The Harrington Group

Current Harrington lab group

Current members

Deniz Eren

Deniz Eren

Postdoc

Pulp & Paper, Room 117

egemendenizeren@gmail.com

Finishing his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Deniz decided to start his Postdoc at McGill University. His research interests center around understanding the hierarchical organization of synthetic and natural materials using advanced electron microscopy techniques. In his free time, he loves to play chess or GTA (sometimes he plays both simultaneously) and taste beers with different flavors accompanied by a delicious burger. In the future, he wishes to be able to order coffee in French (well, in Québécois) at Tim Hortons.
Hamideh Rezvani Alanagh

Hamideh Rezvani Alanagh

Postdoc

Pulp & Paper, Room 110

hamideh.rezvanialanagh@mail.mcgill.ca

Tobias Priemel

Tobias Priemel

Ph.D. Student

Pulp & Paper, Room 021

tobias.priemel@mail.mcgill.ca

Originally from Germany, Tobias joined the Harrington lab back in its days in Potsdam, where he finished his Bachelor's and Master's in Biochemistry. His interest and curiosity towards nature lead him to study biological materials and their production processes with the focus on the mussel byssus. Besides research, Tobias liked to play volleyball, frisbee, soccer and basically any other sport where you can enjoy a cold blonde with your team afterwards.
Max Renner-Rao

Max Renner-Rao

Ph.D. Student

Pulp & Paper, Room 117

max.renner-rao@mail.mcgill.ca

Having lived in Quebec for the better part of his life, Max graduated from McGill Chemistry in 2016 to become the Harrington lab's unofficial English-to-Joual translator. Fascination with life's complex machinery has driven his research in the fields of protein folding and self-assembly, in the hopes of contributing to a new generation of bioinspired tech. Apart from reading too much sci-fi, he also enjoys bouncing around Montreal's various dancefloors and torturing dinner guests with poor renditions of folk songs.
Mostafa Rammal

Mostafa Rammal

Ph.D. Student

Pulp & Paper, Room 010

mostafa.rammal@mail.mcgill.ca

Born and raised in Lebanon, Mostafa completed a B.Sc at the American University of Beirut in 2017, during which he worked as an undergrad in the Labs of Dr.Mazen Al-Ghoul and Dr.Mohammad Hmadeh. Currently, he is working on microfluidic production of microemulsions to create high performance materials inspired by nature. In his free time, Mostafa likes to play soccer, lift weights, bake, and maintain his position as Harrington Lab Burger Tasting Expert.
Lucia Youssef

Lucia Youssef

Ph.D. Student

Pulp & Paper, Room 021

lucia.youssef@mail.mcgill.ca

Coming from Lebanon and completing her bachelor's degree in chemistry at American University of Beirut in 2019, Lucia decided to discover what nature has provided us with strategies in order to enhance bio-materials. Mussel byssus fabrication will be her focus of interest, a process throughout which step by step chemi- cal and physical transformations occur and are yet to be tracked. Outside of the science world, she would be playing sports, jogging around the park, and searching for nice views to sketch or paint.
Stephen George

Stephen George

Ph.D. Student

Pulp & Paper, Room 021

stephen.george@mail.mcgill.ca

Stephen is from the United States, where he graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2019 with Bachelor's degrees in Chemistry and French. In undergrad, Stephen enjoyed research in an organic mechanochemistry lab, but he has made the jump into the world of Materials Science. In awe of nature's design, he is excited to research the intriguing properties observed in the viscin of mistletoe berries. In his free time, Stephen likes to read, drink coffee, learn really unimportant facts about the music industry, play board games with friends, and bake.
David Zamora Cisneros

David Zamora Cisneros

Ph.D. Student

Pulp & Paper, Room 117

david.zamoracisneros@mail.mcgill.ca

Born and raised in Mexico City, where he completed his bachelor's degree and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) and UAM (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana), respectively, David was awarded a CONACYT scholarship to pursue his doctoral studies abroad. Now he is a Ph.D. candidate from the Materials Modeling Research Group and the Dorval Lab in the Department of Chemical Engineering, and the Harrington Lab in the Department of Chemistry at McGill University. His project involves the in-silico study of Liquid Crystals, their presence in biological systems just as the one seen in the mussel byssus, and the founding principles that lead them to their transformation into materials with remarkable properties. When not involved in research or at McGill, you can find him at some cafe/food places trying out new food or enjoying a cup of coffee while he lurks through the immeasurable music realm looking for new songs/bands or the next concert in town. His interests besides music are drawing, reading, and long walks.
Jenaes Siva

Jenaes Siva

Masters Student

Born and raised in Montreal Quebec, Jenaes graduated from McGill University with an Honours Chemistry (2020). His interest in science lies with interface chemistry and bioinspired materials. When Jenaes is not in the lab, you'll find him going to Tims to drink his daily ice cap, and working on his shoe company: J's for Jenaes.
Gagan Daliaho

Gagan Daliaho

Masters Student

Pulp & Paper, Room 021

gagan.daliaho@mail.mcgill.ca

Gagan was born in India and grew up in the Vancouver (Canada) area. She completed her BSc in Combined Honours in Chemical Biology at the University of British Columbia. Here, she worked in the MacLachlan lab on synthesis of supramolecular chiral assemblies of platinum complexes and development of stretchable photonic materials through polymer-based chemistry. In the fall of 2021, she moved to Montreal to pursue a M.Sc. in the Harrington group at McGill University, focusing on the characterization and understanding of velvet worm slime. In her free time, she enjoys photography, dance, baking and spending time outdoors with friends and family.
Mathieu Rivard

Mathieu Rivard

Masters Student

Pulp & Paper, Room 010

mathieu.rivard2@mail.mcgill.ca

Originally from northern Ontario, Mathieu completed his B.Sc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 2018 at the University of Toronto. After stepping away from Chemistry for a few years to pursue his interest in web development, Mat decided to return to academia to pursue research in the fall of 2021. His fascination with the field of Materials Chemistry and biomimetics led him to do his Masters with the Harrington group at McGill. In his free time, you can find Mat at the local rock climbing gym, fiddling around on web dev side projects or playing spikeball with his friends in the park.
Guido Merino

Guido Merino

Masters Student

Pulp & Paper, Room 110

guido.merino@mail.mcgill.ca

Originally from Argentina, Guido immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of 4 and was fortunate enough to graduate from McGill University with an honours degree in materials chemistry in 2021. During his last undergraduate year, he completed his honours research project in the Harrington lab because of his interest in bio-inspired materials. Obsessed with nature's exceptional material properties which surpass man-made materials, he decided to accept a joint project with Dr. Blum and Dr. Harrington to engineer a new class of material that integrates a non-infectious part of a virus into a polymer. Outside of school, you can catch Guido playing soccer, cheering for his favorite soccer team at the top of his lungs, or simply spending some time with family and friends.
Samantha Jee

Samantha Jee

Masters Student

Pulp & Paper, Room 117

samantha.jee@mail.mcgill.ca

Having been raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sam received her BSc with Honours in chemistry from Dalhousie University in 2021. Pursuing her interest in green chemistry, her research in the Harrington group focuses on characterizing metal storage particles found in the mussel byssus with the hope of using them in the creation of future bioinspired materials. Outside of the lab, Sam can be found hiking, crocheting yet another sweater, or exploring Montreal's vast array of cafés.
Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson

Undergraduate Student

Pulp & Paper, Room 010

john.anderson2@mail.mcgill.ca

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Jack is currently completing his final year of a B.Sc in chemistry at McGill. Jack's admiration for nature's ability to solve complex problems in interesting and sustainable ways lead him to the Harrington lab in the spring of 2021, where he currently works on microfluidic approaches to study and replicate the self-assembly of protein-based biogenic materials. If he's not in the lab, you can most likely find Jack reading in the park, biking with friends or spending far too much of his time on his skateboard.

Past Members

McGill University

Postdocs

Franziska Jehle

Graduate Students

Mihai Mesko

Mimi Simmons

Undergraduates

Clint Ashe

Elias Andraos

Yonatan Morocz

Eric Juneau

Gregory Amato

Tara Sverko

Amy Song

Beryl Meng

Gurveer Palia

Ranveer Palia

Madelyn Clark

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Postdocs

Ana Trapaidze

Elena Degtyar

Garrett Milliron

Stephan Schmidt

Stefanie Krauss

Graduate Students

Nils Horbelt

Isabell Tunn

Delphine Pasche

Franziska Jehle

Geonho Song

Tobias Priemel

Antje Reinecke

Xenia Arngold

Clemens Schmitt

Barbara Mlynarczyk

Undergraduates

Alex Lyons

Ananya Shrivastava

Johannes Bagdenand

Vidhya Ramaswamy