PhotoElina Levi Gendler is an international student from Israel. After completing her B.Sc. (2010) in Chemical Engineering in Ben Gurion University, she gained R&D experience in the pharmaceutical industry as a Solid State Technology Engineer. She started her MASc as of May 2013 in Chemical Engineering at University of Toronto. Under the supervision of Professor Farnood and SENTINEL Bioactive Paper Network, she is developing a mathematical model for quantitative colorimetric detection of bioagents in a bioactive paper. Elina enjoys travelling, dancing, kickboxing, and spending quality time with family. She also would never skip a meal with good wine, good food, and good friends.

Taofeek Olayinka Oseni is currently a Master’s stWeb Photo (3)udent in the department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Farnood.  He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria also in Chemical Engineering, and has over 3 years experience in Project Planning/Execution, Offshore Construction, and Materials Management working with Exxonmobil Nigeria.  He is working on the extraction and high-yield separation of phenolic compounds from lodgepole pine for various industrial applications.  He enjoys soccer, lawn tennis, reading, and music.


Krista Singh is a Master of Applied Science student and is co-supervised by Professor Allen. Her research focuses on improving the dewaterability of waste activated sludge so that its energy content can be better recovered. Krista graduated from Queen’s University (2012) with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Chemistry.



image (4)


Hanya Hemasian is currently a M.A.Sc student under the supervision of professor Farnood. She previously received her Bachelor and Masters degree in civil-environmental Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology. Her hobbies include doing exercise, spending time with her family, playing piano, and watching movies.



Wright_Bio_Pic (2)

Gregory Wright is pursuing his Master’s degree. He received his B.A.Sc in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is developing a mechanistic model to describe the extraction of phenolic compounds from bark, which can be used to make adhesive resins. His interests include playing music with friends, finding a good game of pickup shinny in the winter, and relaxing in a park in the summer.