Leila Mostaço-Guidolin, PI

PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Manitoba (2015)

M.Sc., Physics applied to Medicine and Biology, Universidade de São Paulo (2009)

B.Sc., Medical Physics, Universidade de São Paulo (2007)

Dr. Mostaço-Guidolin is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University. She obtained her doctorate from the Biomedical Engineering program at The University of Manitoba, working in close collaboration with the NRC-Winnipeg developing image analysis methods to characterize cardiovascular diseases. After completing her graduate work, she moved to Vancouver to undertake a postdoctoral position at the University of British Columbia, at the Heart Lung Innovation Centre, focusing on the application of imaging modalities for respiratory research and the development of 3D in-vitro models.

Life outside of work:

Leila is a sports lover, from swimming to cross country skiing, basketball and anything in between. She was part of the Brazilian Cross Country Ski and Biathlon team for a few years, attempting to qualify for the Winter Olympic Games (nope, it did not work despite all the effort!). She enjoys the outdoors and being active as well as travelling (the biggest ‘cultural shock’, the better). When at home, she enjoys drawing and reading all kinds of interesting books. Recently she started learning Egyptian hieroglyphs – just because why not? :)


Natasha Kunchur, Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering (Data Science)

Honours B.Sc., Biomedical Sciences, University of Ottawa (2020)

Natasha Kunchur is a Master’s of Applied Sciences in Biomedical Engineering with a specialization in Data Science under the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ottawa in 2020. Despite her love for biology, Natasha has always had a passion for Math and Data analysis, making it an easy transition into the world of engineering at Carleton in 2020. Working closely Dr. Mostaço-Guidolin’s, Natasha’s research explores the applications of Machine Learning in the field of Raman spectroscopy, analyzing various methods which could be used to accurately classify tissue components and Raman spectra in an automated fashion. Alongside Machine Learning, Natasha also dips into the field of image processing, exploring various techniques which could be used to best enhance and analyze images obtained from various biomedical imaging instrumentations.

Life outside of work/studies:

Natasha is a huge fan of living an active lifestyle. Having played sports her entire life (from soccer to basketball to weights training), Natasha loves chasing the high of exercising. The pandemic has exaggerated Natasha’s love for the outdoors, allowing her to explore and appreciate the beautiful hiking trails hidden around Ottawa and Gatineau. Alongside exercising, Natasha is an avid fan of travelling and learning about the beautiful cultures the world has to offer. She is definitely counting down the days till she can get on an airplane again! Other passions of Natasha include teaching dance to kids, learning to make new recipes and volunteering for local sports teams.


Joshua (Josh) Poole, Master’s Student in Biomedical Engineering

B.Sc., Biology, Dalhousie University (2015)

B.Eng., Biomedical Electrical Engineering, Carleton University (2020)

Josh Poole is a Master’s of Applied Science student in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Dalhousie University in 2015, he then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering at Carleton, graduating in June 2020. Joining the group in September 2020, he has used his background in biology, combined with engineering concepts, towards the development of tissue-engineered in-vitro models. Along with the development of in-vitro models, he also applies image processing techniques in the analysis of biological images, specifically collagen and other structural bio-molecules.

Life outside of work/studies:

When not working, Josh can usually be found at the gym, or in the kitchen. As an active person, he enjoys working out frequently, along with running, hiking and cycling. Cooking and baking are two passions of his, and he tries to make different food from different cuisines across the world. During the summer months, he spends a good portion of his time camping across Ontario and Quebec. Travelling and exploring either the local area or further afield is always of interest to him. He also volunteers towards bringing LGBT+ refugees to Canada. Other passions of his include playing classic guitar, maintaining his aquarium, and when time permits, playing video games.


Shahad Shakir, Master’s Student in Biomedical Engineering

B.Eng., Biomedical Mechanical Engineering, Carleton University (2020)

Shahad Shakir is a Master’s of Applied Sciences in Biomedical Engineering student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carleton University. She obtained her Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Carleton University and graduated in June 2020. Joining the group in September 2020, Shahad focuses on Investigating the morphological effects of the microenvironment structure on human fetal lung fibroblast cells, using 3D- bioprinting, non-linear optical microscopy, and image analysis methods. She also digs deeper into analyzing collagen and other structural bio-molecules using the same techniques.

Life outside of work/studies:

Shahad has a keen eye for design and believes in the true power of beautiful spaces & interiors. In her free time, she works on designing spaces for her friends and family and enjoys playing around with textures, colour palettes, and different trends. Shahad also loves to travel whenever she gets the opportunity to, and trusts that travel gives us our greatest stories, our most cherished memories, and countless irreplaceable learnings that we can choose to pay forward to others. However, she enjoys staying in Ottawa during the summer months and chooses to spend it outdoors with her family, friends, and two dogs. Other passions for Shahad include advocating for women and diversity in STEM and volunteering in organizations such as IEEE WIE, Tetra Society of North America, and ANCWT.


Guilherme Contesini, Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Engineering 

B.Sc., Physics, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (2017)

M.Sc., Physics applied to Medicine and Biology, Universidade de São Paulo (2019)

Guilherme Contesini, or simply Contesini, Conte, or Gui, is a physicist currently doing his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Carlton University. The theme of his research is Tissue Engineering, Data analysis and Imaging processing. Conte obtained his M.Sc. degree in Physics, specializing in Physics applied to Medicine and Biology at São Paulo University. During his M.Sc., he worked on developing a theory connecting Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics to Game Theory and Decision-Making. During his Master’s, he also studied dynamical and stochastic models for problems in Sociophysics, Econophysics and Biological systems. Conte graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Physics at Santa Catarina Federal University. During his undergraduate, he concentrated his studies on epidemiological models (BGW, Agent-Based, and Compartimetal Models), as well as on the statistical analysis of computer simulations and on mathematical physics (Fredholm Theory).

Life outside of work/studies:

During his free time, you will find him woodworking, designing projects, or studying metalwork (he is still a newbie and does not own a lathe or a milling machine, yet). He also loves to bake Portuguese and Italian recipes. On rare occasions, you will find him outside skywatching and doing astrophotography, two of his first, most beloved hobbies.


Amulya Kaianathbhatta, M.Eng Student in Biomedical Engineering 

B.Eng., Biomedical Electrical Engineering, Carleton University (2022)

Amulya is starting her Master’s of Engineering in Fall 2022. She obtained her Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at Carleton University and graduated in June 2022. Joining the group in January 2022, Amulya is learning about microscopy imaging and 3D bioprinting.

Life outside of work/studies:

Amulya is a big fan of music. In her free time, she plays a few different instruments; trumpet, piano, and acoustic guitar. During the summer months, she can be found hiking, biking and spending time out in nature whenever she gets a chance. In the winter, Amulya enjoys skating on the Rideau Canal. Recently, Amulya has taken up painting as a media to demonstrate her love for nature. In her downtime, she loves to watch movies from various countries to appreciate different cultures.