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Meet our Mentors

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Evgenia Badiyanova

Software Developer

I graduated from University of Waterloo in 2011 with a degree in Computer Science. I have been working as a Software Developer since 2011. I am interested in software performance analysis and previously worked on a Java Just in Time (JIT) Compiler at IBM. I am currently working at Elastic.

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Kelly Balfour

MSc Candidate
Department of Biology

Queen's University

As a graduate student in a plant community ecology lab, I study the light environment of grasslands and species responses to shading. Outside of the lab, I care for one hamster and my growing houseplant collection, and like to explore the great outdoors by foot, snowshoe, canoe, or paddleboard.


Kayleigh Barlow

MSc Candidate
Department of Civil Engineering 

Queen's University

I completed my BASc in civil engineering at Queen's University and then continued on to a MASc with the Queen's civil department. My research combines coastal and geotechnical engineering to develop a new tool for numerically modelling dam breach failures. I'm excited to be graduating this fall and continuing my work in industry as a Junior Civil Engineer. When I'm not working on my research, I love spending time outdoors or trying new restaurants with my friends!


Robyn Binsfeld

MSc Candidate
Department of Neuroscience 

Queen's University

I graduated from Queen’s University in 2020 with a degree in the life sciences focusing in molecular biology and genetics. I am currently pursuing a Master’s and PhD doing research in developing gene therapy approaches to treating genetically inherited neurological disorders. I am excited to be entering a brand new filed of pharmaceuticals for treating rare diseases in the future. Outside of the lab, I enjoy going for hikes and cuddling with my dog.

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Paulina Brzezinska

Clinical Trials Monitor
Canadian Cancer Trials Group

I am a clinical trials monitor ensuring protocol compliance of phase III cancer clinical trials (breast, glioblastoma and prostate). I obtained a Ph.D in Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (Queen's University) and a B.Sc. in Life Sciences specializing in Drug Development and Human Toxicology. In my free time I enjoy the outdoors by running and hiking and I also love painting and gaming!  

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Megan Cull

MSc Candidate
Department of Biomedical and Molecule Science

Queen's University

I recently graduated from Queen’s University with a BHSc in Life Sciences and am currently pursuing a Master’s in Reproduction and Developmental sciences at Queen’s. I am passionate about studying the placenta and its role in maternal and fetal health. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy hiking, cooking and drawing.

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Emma Graves

MSc Candidate
Department of Biology

Queen's University

As a graduate student in the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory (PEARL), I study the impact of human disturbances and climate warming to lakes along the Rideau Canal waterway over a ~250 year time span. Outside of the lab, I enjoy running, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends!

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Isabelle Grenier-Pleau

PhD Candidate
Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences

Queen's University

I am a PhD student in Experimental Medicine studying components of blood plasma and how they have the potential to impact stem cells. I have always loved sciences and am excited to tell you guys more about my transition from high school to University.