September 2013 August 2013
  • Congratulations to Janet McMillan on receiving a best talk prize in the CREATE Bionano Undergraduate Summer Symposium
July 2013
  • Congratulations Katie for receiving the Otto Priefer Recognition for Service from the Department!
  • Congratulations Dowine and Amani for receiving the Sterry Hunt award for excellence in teaching!
  • Dr. Anita Leitgeb completes a postdoctoral stay in our laboratory, on an Erwin-Schrödinger fellowship from the Austrian Chemical Society. She goes back to Graz, Austria, to complete the second part of her fellowship and will continue to collaborate with our laboratory. Good luck!
June 2013
  • Congratulations Amani for being awarded a best presentation prize at the Canadian Chemical Society Meeting in Quebec City, May 2013!
  • Congratulations Nicole and Katherine on receiving NSERC PGSD Doctoral Fellowships!
May 2013
  • Congratulation Dr. Ilton Barros Daltro de Castro for being appointed group leader at the Max Planck Intitute für Kohlenforschung in Mulheim (with the team of Dr. Ferdi Schüth)! Ilton was a postdoctoral fellow in our group (2012-2013) working on DNA-mimetic polymers. Good luck Ilton!
April 2013
  • Congratulations, Chris McLaughlin on receiving an NSERC postdoctoral Fellowship! Good luck for your postdoctoral stay in the laboratory of Prof. Molly Shoichet at the U. Toronto!
  • Congratulations Andrea for receiving a Robert Zamboni award to present your talk at the CSC Meeting May 2013!
  • Congratulations Katherine, Nicole, Katie, Graham and Kai for receiving GREAT awards to present your research at the CSC and Albany Meetings!
February 2013
  • Congratulations Janane for receiving an NSERC CREATE Bionanomachines Ph.D. fellowship!
January 2013
  • Congratulations Roxanne for being appointed Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Leiden University in the Netherlands! Roxanne was a Ph.D. student in our lab and subsequently a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Bert Meijer at Eindhoven University.
  • Congratulations to Manoj Nayak for being appointed Assistant Professor and Senior Scientist at the CSIR-Chandigarh. Manoj was a joint postdoctoral fellow between our lab and that of Prof. Hassan Bazzi at Texas A&M Qatar.
December 2012
  • Congratulations Tom, Janane, Amani and Alex for receiving CIHR Drug Training Fellowships!
November 2012

  • Karina Carneiro has successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis.

  • Andrea Greschner receives the Prize ‘Etudiant-Chercheur Etoile’ from the FQRNT for her paper “The Role of Organic Linkers in Directing DNA Self-Assembly and Significantly Stabilizing DNA Duplexes” published in JACS – Congratulations!
October 2012

  • Dr. Sleiman receives the E. Gordon Young Award from the Canadian Society of Chemistry.
  • Dr. Sleiman receives a Canada Research Chair Tier I in DNA Nanoscience
  • Dr. Sleiman is appointed member of the Editorial Advisory Board in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
September 2012

  • Dowine de Bruijn, Alex Mijalis, and Janane Rahbani have joined our lab as first year PhD candidates.

July 2012

  • Christopher McLaughlin has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis.
  • Anita Leitgeb has joined our lab for a postdoctoral position.

May/June 2012

  • Daneille Salvatore, Joel Neves Briard, and Ryo Ohtani have joined our lab for summer research positions.

  • Congratulations to Peggy Lo for her appointment as Assistant Professor at the City University of Hong Kong!
September 2011

  • Ilton Daltro and Fiora Rosati have joined our lab for postdoctoral positions!

June 2011

    Andrea Greschner receives Best Talk in her category at the 94th CSC Conference in Montreal. Congratulations.

Sleiman Group June 2012
Our research group focuses on developing the supramolecular chemistry of DNA, to address problems in both biology and nanoscience. We use this approach to design new materials for drug delivery, diagnostic tools, antitumor therapeutics, and higher-order DNA structures for the fine organization of materials on the nanometer scale.

A second active area in our group is the synthesis of advanced materials, using small molecules and polymers as building blocks. We are specifically interested in designing biomimetic materials, which can undergo self-assembly using non-covalent interactions, such as hydrogen bonding, van der Waals interactions, or weak metal coordination.

Our projects lie at the interface between synthetic chemistry, biological chemistry and materials science. They provide students with extensive training in small molecule synthesis, DNA and polymer chemistry, as well as molecular recognition and drug design.

Keywords: Supramolecular Chemistry, DNA Chemistry, Synthetic Polymers, Biomimetic Materials, Molecular Self-Assembly