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

Christopher (Kit) Harrison, 4491 student, 2012-2013
                          -Currently - Business Development and Marketing Associate, Solar Provider Group
Stephanie Barbon, Chem 4491 student, 2012-2013
                          -Currently - Senior Chemistry, The Dow Chemical Company
David Bocking, summer research assistant, summer 2013 
                         -Currently - Graduate student at York University
Pauline Reinkeluers, Chem 4491 student, 2013-2014
                          -Currently - Sales Analyst with Debro Chemicals
Ryan Maar, Chem 4491 student, 2014-2015 & NSERC USRA, summer 2015
                         -Currently - Senior Chemist, The Dow Chemical Company
Dong-Yup (William) Choi, CAMBR research assitant, summer 2014
                         -Currently - Software Developer, Royal Bank of Canada
Ethan Sauvé, NSERC USRA, summer 2014 & work study student, 2014-2015
                         -Currently - NSERC Graduate Student at UBC (Hudson Group)
Umesh Yogarajah, work study student, summer 2014
                         -Currently - Pharmacy School, Albany College of Pharmacy

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
Samantha Novoa, Chem 4491 student, 2014-2015
                         -Currently - Project Leader, Imperial Oil
Tommaso Romagnoli, Chem 4491 student, 2014-2015 
                         -Currently - Medical School at Western
Jordan LeSarge, work study student, 2014-2015
                         -Currently - Medical School, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
John Trant, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2015
                         -Currently - Assistant Professor, University of Windsor
Connor Derome, Chem 4491 student, 2015-2016
                         -Currently - Energy Systems Engineering Technology Program, Centennial College
Aaron Levy, Chem 4491 student, 2015-2016
                         -Currently - Operations Manager, Preston Apartments
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 - 4491 Student at Western (Ragogna Group)
Michael Grant
Michael was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta before moving to London to attend UWO where he is in the process of completing his Honours Specialization in Chemistry degree. He is currently a Chem 4491 student working in both the Gilroy and Ragogna Groups, where he is working on the chemistry of phosphorus-containing heterocyclic molecules. Outside the lab, Mike enjoys baseball, hockey and playing with his dog.
Sung Yuan (Nathan) Hsu
Nathan was born in Taiwan and raised in Markham, Ontario. For his Chem 4491 project, he is working on the synthesis and characterization of novel boron difluoride formazanate complexes. His first research experience was working with Prof. Steve Westcott on iminophosphine metal complexes. Having enjoyed performing synthesis and exploring new places, he further broadened his experience in the group of Prof. Warren Piers, studying metal-oxo reactivities with pentadentate ligand systems. When not consumed in Chemistry, Nathan enjoys spending time outdoors, going on long walks with friends, reading books about business and finance, and pursuing photography.
Mehrnoosh Raoofi