Kingston Chapter

Meet our Mentors

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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.

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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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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. 

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Nashira Grigg

PhD Candidate
Department of Biology

Carleton University

My research uses a combined wet-lab and computational approach to better understand how proteins function in diseased and healthy cells. During a typical workday you can find me synthesising biomolecules at the lab bench, or programming a machine learning algorithm with the data I’ve collected. During my spare time I play video games on PC or console, read comics/poetry/novels, bake (gluten free!), or play with my dog Ramen Noodle the golden doodle

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Céline Hardy

MD/PhD Candidate
Department of Health Science

Upstate Medical University

I graduated with a BScH and MSc from Queen's University, where I worked out of the Cancer Research Institute with a focus on molecular sub-typing in muscle-invasive bladder cancer. I gained a love for all things pathology and research through this work, which has led me to the next chapter of my career becoming a clinician-scientist! Outside of school and the lab, I enjoy painting, drawing, soccer, and playing music!

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Rhiannon Hilton

PhD Candidate
Department of Biology

Queen's University

I am working on my PhD in Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, studying the role of immune cells in the development of a disease called pulmonary arterial hypertension. In my free time I enjoy doing anything outdoors or hitting the gym