Confirmed Invited Speakers


So far, the list of confirmed invited speakers in each symposium is as follows:

Advanced Materials in Diagnostics and Therapeutics

* Marc Gauthier, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Canada: “Bioconjugate approaches to monoclonal antibody manufacturing”

* Sara Mahshid, McGill University, Canada: “Nano-surface fluidic devices based on 2D and 3D nanostructures for bio-sensing applications”

* Rafik Naccache, Concordia University, Canada: “Carbon Dots in Sensing Applications”

* Clara Santato, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada

* Leyla Soleymani, McMaster University, Canada: “Advanced materials for lowering the limitof-detection of biosensors”

* Alexis Vallée-Bélisle, Université de Montréal, Canada

* Sebastian Wachsmann Hogiu, McGill University, Canada

Agricultural and food safety

* Heather Gamble, PerkinElmer, Canada: “Factors influencing the interactions of pesticides with soils”

* Abir Khaled, University of Waterloo, Canada: “Rapid screening of multi-residue veterinary drugs in chicken tissue using coated blade spray solid phase microextraction (CBS-SPME)”

* Barbro Kollander, National Food Agency, Sweden: “Tools to ensure safe food also in the future – analytical methods, surveys, biomonitoring and communication; with examples on heavy metals and speciation of arsenic”

* Jenny Nelson, Agilent Technologies, USA: “Speciation Analysis of Arsenic, Selenium, Iodine, and Bromine in Infant Formula, Nutritional Products, and Raw Ingredients using HPLC-ICP-MS”

* Derrick Quarles, Elemental Scientific, USA: “Improving Lab Efficiency Related to Food Safety Using State-of-the-Art Automation”

* José Luis Todolí, University of Alicante, Spain: “Direct multielemental analysis of undiluted wine samples by means of ICP-MS”

Electrochemical sensing and analysis

* Dominik P.J. Barz, Queen’s University, Canada: “Dielectric relaxation and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy for improved understanding of interfaces”

* Jesse Greener, Université Laval, Canada: “Microscale electrochemical bioflow system for detection and discovery of bacterial biofilms”

* Kagan Kerman, University of Toronto, Canada: “Electrochemical approaches to understand biomolecular interactions in Alzheimer's disease”

* Sanela Martic, Trent University, Canada: “Using electrochemical methods to probe neurochemistry of proteins”

* Mohtashim Shamsi, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, USA: “Electroanalysis of DNA Repeat Expansions”

* Zhe She, Queen’s University, Canada: “Using surfaces as the platform for bacteria sensing”

* Hogan Yu, Simon Fraser University, Canada: “Voltammetric analysis of organized molecular interfaces: from guest-host binding to nanostructural probing"

Environmental analysis

* Patricia Forbes, University of Pretoria, South Africa: “Alternative approaches to trace organic air pollutant sampling”

* Anna Kornilova, PerkinElmer, Canada: “Soft and hard electron ionization source for GCMS/MS”

* Mitesh Patel, PerkinElmer, Canada: “An LC-MS/MS study of the kinetics of atrazine decomposition catalyzed by interactions with soil”

Industrial Applications

* Jörg Feldmann, University of Aberdeen, Scotland: “Should we bother with speciation in the gas and oil industry?

* Zuzana Gajdosechova, National Research Council of Canada: “Accurate quantitation of inorganic chloride in petroleum hydrocarbons could not get any easier”

* Francisco Lopez-Linares, Chevron, USA: “Elemental Analysis using Plasma techniques in the Petroleum industry: a close look”

* Robert Reed, Postnova Analytics, USA

Innovations from Manufacturers

* Keith MacRenaris, Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA: “Advances in triple quadrupole ICP-MS for routine trace element analysis of complex samples”

* Robert Reed, Postnova Analytics, USA

* Mehrnaz Sarrafzadeh, PerkinElmer, Canada: “GC-MS/MS with a novel soft ionization plasma source: unique solution for a wide range of applications”

* Harikrishnan Sukumar, PerkinElmer, Canada: “Dual mode electron impact ion source (DMEITM) with a reaction cell - new advances in ion generation for GC-MS/MS.

Laser Ablation Applications

* Elton Soares de Lima Filho, National Research Council of Canada: “Contactless, sub-ppm detection of selenium in continuous aqueous flow by laser-ablation-assisted laser-inducedfluorescence (LA-LIF)

Nanomaterials and their analysis

* Ed Lai, Carleton University, Canada: “Electrochemical analysis of single metal oxide nanoparticles and their interaction with biochemicals towards sensor development”

* Petra Krystek, Vrije University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

* David Patch, Royal Military College of Canada, “Challenges of environmental nanoparticle analysis: big picture approach”

* Samatha Salou, Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec, Canada: “Assessment of strategy for the analysis of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in biological fluids using singleparticle-ICP-MS”

Sample introduction systems for the inductively coupled plasma

* Bin Hu, Wuhan University, China: “Microfluidic Chip-Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry for Trace Elements and Their Species Analysis in Cells”

* Dominic Larivière, Université Laval, Canada: “Cloud point extraction – a suitable approach for sample enrichment for inorganic mass spectrometry analyses”

* Akitoshi Okino, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan: “Development of Droplet Injection System for Single Particle/Cell Introduction to Inductively Coupled Plasma”

* John Sloop, Wake Forest University, USA: “Automated matrix-matching calibration using standard dilution analysis with two internal standards and a simple three-port mixing chamber”

* Yoshitaka Takagai, Fukushima University, Japan: “Sample introduction systems for the inductively coupled plasma”

* José Luis Todolí, University of Alicante, Spain: “Analysis of heavy petroleum products through ICP techniques”

Separations/Mass spectrometry

* Anca Baesu, McGill University, Canada: “Analysis and fate of oxytetracycline in shrimp using a non-targeted screening approach”

* Kingsley Donkor, Thompson Rivers University, Canada: “Elucidating the decomposition kinetics of xanthate compounds in mining waters by GC/MS”

* Andrei Drabovich, University of Alberta, Canada: “Analytical proteomics for biomarker discovery and development”

* Pablo Elizondo, McGill University, Canada: “Non-targeted metabolomics approach for monitoring nitrofurazone abuse in shrimp farming”

* Wei Feng, University of Alberta, Canada: “Detection of microRNA USING CRISPR/CAS13A”

* Jeffrey Guthrie, Eastern Michigan University, USA: “Detection of DNA damage from environmental agents using capillary electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence”

* Jesse Greener, Université Laval, Canada: “On-chip synthesis of functional membranes”

* Christopher Harrison, San Diego State University, USA: “Electroosmotic flow modification through direct fluorination of the capillary surface”

* Philip Jakubec, Dalhousie University, Canada: “Transmembrane electrophoresis: improved surfactant extraction, protein purification and in situ digestion for mass spectrometry analysis”

* Vaclav Kasicka, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences: “Investigation of noncovalent molecular interactions by affinity capillary electrophoresis with UV-absorption and mass spectrometry detection”

* Maureen McKeague, McGill University, Canada: “Determining thresholds of in vivo DNA adducts by mass spectrometry”

* Richard Oleschuk, Queen’s University, Canada: “Mass spectrometric sample preparation using a combination of (super)hydrophobic/ hydrophillic surfaces”

* Araceli Peña-Álvarez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México: “Emerging contaminants in biota: lettuce and fish”

* Thomas Preston, McGill University, Canada

* Madison Pursell, Moravian College, USA: “Detecting opioids and their metabolites in wastewater”

* Lekha Sleno, Concordia University, Canada: “Untargeted metabolomics to decipher metabolic changes upon acetaminophen treatment in rats”

* Lei Tian, McGill University, Canada: “Targeted and non-targeted analysis of plastic-related contaminants in food from Montreal using HPLC-QTOF-MS”

* Jagdeesh S. Uppal, University of Alberta, Canada: “Arsenic speciation in human urine for an epidemiological study”

* Dajana Vuckovic, Concordia University, Canada: “LC-HRMS for biomonitoring of mycotoxins in human plasma”

* Karen Waldron, Université de Montréal, Canada: “Investigation of internal standards for migration time correction applied to peptide mapping by capillary electrophoresis - diode array detection (CE-DAD)”

* Ethan Yang, Université de Montréal, Canada: “Applications of MALDI-TOF imaging mass spectrometry for lipidomic studies”

* Hongquan Zhang, University of Alberta, Canada: “Using capillary electrophoresis to monitor operation of target-triggered DNAzyme motors”

Speciation analysis

* Blaire Coffey, Royal Military College of Canada, “Formation pathway of arsenobetaine in terrestrial fungi

* Jörg Feldmann, University of Aberdeen, Scotland: “Speciation and nanoparticle analysis solve mystery in biogeochemistry”

* Jong Sung Kim, Dalhousie University, Canada: “Arsenic Speciation Profiling for Evaluating the Association between Cancer and Arsenic Exposure”

* Barbro Kollander, National Food Agency, Sweden: “What goes in not necessarily comes out – biomonitoring of arsenic species in urine”

* Louise Meunier, Queen’s University, Canada: “Estimating the bio-accessibility of hexavalent chromium from chromite ore and mine leachate in the Ring of Fire”

* Derrick Quarles, Elemental Scientific, USA: “Total Metals and Speciation Analysis Using an Automated, Single Platform Sample Introduction System Combined with ICP-MS”

* Mesay Wolle, Food and Drug Administration, USA: “Speciation analysis of arsenic in seafood and seaweed at the US Food and Drug Administration”