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Guelph chapter

Meet our Mentors

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Amina Asif

MSc Graduate
Department of Biology

University of Guelph

I just completed my master's in Bioinformatics.

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Marija Bakoc

MSc Candidate
Department of Biomedical Engineering

University of Guelph

I am a MASc candidate in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Guelph. My research involves designing a knee brace device and running a study that will contribute to a greater understanding of the dynamic stability demands of the knee during locomotion. The aim is to collect data that will help inform the design of rehabilitation devices (e.g., supportive knee braces) and rehabilitation protocols for patients with osteoarthritis. As a science lover, I really enjoy connecting and conversing with like-minded individuals!

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Michele Bergevin

Assistant Professor
Department of Physics & Astronomy

Western University

I am a scientist by training and a big proponent of One Health research and applications. My formal training includes a BS from MIT, a MASc from the University of Toronto, and at present, a PhD at the University of Guelph. I have worked in many professional roles within veterinary technology, biomedical research, entrepreneurship, and sales/management, with each position leveraging newfound skills despite my unconventional career path. My current research focuses on the epidemiology of a mosquito-borne zoonosis in the context of climate change. In my spare time, I love seeking wildlife, geocaching, and adventuring with my partner and kids.

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Brodie Buchner-Duby

PhD Candidate
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

University of Guelph

I completed my BSc at Trent University where I majored in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology. I did my MSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology. In my fourth semester I chose to fast-track to a PhD! I am currently a PhD candidate, and my work focuses on the effects of the misfolded protein alpha synuclein (a candidate protein associated with Parkinson’s Disease) in a rat neuron model. In my free time I am a member of my College EDI committee, I coach youth volleyball at a local high school, I love baking, and spending time with my husky!

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Andrea Atkins

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Waterloo

I am an engineer who is trained in architecture and is passionate about buildings. I believe that when we work together with a diverse group of designers, we can design better buildings not only for people, but also for the environment. I teach architectural engineering and love fostering an inquisitive community of young people both in and out of the classroom.

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Nicole Berdusco

MSc Candidate
Department of Biology
University of Guelph

I am a second year MSc student at the University of Guelph with research working towards improving dairy cattle welfare across Ontario. I get to work with cows every day and it's fantastic! In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking, playing volleyball, and doing yoga. 

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Alexi Block Gorman

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Mathematics

McMaster University

 I am a second year MSc candidate in the clinical studies department with a specialization in neuroscience at the Ontario Veterinary College. My research focuses on behavioural changes in dogs with epilepsy. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking and training my dog, playing tennis, and reading books!

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Kely Alejo Apaza

MSc Candidate
Department of Engineering

University of Guelph

As a MSc. Candidate of Water Resources Engineering at the University of Guelph, I have always been passionate about the intersection of geoscience, engineering and data science. I also work as a research assistant with the group Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute, where I assist in field and laboratory projects of groundwater contamination by solvents and shale gas in fractured rock aquifers. Outside of school and work, I love travelling and spending time learning about cultures and getting to know people around the world.

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