Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowships

The fellowship is awarded to postdoctoral fellows with a track record of innovation activities. Innovation activities refers to translating research results into societal impact. Working with non-academic research partners, creating a start-up, working with innovation organizations and engaging with government and not for profit organizations on policy development are all examples of innovation activities.

The 2021-2022 Innovation Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Mahmoud Farhat, PhD

Dr. Mahmoud Farhat, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Dr. Farhat’s current research focuses on slot-die coating, characterization, and upscaling of organic photovoltaics for low-intensity applications. As well, he is working on the ink formulation and large-area printing of organic light switches.

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Dr. Vibha Kaushik, PhD

Dr. Vibha Kaushik, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate, Faculty of Social Work

Dr. Kaushik’s research expertise is in the area of settlement and integration of skilled immigrants. Her recent study is one of the few to focus solely on immigrants chosen under the Federal Skilled Workers Program. This research identifies specific challenges and opportunities for improving immigrant services and supports, as well as invites advocacy from social justice professional for skilled immigrants.

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Dr. Ali Pormohammad, PhD

Dr. Ali Pormohammad, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

Dr. Pormohammad is a scientist and medical microbiologist whose research focuses on solving antimicrobial resistance (AMR) problems using metabolomics, genomics, and bioinformatic approaches. He is a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. R.J. Turner’s research group, where they investigate metal/metalloid-based antimicrobials (MBAs). Working closely with clinical health systems and industry partners, Dr. Pormohammad maintains a bench to bed philosophy, translating research outcomes into patient care solutions.

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