Faculty members

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has over 23 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members, as well as several associated faculty members from other departments at Concordia University and from industry.

Faculty members

  • John Capobianco
    Professor and Concordia University Research Chair

    Nanomaterials, upconversion, lanthanides, bioimaging, drug delivery, photodynamic therapy, physical inorganic, optical spectroscopy, persistent luminescence.
  • Louis Cuccia
    Associate Professor

  • Inorganic solid state chemistry Crystallography Mossbauer spectroscopy Tin-containing materials

  • biophysical chemistry, model membranes, Langmuir monolayers, liposomes, environmental pollutants, nanopatterning, lipid-protein interactions
  • Brandon Findlay
    Associate Professor

    Drug discovery, natural products, directed evolution, biochemistry.
  • Pat Forgione
    Associate Professor

    Organic Chemistry, Green Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Catalysis, Drug Discovery
  • Yves Gélinas
    Professor, Graduate Program Director and Concordia University Research Chair in Environmental Chemistry

    Analytical Biogeochemistry, Global Cycle of Organic Carbon, Climate Change, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Forensics, Molecular and Isotopic Biomarkers.
  • Ashlee J. Howarth
    Assistant Professor

    Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Metal–Organic Frameworks, Porous Materials, Materials Design, Adsorbents for Wastewater Treatment, Green Chemistry, Sensing.
  • Paul Joyce
    Professor and Chair

    Biochemistry, Genomics, Proteomics, Molecular/Cell Biology.
  • Gregor Kos
    Senior Lecturer

    Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry
  • Marek B. Majewski
    Assistant Professor

    Inorganic chemistry, solar energy conversion, artificial photosynthesis, photochemistry, photocatalysis, optical spectroscopy
  • Heidi Muchall
    Associate Professor

    Physical organic and computational chemistry, electronic and molecular structures
  • Rafik Naccache
    Associate Professor and CURC Tier II in Sustainable Multifunctional Nanomaterials

    Nanoparticle synthesis, materials characterization, carbogenic quantum dots, metallic nanoparticles, plasmonics, sensors, imaging, nanothermometry, drug delivery
  • Jung Kwon (John) Oh
    Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Nanobioscience

    Organic and polymer chemistry, Polymer synthesis and characterization, Materials science, biomedical applications, drug delivery
  • Xavier Ottenwaelder
    Associate Professor

    Inorganic chemistry, oxidation chemistry, catalysis, aerobic reactions, coordination complexes, organic transformations

  • Imaging Mass Spectrometry (IMS); Spatial 'omics; Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS); Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization (MALDI)
  • Peter Pawelek

    Bacterial iron uptake, molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis, protein-protein interactions, membrane proteins, biophysical chemistry, protein chemistry, phage display, X-ray crystallography.
  • Germán Miguel Pérez Quintana
    Assistant Professor (LTA)

    Computational chemistry. Molecular recognition. Virtual screening and molecular docking. Biosensors development. Organic and polymer chemistry.

  • Computational Chemistry, Molecular and Reaction Dynamics, Nanomaterials and Materials Engineering, Chemical Biology, Therapeutics, Photochemistry, Ultrasfast Spectroscopy, Chemical Physics, Environmental Chemistry, Machine Learning, Quantum Computing
  • Cerrie Rogers
    Senior Lecturer

    Not research active. Formerly involved in inorganic chemistry research (transition metal based molecular sensors).
  • Ingo Salzmann
    Associate Professor

    Conjugated organic molecules and polymers employed as organic (semi-)conductors; their structural, electronic and optical properties; applications in organic electronics
  • Cameron Skinner
    Associate Professor

    Analytical chemistry with particular focus on electrophoretic separations, bioanalysis, biomarker discovery and forensics
  • Dajana Vuckovic
    Associate Professor and Concordia University Research Chair

    analytical chemistry, metabolomics, lipidomics, proteomics, mass spectrometry, sample preparation, separation science, bioanalysis, biomarker discovery and validation

  • Synthesis of chemically modified nucleic acids, DNA / RNA nanoscience, DNA repair.

  • Organic Contaminants in the Environment; Analytical Environmental Chemistry; Environmental Modeling; Chemical Exposure and Risk Assessment; Chemical Management and Regulation
  • Peter Bird
    Professor Emeritus

    Former research area: inorganic/organometallic synthesis and X-ray crystallography.
  • Ann English
    Distinguished Professor Emerita and Honorary Concordia University Research Chair in Bioinorganic Chemistry

    Bioinorganic, analytical and biophysical chemistry, oxidative stress, nitric oxide biochemistry, proteomics, mass spectrometry.
  • Judith Kornblatt
    Professor Emeritus

  • Raymond Le Van Mao
    Professor Emeritus

  • Joanne Turnbull
    Professor Emeritus

    Biochemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Protein Chemistry.

Nick Serpone

Professor Emeritus

Oswald S. Tee

Distinguished Professor Emeritus


(Other university and industry-based affiliate professors)

Pamela Hanic
Tomislav Friščić
Tom Harner
Claudio Sturino
Fiorenzo Vetrone



Part-time instructors

Elham Ghobadi

Lena Sahlman

Hala Youssef

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