Principal Investigator

Emma Master, Ph.D.
Emma Master, Ph.D.
    • July 2011 -: Associate Professor
    • November 2005 -: Assistant Professor
    • 2004-2005: PDF. Fungal Genomics Project, Concordia University, Montreal
    • 2002-2004: PDF. Wood Biotechnology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden
    • 2002: Ph.D. Environmental Microbiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • 2016: ERC Consolidator Grant
  • 2014, 2016: Diran Basmadjian Teacher of the Year
  • 2013: Co-recipient of the Faculty Research Leader Award
  • 2010: FiDiPro Fellowship (Tekes, Finland)
  • 2009: Early Researcher Award (Ontario MRI)


Graduate Students

Ben MacCormick
Applications of Oligosaccharide Oxidases in Macromonomer Synthesis


Spencer Imbrogno
Chemo-enzymatic Synthesis of Oligosaccharide Building Blocks


Rachel Kwan
Rachel Kwan
Discovery and Characterization of New Carbohydrate Oxidases


Ruoyu Yan
Ruoyu Yan
Characterization and Application of Family GH115 alpha-Glucuronidases for Xylan Engineering


Mabel Ting Wong
Discovery of New Lignocellulose Active Enzymes through Metagenomic Analysis of Natural and Industrial Anaerobic Digestion Systems


Fakhria Razeq
Biochemical Characterization of New CAZymes from PULs and Metagenome Sequences


Julie-Anne Gandier
Julie-Anne Gandier (Vanier Scholar; Weston Fellow)
Biophysical and Bioinformatic Analysis of Hydrophobins from Across the Sequence Spectrum


Kylie O'Donnell
Kylie O’Donnell
Engineering Hydrophobins that Promote Cell Adhesion to Diverse Surfaces

E.mail k.odonnell(at)

Roman Malekzai
Roman Malekzai
Bio-based Coatings from Class I Hydrophobins

E.mail roman.malekzai(at)

Maryam Arefmanesh
Chemo-enzymatic synthesis of catalytic lignins


Post-Doctoral Fellows

Thu Vuong
Design and Production of Xylan-specific Oxidases


Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows Abroad

  • Filip Mollerup (Aalto University, Finland): Discovery and Engineering of New Polysaccharide Oxidases
  • Ville Aumala (Aalto University, Finland): Engineering, Characterization and Application of Carbohydrate-active Transaminases
  • Edita Jurak (Aalto University, Finland): Novel Assays and Discovery of New Carbohydrate-active Enzymes
  • Johanna Rytioja (Aalto University, Finland): Discovery and Development of Hemicellulose-active Oxidases
  • Mareike Monschein (Aalto University, Finland): Biophysical Characterization and Application of Non-catalytic Proteins for Lignocellulose Processing

Visiting Scholars

  • Mikael Gudmundsson (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala): Spring. 2013 – Spring 2014
  • Michael J. Selig (University of Copenhagen): Fall 2012 – Fall 2013
  • Temesgen Mathewos (Aalto University; Erasmus Mundus Scholar): April 2013 – May 2013
  • Hiroshi Nishimura (Kyoto Copenhagen): March 2011


Galina Mai-Gisondi (Aalto University, PhD 2017); Weijun Wang (Research Associate 2016); Sergei Vilbik (MASc 2016); Maryam Foumani (PhD 2015); Mohammed Sherif (PhD 2015); Cody Sarch (MASc 2015); Manini Roy (MEng 2015); Marie Couturier (PDF 2015); Sedric Pankras (PDF 2014); Alex Tsai (PhD 2014), Resmi Capron (PDF 2013), Hitoshi Suzuki (PDF 2013, RIKEN), Dragica Jeremic (PDF 2012, faculty position), Robyn Goacher (PDF 2012, faculty position), Jacqueline MacDonald (PhD 2012), Sonam Majahan (PhD 2011), Mike Lacourt (MASc 2011), Yaseen Mottiar (MSc 2011), Debbie Waung (MASc 2010), Tom Canam (PDF 2010, faculty position), Liane Catalfo (MEng 2010), Lijun Wang (MASc 2009), Nick Wood (MASc 2008), Undergraduate students: N. Andric, L. Pecanha, K. Ang, P. Silva, M. Pandit, I. Makedonov, PH. Lam, A. Williams, P.Lienemann, L. Pestl, T. Lutchman, M. Medrano, N. Peleato, B.Sorkhpar, A. Mukherjee, T. Tsui