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Joshua N. Milstein

Associate Professor
Associate Chair, Research (UTM)

Dept. of Physics, University of Toronto
Dept. of Chemical and Physical Sciences, UTM

Office: DV 4053
Phone: (905) 569-4598
Email: josh.milstein(AT)utoronto.ca


Postdocs and Research Assistants

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Emiel Visser

Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

"I study the mechanism by which H-NS and similar nucleic acid associated proteins (NAPs) silence gene transcription. I use a combination of optical tweezers and tethered particle motion analysis to observe the transcription process of single DNA molecules under a variety of condition. NAPs such as H-NS play an important role in the spread of antibiotic resistance in enteric bacteria, and by understanding the mechanism behind these proteins we aim to prevent or revert the spread of antibiotic resistance genes between bacteria."


Graduate Students

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Daniel Nino

PhD Student, Physics

"Super-Resolution Localization microscopy (SRLM) has revolutionized cellular biology by surpassing the diffraction limit of conventional fluorescence microscopy. Recent years have seen a shift from using SRLM primarily for qualitative-focused studies to integrating quantitative-focused studies. I am developing novel statistical approaches in quantitative localization microscopy to tackle the molecular counting problem using organic photoswitchable fluorophores."
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Zheng Zhang

PhD Student, Physics

"I got my BSc degree from Beijing Normal University and came here for the MSc program. My work is mainly on the optical tweezers, including the development of the technology and the biological experiments related to nucleoid associated proteins. As for my hobby, I enjoy walking around the city during the weekend to experience the diverse culture."
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Tianyi Ma

PhD Student, Physics

The integration of time-lapse fluorescence microscopy and microfluidic devices provides high spatiotempraol resolution that enables us to able to track the dynamics of single cells. I am developing an imaging system and monolayer cultivation chambers within microfluidics devices in order to study the long-term bacterial competition among micro-colonies.
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Kayhan Momeni

MSc Student, Physics

Super resolved microscopy and bioimage analytics.


Undergraduate Students

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Annela Tchouadep

Biology

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Jovana Miladinovic

Biology

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Emma Narancic

Biology/Math

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Kasha

Physics



Collaborators

William W. Navarre, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto
Anton Zilman, Department of Physics, University of Toronto
SafeGuard Biosystems, Toronto, ON, CAN


Lab Alumni

Postdocs and Technicians

Dr. Amir Mazouchi (Postdoc, 2014-2017)
Dr. Yong Wang (HFSP Postdoc, 2014-2016): Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Arkansas
Dr. Haowei Wang (Postdoc, 2012-2015): Assistant Professor, University of Science and Technology (USTC), China
Abdullah Bahram (Laboratory Technician, 2012-2013)

Graduate Students

Nafiseh Rafiei (IBBME, PhD Student, 2018; Postdoc at MaRS, Toronto)
Daniel Ricardo Argumedo (Engineering, PhD Student, UFABC Brazil, 2018)
Samuel Yoshua (Physics, MSc Student, 2016)
Russell Pollari (Physics, MSc Student, 2015)
Stephen Havlick (Physics, MSc Student, 2015)
Tai-Wei Su (Bioengineering, MSc Student, NCKU Taiwan, 2014)
Anastasia Zaytseva (Applied Math, MSc Student, 2013)

Undergraduates

Victoria Torres (Forensics, 2019)
Eric Lauw (MCS, 2019) / Muhammad Kamal (MCS, 2019) / Marvimar Castroverde (Biology, 2019)
Jianze Wang (MITACS Globalink, 2018) / Daniel Djayakarsana (Physics, 2017/2018)
Gurjit Mander (Biology, 2018) / Sukhraj Virdee (Physics, 2018) / Bolin Fan (Physics, 2018)
Faiyza Alam (Physics, 2017/2018) / Minah Tariq (Biology, 2017/2018) / Danica Jovanovich (Physics, 2017)
Daniel Gorelick (Chemistry, 2016/2017) / Hector He (Physics, 2017) / Shabeeh Rizvi (Physics, 2017)
Paul Penkul (Biology, 2015/2016) / Danielle Sims (Physics, 2016) / Paul Lelay (Physics, 2016)
Emily Storey (Physics, 2015/2016) / Aoife Taylor (Chemistry, Cardiff University, 2016)
Shubham Mistry (Biology, 2016) / Rachel Hanke (Biology, 2016) / Phuong Julia Le (Computer Science, 2015)
Thurga Rajeswaran (Biology, 2015) / Ezra Sebastian Hartono (Physics, 2015)
Muhammad Ahmed (Chemistry, 2014) / Mejd Jumaily (Biology, 2014) / Daniel Nino (Physics, 2014)
Alexandra Derla (CCIT, 2014) / Stela Ishitani Silva (Physics, SWB Brazil, 2014)
Marcelo Augusto Cordeiro (Computer Science, SWB Brazil, 2014) / Nanak Singh (Chemistry, Cardiff University, 2014)
Mark DeBenedetti (Physics, 2014) / Roger Bialy (Chemistry, 2013)
Taise Lima (Biotechnology, SWB Brazil, 2013) / Surya Buss (Biotechnology, SWB Brazil, 2013)
Stephen Havlick (Physics, 2013) / Mark Levy (Chemistry, 2012)
Jia Chen (Biology, 2012) / Wendy Otieno (Physics, 2012)