bsce, mba, msnm, msba, phd

research work


My research interests include the area of technology innovation and commercialization. More specifically, how to turn scientific research outcomes into successful businesses, e.g., via translational research. Translation research has emerged as a new means to transform basic research findings into practical applications that enhance the quality of life. It was originally conceived for the medical world—translational medicine—in response to concerns over the long time lag between scientific discoveries and their incorporation into health treatments, practices and policies. In essence, translational research helps turn an early-stage innovation into a new product, typically advancing the development of the innovation to the point where it becomes attractive for others—such as angel investors, venture capital firms, or industry—to embrace the challenge of manufacturing the product for the market.


I am currently working on an interdisciplinary research project (Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science and Faculty of Science) to develop sensing systems for water quality assessment. The first phase of this project was funded by ACOA-AIF, RDC, PRNL & MUN and has successfully concluded on December 31, 2016. The second phase of the project is funded by ACOA-AIF, RDC & MUN and started on April 1, 2017. The vision of this two-phase project is to provide portable, selective and sensitive solutions for the characterization of water contaminants of concern. In alignment with this vision, the goals of the second phase of the project are: 1) to translate the molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) -based platform technology developed by the Bottaro Group at Memorial University from technology readiness (TRL) 6 to TRL 9 (ready for market); 2) to develop a strategy for a start-up company that will spin-off from Memorial University and commercialize the project’s outcomes in the form of laboratory services for water quality assessment; and 3) to design a translational research methodology and framework for other innovations created at Memorial University.