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Hanadi Sleiman


Canada Research Chair in DNA Nanoscience, Tier I (2013-present)
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of the American Chemical Society (2010-pres.)
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Bioconjugate Chemistry (2014-pres.)
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, ChemBiochem (2010)
Swiss Chemical Society Lectureship, 2013
E. Gordon Young Lectureship, Chemical Institute of Canada, Toronto, 2012
Strem Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry, Canadian Society for Chemistry, 2009
William Dawson Scholar Award, McGill University (2009-2013)
Fellow, Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, Nanoelectronics Program (2009-2012)
NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement 2008-2011)
Leo Yaffe Award for excellence in teaching, McGill University, Faculty of Science, 2005      
Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching, McGill University, Assistant Professor Category, 2003    
Research Corporation (USA), Cottrell Scholar Award for excellence in research and teaching (2002)


Member, NSERC CREATE Bionanomachines
Member, Centre for Self-Assembled Chemical Structures (CSACS)
Member, CIHR Drug Design Training Program (DDTP)
Member, Pharmaqam, Quebec

Contact Information

Office: Otto Maass 417
Phone: (514)398-2633
Email: Hanadi.Sleiman [at]
Lab: Otto Maass 400
Lab Phone: (514)398-6921 or (514)398-6923
Web Page:

Research Themes

  • Chemical Biology 
  • Materials Chemistry 
  • Synthesis/Catalysis

Research Description

Our research group studies the interaction of small organic and inorganic molecules with DNA. We use this approach to design new DNA diagnostic tools, antitumor therapeutics, and higher-order DNA structures.

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.

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