Executive members

Dan Engelhardt, Co-President

Dan Engelhardt
My name is Daniel Engelhardt and I am the Co-President for the 2018/2019. I have completed my undergraduate degree at the U of A and have continued developing my knowledge here as a graduate student in the Vederas lab since 2017. The projects for my PhD focus on peptide and natural product synthesis as well as enzyme mechanism elucidation. My latest project explores bacteriocins as potential future antimicrobials for humans. By expanding the current network of the CBS Alberta Student Chapter to facilitate the engagement of students with professionals in multiple fields and broaden the collective understanding of the biotechnological opportunities available!

Aysha Ansari, Co-President


Hi! My name is Aysha Ansari, and I am the Co-President of CBS Alberta Student Chapter with Dan Engelhardt and Niharika Walia. Currently, I am pursuing PhD studies in the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, under the supervision of Dr. Hasan Uludag. My research project involves exploring and optimizing the use of lipophilic polymers as gene carriers for leukemia therapeutics. As Co-President, I would like to collaborate with other CBS student chapters to advance the professional network of students interested in the field of Biomaterials.

Niharika Walia, Co-President

Niharika Walia

My name is Niharika Walia, Co-President of CBS Alberta Student Chapter. I am currently pursuing Master’s degree in Food science and technology at the University of Alberta, under the supervision of Dr. Lingyun Chen. My research is based on food protein nanoparticles for controlled nutraceutical delivery in functional foods. I received my Bachelors in Biotechnology from VIT University, India. It is my pleasure to work with an enthusiastic and dedicated team to bridge the gap between academia and industries.

Rubia Mariath, Co-VP External

Rubia Martignago Mariath
I’m a Chemical Engineer, with seven years of research experience, working with calorimetry, interface properties, adsorption and petroleum characterization, leading to a great project management skills knowledge. With extremely experience also in industry as quality specialist, conducting internal audits, projects for continuous improvement, analyzing non-conformance data and planning corrective actions using Green Belt Six Sigma quality control. I really enjoy interacting with people, and build positive and strong relationship.

Bahman Homayun, Co-VP External

Bahman Homayun
As a materials engineer, I have been working on biomaterials in different disciplines from bench scale experiments to industrial extents for more than 6 years. As a striking experience, I noticed that there is a considerable gap between at least a number of academic studies in this field and real needs of the society/industry, which in turn reflects the crucial need for a permanent strong connection between industry and academia. Canadian biomaterials society has clearly proved its effective role as a bridge between academia and health industry. Joining the Alberta student chapter of this professional team, I am going to do my best to help the extension of this university-industry connection in the most effective fashion.

Yuning Liu, Co-VP Internal

Yuning Liu
My name is Yuning Liu and I am the Co-VP internal for the 2018/2019. I have completed my undergraduate degree at the Wuhan University in China and now I am currently working as a graduate student in Chemistry at the University of Alberta. My projects focus on the applications of gold nanoparticles in the nucleic acid. I am very grateful that I can join CBS-ASC. I hope I can cooperate with this great team to organize events to facilitate students to understand the connection between academic and industry.

Mahsa Mohseni, Co-VP Internal


My name is Mahsa Mohseni, and I share the Co-VP Internal position of CBS Alberta Student Chapter with Yuning Liuin. I am very delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with such a motivated team and expand my knowledge and experience in the area of biomaterial sciences. I received my B.Sc. degree in Microbiology from Islamic Azad University North Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran, and my M.Sc. degree in Medical Biotechnology form Tabriz University of Medical sciences, Tabriz, Iran. I am currently pursuing my PhD studies in the Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Brandwein from the Department of Medicine and Oncology and Dr. Hasan Uludag from the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. My research project is focused on the polymer-mediated delivery of siRNA in leukemia cells.

Hanan Lawati, Treasurer

Hanan Al LawatiHello, my name is Hanan Al Lawati.  I am a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta and the treasurer of the CBS-ASC. I received my BSc degree in pharmacy and my MSc degree in clinical pharmacy from the University of Strathclyde, UK. Prior to joining U of A, I worked as a clinical pharmacist and as the head of department of pharmacy at a major tertiary care hospital in Oman. My PhD research work focuses on using nano-medicine to improve the efficacy and cardiac safety of anti-inflammatory agents.

Eileen Santos, Secretary

Eileen Santos

My name is Eileen Santos, I am the secretary of CBS Alberta Student Chapter for the period 2017/2018. I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, under the supervision of Dr. Feral Temelli. I received my B.Sc. in chemical engineering in Universidad Rafael Urdaneta and my M. Sc. in Food Science and Technology from Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela. My research is based on the fractionation of phytosterols from oil processing by-products and the understanding of the surface science applied to supercritical fluid fractionation using carbon dioxide. With my position, I will like to create new opportunities to innovate in science that contributes positively the environment and the society in different aspects.

Yousef Nademi, Communication Director

YousefMy name is Yousef Nademi, the communication director of CBS Alberta Student Chapter. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the faculty of Chemical and Material Engineering at the University of Alberta. I complete my M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran. My research, under the supervision of Dr. Uludag and Dr. Tang, focuses on the experiment and molecular simulation of siRNA and DNA delivery to cancer cells by various cationic polymeric vectors. I am looking forward to enhancing our biomaterial networks throughout all the events we have for this year!

Sandy Ibrahim, Executive Editor

Sandy My name is Sandy Ibrahim and I am pursuing my MSc in Materials Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Henein. My thesis is focused on Additive Manufacturing using Plasma Transfer Arc welding. I received my BSc in Mechanical Engineering, with a concentration in Materials Science from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in June 2016. I then worked for a year after my graduation as a research assistant in the field of Materials Science and have co-authored one conference publication and one journal publication.
I am looking forward to be the executive editor of CBS-ASC.

search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close