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.
Piriya Yoganathan PhD
Megan Mahoney PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Piriya is currently a post-doctoral fellow 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.
Manager, HQP Training Programs, BioCanRx
Megan joined the BioCanRx team as Manager of HQP Training Programs in early October 2017. In 2016, she joined Dr. John Bell's virus manufacturing facility as Operations Manager. Prior to that, she worked for the Canadian Frailty Network, an NCE hosed by Queen's University in Kingston. There, she was a Program Manager for a Citizen Engagement Knowledge Mobilization Initiative. During graduate school, Megan was actively involved in curriculum development and implementation of several undergraduate courses in the Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science stream of the Psychology Department and actively participated in Let’s Talk Science and Jack.org events. Megan received her PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Neuroscience from Queen's University in 2014.
Chandni Sondagar MPH
Senior Project Officer, Canadian Public Health Association
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.
Darin Bloemberg PhD
National Research Council Liason
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Research Council
Darin Bloemberg is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Research Council Canada (NRC) working in Cancer Immunology. His team is evaluating novel CAR-T constructs and developing advanced cancer therapies using cellular engineering and genome editing. In addition to these future-facing interventions, he is interested in promoting scientific literacy, particularly related to the public understanding and accessibility of accurate medical information. He is excited to help connect the S2BN with the NRC and engage its network of people that want to use science productively!
Ph.D. University of Toronto
Kasey Hemington PhD
Donna D'Souza PhD
Clinical Research Monitoring Specialist, Abbott Point of Care
Kasey Hemington completed her Ph.D. in Medical Science at the University of Toronto, studying the neural mechanisms of pain with neuroimaging techniques. Her work helps to discover how pain and chronic pain are perceived, and how they are represented in the brain.
Donna recently joined the Clinical Affairs team at a medical devices company in Ottawa. Prior to this, Donna completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Ottawa and worked remotely for the Clinical Research Graduate Certificate Program at Humber College. She completed her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences at McMaster University, and obtained an MSc studying Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University. She looks forward to helping organize events and initiatives to help academic trainees explore alternative careers as she believes Ottawa is a great location for this transition.
Leslie Nash MSc
Shuhiba Mohammad MSc
Event Support Associate
Event Support Associate & Webpage Coordinator
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Ottawa
Leslie is a PhD Candidate in the Biochemistry program at the University of Ottawa and Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Her research focusses on utilizing extracellular vesicles and adenoviral vectors to develop unique biomarkers and novel gene therapies for neuromuscular disorders.
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Ottawa
Shuhiba is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa focusing on physical activity and the placenta. She received her MSc in Experimental Biology from Queen's University where she was introduced to the Kingston chapter of the S2BN.