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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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MSc Candidate
Department of Biology

Queen's University

Kelly Balfour

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.


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. 


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


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!