Dr. Shabir Barzanjeh
Assistant Professor

Post Docs and Research Assistants

Dr. Shirin Afzal
Post Doc
Dr. Majid Taghavi
Post Doc
Dr. Pablo Daniel Yepiz Graciano
Visiting Post Doc
Taras Hrushevskyi
Research Assistant

Ph. D. Students

Danial Davoudi
Ph. D. Student
Murat Karakoç
Visiting Ph. D. Student
Mahdi Rizvandi
Ph. D. Student

MSc. Students

Mayte Y. Li Gomez
MSc. Student
Abdul Mohamed
MSc. Student
Armin Tabesh
MSc. Student
Alireza Tabesh
MSc. Student
Tyler Zegray
MSc. Student


Veronica Chmielarski
Summer Intern
Kayla McArthur
Summer Intern

Research Group Director

Dr. Shabir Barzanjeh, Assistant Professor

My research goals encompass both experimental and theoretical investigations into the dynamics and interactions of nanofabricated electrical, mechanical, and photonic quantum circuits. Building upon my extensive expertise in superconducting circuit QED, which I acquired while working in the esteemed group of David DiVincenzo at RWTH Aachen, I have been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship to serve as a postdoctoral fellow in Johannes Fink’s group. A notable contribution of my scientific research is the proposal of a groundbreaking microwave-optical photon conversion technique based on mechanical resonators. This pioneering work has opened up a novel avenue for the coherent conversion of optical photons to microwave photons, leading to the realization of microwave-optical quantum teleportation. Furthermore, I have played a pivotal role in the development of the concept of quantum radar (sensor) and have proposed a prototype for microwave quantum illumination (sensor). By combining my expertise in superconducting circuits, nanofabrication techniques, and quantum optics, I strive to make significant contributions to the field of quantum information science.

Post Doctorates

Dr. Shirin Afzal, Post Doc

Starting in 2015, I became a member of Prof. Vien Van’s team at the nanophotonic research lab and completed my Ph.D. in 2021 at the University of Alberta. During my time there, I actively collaborated with the team and gained valuable experience in modeling, simulation, design, and testing of photonic devices. My Ph.D. thesis, which focused on Floquet (periodically-driven) topological photonic insulators based on microring resonators, was recognized with the prestigious George Walker Award in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Alberta as the top Ph.D. thesis in the field. In the autumn of 2021, I embarked on a new phase of my academic journey by joining Prof. Barzanjeh’s group as a postdoctoral researcher. This exciting opportunity allows me to continue my exploration and investigation of mechanical and photonic quantum circuits, both theoretically and experimentally. Through this endeavor, I aim to contribute further to these fields and expand my expertise in cutting-edge research.

Dr. Majid Taghavi, Post Doc

I obtained my PhD degree from Shahid Beheshti University in 2022. My doctoral research centered on the design and fabrication of an optical MEMS accelerometer based on a Fabry-Perot micro-cavity. The primary objective of my research was to develop a high-precision optical accelerometer capable of measuring acceleration in one and two axes. After successfully completing my Ph.D, I joined Dr. Barzanjeh’s team in February 2023 as a postdoctoral researcher. In this role, I am dedicated to advancing my research in the field of quantum photonics and sensing. This opportunity allows me to further explore and contribute to cutting-edge advancements in the field.

Dr. Pablo Graciano, Visiting Post Doc

I received my PhD in Science (Physics) from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in 2020, where I focused on the study of controlling the spectral correlation of photon pairs applied to quantum optical coherence tomography (QOCT). Currently, I am a Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences (ICN UNAM) where I gained theoretical and experimental experience on QOCT and today I am doing a short term research stay at the University of Calgary.

Ph. D. Students

Danial Davoudi, Ph. D. Student

Danial received his B.Sc. degree in condensed matter physics from Shahid Beheshti University in Iran. He obtained his master’s degree from the University of Stuttgart in Germany, where he worked on the magnetic properties of Kondo Insulators in Prof. Dressel’s Lab. Following that, he was employed as a test engineer to work on force and torque sensors in the R&D department of magnetic-sense GmbH. He then worked as a research assistant in the quantum optomechanics field in Dr. Sungkun Hong’s Lab at the University of Stuttgart. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Institute for Quantum Science and Technology (IQST) in Dr. Barzanjeh’s Lab. His research work focuses on superconducting quantum circuits.

Murat Karakoç, Visiting Ph. D. Student

Murat Can KARAKOC received his B.S. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Eskisehir, Turkiye in 2015, and the M.S. degree from Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University, Ankara, Turkiye in 2018. He currently follows Ph.D. degree at Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University, Ankara, Turkiye and also works as a student visiting researcher at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada. His research interests include wireless communication, millimeter wave and terahertz frequency communication, and quantum sensing.

Mahdi Rizvandi, Ph. D. Student

In January 2022, I joined the University of Calgary as a PhD student to conduct research on photonic topological insulators. My project involves both experimental and theoretical work, focusing on the development of integrated photonics circuits using various materials that exhibit nonlinear optics. Prior to this, I completed my Bachelor of Science degree at Razi University. During my undergraduate studies, I conducted a research project on cylindrical dome shells with quantum size effects. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I pursued a Master’s degree at Shahid Beheshti University, where I worked on High Entropy Alloys using Density Functional Theory to obtain their mechanical properties.

MSc. Students

Mayte Y. Li Gomez, MSc. Student

I am a master’s student in Science-Physics at the University of Calgary, interested in studying the applications of quantum mechanics in biology, computing, and information. I received my BSc. in 2019 from UCLA where I did a double major in Physics and Applied Mathematics. After graduating, I did research (2019-2021) in the experimental quantum optics lab at the Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares UNAM (ICN-UNAM) in Mexico, where I investigated the effects of temporal correlations in entangled two-photon absorption. I joined Dr. Barzanjeh’s research team during the summer of 2021 and will be working on my research on quantum optical coherence tomography, among other quantum imaging and sensing projects.

Abdul Mohamed, MSc. Student

I was awarded my bachelor’s degree in physics with honours from Brandon University in 2019. My thesis research involved using data collected of our Milky Way Galaxy by the Effelsberg 100-m Radio Telescope H1 survey. I took data from the survey and developed code to calculate rotation curves and the approximate mass of the inner section of the Milky Way Galaxy. During the summer I worked on studying the effects of Plasma Lensing on EM waves. I have joined Dr. Barzanjeh’s research group in September 2021. I will be working on research that includes Quantum transducer, and optomechanics.

Armin Tabesh, MSc. Student

I have been awarded a bachelor’s degree in physics, condensed matter, from Shahid Beheshti University, Iran, in Sept. 2019. My main interests during the undergraduate studies were numerical simulations in quantum mechanics and solid-state physics, the fundamentals of quantum computing, and in the last year of my program, quantum optics. I have joined Dr. Barzanjeh’s research group in January 2021, and my main research topic is Microwave-Optical photon conversion, superconducting circuits and hybrid quantum systems.

Alireza Tabesh, MSc. Student

I was awarded my B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, from Sharif University of Technology in 2021. I was interested in analog IC simulation and design, microwave/RF circuits and devices, and MEMS/NEMS during my undergraduate studies. My B.Sc. research project ,which was concluded under the supervision of Dr. Reza Sarvari, was a thorough COMSOL simulation of a nano-electro-mechanical(NEM) switch actuated by a voltage below 70mV. In 2021, I started my M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Calgary by joining Dr. Belostotski’s and Barzanjeh’s research groups. My current thesis includes design and simulation of kinetic-inductance parametric amplifiers (KIPA’s) mostly concentrated on coupled resonator arrays working at GHz regime and fabricated on superconductive films.

Tyler Zegray, MSc. Student

I completed an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Waterloo in the winter of 2021. My main focus was studying the basis of quantum theory, quantum information, and researching the plasmonics of the 2D nanomaterial phosphorene. Currently, I am working with NTT Research on the in-development field of many-body quantum optics. My research involves theoretical modeling of platforms for realizing the fractional quantum Hall effect in the light. The purpose is to study the physics of the 2D quasiparticles known as Anyons. In the fall of 2021, I joined Dr. Barzanjeh’s group at the University of Calgary.

Research Assistants

Taras Hrushevskyi, Research Assistant

I received my MSc. degree in Physics from the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Lindsay Leblanc in 2017. My Master’s project was focused on building an apparatus for Bose-Einstein condensate production. After graduation, I stayed in the Ultracold quantum gases laboratory at the University of Alberta as Research Assistant. During my work, I participated in ultracold quantum gases and atomic quantum memories projects. In June 2021 I joined Dr. Barzanjeh’s team as Research Assistant.  My main project here is an experimental implementation of quantum optical coherence tomography.

Intern Students

Veronica Chmielarski, Summer Intern

In 2016, I started my combined BSc. degree in Chemical Engineering and Physics at the University of Calgary. Under the faculty of Chemical Engineering I had the opportunity to work as a research assistant for CaCO3 Janus Nanoparticle Synthesis, as well as secured a 16-month internship as a Field Engineer Intern of Power and Gas Storage Assets across Western Canada for TC Energy. In May 2023, I joined Dr. Barzanjeh’s team and will be assisting with experimental and theoretical research in the field of quantum physics and quantum optics.

Kayla McArthur, Summer Intern

I started my undergraduate degree in 2019 at the University of Calgary. I was in the combined degree for a BEd. and Bsc., but after finding my passion for physics, I switched into a physics major. I developed an interest in quantum imaging in my second year after reviewing a paper on quantum ghost imaging. In May 2023, I joined Dr. Barzanjeh’s group, and I will be building an optical fibre pulling device and assisting with experimental research on quantum imaging.

Former Members

  • Erhan Saglamyurek: Research Associate, March 2021 – June 2022.
  • Sepideh Ahmadi: Visiting Ph.D. student, July 2021 – September 2021.
  • Julian Palandri: MSc. Student, September 2021 – April 2022.
  • Trong Ngo: Post Doc, January 2021- January 2023.
  • Manpreet Kaur: Intern, May 2022 – April 2023.
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