Group Members

Post-Doctoral Fellows


Dr. Sarah Aufmkolk

Dr. Aufmkolk joined us in Fall 2017 in the Department of Chemistry, after completing her Ph.D. in the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, in the Department of Biotechnology and Biophysics. Her projects include implementation of super-resolution techniques on neuronal cultures, in collaboration with Dr. Ed Ruthazer (Montreal Neurological Institute).


Dr. Angelica Gopal

Angelica joined in September 2011, with a M.Sci.(Hons) with an International Study Year in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham (UK). She completed her Ph.D. in the Wiseman group in Winter 2017, characterizing receptor behaviour linked to cell migration. She is now co-supervised by Dr. Judith Mandl (Department of Physiology), investigating 3D immune cell migration via imaging and analysis, and implementing tissue clearing methodologies.

Ph.D. Thesis: New applications of image correlation spectroscopy to reveal mechanisms of cell membrane receptor regulation (2017)


Ph.D. Students


Alexei Kazarine

Alexei joined in January 2014, after completing his M.Sc. in Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Eric Salin (Department of Chemistry, McGill University), where he developed an automated liquid-liquid extraction centrifugal microfluidic device and created a novel approach of real time volume measurements in order to automate analysis on centrifugal microfluidic platforms.
His current projects involves the imaging of biological tissues using Second and Third Harmonic Generation.


Jean-Fran├žois Desjardins

J.F. joined the group in January 2009 in the Department of Physics. He collaborates with neuroscientists (Ruthazer Lab, Montreal Neurological Institute) and chemists (Cosa Lab, McGill University) to develop biophysical models, methods of characterization and statistical tools to study a variety of biological systems. His projects include studies of an intact brain using in-vivo calcium imaging, the characterization of synthetic DNA nanorods, investigating the structure of clustering membrane proteins, and opto-motor behavioural analysis of a subject submitted to visual stimuli.


Kamila Mustafina

Kamila joined in September 2016, after completing her B.Sc. in Chemistry from Jacobs University (Germany), where she previously undertook research in supramolecular chemistry. Her current projects includes cellular imaging using STED, a super-resolution microscopy technique.


Simon Sehayek

Simon joined in September 2013 in the Department of Physics after completing his B.Sc. in Honours Mathematics and Physics (McGill University). His current projects involve analyzing cytoskeletal dynamics using kICS and Super-Resolution Optical Fluctuation Imaging (SOFI) through simulations, and investigating statistics of correlation spectroscopy techniques.

M.Sc. Thesis: Refinements and extensions of correlation techniques applied to fluorescence microscopy (2015)


Timothy Toplak

Tim joined the group in September 2007 as an M.Sc. student in the Department of Physics, before transferring to the PhD program, under the joint supervision of Professor Paul Wiseman and Professor Martin Grant (Department of Physics, McGill University). His research involves extending image correlation spectroscopy using wavelets.


M.Sc. Students



John Ross

John joined the group in September 2015, in the Department of Physics, under the joint supervision of Professor Paul Wiseman and Dr. Sabrina Leslie (Department of Physics, McGill University). He graduated with a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queen's University (Ontario, Canada).


Ksenia Kolosova

Ksenia joined the group in January 2017, after completing her B.Sc. in Honours Biology (Quantitative Biology option) at McGill University. Her projects involve second harmonic generation imaging of collagen.


Yanning Liu

Yanning joined in September 2016, after completing her B.Sc. in Honours Bio-organic Chemistry (McGill University). Her projects involve using SpIDA to measure the oligomerization of membrane receptors.



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