Group Members

Members of the Matta Research Group

(In Alphabetical Order by Family Name)

Members, Academic Credentials, (Period(s) of Association with the Group)

Training / Research in the Group

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Dr. Alya A. Arabi, BSc (Hon), PhD
  • Present Position: Assistant Professor, Zayed University (UAE).
  • Time in the Group: 2018-Fall to 2012-Fall (Graduated Fall 2012).
  • Position: NSERC & Honorary Killam PhD Student at Dalhousie University. (Co-supervised with Professor Axel D. Becke, Dalhousie University).
  • Project/Research: Electric field effects on the double proton transfer in DNA-Watson-Crick base pairs, field-perturbed Löwdin mechanism of mutation.

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  • Time in the Group: 2007-Fall to 2008-Winter.
  • Position:BSc Honors Thesis Student.
  • Project/Research: Atomic partitioning of the energy of the hydrolysis of adenosine 5′-triphosphate (ATP).

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  • Time in the Group: 2006-Summer to 2007-Summer.
  • Position: Undergraduate (2006) and NSERC-USRA undergraduate (2007) student research assistant.
  • Project/Research: Atomic partitioning of energies of reactions and of bond dissociation energies.
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Dr. Hugo Bohorquez, BSc, PhD
  • Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at Researcher, Instituto Inmunológico, Fundacion Instituto de Immunología de Colombia (FIDIC), Bogotá, Colombia (Research Group of Professor Manuel Elkin Patarroyo).
  • Time in the Group: 2007-Fall to 2011-Fall (Graduated 2011-Fall).
  • Position: PhD Student at Dalhousie University. (Co-supervised with Professor Russell J. Boyd, Dalhousie University).
  • Project/Research: Local quantum chemistry (LQC), LQC descriptors of chemical bonding.
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Dr. Anna V. Gubskaya, Dipl, MSc (VKKNU), MSc (Dalhousie), PhD (BVILTPE), PhD (Dalhsousie)
  • Time in the Group: 2009-Summer to 2010-Fall.
  • Position: Visiting (Adjunct) Professor.
  • Project/Research: Molecular dynamics, educational aspects of dimensional analysis.
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Leigh Herman David, BSc (Hon)
  • Present Position: Laboratory Instructor, Dept. of Mathematics, Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN).
  • Time in the Group: 2009-Summer.
  • Position: Undergraduate Student Research Assistant.
  • Project/Research: Statistical analysis of correlations between amino acids electronic properties and their physico-chemical properties.
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Leanne Ingram, BSc (Hon)-cand.
  • Time in the Group: 2014-Summer, ongoing.
  • Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant.
  • Project/Research: Studies of regularities in the genetic code.
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Seth Robert King, BSc (Hon), MSc
  • Time in the Group: 2011-Fall.
  • Position: Directed Study Student.
  • Project/Research: Readings in advanced theoretical quantum physics.
Daniel MacKeigan, BSc (Hon), MSc
  • Time in the Group: 2009-Summer.
  • Position: Undergraduate Student Research Assistant.
  • Project/Research: Statistical analysis of the correlations between amino acids electronic properties and their physico-chemical properties.
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Kyle MacKeigan, BSc (Hon)-cand.
  • Time in the Group: 2015-Winter.
  • Position: Directed Study/Reading Student.
  • Project/Research: Shannon’s Information Theory.
Lázaro Andrés Monteserín Castanedo, BSc, MSc, PhD-cand.
  • Present Position: Research Assistant & PhD Student.
  • Time in the Group: 2016-Summer to present (2017), ongioing.
  • Project/Research: Quantum biochemistry of RNA and evolutionary selection of the building blocks of RNA in prebiotic times.

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  • 2016: Visiting Graduate Student on a Wood-Whelan Research Fellowship Award from the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (on visit from the Dept. of Biology, University of Havana).
  • 2017: Visiting Graduate Student on a Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) Award from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (on visit from the Dept. of Biology, University of Havana)
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Martin Sichinga, BSc, MSc, PhD-cand.
  • Present Position: PhD Student, Acadia University (Research Group of Professor Anthony Zhaoguo Tong).
  • Time in the Group: 2010-Summer, 2011-Summer.
  • Position: Undergraduate Student Research Assistant.
  • Project/Research: Information theoretic properties of atoms in molecules.

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  • Time in the Group: 2009-Fall to 2010 Winter.
  • Position: Directed Study Student.
  • Project/Research: Readings in Bader’s Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules (QTAIM).
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Shahin Sowlati-Hashjin, BSc, MSc (SBU), MSc (SMU), PhD-cand.
  • Present Position: PhD Student, Lethbridge University (Research Group of Professor Stacey Wetmore).
  • Time in the Group: 2011-Fall to 2013-Summer, Graduated in 2013.
  • Position: MSc Student, Saint Mary’s University (SMU).
  • Project/Research: Vibrational Stark effect; electric-field-perturbed Morse potential to predict bond lengths and frequencies under external fields; partitioning of dipole moment surfaces into atomic contributions; quantitative-structure-activity-relationships of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and tumor suppressing agents.
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Ismat Sumar, BSc (Hon), MSc-cand.
  • Time in the Group: 2013-Fall, ongoing (expected to graduate by August 2015).
  • Position: MSc Student, Saint Mary’s University (SMU). Co-supervised with Prof. Paul W. Ayer (McMaster University)).
  • Project/Research: Integration of Chemical Graph Theory with the Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules (QTAIM), development of a AIMLDM software to construct and manipulate electron localization-delocalization matrices (LDMs).
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Luiz Alberto Terrabuio, PhD-cand.
  • Time in the Group: 2015-2016, ongoing (expected to graduate in 2017) – on Academic Visit from University of Sao Paolo on a “Ciencia sin Fronteras” Scholarship.
  • Position: PhD Student, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). Co-supervised with Prof. Roberto Haiduke (University of Sao Paulo) – Visiting Graduate Student at Mount Saint Vincent University.
  • Project/Research: Effect of intense electric fields on certain biochemical reactions. QTAIM studies of excited states.
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Mathew Timm, BSc (Hon)-cand.
  • Present Position: PhD Candidate, University of Toronto (J. C. Polanyi Group).
  • Time in the Group: 2014-Fall.
  • Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant.
  • Project/Research: Reconstruction of localization-delocalization matrices of a graphene nanoribbon from kernel fragments.

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  • Time in the Group: 2013-Fall to 2014-Winter. (Defended successfully in April 2014).
  • Position:Sc. Honors Thesis Student.
  • Project/Research: Response of the electron density and yield following central atom’s nuclear β-disintegration in a complex.

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  • Time in the Group: 2013-Summer.
  • Position: NSERC-USRA (Undergraduate Student Research Assistant).
  • Project/Research: Change in the electron density upon nuclear decay.

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  • Time in the Group: 2012-Fall.
  • Position: Directed Study Student.
  • Project/Research: Readings in Bader’s Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules (QTAIM).
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