People

Ashlee   J.   Howarth

Principal Investigator


Ashlee Howarth

Ashlee J. Howarth was born and raised in London, Ontario. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2009, and then went on to do her PhD in inorganic materials chemistry at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Michael O. Wolf. Before joining the faculty at Concordia, she completed an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University with Joseph T. Hupp and Omar K. Farha. In 2018, Ashlee was recognized by Forbes Magazine as a “30 under 30” in Science for her contributions to research in the field of wastewater treatment, and the detoxification of chemical warfare agents. At Concordia, the Howarth group is focused on the design and synthesis of rare-earth metal–organic frameworks targeting applications in wastewater remediation, catalysis, and chemical sensing.

Hudson Bicalho

PhD Candidate


Hudson Bicalho

Hudson is originally from Minas Gerais, Brazil. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at CEFET-MG (Brazil) and his master’s degree in Chemistry at UFMG (Brazil). Hudson works on the development of new iron-based MOFs for applications in adsorption and catalysis.

While not in the lab, Hudson plays more video games than he should and watches lots of TV series and movies of questionable taste.


Victor Quezada

PhD Candidate


Victor Quezada

Victor is an international student from Chile. He is currently working on the synthesis of new rare-earth MOFs by applying complex linkers. Victor’s main goal is to study their potential applications as adsorbents in wastewater treatment, and catalytic oxidation of hazardous substances. He is also interested in the synthesis of carbon-dot/RE-MOF composites, mixed RE-MOFs, and synthesis of new organic linkers in order to achieve complex topologies. One of his dreams is to create a material with real environmental applications.


Paola Marino

MSc Student


Paola Marino

Paola completed her BSc Specialization in Biochemistry at Concordia University. She works on the design, synthesis, and functionalization of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) for biomedical applications. Her research interests are related to environmental and health sciences and devoted to green chemistry and pharmacology.


Zvart Ajoyan

MSc Student


Zvart Ajoyan

Zvart completed her undergraduate degree at Concordia University. She joined the Howarth research group in February 2018 and is currently completing her graduate studies on reticular synthesis and the design of metal-organic frameworks. In her free time, Zvart likes to travel, cook and garden.


Amna Muhammad

MSc Student


Amna Muhammad

Amna was born in Islamabad, Pakistan, and grew up all over the Middle East including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. She moved to Canada in 2016 to complete her chemistry and philosophy degree at Western university in London, Ontario and is now an MSc candidate at the Howarth lab. After chemistry, Amna also loves scenic hikes and all kinds of tea that aren't fruit flavoured (she strongly believes the two should not be mixed in that way).


Lars Miller

MSc Student


Lars Miller

Lars is an international student from Missoula, USA. He received a bachelor’s in chemistry from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. He joined the Howarth lab in January 2021 and is studying the synthesis and design of rare-earth metal organic frameworks (MOFs) for applications in sustainable energy storage. His research interests include chemical synthesis and green chemistry. In his free time Lars enjoys swimming and traveling.


Chris Copeman

MSc Student


Chris Copeman

Chris was raised in Montréal, and graduated with his BSc degree from Concordia in 2019. He has been with the Howarth group since 2018 as a volunteer and undergraduate researcher before starting his MSc in 2021. Chris likes to paint mountain views (Bob Ross is a huge inspiration), bake all sorts of sweet treats (he has a secret biscotti recipe), skiing (Vermont is an old time favorite), and all kinds of Pringles (sour cream and onion are his least favorite).


Ximena Canales Galvez

MSc Student


Ximena Canales Galvez

Ximena was born in Lima, Peru. She completed a BSc Specialization in Biochemistry with a Minor in Modern Chinese Language at Concordia. Ximena will be working on the design and synthesis of rare-earth MOFs for bioimaging applications. In her free time she loves learning languages, dancing and singing.


Samantha Prelaz

MSc Student


Samantha Prelaz

Samantha graduated with a BSc Specialization in Biochemistry at Concordia University. Having completed her undergraduate research project on metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) for biomedical applications, she will continue working on the design and synthesis of MOFs for ophthalmic drug delivery as an MSc student. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys outdoor recreation, travel, and spending quality time with family and friends.


Chen Si

MITACS Globalink Research Intern


Chen Si

Chen Si is an undergraduate student at South China University of Technology. She is currently carrying out a virtual Mitacs Globalink Research Internship involving data analysis and RE-MOFs. Chen Si will soon be off to do an Masters degree in Materials Science and Engineering at KAUST under the supervision of Frederic Laquai. In her spare time, she likes to play the Guzheng.


Hoai Ân Luu

BSc Student – CHEM 450


Hoai An Luu

Ân is an undergraduate at Concordia in his last year completing an honours degree in chemistry and a minor in education. For his CHEM 450 project, he is currently working on the use of MOFs for water decontamination. In his free time, he typically drinks way too much bubble tea, likes to learn new languages, or do photography.


Ninaad Kalla

BSc Student – CHEM 450


Ninaad Kalla

Ninaad is a fourth-year Honours Biochemistry Co-op student at Concordia University. For his CHEM 450 project, he decided to collaborate with the Howarth Lab and Galenvs Sciences Inc. for a project on the microwave-assisted synthesis of metal-organic frameworks. Outside the lab, Ninaad enjoys working out, playing chess, and socializing.


Sabine Plummer

BSc Student – CHEM 450


Sabine Plummer

Sabine is an honours chemistry student in her fourth and final year of undergraduate studies at Concordia. She recently completed an NSERC USRA research project in the Howarth lab, and is now completing a Chem 450 on the use of MOFs for art restoration. Outside of the lab, Sabine enjoys drinking copious amounts of tea, tending to too many houseplants, and writing obnoxious literature.


Laure-Anne Dubuc-Kanary

BSc Student


Laure-Anne Dubuc-Kanary

Laure-Anne completed her BSc Specialization in Ecology in 2016, and began a BSc Specialization in Chemistry in 2019. Currently, she volunteers at the Howarth lab in two capacities: first, on a project to increase the stability of a new Y-based MOF; and second, in designing, coding and maintaining the Howarth lab website. Outside of the lab, Laure-Anne is a technician at Apple, as well as a volunteer at the Lakeshore General Hospital and at On Rock Community Services.


MSc Alumni


Felix Saraci

Then: MSc Student

Now: Research Associate at Axios Research Inc.

Pedro Donnarumma

Then: MSc Student

Now: Research Scientist at Nano One Materials Corp

BSc Alumni


Ecaterina Sirghi

Then: Chem 419 Student

Now: Health, Safety, and Risk Assistant at the University of Ottawa

Soraya Manya Toussaint

Then: BSc Student

Now: BSc Student

Reginald Gratia

Then: BSc Student

Now: Technical Packaging Coordinator at Agropur

Valerie Mulvey

Then: CHEM 419 Student

Sahara Frojmovic

Then: CHEM 450 Student

Petar Babic

Then: CHEM 419 Student

Now: Quality Control Analyst, at Lonza Biologics

Dang Vo

Then: CHEM 419 Student

Now: Regulatory Affairs Associate at Knight Therapeutics Inc

Gemini Ramasamy

Then: BSc Student

Now: Masters program in experimental medicine at McGill University

Yolla Fallouh

Then: CHEM 419 Student

Now: Technical Support at Medisca Pharmaceutical

Elissa Mariani

Then: CHEM 419 Student

Now: MSc Student in Chemistry (Vuckovic Group) at Concordia

Anthony Falgiani

Then: CHEM 419 Student

Now: MEng Student in Environmental Engineering at Concordia

Jaina Cardenas Paez

Then: CHEM 419 Student

Now: Validation Coordinator at GlaxoSmithKline

Meggy Mengele

Then: CHEM 419 Student

Now: Project Manager at NeuroRx

Ramnik Riar

Then: CHEM 419 Student

Now: Pfizer

Carmen Yan

Then: CHEM 450 Student

Adriana Danko

Then: CHEM 419 Student

Now: Graduate Diploma Student in Chemical and Materials Engineering Concordia

Molly Clark

Then: Exchange Student

Now: PhD Student at University of Southampton

Tiffany Te

Then: CEGEP Student

Now: Undergraduate student in Science at McGill University

Iris Radu

Then: CEGEP Student

Emily Deligia

Then: CEGEP Student