Beyond Books: Alumni Panel Discussion for Community Building and Career Development in Biology

The ‘Beyond Books’ Panel Discussion brings together an impressive line-up of alumni panelists who have all applied their biology degrees in various entrepreneurial ventures. These range from research, teaching, and applied science. Bringing together graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, postdoc fellows and professors in biology, the event promotes the recently established Biology Undergraduate-Graduate Student Mentorship Initiative, now also partnering graduate students with alumni mentors.

Program: Beyond Books Alumni Panel Discussion

 

Organizing Committee

Chair: Arun Dayanandan, Vice-President Internal Affairs, Biology Student Association

Members:

Carol Zastavniouk, President, Biology Graduate Student Association

Alexandra Baird, President, Biology Student Association

Jamie Allan, Vice-President Academic Affairs, Biology Student Association

Event Coordinator: Marian Pinksy

Photographer: Franco Alo Photography

Videographer: Ryan Gelinas

 

Opening Remarks

MC: Aphrodite Salas, CTV News Montreal

Dr. Kim Sawchuk, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies (Concordia University Faculty of Arts and Science)

Dr. Amir Aghdam, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Postdoctoral Studies (Concordia University School of Graduate Studies)

Dr. Patrick Gulick, Chair (Concordia University Biology Department)

Dr. Selvadurai Dayanandan, Graduate Program Director (Concordia University Biology Department)

 

Panelists:

Sherin

 

Dr. Sherin Al-Safadi (Keynote)

Dr. Sherin Al-Safadi completed a B.Sc in Anatomy and Cell Biology, an M.Sc in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MBA and a PhD in Biology, with a focus in the field of Neurobiology. As a Medical Science Liaison at Bayer, Sherin’s career interests lie in creating value-driven innovation in the pharmaceutical industry, by bridging the gap between R&D and commercialization. A sports enthusiast and dedicated philanthropist, Sherin has strong aspirations for a better world.

 

Mona

 

Dr. Mona Hamzeh

Senior Advisor, Strategic and Institutional Research Initiatives, Concordia University

 

tonia

 

Dr. Tonia De Bellis

Professor, Biology Department, Dawson College

 

Caroline

 

Ms. Caroline Bilhete

Alumni, Biology, Concordia University

 

Sandra

 

Mrs. Sandra Chiovitti

Quality Assurance Manager, InSymbiosis

 

Lauren

 

Dr. Lauren Segall

Research Facilitator, Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Concordia University

 

Robert

 

Mr. Robert Carson,

Departmental Teaching and Instrumentation Laboratory Technician, Biology Department, Concordia University

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