Group Members

Join our group!

We are always happy to hear from exceptional candidates who are interested in joining our group. Research projects range from electrical & optical metrology of heat transport, modeling of heat transport in nanostructures, device fabrication and nanostructure characterization, magnetization dynamics and pump-probe techniques. Admissions are considered throughout the year. Postdoctoral candidates are considered only with a well-prepared research and funding plan. We are affiliated with and can supervise students in both graduate programs in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science or Physics and Astronomy.

There are currently two openings - if you are interested, please contact Prof. Pisana:

  • Domestic master's student for a new project involving the use of graphene for filtration purposes. Candidates should have aptitude for hands-on lab work. Only domestic students will be considered due to project budgetary constraints.
  • A graduate student for a project on ultrafast magnetization dynamics. Candidates will be considered at both masters and doctoral level, both domestic and international. Candidates should preferably have direct experience with lasers and optics, in particular high-powered pulsed sources.

Current group members

Ph.D. Students

Olga Andriyevska - Olga received her BA in Sociology Cum Laude and BSc in Physics from York University in 2012 and 2017, respectively. She has been a strong presence in the communities that she belongs to. She has contributed to York’s local Keele and Finch area through non-for-profit work for youth in the marginalized communities, and served many students at York through over 8 years of executive board service on multiple student associations. In summer 2015, Olga received a Research at York (RAY) position, and started working on the McMaster Intense Positron Beamline Facility at the Antimatter Lab under Dr Cody Storry, which she continued for 6 terms. Additionally, in 2015 Olga received the Michael H. Lawee Memorial Award in Sci & Eng. In 2016 she received the Dr. Robert Lundell Achievement Award. In 2017 she was nominated for and received the prestigious Robert Tiffin Student Leadership Award, and her name will be etched onto a display in Vari Hall at York University. In May 2017, she began her Masters in Physics degree by conducting research at CERN in the ATRAP collaboration. In November 2017, Olga joined the HeaTED lab to continue her Masters in Physics degree with research interest in ultrafast magnetization dynamics.

Shima Ghamari - I am Shima, a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at York University. I received my MSc from Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran. For my master thesis, I worked on an optoelectronic tweezer for manipulating nanoparticles. Now I am working on density functional theory (DFT) to support ongoing projects in the HEATED Lab under supervision of Dr. Simone Pisana.


Shany Mary Oommen - Shany received her BS-MS dual degree majoring in Physics (Chemistry minor) from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal in 2016. She previously worked on transient absorption spectroscopy in chalcogenide glasses and ultrafast optical studies in graphene-gold and graphene-MoS2 heterostructures under the supervision of Prof. K.V. Adarsh. Recently she worked on electrolithography under the supervision of Profs. R. Pratap and P. Kumar at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She is now pursuing a PhD degree in Physics at The HeaTED Lab at York University. Her research interests include experimental condensed matter physics and material sciences, nanofabrication, ultrafast optics and spectroscopy.

Master Students

Fatemeh Bayat - I started my undergraduate study at the University of Tehran (2016), Iran, studying materials science and engineering. I worked on synthesizing nanostructured copper oxide semiconductors and their photocatalytic properties for my bachelor thesis under the supervision of Prof. Saeed Sheibani. Besides, I worked on the microstructure and mechanical properties of AZ61 Mg alloys after friction stir processing, and Li added AZ31 Mg alloys. Now I am a MASc student at the HEATED lab, under the supervision of Prof. Simone Pisana. In my personal life, I love adventures, traveling, parties, and photography.

Aaron Kammula - Aaron received his BASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering (with a focus on Electronics and Device Physics) from the University of Toronto, Ontario in 2021, along with certificates in business and artificial intelligence. For his BASc final year project, he worked on developing a gallium nitride-based (GaN) DC-DC power converter under the supervision of Wai Tung Ng. In addition, he has also worked on designing an analog multiplexer (output bandwidth up to 100GHz) used in quantum computing applications under the supervision of Sorin Voinigescu. He is now an MASc student at the HeaTED Lab at York University. His research interests include: (1) semiconductor devices, (2) heat transport dynamics and (3) plasmonic materials.


Sina Tahbaz - MASc student (2021-23)
Eyosyas Andarge - undergraduate LURA student (2021-22)
Nidhi - visiting Mitacs-SICI PhD student (2022)
Edward Leung
- undergraduate student (2021-22)
Dr. Armin Taheri
- Postdoctoral Fellow (2021).
Dr. Mohammadreza Shahzadeh
- PhD student (2015-21).
Olga Andriyevska
- MSc student (2017-19).
Shany Mary Oommen
- MSc student (2017-19).
Mizanur Rahman
- MSc student (2017-19).
Dr. Conrad
Rizal - Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-18).
Qinyi Wang - undergraduate student (2016-17).
Ygor Pereira Alvarez - undergraduate student (2016).
Ali Siyad - undergraduate student (2015-16).
Abdul-Hadi Zubair - undergraduate student (2015).