We are a team of dedicated individuals with a very high research bar. Our team includes experienced post-doctoral researchers and some of the top graduate students in Canada. We deliberately stay of manageable size (not too small, not too large), ensuring close mentorship, looking to employ only students and researchers with excellent research potential. We enjoy talking and working with both theorists and experimentalists, so we are “street-cred theorists.” Please get in touch if you are interested in joining us or collaborating on the exciting field of light-matter interactions in photonic nanostructures. Most of the graduate students hold awards such as NSERC Fellowships (e.g., CGS) and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS).

Current Research Team 

Recent Updates:

Erik Sauer and Waleed El-Sayed join the group as two new accelerated MSc students.

Will Salmon joins the group as new MSc Student from July, 2019.

Dr. Juanjuan Ren joins the group as new post-doc (PhD from Peking University).

Current Research Group:
[Last updated: May, 2019:]

S. Hughes (group leader), Will Salmon (MSc Student) Erik Sauer (accelerated MSc Student), Waleed El-Sayed (accelerated MSc Student), Chelsea Carlson (PhD student), Chris Gustin (accelerated MSc), Juanjuasn Ren (post-doc), Gavin Crowder (accelerated MSc), and (wee) Enzo (trainee, expert in catching birds and mice).

(new/updated photos coming soon!):


* Typically several undergraduates carrying out final year research projects

Some Recent Group Members/Visiting Researchers

* Dr. Mohsen Mohsen Kamandar Dezfouli (post-doc)
–> (next known position) post-doc/RA at NRC in Ottawa

* Dr. Juan Pablo Vasco (post-doc)
–> (next known position) post-doc a EPFL, Switzerland

* Nishan Mann, PhD
BSc from University of Toronto, MSc from Gdansk University of Technology (Poland)
–>(next known position) Now working for a start-up in Manhattan on Big Data.
Thesis: Theoretical and computational studies of disorder-induced scattering and nonlinear optical interactions in slow-light photonic crystal waveguides

* Ross Manson, Accelerated MSc, Queen’s University
–> Still writing up…?

* William Cartar, Accelerated MSc
–> (next known position) Working as a big data scientists, CIBC, Toronto.
Thesis: Theory and Modelling of Light-Matter Interactions in Photonic Crystal Cavity Systems Coupled to Quantum Dot Ensembles

* Simon Axelron, UG Research student
–>(next known position) Grad Student at U Toronto (2016), now at Harvard U.

* Dr. Kaushik Roy Choudhury, post-doctoral fellow
PhD from University of Southern California (USA).
–>(next known position) Now working for a start-up company in Toronto. (2016)

Dr. Rongchun Ge, post-doctotoal fellow (PDF)
PhD from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).
–>(next known position) Post-doc in Singapore. (2016)

* Gerry Angelatos, Accelerated MSc Program, Queen’s University
–>(next known position) PhD student at Princeton. (2016)
Thesis: Theory and applications of light-matter interactions in quantum dot nanowire photonic crystal systems

* Col Van Vlack, PhD Student (2008-2012),
–> (next known position) Director of Operations and Development at IPG Photonics (Canada)
Thesis: Dyadic Green Functions and their applications in Classical and Quantum Nanophotonics

Dr. Chiranjeeb Roy, post-doctotoal fellow (PDF) (2010-2012)
–> (next known position) Working in industry.

Dr. Pradyumna Kumar Pathak, post-doctoral fellow (PDF) (2009-2010)
–> (next known position) Assistant Professor, IIT Mandi, India

Mark Patterson, MSc (2007-2009)
–> (next known position) Working in industry.
Thesis: Classical and Quantum Optical Properties of Slow Light Photonic Crystal Waveguides.

Dr. Peijun Yao, PDF – (2008-2009)
–> (next known position) Associate Professor, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).

Dr. Philip Kristensen, Visiting Researcher, Photonik, TU Denmark – (summer 2009, summer 2011, fall 2012)

* Frank Milde, Visiting Researcher, from Prof. Andreas Knorr’s Group in TU Berlin – (summer 2008)

* Arvin Reza, MSc (2006-2008)
–> (next known position) PhD student at University of Toronto.
Thesis: The optical properties of metamaterial waveguide structures.

* Dr. V.S.C. Manga Rao, PDF – (2006-2007)
–>(next known position) PDF in Italy.