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Dr. Afsaneh Lavasanifar


Dr. Afsaneh Lavasanifar is expert in pharmaceutics and drug delivery. She is a professor in the Pharmaceutical Sciences division of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta and has a joint appointment with the Department of Chemical and Medical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering at the same university.


She is also the Scientific Chief Officer and Vice President of Meros Pharma, a spinoff company based on the technology developed in her lab. Her research has been funded by grants from Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC), Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI); Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) and Alberta Cancer Foundation (ACF). 

Lavasanifar Lab

Design and development of innovative delivery technologies to improve drug performance with a particular focus on

nanotechnology for improving cancer therapy.


Dr. Mohammad Reza Vakili
Research Associate

Research title:


Engineering of different polymer based drug delivery systems

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Research Positions


Nasim Sarrami
PhD Student

Research title:

Development of nano-theranostics for targeted sensitization of solid tumors to  to DNA damaging therapeutics

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Parnian Mehinrad
MSc Student

Research title:

Development of nano-delivery systems of novel inhibitors of DNA repair for sensitization of colorectal cancer to DNA damage

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Sirazum Munira
PhD Student

Research title:

Development of stimulus responsive hybrid nano-delivery systems 

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Graduate Students


Sara Abd El-Hafeez
PhD Student

Research title:

The synergistic and immunogenic effect of PNKP inhibitors and their nano-formulations to anti tumor effects of DNA damaging therapies in colorectal cancer

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Ahmed Abd El-Fattah
PhD Student

Research title:

Nanodelivery of novel inhibitors of ERCC1/XPF for enhanced cancer therapy

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Prashant Pandey
Visiting PhD Student

Research title:

Development of nano-delivery systems of novel inhibitors of DNA repair for sensitization of colorectal cancer to DNA damage by radiation therapy

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Zoha Hajikhani
Visiting PhD Student

Research title:

Development of Novell hybrid lipo polymer systems for siRNA delivery 

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Former members

Visiting professor

Dr. Jaber Emami


Dr. Behzad Sharif Makhmal Zadeh (2015)

Dr. Faramarz Mehrnejad 


Dr. Leila Molavi 


Dr. Alireza Shafatie


Dr. Sohayla Honary


Dr. Min Han


Research Associate

Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Igor Paiva


Dr. Ryan Hung


Dr Bahareh Laribi


Dr. Changuli Lu


Dr. Waleed Saeid


Dr. Anooshirvan Shayeganpour (2010)

Dr. Zengshuan Ma


Dr. Xiao-Bing Xiong


Dr. Anahita D. Sharifabadi (2004)

Doctoral Students

Dr. Nasim Ghasemi, PhD 

(PhD 2022)

Dr. Basak Acan Clements (PhD 2008)

Dr Sams Sadat, PhD 

(PhD 2021)

Dr. Vanessa Incani

(PhD 2010)

Dr. Abdullah Mahmud (PhD 2008)

Dr. Hanan Al Lawati 

(PhD 2019)

Dr. Mostafa Shahin

(PhD 2012)

Master Students

Antonio Vitale 


Zahra Ghotbi

(MSc 2010)

Alessandra Spada


Asma Saqr

(MSc 2017)

Summer Undergrad Students

Visiting Student

Research Technologist

Visiting Student

Visiting Student

Research Assistant

Visiting Student

Heliasadat Hosseini

Visiting Student

Tanin Shafaati

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