John Brennan, a Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at Mcmaster University, is holder of the Canada Research Chair in Bioanalytical Chemistry and Biointerfaces and Director of the Biointerfaces Institute at McMaster. He is an expert in fluorescence spectroscopy, LC/MS, sol-gel chemistry and protein immobilization. Dr. Brennan an associate editor for Trends. Anal. Chep. and on the editorial advisory boards of Analytical Chemistry and J. Sol-Gel Sci. Technol.
His research team develops bioanalytical instrumentation in the area of biosensors, bioaffinity chromatography media, microarrays and drug screening. Dr. Brennan has supervised over 80 trainees, published over 140 peer-reviewed papers, and has several patents in the areas of sol-gel materials, protein immobilization, high throughput screening methods and bioactive paper.
Dr. Capletta's research concentrates on the development of new synthetic methodologies and preparation of biologically active molecules. His lab develops atom-economical synthetic methods for the facile generation of novel molecular frameworks, and synthetic protocols for the parallel synthesis of small molecule libraries for use in the drug discovery and as biological probes. Dr. Capretta is the Director of the Chemical Biology Graduate Program as well as an active member of the Institute for Infectious Diseases Research and the Biointerfaces Institute at McMaster University.
In 2007, I received my Honours Bachelor of Accounting from Brock University. Throughout my university years, I worked part-time at Golf Town and I am still working there today. It is not only my love for the game of golf that keeps me there, it is also the relationships I have built with customers and staff over the years that make it a fun place work.
My career at McMaster University started in February 2008 as a Senior Research Accountant in Research Finance. In this position I developed a great deal of knowledge about all the different types of research funding, agency guidelines, and McMaster’s policies and procedures. I dealt with Principle Investigators from a vast range of departments and faculties within the university along with a number of companies and sponsors. The skills and knowledge acquired in this position helped facilitate me to the position of Project Manager for the Biointerfaces Institute CFI. Being involved from the beginning of construction of the facility, has since led me to the position of Business Manager for the Biointerfaces Institute. I am responsible for the financial management of the CFI project, various research accounts and the Biointerfaces Institute operational budget, human resources management, purchasing and administrative support.
I received my undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in French and Sociology. I then went on to complete my Bachelor of Education from Brock University in Primary/Junior Education. After honing my administration skills in retail management, I landed at McMaster where I’ve been an Administrative Assistant in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology for three years, first supporting the Undergraduate program and later as the Assistant to the Chair of the Department. Moving over to the Biointerfaces Institute, for me, meant a new challenge in discovering and devising new processes and practices for a growing institute as well as serving as the front line for an exciting new site at McMaster.
I was born and raised in Niagara Falls Ontario, upon completion of high school, I decided to move across the country to Vancouver BC to pursue a BSc. in chemistry at the University of British Columbia. My fourth year honors thesis used UV-Vis, IR and X-ray Absorption spectroscopy to investigate the electronic structure of various inorganic catalysts under the supervision of Prof. Pierre Kennepohl. After my B.Sc., I wanted to gain surface science and microscopy experience so I moved to Saskatoon SK where I worked for Prof. Stephen Urquhart studying micro-fine organic-clay interactions using the Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscope (STXM). After two years mastering micro-imaging and XAS, I moved back to UBC to pursue my Ph.D. in physical inorganic chemistry with Prof. Kennepohl, where I examined binding of dioxygen to transition metals. Over the last 8 years I have gained experience running surface and bulk XAS experiments on many different samples (proteins, air sensitive inorganic complexes, organic complexes, thin films) at various synchrotron facilities (Canadian Light Source, Advanced Light Source and Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory).
Originally from British Columbia, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 2009 at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC. During that time, I conducted research in the area of computational chemistry, where I calculated the volume of activation states using molecular dynamics simulations. In 2009, I moved to Hamilton, ON to study at McMaster University, where I developed a platform for the comprehensive analysis of metabolites in biological systems.
As a model system, I studied the effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on the metabolism of soil organisms using LC-ESI-MS. After graduating with my Master’s in Analytical Chemistry in 2011, I returned to BC to complete my Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia in 2012. At the Biointerfaces, I am responsible for the Bioselectivity Suite. I am excited to learn new instrumentation, and in turn educate other users of the facility. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, hiking, and generally being in the great outdoors.
Dr. Marta Princz recieved her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, where in addition to academic training, she gained industrial experience from 6 co-operative education work-term placements. She followed with industrial contracts, graduate studies and post-doctoral research within the Chemical Engineering department at McMaster University, under the research supervision of Dr. Heather Sheardown, in the area of ophthalmic biomaterials. She is trained with biomaterial fabrication, modification and analysis methods, in addition to biosafety level 2 protocols and biomaterial in vitro testing.
Always having a knack and love for technology, I grew up fiddling and learning with computers. That pulled me towards the Niagara College Computer Engineering Technologist program, which I graduated in 2008. Included was a Co-Op program, which I was then hired at Brock University. Having direct in field experience in an enterprise environment greatly prepared me for what was to come.
After my co-op program ended, I was hired part time to continue working at Brock University, but my journey in an Academic environment was not over yet. I then moved on and became the head IT of two libraries in the area. I also provided computer courses for the community. One of the major joys of working at the libraries was enjoying seeing people learn new skills. I helped individuals get over the initial scary jump into the world of computers. Not only did I teach I provided in house IT support and helped redesign and develop a secure network environment while providing free wireless access to the community.
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ABOUT THE INSTITUTE
The Biointerfaces Institute at McMaster University is a state-of-the-art facility designed to use high-throughput methods to provide a new understanding of the nature of the biological/material interface, or biointerface.
The overarching goal of the Institute is to understand how biological systems respond to the introduction of synthetic materials, and conversely, how an engineered interface responds to, or is compatible with, a biological system.