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Ottawa chapter

Meet our Mentors

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Sarah Bickley-Gardner

Optometric Technician

I graduated from Carleton with a BHSc in 2020 and I currently work as an optometric Technician and have worked in the optometric/opthamolic field for the last year and a half. In my free time I enjoy running, cooking, and hiking. 

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Sanjeena Dang

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Data Science and Analytics
Carleton University

I am Sanjeena Dang and I am currently an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Data Science and Analytics at Carleton University. My work focuses on developing novel statistical models to answer complex biological questions. I did my undergraduate studies in biological sciences and my graduate studies in computational statistics. In a nutshell, my work combines my three passions: statistics and data science, programming, and using data to answer biological questions.

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Zeinab El-Sayegh

Assistant Professor
Department of Automotive and Mechatronics Engineering

University of Ottawa

I completed my postdoctoral fellowship and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Ontario Tech University. I received my Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Concordia, Montreal. Formally, worked at Volvo Group Trucks Technology Gothenburg, Sweden as a vehicle analyst. And, as a combustion analyst in Siemens aero-derivative gas turbines, Montreal. My research interests are related to on-road and off-road vehicle design, autonomous and hybrid electric vehicle simulation.


Natasha Kunchur

PhD Candidate
Department of Biomedical Engineering

University of Ottawa and Carleton University

As a PhD Candidate of Biomedical Engineering, I have always been passionate about the intersection of biology, engineering and data science. My research explores the applications of machine learning to non-linear optical imaging modalities to identify key biomarkers playing an active role in the onset of respiratory diseases. Outside of school and
work, I am a huge fan of living an active lifestyle. I also love travelling and spending time learning about the beautiful cultures the world has to offer. I am also the Ottawa Chapter Lead/Mentorship Lead.

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Darby Brown

Process Engineer
BWXT Medical


I graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelors of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering in 2019. I work as a process engineer at BWXT Medical, and am focused on process optimization in radiopharmaceutical production. Outside of work, you will find me lifting heavy weights, cooking, hiking new trails and spending time with my greyhound!

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Rochelle D'Mello

MSc Candidate
Department of Chemistry

University of Ottawa

I graduated in 2021 with my Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biology from McMaster University and am now in the second year of my Master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Ottawa. I study the extracellular vesicles that are released from breast cancer cells and the small chemical compounds they contain. In my free time I enjoy watching movies, listening to music, and going for walks along the Rideau canal. 

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Aislinn Fox

PhD Candidate
Department of Earth and Environmental Science
Carleton University

I received my BSc in Geology in 2021, and currently I am working towards my PhD in Earth Science. My research focuses on marine biogeochemistry, looking at the cycling of carbon and nutrients in the Canadian Arctic. When I'm not on an icebreaker in the Beaufort Sea (which is most of the time), I like running, reading, and picking up cool rocks!

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Yuhan Ma

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Physics

Carleton University 

I am passionate about understanding how our brains function using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques. My background is in biomedical engineering and physics. I believe that “everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about” and always try to be kind. Outside of academic life, I love watching Studio Ghibli movies, playing with kids, hiking, and I am super enthusiastic about watercolour painting. 

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