Who are we?
Who are we?
Entropy Labs is the result of co-founders Mark Zaidi and Leslie Capobianco's curiosity and obsession with amazing materials and the chemistry behind them.
Having met at Ryerson University, the duo seemed to be the perfect complement to each other's talents. With the guidance of Dr. Bryan Koivisto, Dr. Umberto Berardi, and the Science Discovery Zone, Entropy Labs came to be.
Our mission is simple: do things differently.
Chaos is beautiful, if you know where to look, and how to harness it.
Welcome to Entropy Labs.
Leslie doesn't like to be told that something can't be done. When others see a barrier, she sees a jumping off point.
Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Leslie lived in the US, and for a time in Japan, before calling Canada her home.
"I consider it the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears," she says. "The first country was too hard. The second, too soft, and the third: just right."
In-line with the mantra of Entropy Labs, Leslie sees uncertainty and non-linearity as beautiful and ripe with potential. She holds a Bachelors Degree in English from Rollins College in Winter Park Florida. She's a former award-winning teacher, with a publishing background, and plenty of stories from her time as a technician for Apple. She currently holds an RA grant at Ryerson University through the Big Data Institute, and works in Cardiovascular Research at Toronto General Hospital at UHN. Leslie is also a masters student at OCAD, in the Design for Health program.
"Like the late Steve Jobs said, 'You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.'"
"The dots may appear sporadic, and disconnected, but there's always a connection," she claims. "It's about learning to trust in the process, and know that it's okay to ask for help and to accept it. My coming to Ryerson University and co-founding Entropy Labs is the start of me getting to connect the dots, while forming new ones."
"I'm excited at how these dots I've made since pursuing a science degree here in Canada will connect to the ones I've made over the last several decades. Our work with aerogel can have significant impact on a number of industries if we do this right."
"Long live the chaos."
Mark sees the world through a scientific lens, "and it's beautiful," he says.
"From the food you eat, to the music you enjoy, it all is thanks to the often-invisible world of chemistry."
Born and raised in Toronto to two cancer researchers, Mark has always been encouraged to learn how things work, at even the smallest level. His early introduction to science has allowed him to immerse himself into the scientific community with haste.
A student researcher at the STTARR Imaging Facility, Mark works with programs such as MATLAB to analyze hypoxic cancer cells. He is a Terry Fox Research Institute Poster Presentation Winner, Sheldon and Tracy Levy Innovator Award Winner, Taekwondo Black Belt, and holds an RA Grant for Entropy Lab's work on Aerogel with Ryerson University.
"Aerogel is an amazing substance," he says, "and our making it accessible can change the face of science in numerous fields."
"I'm excited to see what we can do here at Entropy Labs. As far as we know, we've not found the limit of the universe. We choose to consider our work to be the same: limitless."