Usha Hemraz

Roles and responsibilities

Research Council Officer

Current research and/or projects

  • Stimuli-responsive materials for encapsulating microbes and nucleic acids for sustainable agriculture
  • Synthesis of glycolipids as vaccine adjuvants
  • Functionalization of nanomaterials


MBA, Concordia University, 2019

Ph.D, Chemistry, University of Alberta, 2010

B.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry, University of Mauritius, 2003

Inventions and patents

  • Hemraz, U.D., McCluskie, M.J; Régnier, S.; Stark, F.C; Lam, E.; Vasquez, Vinicio, Akache, B. “Mixture of Stereoisomers of a Sulfated Glycolipid” US 63/296648, filed January 5, 2022 .
  • Webster, T.; Chen, Q.; Chen, Y.; Fenniri, H. and Hemraz, U.D. “Nanotubes as Carriers of Nucleic Acids into Cells”, 2019, US 10,201,634.
  • Webster, T.; Fenniri, H. and Hemraz, U.D. “Nanotubes and Composition thereof”, 2014, US 8,795,691.

Key publications

Hemraz, U.D.; Lam, E. and Sunasee, R. “Recent Advances in Cellulose Nanocrystals-based Antimicrobial Agents” Carbohydrate Polymers, 2023, 315, 120987.

Hrapovic, S.; Martinez-Farina, C.F.; Sui, J.; Lavertu J.D.; Hemraz, U.D. “Design of chitosan nanocrystals decorated with amino acids and peptides” Carbohydrate Polymers, 2022, 298, 120108.

Régnier, S.; Lam, E.; Vasquez, V. Martinez-Farina, C.F.; Stark, F.C; Agbayani, G.; Deschatelets, L.; Dudani, R.; Harrison, B.A.; Akache, B.; McCluskie, M.J.; Hemraz, U.D. "Effect of chiral purity on adjuvanticity of archaeol-based glycolipids" J. Med. Chem. 2021, 65, 8332-8344.  

Akache, B.; Renner, T.M.; Tran, A.; Deschatelets, L.; Dudani, R.; Harrison, B.A.; Duque, D.; Haukenfrers, J.; Rossotti, M.A.; Gaudreault, F.; Hemraz, U.D.; Lam, E.; Régnier, S.; Chen, W.; Gervais, C.; Stuible, M.; Krishnan, L.; Durocher Y.; McCluskie, M.J. “Immunogenic and efficacious SARS‑CoV‑2 vaccine based on resistin‑trimerized spike antigen SmT1 and SLA archaeosome adjuvant” Scientific Reports 2021, 11:21849.

Cho, J.Y.; Bhowmik, P; Polowick, P.; Dodard, S. G.; El-Bakkari, M.; Nowak, G.; Fenniri, H.; Hemraz, U.D. “Cellular Delivery of Plasmid DNA into Wheat Microspores using Rosette Nanotubes,” ACS Omega, 2020, 5, 24422-24433.

Sunasee, R.; Hemraz, U.D.; Ckless, K. “Cellulose nanocrystals: A versatile nanoplatform for emerging biomedical applications,” Expert Opin. Drug. Deliv. 2016, 13, 1243-1256.

Hemraz, U.D.; El-Bakkari, M.; Yamazaki, T.; Cho, J.Y.; Beingessner, R.; Fenniri, H. “Chiromers: Conformation-driven mirror-image supramolecular chirality isomerism identified in a new class of helical rosette nanotubes,” Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 9421-9427.

Hemraz, U.D.; Lu, A.; Sunasee, R.; Boluk, Y. “Structure of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) brushes and steric stability of their grafted cellulose nanocrystal dispersions,” J. Colloid Interface Sci., 2014, 430, 157-165.

Zhang, L.; Hemraz, U.D.; Fenniri, H.; Webster, T.J. "Osteogenic peptide modified rosette nanotubes for improved orthopedic applications," J. Biomed. Mater. Res. A, 2010, 95A, 550-563.


Usha Hemraz

Usha Hemraz

Research Council Officer
Human Health Therapeutics
6100 Royalmount Avenue
Montreal, Quebec H4P 2R2
Preferred language: English
Other(s): French
Telephone: 438-993-3590


Agriculture, Materials, Biomaterials, Nanomaterials, Polymers, Smart Materials, Sciences, Chemistry, Technology, Nanotechnology