Post-docs Fellows


Lucia Caspani

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2011 to 2014, now Professor at Strathclyde University, Glasgow UK. Lucia Caspani received her Master Degree in Physics in July 2006 (full marks and honors) from Insubria University (Como, Italy), defending a theoretical thesis titled “Imaging techniques with quantum correlated optical beams”, under the supervision of Prof. L. Lugiato and Dr. A. Gatti. The thesis was awarded with the "2006 Galluzzi's award for Physics" from University of Rome “Roma Tre” for the best master thesis in Physics. In March 2010 she defended the Ph.D. thesis, titled “Spatiotemporal structure of entanglement in Parametric Down Conversion”, investigating the non separable structure in space and time of biphoton amplitude in second order nonlinear media. This work was carried out in the framework of the European project HIDEAS (High Dimensional Entangled Systems), involving ten top-level international research groups in the study of properties of entanglement. Her PhD thesis has been selected for publication by the Insubria University Press as best PhD thesis in Physics in 2010. She has been a Post-Doctoral fellow at Insubria University till December 2010. During this fellowship she worked on the modeling and characterization of an experimental scheme able to disclose the non-separable structure of entanglement in the parametric down conversion process. This work was carried out in close collaboration with the experimental group led by Prof. P. Di Trapani at Insubria University. Since April 2011 Dr. Caspani is a Post-Doctoral fellow at INRS-EMT in Roberto Morandotti's group (UOP) and she was awarded with a one-year post-doctoral fellowship from the Government of Canada. She is carrying out research activities mainly related to the generation of nonclassical states of light in high-index doped silica glass integrated structures.


Matteo Clerici

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2010 to 2014, now Professor at the University of Glasgow, UK. Matteo Clerici received its Master degree in Physics in July 2006 (full marks and honors) from Insubria University (Como, Italy), defending an experimental thesis titled “Observation of X-Shaped spatio-temporal coherence in optical fields”. The Master research program was developed under the supervision of Prof. D. Faccio, Dr. O. Jedrkiewicz and Prof. P. Di Trapani and exploiting a Marie Curie ITN Training fellowship (Atlas) for 6 months (June-November 2007) at the Department of Quantum Electronics (Vilnius, Lithuania). In February 2010 he successfully defended the Ph.D. thesis, titled “Ultrashort laser pulse spatio-temporal shaping and novel propagation properties," developed in the Prof. Di Trapani's group and in collaboration with Prof. V. Degiorgio, at the University of Pavia, Italy. During the Ph.D. studies he participated to several research campaigns at ICFO (Castelldefels, Spain), VULRC (Vilnius, Lithuania), Vilnius University (Vilnius, Lithuania), IELS FORTH (Heraklion, Crete) and participated to two LASERLAB-Europe research projects. He has been a Post-Doctoral fellow for CNISM (Italy) till July 2010. During this fellowship he worked on extreme phase-matching by means of conical waves in the HHG process, in collaboration with Prof. J. Biegert group, at ICFO, with the scientific supervision of Prof. D. Faccio and Prof. P. Di Trapani.Matteo Clerici is currently a Post-Doctoral fellow at INRS-EMT in Roberto Morandotti's group (UOP), conducing research activities on high-energy nonlinear phenomena (Terahertz generation from laser induced ionization in air, Terahertz broadband detection and bulk second- and third-order nonlinear effects). Matteo Clerici received the PEEE FQRNT fellowship for the 2011-2012 and the Marie Curie Outgoing Fellowship in collaboration with Prof. D. Faccio at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh) for the 2012-2015.


Oded Yaakobi

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2011-2014, now RA at the National Institute of Health, USA Oded Yaakobi is a theoretical physicist with broad academic and applied experience, who is interested to focus his research efforts in directions that could lead to practical applications. He has graduated his B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the excellence program Talpiot (1999). [Talpiot is an elite Israel Defense Forces training program for young people who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability in physics and mathematics]. Oded completed his M.Sc. at Tel-Aviv University (Magna Cum Laude, 100/100 in the final exam) under the supervision of Prof. Zilman and Prof. Miloh while serving as a Research Officer in the Navy (2005). His M.Sc. thesis was devoted to studying the feasibility of a novel method for detection of a moving body in electrically conductive seawater due to the magnetic field induced by its wake. In his Ph.D. at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Oded studied theoretical aspects of resonant wave interactions under the supervision of Prof. Lazar Friedland (2011). During his Ph.D., Oded worked as a Researcher in the group of Dr. Henis at Soreq Research Center, and collaborated with the groups of Prof. Wurtele and Prof. Siddiqi from UC Berkeley. In 2011, Oded joined the Nonlinear Photonics group at INRS-EMT as a postdoctoral fellow.


Amir Tehranchi

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2011 to 2014, now RA at Ecole Polytechnique Montreal, Canada. Amirhossein Tehranchi received the B.Sc. (1997) and M.Sc. (2000) degrees in Electrical Engineering from K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. In 2000, he joined the Iran Telecom Research Center as a faculty member, where he was also involved in research on modulation instability and solitons in optical fibers, and design and fabrication of integrated optics for 6 years. In January 2006, he started his Ph.D. studies particularly on broadband quasi-phase-matched wavelength converters, under the supervision of Prof. Raman Kashyap at École Polytechnique, University of Montreal and received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in June 2010. Afterwards, he worked as a research associate. Starting from September 2011, he is a post-doctoral fellow at INRS-EMT in Prof. Morandotti’s group, having received an FQRNT fellowship in the first rank.


Yi Hu

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2011 to 2014, now Professor at Nankai University, China. Yi Hu started the PhD study from September, 2006 under the supervision of Prof. Zhigang Chen and Prof. Jingjun Xu, and received his PhD (including Master degree) in Nankai University, China, in June, 2011. In his research as a doctor student, he mainly focused on experimental and numerical investigations of the linear and nonlinear beam dynamics in bulk medium and photonic structures, aiming to control light energy flows for many applications, such as particle manipulation, communication, image transmission, etc. During his PhD study, he was funded by the “Foundation for an Excellent Doctoral Dissertation” award and he was awarded the “Excellent Doctoral Dissertation” in Nankai University 2011 for his PhD research. In this period, he also went to San Francisco State University to carry on some collaboration researches. After graduating as a PhD, he joined Prof. Morandotti’s group as a post-doctoral fellow in July, 2011. His research interests involve beam dynamics of ultra-short and ultra-intense laser light, pulse shaping, nonlinear fiber optics, magneto-optics and THz generation. Yi Hu currently mainly focuses on the generation, control and application of self-accelerating beams/pulses. He received the PEEE FQRNT fellowship in Canada for the 2012-2013.


Yongwoo Park

Post-Doc Fellow

Co-supervised with Prof. J. Azaña from 2005 to 2006; now working at Automated Precision Inc in Maryland, USA. (1st ranked in the Engineering Committee at the competition “Postdoctoral Fellowships for Excellent Foreign Scientists” held by FQRNT – co-supervised with J. Azaña)


Alessia Pasquazi

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2009 to 2013, now Professor at the University of Sussex, UK. Alessia Pasquazi (M '05, PhD 09') received her MSc degree in Electronic Engineering in July 2005 (full marks and honors) from the University of Rome "Roma Tre", with a thesis in applied optoelectronics, awarded from the Chamber of Commerce of Turin (Turin, Italy) . In November 2005 she enrolled in a PhD program at the same university, investigating spatial solitons in liquid crystals, Kerr glasses and nonlinear 2D photonic lattices, as well as quadratic processes in QPM LiNbO3 waveguides and cubic effects in 3D photonic crystals, carrying out both experimental and theoretical activities. She defended her PhD dissertation in spring 2009. In April 2009 she received from the Government of Quebec Excellence Scholarship for Post-Doctoral research (MELS). She is now Post-Doc fellow at the INRS-EMT, in Roberto Morandotti's group.


Ibraheem Al-Naib

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2010 to 2013, now Professor at the Biomedical Engineering Department of the University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Ibraheem Al-Naib received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees with honors in elctronics and communication engineering from University of Mosul, Iraq in 1993 and 1996, respectively. Then, he worked as a computer engineer until 2003 in Iraq and UAE. In 2003, he joined Sharjah university in United Arab Emirates as a lecturer. In Oct. 2005, he started his Ph.D. studies at TU Braunschweig, Germany afer getting DAAD scholarship. He graduated with distinction (summa cum laude) in Dec. 2009. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Marburg university, Marburg, Germany for the first seven months of 2010. Starting from Sept. 2010, he is a postdoctoral fellow at INRS-EMT. His research interests include studying semiconductors at intense THz field and novel metamaterial structures with linear and nonlinear schemes at THz frequencies.


Yavuz Öztürk

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2010 to 2012, now Professor at Ege University, Turkey.


Jae-Yeol Hwang

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2008 to 2012, now Professor at Basic Science Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics, Korea.


Marco Peccianti

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2008 to 2011, now Professor at the University of Sussex, UK. Marco Peccianti (M '00, PhD 04') received his MSc degree in Electronic Engineering in May 2000 (full marks and honors) from the University of Rome "Roma Tre", where he also defended his PhD dissertation (research activities carried out at the nonlinear Optics and Optoelectronics Lab, Univ, Roma TRE, Rome, Italy) . In 2003 he was awarded with the "Best Young Physicist" prize "Vincenzo Caglioti" from the "Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei" and with a Fellowship as the 'Outstanding Graduate student' from the Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS). In July 2005 he received the Otto Lehmann international Award from Karlsruhe University (Germany) for the best PhD thesis in the Liquid Crystal Field and in June 2006 he obtained the International Liquid Crystal Society Multimedia Award for "..outstanding technical publications based on his doctoral thesis", Kent State University (Kent, USA). In March 2007, following the award of a Junior Grant of the research center "ENRICO FERMI" (Rome, Italy) , he joined the Statistical Mechanics and Complexity group (SMC), at the Dep. of Physics of the University "La Sapienza" (Rome, Italy). In Nov 2007 he received an Excellence Scholarship from the Government of Quebec for Post-Doctoral research (MELS).From Oct 2008 to Sept 2011 his work was supported through an European Union Marie Curie project on Terahertz photonics of biomatter TOBIAS PIOF-GA-2008-221262 that estabilished a collaboration between the UOP group of the INRS-EMT and the IPCF-CNR research center (Rome, Italy). He is now Permanent Researcher at the Institute for Complex Systems of the Italian National Research Council (CNR, Rome, Italy). His overall H-Index is 25 with more than 2700 citations. In 2012, he has been elected member of the Global Young Accademy


Katarzyna A. Rutkowska

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2008 to 2010, now Professor at the Polytechnic University of Warsaw, Poland.


Luca Razzari

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2005 to 2010, now Professor at INRS-EMT, Canada.

Past academic visitors


Daniele Faccio

Visiting Professor

Worked within the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2011 to 2012; now Professor at Heriot-Watt University, UK.


Salvatore Stivala

Visiting Professor

Worked within the Nonlinear Photonics team in 2010, now Professor at University of Palermo, Italy.

Phd Students


Ho Sze Phing

PhD Student

“Novel techniques for terahertz sub-wavelength imaging”, 2015; now Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Ho Sze Phing received her B. Sc. degree in Science (Industrial Physics) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Johor, Malaysia). She started her master study at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2006 and graduated in 2008 with M. Sc. (Physics), defending a thesis entitled "Properties of Fabricated Fiber Bragg Grating for Temperature Sensing using a Phase Mask Technique". Her M. Sc. project mainly studied the fabrication of the fiber Bragg grating sensor by imprinting the gratings with in the photoconductive fibers using phase mask employed the KrF excimer laser, which then applied in temperature sensing. She then worked as a tutor (teaching assistant) in Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia for one year where she earned experiences in teaching Fundamental of Physics and Laboratory Techniques in undergraduate first year program. She enrolled as an Ph. D. student in Sciences of Energy and Materials program at INRS-EMT, University of Quebec, Canada, under the supervision of Prof. Roberto Morandotti since 2009. Her primary research interest focuses on terahertz generation and detection, terahertz characterization and sub-wavelength scaled terahertz source for imaging application.


Mostafa Shalaby

PhD Student

“Terahertz isolators”, 2014; now Post Doctoral Fellow at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.


Marcello Ferrera

PhD Student

“Towards the integration of nonlinear photonic devices”, 2010; now Senior Lecturer at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. Marcello Ferrera attained his master degree in micro-electronic engineering in 2005 at University of Palermo (Italy) defending his thesis entitled: "Growth of ferroelectric thin films of barium strontium titanate by pulsed laser deposition and their morphological characterization". This work was developed during a one year internship sponsored by (and performed at) INRS-EMT labs in Canada. During this period, he mastered fundamental techniques for the fabrication and the characterization of semiconductor thin films. In 2006, he was awarded the INRS-EMT scholarship for international students which allowed him to undertake his doctoral studies in the Ultrafast Optical Processing Group (UOP), under the supervision of Prof. Morandotti. In 2007, he won the international doctoral fellowship provided by the government of Quebec in the figure of “Le Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies”. This fund sponsored his doctoral research in nonlinear integrated photonics focused on the nonlinear characterization of a new material platform named Hydex ®. By exploiting a set of integrated photonic structures, fabricated by this novel doped silica glass, he obtained remarkable results dealing with the low-power nonlinear frequency conversion, multiple-wavelength and broadband light generation, and ultra-fast optical processing. In 2010, he obtained his Ph.D. defending a thesis entitled: ”Towards the integration of nonlinear photonic devices”. The same year, he was among the recipients of the NSERC post-doctoral fellowship, which is currently supporting his post-doctoral research at the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland. Here, in the group of Prof. Thomas F. Krauss (Microphotonic group), and in collaboration with the UOP group at INRS-EMT, he is developing silicon-nitride-based photonic integrated structures for application in nonlinear photonics.

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David Duchesne

PhD Student

“Convertisseurs intégrés de fréquences optiques d'ondes continues”, 2010; recently ended his Post Doctoral Fellowship at MIT, USA. David Duchesne received his B.Sc. degree in theoretical mathematics and physics from McGill University, Montreal (Quebec, Canada) in 2005. He has since obtained his PhD in 2010 from l’Institut National de Recherche Scientifique – Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT), Varennes, (Quebec, Canada), in optics and photonics. His thesis was based on the development of integrated novel sources of light using nonlinear optics and he is an expert in waveguide design and characterization. In 2011 he joined the group of Prof. M. Soljacic at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he undertook the clean room fabrication of integrated III-V devices for THz generation using wavelength conversion techniques. He also worked on fundamental theoretical nonlinear optics for innovative quasi-phase matching schemes. As of 2014, he is an independent consultant working for Prof. Roberto Morandotti at the INRS-EMT and is developing state of the art integrated frequency combs for ultrafast, stabilized laser sources. His primary research interests are in quantum optics, nonlinear spectroscopy, and frequency comb synthesis. $


François Blanchard

PhD Student

“Développement d’une source de radiation térahertz (THz) intense pour l’etude du transport des electrons chauds dans les semi-conducteurs”, 2010; now Professor at ETS, Montreal, Canada.

Paul F. Ndione

PhD Student

“Élaboration et caractérisation du CaxBa1-xNb2O6 sous forme de couches minces pour les applications electro-optiques”, 2009; now Senior Researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL, Golden, Colorado, USA.

Master Students


Manoj Mridha

Master Student

“Novel THz waveguides”, 2014; now PhD at Max Planck Institute, Erlangen, Germany. Manoj Mridha received his B-Tech degree in Engineering Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India in the year 2011. Since September 2011, he is a Master student at l’Institut National de Recherche Scientifique – Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT), under the supervision of Prof. R. Morandotti and Prof. F. Vidal. Manoj worked in the area of Optical Vortices, Optical Tweezers during his internships. His Bachelor's Thesis was on "Optical Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring". He is currently working on Terahertz Waveguides for Spectroscopic applications.


Pamela Tannouri

Master Student

“Investigation of nonlinear effects in an AlGaAs Bragg grating waveguide”, 2013; now PhD at S. Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.


Fabrizio Buccheri

Master Student

Fabrizio Buccheri“Near field techniques for THz applications”, (2010); now PhD, University of Rochester, USA.

Calogero Buscemi

Calogero M. Buscemi

Master Student

“Development of an experimental set-up for the study of the propagation of optical beams in nonlinear materials: self-focusing and control of the collapse”, 2012; now Product Development Engineer at Tyco Electronics AMP GmbH.

Marco Cassataro

Marco Cassataro

Master Student

“Novel solutions for THz imaging”, 2012; now PhD at Max Planck Institute, Erlangen, Germany.

Chandra S. Manda

Master Student

“Growth, optimization and characterization of co-substituted Cerium and Bismuth garnet films for integrated magneto-optical applications”, 2009; previously Research Assistant at University of Western Ontario.

Summer Students

Year 2015

  • Parminder Saggu
  • Pierre-Luc Godin
  • Blaine Fiss

Year 2014

  • George Hanna
  • Yannick D’Mello
  • Joseph Botros

Year 2013

  • Guangzhe Weng
  • Taeho Kang
  • Guillaume Côté

Year 2012

  • Gabriel Dupras
  • Maxime Daneau