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STUDENT SUPERVISION

·         Lázaro Andrés Monteserín Castanedo (1 July-31 October 2016), Visiting Graduate Student on a Wood-Whelan Research Fellowship Award ($4,900) from the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (on visit from the Dept. of Biology, University of Havana).

·         Lázaro Andrés Monteserín Castanedo (1 Feb. - 1 July 2017), Visiting Graduate Student on a Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program Award ($9,700) from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (on visit from the Dept. of Biology, University of Havana).

·         Luiz Alberto Terrabuio (2015-2016), Visiting PhD Student on Scholarship from the Brazilian Science without Frontiers Programme (co-supervised by Prof. R. L. Haiduke, Sao Paolo University, Brazil).

·         Ismat Sumar (2013-2016), MSc student at Saint Mary's University, co-supervised with Prof. Paul Ayer of McMaster University.

·         Leanne Ingram (Summer, 2014), summer research assistant.

·         Mathew Timm (Summer, 2014), summer research assistant.

·         Mathew Timm (2013-2014), Honors Thesis student.

·         Shahin Sowlati Hashjin (2011-2013), MSc, graduated in June 2013.

·         Mathew Timm (Summer, 2013), NSERC-USRA undergraduate research summer student.

·         Mathew Timm (Fall, 2012), Directed Study Student.

·         Alya A. Arabi (2008-2012), PhD (co-supervised with Prof. Axel D. Becke).

·         Hugo Bohórquez (2007-2011), PhD (co-supervised with Prof. Russell J. Boyd).

·         Martin Sichinga (2010-2011), Research Assistant.

·         Seth Robert King (Fall, 2011), Directed Study Student.

·         Martin Sichinga (2009-2010), Directed Research Student.

·         Leigh Herman David (summer semester, 2009), Research Assistant.

·         Daniel MacKeigan (summer semester, 2009), Research Assistant.

·         Alya A. Arabi (2007-2008), Honors Thesis, graduated October 2008.

 

THESES SUPERVISION

PhD Theses

·           Lázaro Andrés Monteserín Castanedo, PhD Thesis (Co-supervised at the Dept. of Biology, University of Havana, 2018 - projected):  TBA.

·           Luiz Alberto Terrabuio, PhD Thesis (Sao Paolo University, 2016):  TBA. (Co-supervised by Prof. R. L. Haiduke, Sao Paolo University, Brazil).[1] 

·           Alya A. Arabi, PhD Thesis (Dalhousie University, 2012):  Density Functional Theory: Dispersion Interactions & Biological Applications. (Co-supervised with Professor Axel D. Becke).

·           Hugo Bohórquez, PhD Thesis (Dalhousie University, 2011):  Density Functional Theory: Dispersion Interactions & Biological Applications. (Co-supervised with Professor Axel D. Becke). (Co-supervised with Professor Russell J. Boyd).

MSc Theses 

·         Ismat Sumar, MSc Thesis (Saint Mary's University, 2016):  Localization-Delocalization Matrices: Theory and Applications. (Co-supervised with Professor Paul W. Ayers).

·         Shahin Sowlati Hashjin, MSc Thesis (Saint Mary's University, 2013):[2]Computational Investigations of Some Molecular Properties, their Perturbation by External Electric Fields, and their use in Quantitative Structure-to-Activity Relationships.

Honors Theses 

·         Mathew Timm, Honors Thesis (Joint Dalhousie University - Mount Saint Vincent University Honors Programme, 2014):[3]What Happens to the Chemical Bond if a Bonded Atom Undergoes a Nuclear Transformation? A Computational Study.

·         Alya A. Arabi, Honors Thesis (Joint Dalhousie University - Mount Saint Vincent University Honors Programme, 2008):[4]Atomic Partitioning of the Energy of Reaction: The Hydrolysis of a Fuel Biological Molecule, Adenosine 5’-Triphosphate.

  

        MEMBER IN THESES COMMITTEES AND/OR EXTERNAL EXAMINER

D.Sc. Dissertation 

o       External Referee/Evaluator of D.Sc. Dissertation of Dr. Ol'ha Brovarets'  

Microstructural Mechanisms of the Origin of the Spontaneous Point Mutations

Department of Molecular and Quantum Biophysics, Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)      

      Defense: 29 Dec. 2015.

PhD Theses 

o       Member of PhD Thesis Committee ofWalter Polkosnik

FastGeometry Optimizations of Large Systems with the Kernel Energy Method (KEM)

Dept. of Chemistry, Hunter College, The City University of New York (CUNY), USA.

      Thesis Supervisor: Professor Lou Massa.

      Defense: 2016.

o       External Examiner for PhD Thesis ofS. K. Periyasamy

Oxidation of Chalcones and Thioacids by Quinalidinium Fluorochromate

Dept. of Chemistry, National College (Autonomous) - Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India.

      Thesis Supervisor: Professor K. G. Sekar.

      Defense: August 2012. 

o       External Examiner for PhD Thesis ofAndrea Millen

Properties of C-Linked C8-Phenoxyl Guanine DNA Adducts

Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Lethbridge, Canada.

      Thesis Supervisor: Professor Stacey Wetmore.

      Defense: Scheduled for 2 August 2011.

o       External Examiner for PhD Thesis ofJames S. M. Anderson

From Wavefunctions to Chemical Reactions: New Mathematical Tools for Predicting the Reactivity of Atomic Sites from Quantum Mechanics

Dept. of Chemistry, McMaster University, Canada.

      Thesis Supervisor: Professor Paul Ayers.

      Defense: 19 November 2010. 

o       External Examiner for PhD Thesis ofJacob Sanford

Calculation of Static and Dynamic Effects on the Magnetic Tensors of Several Benchmark Radicals

Dept. of Chemistry, University of New Brunswick, Canada.

      Thesis Supervisor: Professor Saba Mattar.

      Defense: 29 March 2010.

o       External Examiner for PhD Thesis ofPo Yang

Indicator Functions and Their Applications in Fractional Factorial Designs

Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University, Canada.

      Thesis Supervisor: Professor N. Balakrishnan.

      Defense: 19 July 2004. 

   M.Sc. Theses  

o       Member of MSc Thesis Committee ofDijana Anželj

Dept. of Chemistry, Saint Mary’s University, Canada.

      Thesis Supervisor: Professor Cory Pye.

      Defense: 2016.

B.Sc. (Honors) Theses

o       External examiner for honors theses and evaluator of the thesis over the academic year for B.Sc. students of Dalhousie University:

Year

Student

Thesis / Project

Supervisor

2013

Thomas Burns

A Computational Comparison of Dithiolene and Diselenolene Ligands for Use in Biomimetic Catalysis

Dr. Russell J. Boyd

2013

Hilary Matthews

A Computational Study of the Selective Inhibition of Malaria-Causing Proteins in the Human Body

Dr. Russell J. Boyd

2012-2013

Tavia Raiche-Marsden

Site Directed Mutagenesis of Escherichia Coli Cytidine 5’-Triphosphate Synthase in Order to Reduce Steric Bulk in the Active Site and increase Synthetic Availability

Dr. Stephen Bearne

2010–11

Daniel M. Chevrier

Properties of Iron / Iron Oxide Nanoparticles and their Biomedical Applications

Dr. Peng Zhang

2010–11

Wai-Ho Lo

Examining the Effect of Temperature on Self-discharge and Charge Redistribution in Carbon-based Electrical Capacitors

Dr. Heather Andreas

2009–10

Elias Machaalani

A Model for Assessing Solvation Effects of Amino Acids

Dr. Russell J. Boyd

2008–09

Daniel Veldhuijzen van Zanten

How to make analogs of carnosine, using AM1 and Molecular Mechanics, that better chelate Ca2+ and Zn2+ ions

Dr. Donald Weaver

 



[1] Awarded a Brazilian Science without Frontiers Programme Scholarship.

[2]Nominated for the Governor General Gold Medal by the examining committee.

[3]Matthew Timm has been awarded the Science Atlantic Communication Award at the Science Atlantic/CIC Annual Student Chemistry Conference (ChemCon 2014) for an oral presentation based on this Honors Thesis.

[4]Matthew Timm has been awarded the Science Atlantic Communication Award at the Science Atlantic/CIC Annual Student Chemistry Conference (ChemCon 2014) for an oral presentation based on this Honors Thesis.