Dr. Yael Zilberman-Simakov, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo
Dr. Yael Zilberman-Simakov, who recently received a prestigious Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship, is a postdoctoral fellow and a group leader in Professor Shirley Tang’s lab in the University of Waterloo’s Department of Chemistry. She works in collaboration with LeNano Diagnostics Company on the development of a portable biosensor based on microfluidics and advanced nanomaterials for rapid point-of-care testing.
Yael received her BSc, MSc and PhD in chemical engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. During her graduate studies, she tutored various chemical engineering courses at the institute and taught math, chemistry and physics in local high schools.
After completing her PhD, Yael conducted her postdoctoral training at Tufts University, one of the leading universities in the Greater Boston region. She worked on the development of microfluidic optical sensors in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and then she studied the catalytic activity of synthetic peptides in the Department of Chemistry. During her postdoctoral training, Yael supervised undergraduate and graduate students on research topics related to her area of expertise.