Meet the team

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Karl Jobst

Principal investigator (kjobst@mun.ca)

Karl Jobst is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Memorial University. His research interests focus on analytical and environmental chemistry. He teaches general chemistry (Chem 1050) and analytical method development (Chem 4156/6156).

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Xiaolei Li

Ph.D. student

Xiaolei Li obtained her B.Eng. from Ocean University of China. Since joining MUN, she has completed an M.Sc. degree focused on modelling the environmental fate of contaminants. Her current research promises to increase our knowledge of industrial pollution in Canada.

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Mahin Hashemihedeshi

Ph.D. student

Mahin Hashemihedeshi obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry from the Sharif University of Technology. SHe is interested in the application of non-targeted mass spectrometry techniques for the identification of contaminants in biological samples. She also loves reading and cooking.

Meera Bissram completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. She is interested in using advanced mass spectrometry techniques to characterize known and unknown environmental contaminants. Her hobbies include spending time at the beach and listening to soca music.

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Roshanak Amiri

M.Sc. student

Roshanak Amiri obtained her B.Sc. from Shahid Beheshti University.  She is interested in using analytical and computational tools to identify environmental pollutants. She also loves hiking, reading and adventures in nature!

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Meera Bissram

M.Sc. student

Meera Bissram completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. She is interested in using advanced mass spectrometry techniques to characterize known and unknown environmental contaminants. Her hobbies include spending time at the beach and listening to soca music.

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Ethan Haywood

Undergraduate researcher

Ethan Haywood is a Chemistry major with an strong interest in environmental chemistry. He is currently working on new ways to identify emerging pollutants. He also likes to spend his time surfing on the ocean and beaches of Newfoundland.

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Amber MacNeil

Undergraduate researcher

Amber MacNeil is a 4th year Chemistry student from Cape Breton Island. Her honors research focuses on identifying new PFASs in dust and blood samples. Amber loves the arts and enjoys roller skating in her free time! 

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Jake Breen

Undergraduate researcher

Jake Breen is completing a Bachelor of Science with plans to do a joint honours in chemistry and applied mathematics.  He is interested in the forensic sciences and is currently working on an environmental "forensics" project to identify fingerprints of air pollution released from industry.  In his free time, Jake enjoys cooking and hiking.

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Olivia Critch-Doran

Undergraduate researcher

Olivia Critch-Doran is a Physics major who is helping to develop new technology to identify small molecule pollutants in nanoplastics using collision-cross section measurements. She is interested in learning about Mass Spectrometry and she thinks it's neat how ions are affected by external electric and magnetic fields :). She likes knitting and reading in her free time.

Alumni

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Jessica Chu

Current position: MD Candidate at Western University.

Project: Reviewing the impacts of persistent organic pollutants on placental function and fetal growth restriction.

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Tannia Chevez

Tannia Chevez is enrolled in the Computational Chemistry program. She is keenly interested in solving challenging chemical and environmental problems using advanced computational methods and technology. She also loves nature and the stars.

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Sarah Tiessen

Sarah Tiessen completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Memorial University. She is extremely interested in contributing to the overall health of our environment through examining bioaccumulation of chemical pollutants and what can be done to reduce them.