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Episode 29: Dr. Gabi Mandl

Gabi Mandl is a Doctor and scientist in the Lanthanide Research group of Prof. John Capobianco at Concordia University. Lanthanides are luminescent, and Gabi uses them to make luminescent nanoparticles to find new cancer treatments.

In this episode of Science Off Camera, hear about Lanthanide elements and their amazing optical properties, and how Gabi uses them in her research to find new medical therapies.

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That’s what I love about modern science. You can read anything on the internet, you can find millions of books and papers and whatever at your disposal to be able to learn a field. So I find like, it’s less important to pick a degree, it’s more important to pick a lab that you’re very, very interested in and then learn based on your experiences there.


The research of the Lanthanide Research Group involves the synthesis, spectroscopy, and applications of lanthanide-doped nanoparticles. The lab specializes in:

  • Different synthesis techniques of lanthanide-doped nanomaterials
  • Characterization by PXRD, DLS and TEM/SEM
  • Spectroscopic analyses of upconverting and radioluminescent nanoparticles
  • Biomedical applications


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