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Current Members

Barinder (Bobby) Bajwa
Adriana Zardini Buzatto
Wan Chan
Zhan Cheng 
Xinyun (Clair) Gu
Hao Li
Dr. Monica Li
Dr. Yunong Li
Dr. Xian Luo
Kamran Mammadli
Carlos Canez Quijada
Chu-Fan Wang
Xiaohang Wang
Yingwen (Wendy) Wang 
Minglei Zhu

Meet our members:

Barinder (Bobby) Bajwa, B.Sc. 

Email: barinder@ualberta.ca
Education: B.Sc. (2017), University of Manitoba

My research focuses on data analysis, algorithm design aI received my B.Sc. in analytical biotechnology from the University of Manitoba. For my honours project, I had the chance to work under Dr Helene Perreault in the characterization of O-linked glycans in porcine Immunoglobulin G. I also had a chance to work at Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada as a summer research student. I helped assist my supervisor in the extraction and PCR amplification of barley DNA in order to help develop toxin free barley. 

I joined Dr Li’s group in September of 2017 to learn more about the use of LCMS in different areas of metabolomics, with interests in the biotech sector . 

My interests include watching NFL football, playing LoL, and browsing memes. 




Adriana Zardini Buzatto, M.Sc.

Email: zardinib@ualberta.ca
Education: B.Sc. (2011) and M.Sc. (2014), Campinas State University (UNICAMP – Campinas, Brazil) 


I received my B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Campinas State University (UNICAMP – Campinas, Brazil) in 2011. As an undergraduate student, I volunteered to be a part of Dr. Ana Valéria C. Simionato’s research group on bioanalytics, where I worked with the development of a methodology to analyze nucleosides, putative cancer biomarkers, by capillary electrophoresis. After graduation, I left the research group to work as an analyst in quality control. I rejoined Dr. Simionato’s group and received my M.Sc. degree in 2014. My research was focused on developing and validating a new methodology for the analysis of nucleosides, putative prostate cancer biomarkers, on blood serum samples by capillary electrophoresis. This work raised my interest in metabolomics for cancer research; therefore, I started working on a PhD project in metabolomics of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by liquid and gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry, supervised by Dr. Simionato. I joined Dr. Li’s group as a PhD student at University of Alberta in September 2015. I am particularly interested in metabolomics of biological fluids and intend on pursuing such research field in the nearby future. Outside the lab, I enjoy dancing ballet, reading, travelling, and spending quality time with my pets, friends and family.


Wan Chan, B.Sc.

Email: wchan1@ualberta.ca
Education: B.Sc. (2016), Hong Kong Baptist University  

At Hong Kong Baptist University, in my final year project, I worked on the application of HPLC and GC-MS to investigate the photo-oxidation products of IAA (a potential anti-cancer prodrug) under the supervision of Dr. Daniel W.J. KWONG. After that, I worked under Professor Zongwei CAI to learn about the applications of mass spectrometry and some biological sample pretreatment methods during the summer break. Working in these groups brought me to the field of metabolomics. I believed Dr Li’s group can provide what I want to learn and I will try my best for my research here as I think this is the best way to repay the great care given to me by Dr. Kwong and Professor Cai and the love from my family!







Zhan Cheng, M.Sc.

Email: zcheng1@ualberta.ca
Education: B.Sc. (2015), Beijing Forestry University; M.Sc. (2018), China Agricultural University

Zhan ChengI received my bachelor degree from Beijing Forestry university in 2015 and got my Master degree from China Agricultural University in 2018. During my graduate studies, my research project is mainly about finding the correlation between volatile metabolites and toxins generated from grape related fungi. From that, I got experience of gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry and data treatment strategy and developed great interest in metabolomics. I joined in Dr. Li’s group in September of 2018 to learn the analytical chemistry and metabolomics. In my spare time, I prefer playing video games and working out.






Xinyun (Clair) Gu, B.Sc.

Email: xinyun@ualberta.ca
Education: B.Sc. Specialization in Chemistry (2016), University of Alberta

I received my B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from University of Alberta in 2016. During my second year of undergraduate study, I joined in Dr. Charles Lucy’s group where we worked on finding the effect of mobile phase pH and buffer concentration on HILIC selectivity. From those experience, I gained fundamental knowledge and technology in LC system. Later, I worked with Dr. Michael Serpe on polymer-based optical devices. In 2016, I became part of Dr. Li’s group to get better understanding in mass spectrometry and learn about real world applications.





Hao Li, M.Sc.

Email: hli10@ualberta.ca
Education: B.Sc. (2013), East China University of Science and Technology; M.Sc. (2016), Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry


Hao LiBefore joining Dr. Li’s group, my previous research focused on the data analysis for mass spectrometry-based metabolomics. I joined Dr. Li’s group in 2016 and will continue to work on metabolomics with a focus on metabolomic data analysis.








Yunong Li, Ph.D.

Email: yunong1@ualberta.ca 
Education: B.Sc. (2013), Wuhan University; Ph.D. (2018), University of Alberta


I received my bachelor degree from Wuhan University in 2013 and obtained my PhD degree from Dr. Li’s lab. My research is in the area of developing and applying analytical mass spectrometry and data processing tools for metabolomics and lipidomics. Outside the lab, I love to play badminton and basketball. And I also love singing and playing the guitar.







Xian Luo, Ph.D.

E-mail: xluo2@ualberta.ca 
Education: B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry (2012), Beijing Institute of Technology; Ph.D. (2018), University of Alberta

Xian Luo

I received my Bachelor degree from Beijing Institute of Technology in 2012 and obtained my PhD degree from Dr. Li’s lab. My research focuses on developing and applying sensitive mass spectrometric techniques and methods for metabolomic profiling of samples with limited amounts. My hobby is Traditional Chinese Literature and Classical Philosophy of Germany.







Kamran Mammadli, B.Sc.

Email: mammadli@ualberta.ca
Education: B.Sc. (2017), Baku Engineering University

Kamran Mammadli 2017

I received my B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Baku Engineering University, Azerbaijan in 2017. I am currently pursuing MSc in Chemistry at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Liang Li. While working in the Institute of Catalysis and Inorganic Chemistry in Azerbaijan, I have gained experience with GC, GC-MS systems which increased my interest in analytical techniques and methods. I have joined Dr. Li’s group to further increase my knowledge and experience in development of analytical methods, specifically mass spectrometry. I enjoy playing soccer, reading novels, and dancing during my spare time.





Carlos Canez Quijada, M.Sc.

Email: canezqui@ualberta.ca
Education: B.Sc. (2013), Carleton University, Ottawa, ON; M.Sc. (2015), Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.

dos dosI received my Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) and Master of Science (Chemistry) degrees from Carleton University. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to laboratory research as an undergraduate summer intern from 2010 to 2012. I focused on mass spectrometry-based lipidomic research during my undergraduate and master’s theses. This time period ignited my passion for lipidomic research. I worked as an assistant researcher in the Carleton Mass Spectrometry Center from 2015 to 2018, where I performed proteomic and pharmacokinetic analyses. I joined Dr. Li’s group in 2018 to continue lipidomic research and discover the fascinating metabolomic field. I enjoy music and playing videogames on my spare time.  








Chu-Fan Wang, M.Sc.

Email: chufan1@ualberta.ca
Education: B.Sc. (2015), China University of Mining and Technology; M.Sc. (2018), China University of Mining and Technology.

Chu-Fan WangI received my bachelor and master degree from China University of Mining and Technology. My previous work focused on characterizing unknown compounds and components in complex mixtures extracted from coal by different analytical methods such as GC/MS and Orbitrap MS. During my MSc graduate project, I realized that mass spectrometry is really interesting and amazing. I joined Dr. Li’s group in 2018 to continue my research. Outside the lab I enjoy playing videogames and watching movies.



Xiaohang Wang, M.Sc.

Email:  xi14@ualberta.ca
Education: B.Sc. (2014), Shandong University; M.Sc. (2018), University of Alberta

Xiaohang Wang 2016I obtained my Bachelor degree in Material Science from Shandong University in 2014 and MSc degree in Chemistry from Dr. Li’s lab in 2018. My research is focusing on developing and applying metabolomics for biomarker discovery. Outside the lab, I like reading books and watching movies.








Yingwen (Wendy) Wang, B.Sc.

Email: yingwen2@ualberta.ca
Education: B.Sc. (2017), University of British Columbia

Yingwen WangI received my Bachelor degree in Chemistry from University of British Columbia in 2017, and went to  University College Dublin as an exchange student during undergraduate studies. In 2018 I was at Zhengzhou University working on carbon dots synthesis. From these experiences my interest in analytical techniques and applications had been developed. In September 2018, I joined Dr. Li’s group and began my further research in analytical chemistry.






Minglei Zhu, B.Sc.

Email: minglei@ualberta.ca
Education: B.Sc. (2016), Zhejiang University

I received my B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Zhejiang University in 2016. I was working on nanocarbon electrodes in my undergraduate school and I published three papers as a co-author. I developed an interest in mass spectrometry in my last year of undergraduate study and I joined Dr. Li’s group in 2016 to start my graduate research. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, reading and playing violin.