Behnood received his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2010. He worked as a Faculty Research Assistant in the Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials at the University of Maryland from 2010 to 2012. He joined the University of Ottawa in 2012 as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow. Presently, he is a Research Associate at the Center for Research in Photonics. Behnood’s research interests include nanophotonics, plasmonics, and scanning probe optical microscopy and spectroscopy techniques. His recent activities are particularly focused on graphene optoelectronics and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy using plasmonic nanostructures.
Siena is currently completing an honours bachelor of science in chemistry. She has been working in the SNL since summer 2015 lab, focusing on a project that aims at understanding cell-surface interactions with biopolymers and block copolymers. In particular, her goal is to examine the roles of surface nano-topography and chemistry play on cell adhesion and proliferation. Siena is currently applying the Atomic Force Microscopy to characterize the nanotopography and nanomechanical properties of biopolymeric substrates for application in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering.