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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



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).  


Jeas A. Grejoy

M.Sc. Student

Research project description coming soon!


Fahim Hossain

M.Sc. Student

Research project description coming soon!


Jorge Alberto Perez Perez

M.Sc. Student

Wastewater reuse is an area of growing interest as water scarcity continues to increase worldwide. In collaboration with Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA), Jorge is  characterizing the efficacy of advanced water treatment processes to remove organics and DBP precursors that minimizes the formation of emerging DBPs. 

Learn more about ACWA


Jessy Tseng

Undergraduate Research Student

CHEM 402

NSERC USRA recipient


Research Staff

  • Jill Murakami, PhD. (May 2018-Jan 2021)

  • Kyle Lee, BS. (May 2020- Aug 2021)

Graduate Research Students

  • Chad Verwold (Sep 2018 - Aug 2021)

  • Alejandro Ortega-Hernandez (Sep 2017-Dec 2020)

  • Raphael Acayaba (Jan-Jun 2019)

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


Undergraduate Research Students

  • Dhruvin Patel (June-Dec 2021)

  • 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)​

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