Sandy Zakaria


Graduate Student

B.Sc. (Honours) Biological Sciences, Minor in Psychology, University of Windsor, 2014

M.A.Sc. Biomedical Engineering, McMaster University, anticipated 2018

Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
McMaster University
Health Science Centre, Room 4H32
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1

icon_phone 905.525.9140 ext.28813
icon_fax 905.522.9033


Brief Biography:

Sandy completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Windsor, majoring in Biological Science and minoring in Psychology. She joined the Li lab in 2016 as an M.A.Sc. student and is planning to transferring to her Ph.D. in the near future.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and hiking!

Her favourite quote is: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when creating them”-Albert Einstein

Research Interests:

Her research interest is to develop a diagnostic test using functional nucleic acids and the gut microbiota for the early detection of colorectal cancer. Her other research interests include product development, and research and commercialization. 


Chang, D., Zakaria, S., Deng, M., Allen, N., Tram K., & Li, Y. (2016). Integrating Deoxyribozymes into Colorimetric Sensing Platforms. Sensors, 16(12), 2061.

Market, M., Pfaff, J., Scott, K., Spencer, S., Timperio, N., Tobin, K., Venney, C., Woghiren, M.,  Zakaria, S., Chaker, L., Diemer, K., Doci, F., Foreman, C., Gosselin, N., Hebert, J., Hegazi, A.,  Hetzel, R., & Crawford, M. (2015). Epigenetics in Society. Windsor: University of Windsor.