People

Principal Investigator

Dr. Emily D. Cranston
Associate Professor
Department of Wood Science,
and Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
University of British Columbia, Canada

Office: FSC 4036
Phone: 604-827-0627
Email: emily.cranston@ubc.ca

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Elina Niinivaara
Post-Doctoral Fellow
DSc (Tech.) Bioproduct Technology
Aalto University, Finland (2016)

Office: FSC 4031

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Tuning cellulose-water interactions using designer oligosaccharides

UBC Graduate Students

Gwendoline Delepierre
Visiting PhD Student
Chemistry, Adolphe Merkle Institute
Cosupervisors: Justin Zoppe/Christophe Weder

Office: FSC 4301

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Symmetric and asymmetric cellulose nanocrystals

Blair Morgan
Visiting PhD Student
Chemical Engineering, McMaster
Cosupervisor: Michael Thompson

Office: FSC 4301

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Thermally stable powders containing viral vectors for vaccines

Daniel Osorio
PhD Student
Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC
Cosupervisor: Charles De Lannoy

Office: TBD

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Multiscale mechanical testing of CNC nanocomposites

Oriana Vanderfleet
Visiting PhD Student
Chemical Engineering, McMaster

Office: FSC 4031

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Understanding and improving thermal stability of CNCs

McMaster Graduate Students

Michael Kiriakou
MASc Student
Chemical Engineering, McMaster
Cosupervisor: Todd Hoare

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Improving CNC compatibility for latex synthesis though controlled radical polymerization

Varsha Singh
PhD Student
Chemical Engineering, McMaster
Cosupervisor: Michael Thompson

Engineering spray-dried vaccines for enhancement in inhalation delivery

 

Taylor Stimpson
MASc Student
Chemical Engineering, McMaster
Cosupervisor: Jose Moran-Mirabal

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Structure-function relationships of plant cell wall components

Undergraduate and Co-op Students

Xiran Li
BSc Student (Level V)
Food Science, UBC
Cosupervisor: John Frostad

Characterization of interfacial activity and stability of CNC stabilized emulsions

Cynthia Pham
BEng BioSciences Student (Level IV)
Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering, McMaster
Cosupervisor: John Frostad

Office: FSC 4301

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Nanocellulose emulsion processing

Jaclyn Winitsky
B.BME.Eng Student (Level III)
Engineering Physics & Biomedical Engineering, McMaster
Cosupervisor: Kathryn Grandfield

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Nanocellulose bone implants

Myla Manser
BEng BioSciences Student (Level V)
Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering, McMaster
Cosupervisor: Michael Thompson

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Thermally stable powders containing viral vectors for vaccines

Recent Cranston Group Alumni

Glen Aggiss
Summer Researcher (2019)
UBC, Canada

Currently: HATCH Ltd.

Elisa Ferreira
Visiting PhD Student (2018-2019)
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: PhD Candidate, Unicamp, Brazil

Kevin De France
PhD (2014-2019)
(Dr. Hoare and Dr. Cranston)
Chemical Engineering
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Postdoctoral researcher, Empa, Switzerland

Urooj Gill
MSc (2015-2017)
(Dr. Moran-Mirabal and Dr. Cranston)
Chemical Biology
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Piramal Healthcare Ltd.

Zhen (Justin) Hu
PhD (2011-2015)
(Dr. Pelton and Dr. Cranston)
Chemical Engineering
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Anomera Inc.

Stephanie Kedzior
PhD (2013-2017)
Chemical Engineering
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Calgary, Canada

Dan LeClair
MASc (2013-2016)
(Dr. Thompson and Dr. Cranston)
Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Covar Pharmaceuticals

Daniel Levin
Co-op Student (2017-2018)
(Dr. Moran-Mirabal and Dr. Cranston)
Chemical Biology
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Medical School, McMaster

Lingli (Lily) Liu
Visiting PhD Student (2016-2018)
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: PhD Candidate, Donghua University, China

Heera Marway
MASc (2014-2016)
Chemical Engineering
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Research Engineer in MMRI, McMaster

Tyler Or
Summer and Thesis Student (2016-2018)
(Dr. Moran-Mirabal and Dr. Cranston)
Chemical Biology
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Graduate Studies, Waterloo

Michael Reid
PhD (2013-2017)
Chemical Engineering
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Postdoctoral researcher, KTH, Sweden

Steven Toniolo
MSc (2016-2018)
(Dr. Thompson and Dr. Cranston)
Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering,
McMaster University, Canada

Currently: Zimmark Inc.

Current Collaborators outside UBC

Tiffany Abitbol
Senior Researcher
Nanocellulose Fundamentals and Applications
RISE Bioeconomy, Sweden

www.ri.se/en/tiffany-abitbol

Charles De Lannoy
Assistant Professor
Chemical Engineering
Environmental Applications of Nanomaterials
McMaster University, Canada

www.delannoylab.com/

Marc A. Dubé
Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Polymer Reaction Engineering
University of Ottawa, Canada

https://profs.engineering.uottawa.ca/dube/

John Frostad
Assistant Professor
Chemical & Biological Engineering and Food Science
Interfacial Phenomena & Functional Foods
UBC, Canada

food.chbe.ubc.ca/

Todd Hoare
Associate Professor
Chemical Engineering
Engineered Smart Materials
McMaster University, Canada

hoarelab.mcmaster.ca/

Eero Kontturi
Associate  Professor
Bioproducts and Biosystems
Nanocellulose 
Aalto University, Finland

www.aalto.fi/en/people/eero-kontturi

Jose M. Moran-Mirabal
Associate Professor
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Micro and Nanostructured Environments
McMaster University, Canada

www.chemistry.mcmaster.ca/moran-mirabal/

Camila Rezende
Associate Professor
Chemistry
Fibre Technology and Biomass Fractionation
Unicamp, Brazil

iqm.unicamp.br/institucional-departamentos/camila-alves-de-rezende

Michael R. Thompson
Professor
Chemical Engineering
Polymer, Particle & Pharmaceutial Processing
McMaster University, Canada

www.eng.mcmaster.ca/people/faculty/michael-thompson

Jaana Vapaavuori
Assistant Professor
Chemistry and Materials Science
Functional Nanomaterials
Aalto University, Finland

www.aalto.fi/en/department-of-chemistry-and-materials-science