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 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.
Seminar Series Coordinator
I am a second year Master of Science student at the UofS and I am carrying out research in the area of medicinal chemistry. My research involves synthesizing compounds that can serve as therapeutics or diagnostics for Parkinson’s disease. I am also the design and media officer for American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Uof S chapter and graduate student representative for Nigerian Students Association (NSA). I enjoy watching and playing basketball, blogging, reading and listening to music.
Media relations Coordinators
I am currently a first year pharmacy student at the UofS. Prior to pharmacy school, I was a biochemistry major at the UofS. My family travelled from the Middle East to Canada when I was just three years old, and Canada’s been our home ever since. I’ve lived in Saskatoon for most of my life, but used to live in Ontario. My interests in science include medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and structural biology. Apart from science, I’m also passionate about music, human rights, and mental health awareness.
I’m a fourth year Chemistry student and I’m also doing research in the Gravel lab here at the U of S. My research is about the synthesis of -annulene derivatives. I am originally from Prince Albert but I moved to Saskatoon for university. I’m so happy and proud to be apart of the USASK WiC group. I’ve met so many amazing people through it and I love being an advocate for equality within STEM. I also love reading, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with my friends.
Executive Members at Large
I am a third year Materials Engineering student at the University of Alberta who was drawn into the Women in Chemistry group at the University of Saskatchewan while participating in the Inorganic Chemistry Exchange (ICE) program. Back at the U of A I am a co-president of the Materials Engineering Student Society (MESS). I enjoy spending my time in the middle of nowhere hiking, hunting and fishing.
I grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and finished my BSc in 2018 from the University of Saskatchewan majoring in chemistry with a mathematics minor. I am a materials science enthusiast and will be pursuing a PhD in chemistry at the University of Toronto. When I am not studying or advocating for diversity in the STEM fields, I like running, playing trumpet, and having beers with my friends.
I am a Research Associate, originally from the UK, working with Prof. Matt Paige and Prof. Ron Steer in the Department of Chemistry. Here, I investigate the properties of interesting molecules and materials using spectroscopic techniques. I received a Physics Undergraduate Degree from Trinity College Dublin, followed by a Physics PhD from the University of Oxford. I transitioned into Chemistry by working as a postdoc in the group of Prof. R. J. Dwayne Miller at the Max Planck Institute for Structural Dynamics, in Hamburg, and at the University of Toronto. When not playing around with lasers, I enjoy walking throughout beautiful Saskatoon, baking, and indulging in all things arty/crafty!
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!