I was born in Iran, where I completed my undergraduate and Master’s training in Chemistry, during which time I received the highest academic honours. To further pursue my education, I then moved to Canada to take up PhD studies at the University of Saskatchewan. While working on my doctorate, I met my soulmate and we married in August 2017. Upon completion of my PhD studies, I embarked on a new research direction with the goal of exploring my strong interest in applications of Chemistry in Medicine. I am currently a SHRF and CIHR-THRUST postdoctoral fellow. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, running, biking, playing chess, and socializing with friends and family.
Vice-President- Grad and PostDoc. Studies
My name is Whitney Shannon and I am proud to be USask-WiC’s Graduate Student Vice President! Growing up on the East Coast, I received my BSc with honours in Chemistry from Mount Allison University, working under the supervision of Dr. Glen Briand as a Main Group chemist. Currently, I am pursuing my passion for Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan as a graduate student co-supervised by Dr. Eric Price and Dr. Steven Siciliano. I became a member of USask-WiC soon after I arrived to the UofS; and I am so happy to have done so! Not only did I become better acquainted with members of our own scientific community, but WiC has allowed me to improve my networking skills; offering opportunities to learn communicative skills from members of differing academic institutions and industry. I am beyond excited to work with the amazing members of our group this year in planning what will be many successful endeavors!
I am a second year physics and chemistry double major with a concentration in nuclear science. I work for Dr. Steven Siciliano in the Department of Soil Science, primarily assisting with imaging soil on the BioPET system at the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences. Formerly, I was also a summer student at the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation. When I’m not playing with radioactivity or advocating for STEM initiatives, I can most often be found taking my former research beagle, Nugget, for walks, or playing with my pet rabbits Cosmos, Hertzsprung, and Russell.
My name is Hillary Mehlhorn and I am a Masters candidate for Chemistry. I study and synthesize new derivates of the BODIPY fluorophore in the Price Lab Group. I have a chemistry background in organic and analytical chemistry along with my BSc. Chemistry from the University of Regina. In my free time I train and compete for the Huskies in cross country and track & field. I also love teaching introductory organic chemistry laboratories and being involved with WiC!
I am a PhD Student of Usask in Chemistry Department. I work with Dr. Christopher Phenix and Dr. Eric Price studying the enzymatic cleavable linkers for Antibody Drug Conjugate. I earned my MSc. degree at University of Puerto Rico developing anticancer compounds and worked as research assistant at International Center of Tropical Agriculture. I am a friendly woman from Colombia that likes to dance salsa music, traveling, hiking, biking and swimming.
Assistant Professor (as of July 1st 2019!) in the Department of Chemistry. My research involves understanding the dynamics and energy-transfer processes in molecules and supramolecular systems using ultrafast laser spectroscopy techniques. I previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and the Max-Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter at DESY Hamburg. My hobbies include reading, watching movies, bird watching, taking long walks along the South Saskatchewan river.
My name is Una Goncin and I was born and raised in Regina, SK. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at the UofR where I worked as a Research Technician studying wildlife biology and genetics – basically getting paid to fish during the summer and winter for 3 years in a row! I switched gears after my BSc because I wanted to pursue clinically relevant research so I am currently pursuing my MSc in Health Sciences under the supervision of Dr Machtaler. My research involves developing targeted SPECT/PET contrast agents for detecting and monitoring inflammatory diseases. Why did I join WIC-USask? I joined because I want to advocate for equality within STEM, graduate student work-life balance AND last but not least but meet people who are just as passionate about science as I am.
My name is Emerita Mendoza Rengifo and I am happy to be part of the Women in Chemistry (WiC) group. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in Geological Sciences under the supervision and guidance of Prof. Graham N. George and Prof. Ingrid J. Pickering at the University of Saskatchewan. My research focuses on characterizing the interactions of selenoenzymes with mercury, using mainly synchrotron techniques. Apart from my research, I am a volunteer in the TED talk translator where I became a fan of Phil Plait who said: “Science is at its best when it dares to be human”. I am very passionate about interacting with the community and promoting STEM fields that empower people to explore their potential for innovation and science. I hope to continue working together with the WiC team towards a shared goal!
Hi, I’m Annastacia, current grad student here at USask in chemistry. My research focuses on water and ice chemistry, and one day I’d like to help improve science education globally. When I’m not in lab I like to chill with friends, cook, bake and watch movies.
I am a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry. My research involves synthesis and characterization of Gemini surfactants at air-liquid and air-solid interface. I am also investigating the binding behaviour of Gemini surfactants with metal ions and using Gemini to deliver Iron to plants to prevent them from Iron Chlorosis. I like to spend my free time with my two daughters. I also like watching movies , travelling and doing fun chemistry experiments with the kids.
Member(s) At Large
I am Josseline Ramos-Figueroa. I grew up in Lima-Peru; I did my post-secondary education at National University of Engineering where I got my degree in Chemistry. I worked for 1.5 years in an analytical laboratory, and during that time, I attended different university fairs to perform graduate studies abroad. This allowed me to meet USASK representatives who gladly accepted me as a graduate student. It is been a long way! Now, I am in the fifth year of my PhD working in the Palmer Lab in the interface of enzymology and organic synthesis. More than excited to have joined the Women in Chemistry group at USASK and to have met wonderful people with the same goal: support women in STEM!