From database dated 2017-01-25 11:18:12 last edited by Frank Hayes. McMaster University Physics & Astronomy

Recent Graduates

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Connor Buhariwalla, MSc

January 20, 2017
Anomalous magnetism in ferromagnetic pyrochlores as revealed by neutron scattering
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin

Ben Keller, PhD

January 18, 2017
Superbubble Feedback in Galaxy Formation & Evolution
Supervisor: James Wadsley



Nick Miladinovic, PhD

December 1, 2016
The Abraham-Minkowski Controversy and the He-McKellar-Wilkens Phase
Supervisor: Duncan O'Dell

Niloufar Javid-Khalili, MSc

September 26, 2016
A New Method to Estimate Light Echo Apparent Proper Motion Vectors
Supervisor: Doug Welch

Devin Burke, MSc

September 23, 2016
Development of a Hybrid Ionization Chamber/Double-Sided-Silicon-Strip Detector to be Installed at the DRAGON Laboratory at TRIUMF
Supervisor: Alan Chen

Ashkan Dehghan-Kooshkghazi, PhD

September 8, 2016
Theoretical Study of Inhomogeneous Polymeric Systems
Supervisor: An-Chang Shi

Matthew Alessi, MSc

September 2, 2016
On the Formation and Chemical Composition of Super Earths
Supervisor: Ralph Pudritz

Darryl MacBeath, MSc

August 29, 2016
The Pearcey Function and the Cusp Catastrophe
Supervisor: Donald Sprung

Peter Hayman, MSc

August 17, 2016
Rocking the Inflationary Boat: Looking at the Sensitivity to initial Conditions of Solutions to Novel Inflationary Scenarios
Supervisor: Cliff Burgess

Jared Enns, MSc

August 17, 2016
A Systematic Scaling Solution in Six-Dimension Inflation
Supervisor: Cliff Burgess

Meghan Miholics, MSc

July 29, 2016
The Dynamical Evolution of Accreted Star Clusters in the Milky Way
Supervisor: Alison Sills

Adam Fortais, MSc

August 4, 2016
Elasto-capillary deformations of films and rods
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress

Wen Huang, PhD

August 2, 2016
Theoretical Studies of Unconventional Superconductivity in SR2RuO4
Supervisor: Catherine Kallin

Ian Roberts, MSc

July 19, 2016
Galaxy Properties Across Diverse Halo Environments
Supervisor: Laura Parker

Michael Birch, MSc

July 15, 2016
Theory of Self-Assembled Bilayers Near a Cylindrical Hydrophobic Insertion
Supervisor: An-Chang Shi

Gordon Vanderwoude, MSc

July 14, 2016
Effects of Blockiness and Polydispersity on the Phase Behaviour of non-Markavian Random Block Copolymers
Supervisor: An-Chang Shi

Haizhao Zhi, MSc

May 11, 2016
NMR investigation of the quasi-one-dimensional superconductor class R2Cr3As3 (R=K, Rb, and Cs)
Supervisor: Takashi Imai

Casey Marjerrison, MSc

April 20, 2016
Investigation of Frustrated Magnetism in Double Perovskites
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin

Faiyaz Hasan, PhD

April 11, 2016
Numerical Study of the Dynamical Casimir Effect and its Classical Analogue in a Double Cavity
Supervisor: Duncan O'Dell

Ross Diener, PhD

March 31, 2016
Standard Model Naturalness from Dark Vortices and Codimension-2 Braneworlds
Supervisor: Cliff Burgess

Mikhail Klassen, PhD

January 19, 2016
Simulating Radiative Feedback and the Formation of Massive Stars
Supervisor: Ralph Pudritz



Mark Ilton, PhD

December 4, 2015
Flow in Thin Polymer Films
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress

Mingxuan Fu, PhD

October 16, 2015
Revealing the Ground State Properties of the S=1/2 Kagome Heisenberg Antiferromagnet: 170 Single-Crystal NMR Investigations of ZnCu3(OH)6C12
Supervisor: Takashi Imai

Jesse Hall, PhD

September 14, 2015
Hybridization, hidden order, and antiferromagnetism in URu2Si2:electrodynamics studied by infrared spectroscopy
Supervisor: Tom Timusk

Solomon Barkley, MSc

September 14, 2015
Production and manipulation of 2D droplet aggregates
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress

Rory Woods, PhD

September 10, 2015
A New Approach to Radiative Transfer in Galaxies
Supervisors: Hugh Couchman and James Wadsley

Laura Toppozini, PhD

September 4, 2015
Effects of various molecules on the structure and dynamics of lipid membranes
Supervisor: Maikel Rheinstadter

Ben Jackel, PhD

September 2, 2015
Magnetic dynamos: How do they even work?
Supervisor: Ethan Vishniac

Max Schirm, PhD

September 2, 2015
Molecular Gas in Nearby Merging and Interacting Galaxies: the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and the Antennae Galaxies (NGC 4038/39)
Supervisor: Christine Wilson

Jerod Wagman, PhD

August 13, 2015
Neutron Scattering Studies of Strong Dynamic Correlations in High Temperature Superconductors
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin

Jessica McCloskey, MSc

August 6, 2015
Modelling Young Star Clusters with AMUSE
Supervisor: Alison Sills

Shouvik Sur, PhD

August 5, 2015
Low Energy Effective Field Theories for Metallic Quantum Critical Points
Supervisor: Sung-Sik Lee

Rachel Ward, PhD

July 29, 2015
The Structure and Evolution of Unbound Star-forming Molecular Clouds
Supervisors: Alison Sills/James Wadsley

Kaz Sliwa, PhD

July 27, 2015
Molecular Gas Properties of Local Luminous Infrared Galaxies
Supervisor: Christine Wilson

Matilda Backholm, PhD

July 27, 2015
Biomechanics of C. elegans as probed by micropipette deflection
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress

Ryan Plestid, MSc

July 21, 2015
The Implications of Gauging Lepton Flavour Symmetries for Neutrino Masses and Dark Matter
Supervisor: Itay Yavin

Jeremy Webb, PhD

July 17, 2015
The Scale Size and Dynamical Evolution of Star Clusters in Tidal Fields
Supervisors: Bill Harris/Alison Sills

Aisha Mahmoud-Perez, MSc

July 16, 2015
Photometric Study of the Globular Cluster System of M49
Supervisor: Bill Harris

Ray Ng, PhD

July 8, 2015
Non-equilibrium real time dynamics of quantum spin systems and the quantum critical dynamics of ‘dirty’ bosons
Supervisor: Erik Sorensen

Seyed Zamani Dahaj, MSc

January 29, 2015
A Phylogenetic Model to Predict the Patterns of Presence and Absence of Genes
Supervisor: Paul Higgs



Seyed Zamani Dahaj, MSc

Dec 21, 2014
A phylogenetic model to predict the patterns of presence and absence of genes
Supervisor: Paul Higgs

Arash Ahmadi, MSc

Dec 20, 2014
Factors Involved in the Codon Usage Bias Among Different Genes in a Genome, and Among Different Sites within a Gene
Supervisor: Paul Higgs

Aaron Maxwell, PhD

Nov 28, 2014
Stars, Star Formation and Dark Matter Cores in Dwarf Galaxies
Supervisors: James Wadsley and Hugh Couchman

Samantha Benincasa, MSc

Oct 1, 2014
On the Relationship between star formation and the ISM
Supervisors: James Wadsley and Hugh Couchman

Rob Peters, PhD

Oct 1, 2014
Nonequilibrium dynamics of symmetric diblock copolymers: films & bridges
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress

Jonathan Newton, MSc

Sep 24, 2014
Dust and Gas in NGC3627
Supervisor: Christine Wilson

Teresa Medina, MSc

Sep 24, 2014
Magnetic Characterization of Y2-xBixIr2O7: A Muon Spin Rotation/Relaxation and Susceptibility Study
Supervisor: Graeme Luke

Fei-Chi Yang, MSc

Sep 19, 2014
X-ray scattering of Biomaterials
Supervisor: Maikel Rheinstadter

Carley Miki, MSc

Sep 19, 2014
Growth and Characterization of CdTe/ZnTe Thin Films and Heterostructures
Supervisor: John Preston

Kelly Cathcart, MSc

Sep 19, 2014
The effect of cholesterol on a five component mitochondrial-like membrane
Supervisor: Cecile Fradin

Mahsa Rahimi Movassagh, MSc

Sep 19, 2014
Resistivity measurements of Fermi liquid compounds
Supervisor: Tom Timusk

Sedigh Ghamari, PhD

Sep 19, 2014
Renormalization Group Approach to two Strongly Correlated Condensed Matter Models
Supervisor: Catherine Kallin

Raffi Schulman, MSc

Sep 15, 2014
Micropipette Deflection Experiments on the Nematode C. elegans
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress

Adam Royle, MSc

Sep 12, 2014
The properties of galaxies in x-ray bright and faint groups
Supervisor: Laura Parker

Marie-Pier Neault, MSc

Sep 9, 2014
The centres of galaxy group dark matter halos
Supervisor: Laura Parker

Damien Robertson, MSc

Sep 8, 2014
Prestellar Cores in Perseus
Supervisor: Christine Wilson

Paul Fowler, MSc

Sep 8, 2014
The effects of surface tension and entanglements in polymer films: Capillary driven flows, the Marangoni effect and crazing
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress

Mischa Thesberg, PhD

Sep 2, 2014
Numerical Studies of Frustrated Quantum Phase Transitions in Two and One Dimensions
Supervisor: Erik Sorensen

Gengming He, MSc

Aug 28, 2014
Magnetic susceptibility observation of thickness driven spin-reorientation in ultra-thin Fe/Ni(III)/W(110) films
Supervisor: David Venus

Kevin Mortimer, MSc

June 17, 2014
Growth and Characterization of Sr2RuO4 and Sr2RhO4
Supervisor: Tom Timusk

Grigory Bednik, MSc

May 12, 2014
Construction of holographic duals for quantum field theories with global symmetries from quantum renormalization group
Supervisor: Sung-Sik Lee

Nehad Hirmiz, MSc

April 2, 2014
Single Particle TIRF Detection of Bid Molecular Complexes Embedded in Mitochondria-like Supported Bilayers
Supervisor: Cecile Fradin

Andreas Deschner, PhD

March 24, 2014
Valence-Bond Calculations for Quantum Spin-Chains: From Impurity Entanglement and Incommensurate Behaviour to Quantum Monte Carlo
Supervisor: Erik Sorensen

Kevin Sooley, MSc

January 14, 2014
What you see it what you get: synthetic photometry of hydrodynamic simulations of binary star systems
Supervisor: Alison Sills



Matthew McCreadie, MSc

December 4, 2013
Capture of Magnetic Inelastic Dark Matter in the Sun
Supervisor: Itay Yavin

Katharina Fritsch, PhD

October 16, 2013
Neutron Scattering Studies of New Magnetic Oxides Based on Triangular Motifs
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin

Alex Cridland, MSc

October 4, 2013
Simulations of Magnetic Helicity Conserving Astrophysical Dynamos: The Search for the Electromotive Force
Supervisor: Ethan Vishniac

Travis Williams, PhD

October 4, 2013
Measurements of the Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Superconducting Ba(Fe,Co)2As2 and 'Hidden Order' URu2Si2
Supervisor: Graeme Luke

David Bazak, MSc

September 18, 2013
Explorations of a Pi-striped d-wave superconductor
Supervisor: Catherine Kallin

Corey Howard, MSc

September 18, 2013
Simulating Cluster Formation and Radiative Feedback in Giant Molecular Clouds
Supervisors: Ralph Pudritz and Bill Harris

Youhai Sun, PhD

September 17, 2013
Theory of the phase behaviour of weakly charge polyelectrolytes
Supervisor: An-Chang Shi

Spencer Manwell, MSc

September 13, 2013
Verification of an activity-method approach to determine the alpha-partial width of the 4.03 MeV state in 19Ne
Supervisor: Alan Chen

Alyssa Cobb, MSc

September 13, 2013
Amino Acid Synthesis in Meteoritic Parent Bodies of Carbonaceous Chondrites
Supervisor: Ralph Pudritz

Tara Parkin, PhD

September 12, 2013
Unlocking the properties of the interstellar medium of Centaurus A and M51
Supervisor: Christine Wilson

Prasanna Balasubramanian, PhD

September 10, 2013
Bloch Oscillations of Ultracold Atoms in a Cavity
Supervisor: Duncan O'Dell

Phillip Ashby, PhD

September 6, 2013
Physics at the Dirac point--The optical conductivity of Dirac materials
Supervisor: Jules Carbotte

Akbar Safari, MSc

August 29, 2013
Recent Developments in WKB Quantisation Condition
Supervisor: Donald Sprung

Annie Hou, PhD

August 21, 2013
The role of group dynamics and pre-processing in galaxy evolution
Supervisors: Bill Harris and Laura Parker

Matthew Williams, PhD

August 7, 2013
Accidental Supersymmetry and the Naturalness of Codimension-2 Branes
Supervisor: Cliff Burgess

Jimin Zhang, MSc

July 29, 2013
Neutron scattering studies of the frustrated antiferromagnetic pyrochlore system Tb2Sn2-xTixO7
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin

Kyle Pastor, MSc

July 26, 2013
Elastic properties and line tension of self-assembled bilayer membranes
Supervisor: An-Chang Shi

Robert D'Ortenzio, MSc

June 26, 2013
Ground State of the Quantum Spin Ice Yb2Ti2O7
Supervisor: Graeme Luke

Brendan Sinnott, PhD

June 4, 2013
Spectroscopy and Photometry of Scattered Light Echoes from Supernovae
Supervisors: Doug Welch and Peter Sutherland

Tara Power, MSc

May 17, 2013
Structural Disjoining Potential of Grain Boundary Premelting in Aluminum-Magnesium via Monte Carlo Simulations
Supervisor: Jeffrey Hoyt

Clare Armstrong, PhD

April 17, 2013
Diffusion and Domains: Membrane Structure and Dynamics Studied by Neutron Scattering
Supervisor: Maikel Rheinstädter

Amit Patel, MSc

January 21, 2013
The Effect of Cholesterol on the Structure of Mitochondrial Like Lipid Bilayers: An X-Ray Study
Supervisor: Cecile Fradin

Charmaine Tressler, MSc

January 18, 2013
Characterization and Alignment of the STED doughnut-using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy
Supervisor: Cecile Fradin



Andrew Bartlett, MSc

December 13, 2012
In-Plane Anisotropy of Ultrathin Co/W(110) Films and the Néel Transition in Bilayer Ultrathin CoO/Co/W(110) Films
Supervisor: David Venus

Josh McGraw, PhD

December 12, 2012
Non-equilibrium topographies: Surface tension driven flows reveal polymer properties at the nanoscale
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress

Robin Tunley, MSc

December 10, 2012
Leptonic Dipole Transitions: A New Signature for Physics Beyond the Standard Model
Supervisor: Itay Yavin

Chris Gatopolous, MSc

October 26, 2012
Stellar Feedback in a Vertically Stratified Ism
Supervisor: James Wadsley/Hugh Couchman

Tim Munsie, MSc

October 25, 2012
Studies of the Low Temperature Behaviour of CoNb2O6
Supervisor: Graeme Luke

Allan Bayntun, PhD

September 20, 2012
Physics of Strings and Extra Dimensions: From Cosmology to Condensed Matter
Supervisor: Cliff Burgess

Jesse Mumford, MSc

September 19, 2012
Steady State and Dynamical Properties of an Impurity in a BEC in a Double well Potential
Supervisor: Duncan O'Dell

Yasuhiro Hasegawa, PhD

September 18, 2012
Planet Traps in Protoplanetary Disks and the formation and evolution of planetary systems
Supervisor: Ralph Pudritz

Pak Lam (Philip) Lee, MSc

September 13, 2012
Using the totally asymmetric exclusion process as a model for protein translation
Supervisor: Paul Higgs

Ashkan Dehghan, MSc

September 11, 2012
Modeling hydrogen-bonding in diblock copolymer/homopolymer blends
Supervisor: An-Chang Shi

Marlon Rodney, MSc

September 7, 2012
The entanglement entropy near Lifshitz quantum phase transitions & the emergent statistics of fractionalized excitations
Supervisor: Sung-Sik Lee

Brittany McDonald, MSc

September 7, 2012
The Search For Supernova Light Echoes From The Core-Collapse Supernovae Of A.D. 1054(CRAB) and A.D. 1181
Supervisor: Doug Welch

Dennis Duffin, PhD

September 7, 2012
Star formation in low mass magnetized cores: the formation of disks and outflows
Supervisor: Ralph Pudritz

Kathryn Ross, PhD

September 6, 2012
Neutron Scattering Studies of Yb2Ti2O7, a Quantum Spin Ice Material
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin

Robert Cockcroft, PhD

September 4, 2012
Astro-Archaeology in the Triangulum Galaxy: Studying Galaxy Formation and Evolution with the Globular Clusters and Stellar Halo in M33
Supervisor: Bill Harris

David Torchetti, MSc

August 31, 2012
NMR Study of the Potassium Iron Selenide High-Temperature Superconductor
Supervisor: Takashi Imai

Meng Wu, PhD

August 28, 2012
Origin of Autocatalytic Sets of Biopolymers
Supervisor: Paul Higgs

Mirsaeed Zelli, PhD

August 7, 2012
The Mixed State of a π-striped Superconductor
Supervisor: Catherine Kallin

Patrick Rogers, PhD

August 3, 2012
Shedding Light on the Formation of Stars and Planets: Numerical Simulations With Radiative Transfer
Supervisor: James Wadsley

Sara Cormier, MSc

August 2, 2012
Polymer droplets levelling on thin films of identical polymer
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress

Alex Chan, MSc

July 6, 2012
A Density-Matrix Renormalization Group Study of Quantum Spin Models with Ring Exchange
Supervisor: Erik Sorensen

Michael Horbatsch, PhD

June 29, 2012
Neutron Stars and Black Holes in Scalar-Tensor Gravity
Supervisor: Cliff Burgess

Matthew Barrett, MSc

June 22, 2012
Structure And Dynamics Of Model Systems: From Ferrofluids To Brain Membranes
Supervisor: Maikel Rheinstadter

Daniel Irvine, MSc

February 21, 2012
A Study of Astrophysically Important States of 31S via the 32S(d,t)31S Reaction
Supervisor: Alan Chen



Leo van Nierop, PhD

November 10, 2011
Phenomenology Of Codimension-2 Brane Worlds: The Importance Of Back-Reaction
Supervisor: Cliff Burgess

Maximilien Schirm, MSc

September 23, 2011
Molecular Gas in Nearby Galaxies
Supervisor: Christine Wilson

Blair Cardigan-Smith, MSc

September 15, 2011
The dark matter haloes of galaxies in groups
Supervisor: Laura Parker

Mikhail Klassen, MSc

September 13, 2011
Simulating Protostellar Evolution and Radiative Feedback in the Cluster Environment
Supervisor: Ralph Pudritz

Kiana Setoodehnia, PhD

September 12, 2011
Level Structure of 30S and the 29P(p,gamma)30S Reaction Rate
Supervisor: Alan Chen

Rachel Ward, MSc

September 9, 2011
Connecting the Dots: Comparing SPH Simulations and Synthetic Observations of Star-Forming Clumps in Molecular Clouds
Supervisors: Alison Sills and James Wadsley

Kaz Sliwa, MSc

August 29, 2011
SMA Observations of the Local Galaxy Merger Arp 299
Supervisor: Christine Wilson

Martin Kaye, MSc

August 25, 2011
Studies of Lipid Bilayer Structure and Dynamics
Supervisor: Maikel Rheinstadter

Rory Woods, MSc

August 22, 2011
Cold Flows and Galaxy Formation
Supervisors: James Wadsley and Hugh Couchman

Mark Healey, MSc

August 5, 2011
Friction Properties of Polymer Systems as Measured Using Micropipettes
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress

Nathan Leigh, PhD

July 18 , 2011
The Physics of Mergers: Theoretical and Statistical Techniques Applied to Stellar Mergers in Dense Star Clusters
Supervisor: Alison Sills

Nick Miladinovic, MSc

May 27, 2011
Adiabatic Transfer Of Light In A Double Cavity
Supervisor: Duncan O'Dell



Jessica Carvalho, PhD

December 3, 2010
Studies of molecular weight blends and interface effects on polymer crystallisation & block copolymer ordering
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress

Pat Clancy, PhD

December 3, 2010
X-ray and Neutron Scattering Studies of Unconventional Spin-Peierls Systems
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin

Jiajia Zhou, PhD

December 3, 2010
Phase Behaviour of Diblock Copolymer/Homopolymer Blends
Supervisor: An-Chang Shi

Ben Jackel, MSc

October 26, 2010
Transport of Magnetic Helicity in Accretion Disks
Supervisor: Ethan Vishniac

Jerod Wagman, MSc

October 22, 2010
Neutron Studies Of Underdoped Single Crystal La2-xBaxCuO4
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin

Adam Aczel, PhD

September 25, 2010
Studies of Bose-Einstein Condensates in Magnetic Insulators
Supervisor: Graeme Luke

Sijing Shen, PhD 

September 17, 2010
The Enrichment of the Intergalactic Medium
Supervisor:  Prof. James Wadsley

Sarah Purdy, MSc

September 3, 2010
Optical Spectroscopy Of Uru_2si_2: A Search For New Features
Supervisor: Tom Timusk

Andrew Louca, MSc

September 1, 2010
Codimension two branes in supergravity
Supervisor: Cliff Burgess  

Ray Ng, MSc

August 26, 2010
Exact Quantum Dynamics of Spin Systems
Supervisor: Erik Sorensen

Rob Peters, M.Sc.

August 25, 2010
Confining individual DNA molecules in a nano-scale cone
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress.

Sarah Nickerson, MSc

August 23, 2010
Shedding Light on Dark Satellites
Supervisor: Hugh Couchman

Wenqi Ran, PhD

July 16, 2010
Codon Usage Bias, Trna Modification And Translational Selection In Bacteria
Supervisor: Paul Higgs

Jacob Ruff , PhD

April 23, 2010
Competing interactions in rare-earth pyrochlore magnets: Insights from x-rays and neutrons
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin

Felix Wong, PhD

Mar 10, 2010
pH & Temperature Measurements in Biological Systems Utilizing the Environmental Sensitivity of Proton Transfer in Fluorophores
Supervisor: Cecile Fradin

Issei Nakamura, PhD

Mar 9, 2010
Statistical Mechanics of Macromolecular Complexation
Supervisor: An-Chang Shi

Charles-Philippe Lajoie, PhD

Feb 12, 2010
Mass Transfer in Binary Systems Using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics
Supervisor: Alison Sills

Sara Haravifard, PhD

Jan 25, 2010
Neutron Scattering Studies of Low Dimensional Quantum Magnets
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin

Marie-Josee Colbert, PhD

Jan 15, 2010
Mechanics of lipid vesicles and living cells
Supervisor: Cecile Fradin and Kari Dalnoki-Veress