Watson