Principal Investigator

Sara Mahshid, PhD
Assistant Professor, McGill University

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, 2015- 2017 
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University, 2012- 2015
  • Lecturer, Monash University Sunway Campus, 2011- 2012 
  • Ph.D., Sharif University of Technology, 2011 

Dr. Sara Mahshid is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at McGill University. She received her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Sharif University of Technology. There she developed a novel nanostructured biosensor based on modified titanium oxide nanotubes and Platinum nanowires for electrochemical sensing of dopamine and glucose. During her PhD she was also a research flow at the Laboratory of Biosensing/ Chemometrics at Hunan University. She joined McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre as a postdoctoral fellow in 2012 after a short appointment as a lecturer at Monash University Sunway campus. At McGill she was part of a high value CHRP-funded collaboration between physics (professor Walter Reisner) and medicine (professor Robert Sladek). The focus of her research was to develop novel nano/micro platforms for single-cell genomics and single molecule imaging. Her postdoctoral experience at University of Toronto in professor Shana Kelley’s lab advanced her training in nano biosensor development and point-of-care diagnostics. She has also been involved in clinically relevant projects including detection of pathogens and HIV antibodies. She has over twenty journal publications, several conference presentations and invited talks.

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 Graduate students

Mahsa Jalali
PhD Student, McGill University

Mahsa is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical engineering program (BBME) under supervision of prof. Mahshid. She holds a bachelor degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (2014). Following her undergraduate studies, she started a short appointment as a research assistant in Engineering Product Development (EPD) program at Singapore University of Technology and Design. She received her master degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2018). Her research interests are Lab-on-a-Chips, nanostructured materials, nanofabrication, photonic materials fabrication and electrochemistry. 



Tamer Abdel Salam
Master Student, McGill University

Tamer is a Master student in the Biological and Biomedical engineering program (BBME) under supervision of prof. Mahshid. He received his bachelor in Electro-Mechanical engineering from Alexandria University (2012). Since then, he has worked as a teaching assistant in Nanotechnology program at Zewail City of Science and Technology, where he taught micro/nano fabrication and cleanroom facilities to undergrad students. He has extensive hands-on experience in lithography, wet processing, deposition and characterization techniques. Tamer research interest is in the interdisciplinary field of microfluidics and lab-on-chip applications.


Undergraduate students 

Celeste Welch
Undergraduate Researcher, McGill University

Celeste is a Biotechnology student who also studies BBME and Microbiology at McGill. Celeste conducted research in chemical instrumentation and biotechnology at Princeton University. She has also worked on several independent research projects in Biology and Biotechnology at McGill University, focusing on: bioinformatics, Illumina sequencing, measuring the genetic response to toxins, and exploring genetic modification’s capacity to confer chemical resistance. She has also previously worked for Merck Pharmaceuticals in Molecular Diagnostics. Celeste is interested in applying technology and engineering to the improvement of human health and currently works on engineering materials for Biosensing applications in the human body.