Chris Wilson
Principle Investigator


Christopher Wilson joined the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) in 2012 as an a Associate Professor. He has a joint appointment with the Electrical & Computer Engineering department.
He received his BS in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1996. There he performed undergraduate research on the role of nonlinear dynamics in the nervous system. He received his PhD in Physics from Yale University in 2002. His dissertation focused on the development of single-photon spectrometers using superconducting tunnel junctions. He then worked at Yale as the W.M. Keck Postdoctoral Fellow performing research on quantum computation and information processing using superconducting single-electronics. In 2004, he moved to Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, later becoming an Assistant Professor in 2007 and an Associate Professor in 2011. At the University of Waterloo, he plans to continue his work on quantum information, microwave quantum optics, and nonlinear dynamics.

Ibrahim Nsanzineza


Ibrahim Nsanzineza joined EQSL in march 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2005 he received his BSc in Physics and Chemistry with minor in science teaching from Kigali Institute of Education (KIE), where he afterward worked as a tutorial assistant in the department of physics. In 2008 he received his MSc diploma in mathematical sciences from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He then pursued his graduate studies in the US where he received his MSc (May 2010) and then Ph.D. (December 2015) in experimental condensed matter physics at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. His MSc studies focused on quantum coherence and vortex dynamics in nanostructured superconductors. His PhD dissertation focused on vortices and nonequilibrium quasiparticles dynamics in superconducting coplanar waveguide resonators. At EQSL, Ibrahim works on circuit quantum electrodynamics and quantum thermodynamics.

Sandbo Chang


Sandbo Chang obtained his B.Eng. in Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013, major in Electronic Engineering, where he focused on optimizing the design of an optical parametric oscillator using silicon waveguide. He continued his study in University of Waterloo and joined EQSL, where he obtained his MASc in Quantum Information in 2015 and PhD in Quantum Information in 2019. His work included the characterization of a microwave parametric amplifier implemented on a tunable superconducting resonator in an effort to explore various fundamental quantum mechanical phenomena, e.g. quantum entanglement in multiple photons voltage quadrature and their potential applications in quantum computation and quantum network. 

Vadiraj A M
PhD student


Born and brought up in India, Vadiraj joined the EQSL lab in Jan 2015. He finished his masters in Electrical Engineering (2012) with a specialization in microelectronics from the Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), Netherlands. He then moved back to India to work at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai as Junior Research Fellow. During his time at TUDelft and TIFR, he has worked on design, fabrication and characterization of nanomechanical systems, microwave circuits, superconducting quantum electronics for quantum control and information processing. He loves to work in areas where cutting edge technology is used to probe new quantum systems for building the first generation of future quantum processors. When not in lab he likes to spend time recording music, train at the gym or get busy with scientific outreach activities.

Nizar Messaoudi
PhD student


Nizar earned a Master of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2009, for his work in power amplifier linearization. After that, he was a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Waterloo for 7 years, as a Lab Instructor specializing in microwave and RF engineering. Nizar has been working with Keysight for over 3 years as an Application Engineer. He has recently enrolled in the PhD program of the ECE department at the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo. Nizar loves to play ice hockey, and has been involved, in training and coaching roles, for teams of all levels.

Jamal Busnaina
PhD student

Huichen Sun
PhD student

Jimmy Hung
Masters student

Luyao Wang
Masters student

Luyao was born and brought up in China. In 2014 she attended the Shandong Normal University (SDNU) in China and majored in software engineering. She then moved to the University of Waterloo in 2016 where she majored in Mathematical physics because of the 2+2 Undergraduate Collaborative Education Programs between SDNU and UW. Due to this program regulation, she received her double degrees: the B.Eng. of SDNU in 2018 and the B.S. of UW in 2019. In 2018, as an undergraduate research assistant in the QITI lab at the Institute for Quantum Computing in UW she focused on the Hamiltonian engineering which built up her interest in quantum computing. In the fall of 2019 Luyao joined the EQSL team as a master student in the ECE department. She enjoys the fitness lifestyle as well as loves quantum, trusts evolution and accepts new challenges. .

EQSL alumni

Wenfang Li (Postdoctoral researcher)
Karthik Sampath Kumar (Postdoctoral researcher)
Pol Forn Diaz (Postdoctoral researcher)
Helen Percival (Masters student)
Chris Warren (Masters student)
Andrew Hardy (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Gaurav Bhole (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Ron Belyansky (Undergraduate Research Assistant)