Meet Our Ottawa Chapter Team!

The Ottawa S2BN Chapter partners with regional stakeholders to organize career development and networking events for STEM and Health/Life Sciences graduate trainees. Our aim is to support the growth of Ontario's Health and Life Sciences sector by preparing highly qualified personnel for a career path outside of academia. 

For more information about Ottawa Chapter events please visit the Upcoming Events page.

Contact the Ottawa S2BN Chapter at:

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Stephanie Meyer

Sponsorship Associate; AIM 2020 Planning Committee Member

Shankar Tumati PhD

Mentorship Coordinator

Chandni Sondagar MPH

Sponsorship Associate

Sarah Coles

MSc Candidate, Chemistry, Carleton University

Stéphanie Meyer has earned a specialized degree in Biotechnology from le CEGEP de l’Outaouais and a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology from l’université Laval. Stéphanie is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Chemistry at Carleton University, with a specialization in food chemistry. One accomplishment includes the development of an easy-to-understand compendium of technical guidelines to support the training of equipment operators in small and mid-size dairy industries located in the province of Québec.   As a researcher at the Institute of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods at l’université Laval, she performed studies on the formulation of polysaccharide-protein complex for applications in “functional foods”.  She also collected and analyzed primary data on the occurrence of allergens in products with preventive labelling (e.g., may contain nuts). These efforts led to the production of a sampling plan for products bearing a preventive mention in relation to two allergens (e.g., egg and milk)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Mental Health Research, University of Ottawa

Senior Project Officer, Canadian Public Health Association

Customer Success Team, MindBridge Analytics

Shankar is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Mental Health Research, University of Ottawa. He studies normal and abnormal brain function using functional MRI. He completed his medical studies from India and his PhD from the Netherlands.

Chandni Sondagar is a Master of Public Health graduate with several years of experience working in various streams of public health, including research, policy and knowledge exchange and transfer. She’s accumulated diverse experience managing national level projects focused on the strengthening of immunization programs across Canada. Her current interests include learning how technology and non-conventional communication approaches can be used to increase access to information, motivate behaviours and tackle challenges in public health. When Chandni is not chasing her passion for public health, she is finding any excuse to travel.

Sarah is a recent mechanical engineering graduate from Queen’s University and past cohort member of the Queen’s Innovation Center 2018 Summer Initiative, where she pursued her own technology startup through the foundry program. Sarah worked with a team to commercialize a patented data coding algorithm that extends the lifespan of flash memory devices, where she realized her interest for business and technology. Sarah now works on the customer success team at MindBridge Analytics, helping to integrate artificial intelligence into the auditing and financial advisory field.

Rachel Nadeau
Joey Sheff PhD
Megan Mahoney PhD

Marketing Associate; AIM 2020 Planning Committee Member

Event Support Associate; AIM 2020 Planning Committee Member

Program Advisor

MSc Candidate, Biochemistry, University of Ottawa

Rachel is an M.Sc. candidate in Biochemistry with a Bioinformatics Option at the University of Ottawa. Her focus is on the development of software to assess quantitative proteomics datasets and further understand normal and disease states (e.g. breast cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

Postdoctoral Fellow, Human Health Therapeutics, National Research Council Canada

Joey Sheff is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Research Council Canada (NRC). He is part of the analytics team within the Human Health 
Therapeutics division. His work is centered around understanding the mechanism underlying the delivery of therapeutic antibodies across the blood brain barrier. He completed his PhD in bioanalytical chemistry at the University of Calgary.

Director, Scientific Affairs and Training Programs, BioCanRx

Megan currently works as Director, Scientific Affairs and Training Programs at BioCanRx, a federally funded Network of Centres of Excellence focused on the development of novel approaches in the treatment of cancer using immunotherapy. Since joining BioCanRx in 2017, she has developed and overseen training initiatives aimed at bridging the gap and growing the talent pool in translational expertise related to cell and virus-based therapeutic development. Prior to joining BioCanRx, Megan was Operations Manager for the Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre (BMC) Virus Facility at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. In this role, she oversaw the operational activities of the BMC, which specializes in virus and vaccine development and manufacturing services for products destined for pre-clinical and clinical research. Megan is passionate about HQP skills and professional development and strengthening the Canadian bioeconomy ecosystem. She is a program committee member for the Canadian Science Policy Centre, and a program advisor for the Science to Business Network (S2BN), where she developed and leads the Ottawa Chapter S2BN Mentorship Program. Megan received her PhD in Neuroscience from Queen's University in 2014.

James Renaud PhD

Event Support Associate

Postdoctoral Fellow, Metrology Research Centre, National Research Council Canada

James is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Metrology Research Centre at the National Research Council Canada (NRC). He completed his PhD in Physics at McGill University with a focus on medical radiation detector development.

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Anna Koudrina

Communications Associate; AIM 2020 Planning Committee Member

PhD Candidate, Chemistry, Carleton University

Anna Koudrina received her Bachelor of Science, Honours from Carleton University in 2016. She is currently finishing her PhD in Chemistry, with specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology. As part of Dr. Maria DeRosa’s lab, she uses DNA as a building block in nanotechnology. Her project focuses on creating aptamer-conjugates to be used as targeted contrast agents for applications in MRI and CT imaging. These novel conjugates will allow for early diagnosis and more precise treatment, while lowering toxicity of the conventionally used contrast media.

Kevin Mercurio

Mentorship Coordinator

MSc Candidate, Biochemistry, University of Ottawa

Kevin is a M.Sc. student in Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa. He is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Kristin Baetz, where he is studying how budding yeast can utilize mucin glycoproteins as an energy source, as they would being a part of the gut microbiome. He received his B.Sc. with honours in Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa in 2016. Kevin is the former VP Academic Affairs at the BMIGSA and previously worked at as a trade commissioner for Global Affairs Canada.

Piriya Yoganathan PhD

Chapter President

Head of R&D, Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Piriya is currently Head of Research & Development at the Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She completed her PhD at Queen’s University in the Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine with a specialization in cancer research, and holds an Executive MBA from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. 


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