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Current Members

Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Associates and Technicians

Dr. Nan (Helen) Wang

Graduate Students

Barinder (Bobby) Bajwa
Adriana Zardini Buzatto
Erik Gomez Cardona
Wan Chan

Xinyun Gu
Hao Li

Yunong Li
Xian Luo
Kamran Mammadli

Paiboon Tunsagool (Visiting Graduate Student)
Xiaohang Wang
Shuang Zhao

Minglei Zhu

Meet our members:

Nan Wang, Ph.D.

Email:  nanw@ualberta.ca

Education: B.Sc. (2003), Zhejiang University; Ph.D. (2008), University of Alberta

nwangI obtained my Ph.D. degree in Dr. Li’s lab in 2008. My research focuses on metabolomics, proteomics and integration of the two for biological and clinical applications. I am currently an RA and Lab Manager in Dr. Li’s lab. 










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.




Erik Gomez Cardona, M.Sc.

Email: gomezcar@ualberta.ca
Education: BSc (2012), Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi (UASLP, Mexico);  MSc (2015), Institute for Scientific and Technological Research of San Luis Potosi (IPICYT, Mexico).  

I received my MSc degree in Molecular Biology at Institute for Scientific and Technological Research of San Luis Potosi (IPICYT) in 2015. I worked there in a proteomic research project applied to biomarker discovery for diabetic and obese patients in Mexican population. Prior to that I completed a BSc in Biochemistry at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi in 2012. I have some work experience in quality control for food safety, in the pharmaceutical industry due to an internship I did in the R&D department of Probiomed and I also worked as research assistant in the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER, Mexico City) where I used immunoproteomics approaches for the characterization of pollen and food allergens. I joined Dr. Li group in 2017 to learn about mass spectrometry applications in metabolomics for clinical research. Outside the lab I like videogames, playing the ukulele and watching movies.






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!









Xinyun 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, B.Sc.

Email: yunong1@ualberta.ca 
Education: B.Sc. (2013), Wuhan University


I received my bachelor degree from Wuhan University in 2013. I am interested in applying the knowledge in chemistry to the real-life problems. During my undergraduate degree, I joined the Electrocatalysis and Fuel Cell Lab of Hubei Province and worked on the project of alkaline polymer electrolyte for fuel cell application. I helped synthesize different polymer electrolyte and tested the electrolyte in fuel cells. During the project, I gained many experiences in electroanalytical methods and the synthesis of polymer material. And in September 2013, I joined Dr. Li’s group to begin my research in the area of analytical mass spectrometry. Outside the lab, I love to play badminton and basketball. And I also love singing and playing the guitar.





Xian Luo, B.Sc.

E-mail: xluo2@ualberta.ca 
Education: B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry (2012), Beijing Institute of Technology

Xian Luo

I received my Bachelor degree from Beijing Institute of Technology in 2012. During my undergraduate study, my research project was about preparation of modified electrodes and their application in environmental analysis. 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.







Paiboon Tunsagool, B.Sc.

Email:  tunsagoo@ualberta.ca
Education: B.Sc. (2014), Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

In 2012, I received my Bachelor of Science (Traditional Thai Medicine) from Prince of Songkla University (PSU). Before I graduated, I did my senior project on “Anti-bacterial Compounds from Albizia myriophylla Wood”. I am interested in herbs including their signal transduction pathways and thus I decided to pursue my graduate study in a Doctor of Philosophy (Biochemistry) program at PSU to gain more knowledge. From the second year of my Ph.D. study until now (2018), I am a research participant in Proteomics Research Laboratory, The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, NSTDA, Thailand, focusing on plant defensive proteins via proteomics. Dr. Li gave the best opportunity to me for joining his group in January 2018 as a visiting award recipient to explore the plant defensive metabolites via metabolomics. In my free time, I love to sing a song, dance and learn every culture around me.





Xiaohang Wang, B.Sc.

Email:  xi14@ualberta.ca
Education: B.Sc. (2014), Shandong University

Xiaohang Wang 2016I obtained my Bachelor degree in Material Science from Shandong University in 2014. During my undergraduate studies, my research project was fabricating gas sensors using novel nanomaterials, which helped me to develop experimental skills. In this process, I learned something about mass spectrometry and felt interested in it. So in September 2015, I joined Dr. Li’s group to learn more about the analytical mass spectrometry and metabolomics. Now I focus on the metabolomics study of Alzheimer disease based on mouse model to try to find the potential biomarkers. Outside the lab, I like reading books and watching movies.








Shuang Zhao, M.Sc.

Email: szhao1@ualberta.ca 
Education: B.Sc. (2011), Tsinghua University, China; M.Sc. (2014), Tsinghua University, China.


I received my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Tsinghua University, China.  In the Laboratory of Pharmacology Pharmaceutical Sciences I finished my undergraduate thesis project and graduate research. My previous research mainly focused on metabolism and transport behavior of natural small compounds in vivo and in vitro. These potential multifunctional drugs are extracted from Traditional Chinese Herbs and have a variety of pharmacological activities. I joined Dr. Li’s group in 2014, working on mass spectrometry and metabolomics.










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.