Dr. Fiorenzo Vetrone is a Full Professor at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT), Université du Québec. He was appointed Assistant Professor in October 2010 to develop an ambitious and vigorous research program at the vanguard of nanomaterials research and their implementation in the life sciences and nanomedicine. Dr. Vetrone is a pioneer in the field of rare earth doped upconverting nanoparticles and the overarching theme of his research group is to develop multifunctional nanoplatforms based on these nanostructures for applications in the detection and therapeutics of disease.
Sending her Bio all the way from far east
Vivienne calls Waterloo, Ontario, home, though she was born in Singapore and completed her bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering with a minor in Neuroscience at Princeton University, NJ. During her study there, she became interested in drug delivery to the brain, especially theranostic solutions. Her thesis project developed super paramagnetic iron oxide theranostic nanoparticles for MRI imaging and targeted drug delivery to the brain. She has also completed research internships at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, working on layer-by-layer nanoparticles, as well as liposomes, for anti-fibrotic treatment following glaucoma filtration surgeries. Then, she spent two years in Fuzhou, China, at a special needs foster home teaching and developing its creative arts program. She is now back in Canada as a Masters/PhD student working on creating upconversion nanoparticles for on-demand drug release upon NIR irradiation, and other biomedical applications, like bioimaging and biosensing. In her free time, she volunteers at an art co-operative, cooks experimentally with various cuisines and camps out at cafes where she writes and does all things creative.
Arohan is an undergraduate student from the University of Toronto pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Materials Science and Engineering and a Minor in Bioengineering. Throughout his bachelors years so far, his innate interest in research has been amplified and groomed by university life, and he hopes to pursue further studies in Biomedical engineering and Bioengineering in the form of a Masters and PhD in the near future. He has done two sets of summer research at the Nanyang Technological University, situated in his home town of Singapore, and is currently in the process of completing a Co-op program at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) with the Vetrone Group. He is currently working with rare earth upconverting nanoparticles for theranostic platforms with specific interests in bio-imaging and light-based drug release. His hobbies include reading classical novels, writing books and stories, eating different cuisine, and critiquing the artistic styles, cinematography, and plots of different tv shows and films.