Farideh Jalilehvand

Farideh Jalilehvand

Pronouns: She, her

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

Office: +1 (403) 220-3855


Office: SB213



Professional Certificate for "Emerging Leaders", University of Calgary, 2023

Certified in "Diversity & Inclusion", Cornell University, 2020

Faculty Teaching Certificate, University of Calgary, 2006

Educational Background

Post doctoral Fellow (X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy), Stanford University, 2002

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Chemistry, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), 2000

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Chemistry, Ochanomizu University , 1997

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology, 1993

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Applied Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology, 1991


Areas of Research

Metal-based Anticancer Drugs

The research interests of Dr. Jalilehvand include chemical speciation and coordination chemistry of metal complexes with potential therapeutic effects, investigating how they interact with molecules with biological functions, and how changes in coordinated ligands influence their properties such as cytotoxicity and cellular uptake.

Jalilehvand group relies on advanced spectroscopic techniques with expertise in the field of synchrotron-based X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), probing the local structure (e.g. bond distances) around metal ions in solution and in solid state, and X-ray fluorescence microscopy (XFM) for getting elemental distribution maps in biological samples.

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
CHEM 201 General Chemistry: Structure and Bonding
CHEM 433 Inorganic Chemistry: Transition Metals
CHEM 402 Research in Chemistry
CHEM 531 Advance Inorganic Chemistry: Transition Metals


  • Nomination for U of C Graduate Students Association (GSA) Excellence Award - Excellence in Supervision, U of C Graduate Students Association. 2019
  • Staff Mobility for Teaching Activity Award (Erasmus+), Middle East Technical University. 2019
  • Nomination for Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award, U of C Students' Union. 2014
  • Nomination for Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award, U of C Students' Union. 2011
  • Nomination for Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award, U of C Students' Union. 2008
  • Finalist, Immigrants of Distinction Awards (Distinguished Professional), Immigrant Services Calgary. 2005
  • University Faculty Award, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). 2003
  • Scholarship , Wenner-Gren Center Foundation. 1999
  • Scholarship , Swedish Institute. 1997
  • MONBUSHO Scholarship, Ministry of Education (Japan). 1993


  • Gadolinium(III) complex formation with a β‑cyclodextrin ligand: an XAS study of a potential MRI contrast agent. F. Jalilehvand*, S. Homayonia, P. Zhang, C‑C. Ling*. J. Biol. Inorg. Chem. . 805 – 811. (2023)
  • Rhenium(I)-tricarbonyl Complexes with Methimazole and its Selenium Analogue: Syntheses, Characterization and Cell Toxicity. F. Jalilehvand*, V. Brunskill, S.B.T Tran, I. Lopetegui-Gonzalez, C.S. Shemanko, B.S. Gelfand and J-B Lin. J. Inorg. Biochem.. 112092. (2023)
  • Binding of Histidine and Human Serum Albumin to Dirhodium(II) Tetraacetate. F. Jalilehvand*, A. Enriquez Garcia, P. Niksirat, Y.Z. Finfrock, B.S. Gelfand. J. Inorg. Biochem.. 111556. (2021)
  • The Effect of Sodium Thiosulfate on Cytotoxicity of a Diimine Re(I) Tricarbonyl Complex. M.S. Capper, A. Enriquez Garcia, B. Lai, B.O. Wang, B.S. Gelfand, C.S. Shemanko and F. Jalilehvand*. Dalton Trans.. 5968 - 5977. (2021)
  • Cytotoxicity, Cellular Localization and Photophysical Properties of Re(I) Tricarbonyl Complexes Bound to Cysteine and its Derivatives. M.S. Capper, A. Enriquez Garcia, N. Macia, B. Lai, J‑B. Lin, M. Nomura, A. Alihosseinzadeh, S. Ponnurangam, B. Heyne, C.S. Shemanko and F. Jalilehvand*. J. Biol. Inorg. Chem. . 759 - 776. (2020)
  • Nuclear Localization of Dirhodium(II) Complexes in Breast Cancer Cells by X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy. A. Enriquez Garcia, B. Lai, S. Gopal Gopinathan, H.H. Harris, C.S. Shemanko and F. Jalilehvand*. Chem. Comm.. 8223 – 8226. (2019)
  • Methionine Binding to Dirhodium(II) Tetraacetate. A. Enriquez Garcia, F. Jalilehvand*, P. Niksirat and B.S. Gelfand. Inorg. Chem.. 12787 – 12799. (2018)
  • EXAFS Applications in Coordination Chemistry. F. Jalilehvand* and P. Frank*. International Tables for Crystallography: Volume I, X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Related Techniques. doi:10.1107/S1574870720004759. (2021)