Nakisa Samadi

Lassonde MASc Student Receives York University’s FGS Thesis & Dissertation Prize

Nakisa Samadi entered the MASc program in Mechanical Engineering in 2018 after completing an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering at Sharif University of Technology (Iran). During her tenure at the Hybrid Biomedical Optics laboratory, she co-developed a low-cost and portable photo-thermal sensing technology for detecting Cannabis consumption at roadside and workplace. She is currently pursuing the translation of her research outcomes into market through Lab2Market and University of Toronto Early Stage Technology (UTEST) entrepreneurship programs, leading to incorporation of a startup company named AfimaCheck ( Nakisa’s research has been published in prestigious scientific journals in the field (, secured the second-place award in the prestigious nationwide City MOGULS startup pitch competition (, and awarded York University’s FGS Thesis & Dissertation Prize.