Doctoral Researchers

 Avik Mandal has earned his Master's Degree from the University of Cincinnati, OH, USA. His Masters research involved study of various extended range structures contributing to the topological phases observed in modified phosphate based glass system using optical probing techniques like Raman Scattering and FTIR. His work has resulted in a peer reviewed journal Frontiers in Materials.
Currently his research focuses in reconfigurable nanophotonic devices using all optical Phase Change metamaterials. His research interests include Phase Change Metamaterials, Inverse Design and Topological Insulators.

 Joshua Perkins received his BSc/MSc from Utah State University, UT, USA. His research interest at that time was graphene and antenna design focusing on the viability of monolithically integrated graphene MEMS switches for radiation beam steering.

His current research interests include integrating nanophotonic metamaterial sensors with optical fibers, novel nanofabrication techniques, as well as carbon-based devices.

Abbas Sheikh Ansari received his M.Sc. degree from the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. His research interests involve Metamaterial, Metasurfaces, and other artificial structures for controlling the behavior of Electromagnetic waves and light. His main research projects before starting his P.hD. involve his work on extracting bulk and surface effective parameters of artificial media and his work on investigating the role of complex modes in Extraordinary Transmission from an array of slits. These research projects resulted in research papers published in JOSA B and IEEE Transaction on Antenna Propagation. Currently, his research involves designing asymmetric tunable metasurfaces that can operate over a wide range of angles of incidences. (Joint with Iyer Group)

Ahmed Elfarash received his BSc with Honors in Electrical Engineering in 2011 and MSc in Engineering Physics in 2018 from MTC in Egypt. During his MSc study, he got the chance to study Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) technique. He used this technique to study the increase in the intensity of the emitted spectrum from nanomaterials over bulk ones as well as achieving an enhancement to the intensity of emitted spectrum  from titanium, upon addition of thin layer of gold nanoparticles –NPs-to the surface of metallic titanium. His current research interests lie in exploring phototunable reconfiguration mechanisms and their integration into nanophotonic  and metamaterial applications.

Masters Researchers

 Yihao Cui obtained his bachelor's in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in nanoscale-phenomena at the University of Alberta. During his undergraduate years, Yihao explored topics in electromagnetism, microwave and RF communication circuits, nano/microfabrication techniques and photonics. While working towards a MSc., under the supervision of Dr. Gholipour. His current research interests include integrating phase change metamaterials into various integrated optics platforms for telecommunication applications. 

 Mahirah Zaini received her BSc in Statistics from Utah State University, UT, USA. During her undergraduate years she explored data mining and machine learning through course work and personal investigation. She briefly applied her knowledge and skills in machine learning and programming commercially before joining the nanooptics lab. Under the supervision of Dr. Gholipour, she is focusing  her MSc studies on the application of Machine Learning to imaging beyond the diffraction limit. 

Undergraduate Researchers

Haoyang Cheng is a second year undergraduate computer engineering student in the Nanoscale Optic Lab at Ualberta. He has interest in computer engineering and has sucessfully completed projects using 3D printer, GRBL, LABview and C++. Some of his work in the Nanoscale Optics lab include: Investigating the optical properties of FDM printed materials, surveying the use of 3d printing in scientific literature for photonic applications. Other projects include collaborating with senior labmates on various  microscopy related projects.


Liam McRae was undergraduate Engineering Physics Coop student. He has experience in electrochemically activated nanomaterials for optical manipulation, energy-saving infrastructure, and energy-storing applications. His research interests in the group included achieving reconfigurable chalcogenide metasurfaces through ionic processes. He is currently a postgraduate student at the University of Toronto. Google Scholar

Maximilian Maier obtained his Bachelor's degree in Physics at University of Munich, specializing in Nanooptics and Plasmonics. He is currently pursuing his Master's study at the University of Munich, further increasing his knowledge in Photonics and Condensed matter physics. His research interests in this group included metamaterial switches and sensors and their integration on optical fibers.