Susana Y. Kimura-Hara, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry


Dr. Susana Y. Kimura-Hara joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Calgary as an Assistant Professor in July 2017. Additionally, Susana is a Tier 2 chairholder of the CRC in Analytical and Aquatic Chemistry. Prior to joining University of Calgary, Susana was a postdoctoral fellow for two and half years in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina and a postdoctoral research fellow for one year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Susana obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and B.Eng. in Industrial Engineering from CETYS Universidad in Mexico.

Courses:  CHEM 321         Environmental Chemistry 

                 CHEM 619.22   Water Chemistry


Jill Murakami, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Jill is currently investigating the formation potential of DBPs, and developing a purge and trap GC-MS method to quantify up to 18 regulated and unregulated DBPs from 3 DBP classes in water. Going forward, her work will involve doing DBP formation potential testing on wastewater effluents from Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA) located at the Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Alejandro Ortega-Hernandez

M.Sc. Student

Alejandro is currently working with a gas chromatograph triple quadrupole mass spectrometer (GC-QQQ) to optimize a comprehensive chromatographic method for the analysis of 30 disinfection by-products from 6 DBP classes from wastewater effluents. Wastewater reuse is an area of growing interest as water scarcity continues to increase worldwide. In collaboration with Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA), this method will characterize wastewater-derived DBPs to evaluate the possibility of wastewater reuse using samples obtained from wastewater effluents in Calgary.

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Thilina Jayawardana

Ph.D. Student

In collaboration with researchers at the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute at the University of Calgary, Thilina is studying the toxicity of regulated and unregulated disinfection by-products using human cellular models of toxicology. This investigation will determine the degree to which DBPs constitute a possible health concern and characterize possible mechanisms of toxicity. Furthermore, Thilina is also investigating the toxicity of recycled waters treated with from physical (membrane separation) and chemical processes (advanced oxidation and disinfection).  

Chad Verwold

M.Sc. Student

Chad’s research project is to evaluate the formation of halogenated disinfection by-products of pure water, well water, river water, and secondary wastewater effluents as the result of disinfection by an advanced oxidation system designed by BioLargo Water. During his project, he will develop an analytical method that can measure total organic halogen and speciate by halogen type using a pyrolysis instrument followed by off-line ion chromatography.

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Fahim Hossain

M.Sc. Student

Research project description coming soon!

Kyle Lee

Laboratory Assistant

CHEM 502

Jessy Tseng

Undergraduate Research Student

CHEM 502

NSERC USRA recipient

Jeas A. Grejoy

M.Sc. Student

Research project description coming soon!

Danielle Molenaar

M.Sc. Student

Research project description coming soon!


Lab Mascot

Bisquick is currently studying how the productivity of undergraduate and graduate students is affected by a small and friendly dog sitting on their lap for hours at a time. 


Graduate Research Students

  • Raphael Acayaba (Jan-Jun 2019)

    • Visiting from The University of Campinas, UNICAMP (Brazil)


Undergraduate Research Students

  • Chris Tremblay (Sep 2019-Apr 2020)

  • Amy Fahlman (Sep 2019-Apr 2020 and May-Aug 2019)

  • Jorge Alberto Perez (May-Aug 2019)

    • Visiting from The Universidad de las Americas Puebla, UDLAP (Mexico)

  • Miriam Patron (Apr-Jul 2019)

    • Visiting from ​The University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)

  • Matthew Eeles (May-Jun 2019)

  • Tao Siyuan (Jan-Jun 2019)

    • Visiting from The China University of Petroleum (East China)​

  • Kyle Lee (Jan-Apr 2019)

  • Olga Titica (Jan-Apr 2019)

  • Matthew Biscope (May-Aug 2018)

  • Francesca Retuta (May-Aug 2018)

  • Zongying Hu (Jan-Jun 2018)

    • Visiting from The China University of Petroleum (East China)​