Gonzalo Cosa, McGill University

Presented by Hans-Peter Loock, Physical, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Division (right)
2015

Gonzalo Cosa obtained a BSc in chemistry in Argentina and shortly after moved to Canada where he trained in organic photochemistry in the premier laboratory of J. C. (Tito) Scaiano at the University of Ottawa obtaining his PhD in 2002. He then joined the world-class spectroscopy group of Paul F. Barbara at the University of Texas at Austin for postdoctoral work on single molecule spectroscopy. He joined the Department of Chemistry at McGill University in 2005 at the rank of assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 2011. He has received a number of awards including the Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Photobiology (2012), the European Society for Photobiology (2009) and the Inter-American Photochemical Society (2009). Cosa’s research program centres on the development of fluorescence-based methodologies to study chemical and biological systems at the molecular, nano, and cellular levels with unprecedented spatiotemporal resolution and sensitivity, and on the application of the fundamental knowledge gained using these methods to generate novel materials and diagnostics. His approach is multifaceted as it combines expertise in physical organic chemistry, spectroscopy, and microscopy.