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Auclair Group Members

Post-Doctoral Fellows, Reasearch Associates, and Visiting Professors
Dr. Sanjay Campbell (he/him)
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Previous Degree(s) Earned: B.Sc. Food Chemistry; Ph.D. Chemistry
Joined Auclair Group: February 2020
Project(s): Itaconate, and Development of a mechanoenzymatic method for carbon dioxide fixation
Hobbies: Cooking, gyming
Dr. Ali Zaker (he/him)
Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Previous Degree(s) Earned: B.Sc. and M.Sc. Chemical Engineering; Ph.D. Civil/Environmental Engineering, Concordia University
Joined Auclair Group: September 2022
Project(s): Mechanoenzymatic depolymerization of plastics
Favourite item in the lab: A Hot Furnace!
Hobbies: Soccer, Watching movies, environmental volunterring activities
Dr. Mina Nekouei
Joined: December 2022
Project: Antibiotics
Graduate Students
J.P. Daniel Therien
Joined Auclair Group: January 2016
Project(s): Mechanoenzymology
Jake Pierscianowski (he/him)
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Previous Degree(s) Earned: Honours B.Sc. in Chemical Biology, McMaster University
Joined Auclair Group: September 2018
Project(s): Itaconate
Hobbies: Rock climbing, cooking, trying new restaurants/bars, board/video games
Favourite item in the lab: Biosafety Cabinet and our Electronic Pipettes
Least favourite item in the lab: LCMS 😤
Blue (Chunling) Lan [兰春岭]
Hometown: Baishan, Jilin, China
Previous Degree(s) Earned: B.Sc. Chemistry
Joined Auclair Group: September 2019
Project(s): As long as there's synthesis, I'm a part of the project!
Hobbies: piano, cooking, hiking
Favourite item in the lab: Magic Stain aka Hanessian's Stain
Least favourite item in the lab: Round Bottom Flask
Jane Arciszewski (she/her)
Hometown: Ardrossan, Alberta, Canada
Previous Degree(s) Earned: Honours B.Sc. Biochemistry
Joined Auclair Group: September 2020
Project(s): Mechanoenzymatic depolymerization of plastics
Hobbies: Rock climbing, journaling, embroidering & sewing
Favourite item in the lab: the big centrifuge because it sings a nice song when it's done
Least favourite item in the lab: the printer
Alexia Piercey
Joined the Auclair Group: September 2021
Project(s): P450

Shay Heans (she/her)
Previous Degree(s) Earned: Honours B.Sc. Chemistry, Dalhousie University
Joined Auclair Group: September 2021
Project(s): Itaconate and Pantothenamide-Mimics
Hobbies: Painting, video/board games, reading, knitting
Favourite item in the lab: Biological Safety Cabinet 😍
Least favourite item in the lab: Pens/markers with no ink 🤡

Yuqin Xia
Joined the Auclair Group: September 2022
Project(s): Mechanoenzymatic depolymerization of plastics
Hobbies: listening to music, planting vegetables and flowers, watching movies
Favourite item in the lab: Ball mill, oven, and eppendorfs!
Hannah Girard
Joined the Auclair Group: September 2022
Project(s): Mechanoenzymatic depolymerization of plastics
Aracelli Chang (she/her)
Hometown: Colorado, USA
Previous Degree(s) Earned: BA Chemistry, BA Biology, Pepperdine University
Joined Auclair Group: September 2022
Project(s): Itaconate
Hobbies: Volleyball, knitting/crocheting, singing, bowling, skiing, exploring new restaurants
Ahmed Abdelaal
Joined the Auclair Group: January 2023
Project(s): Itaconate
Undergraduate Students
Margaret Chi
Joined the Auclair Group: Fall 2022
Project: Mechanoenzymatic depolymerization of plastics