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Soapbox Science Quebec City 2022 speakers
Anne Bernard, Eng.F., PhD - Postdoctoral researcher at Université Laval, Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers du Québec
Wendy-Julie Madore, PhD - Defence Scientist, Defence Research and Development Canada. Valcartier Research Centre
Linda Lara-Jacobo, PhD - Scientist at Bureau Veritas and OWSD (Chair)
Katherine Légaré - PhD student in Physics, INRS-EMT
Adèle Beneyton, M.Sc - PhD student in Oncology at Université Laval
“I think it is extremely important to be able to talk about science and research with as many people as possible, to explain what is at stake, how it works, and what our goals are in research. I think it is also important to show that women from all countries and all backgrounds are present in laboratories and in industrial companies”.
Jade Brisson, M.Sc - PhD student in Mathematics at Université Laval
“I find it a nice challenge to explain advanced mathematics to the public, since it requires a relatively advanced knowledge to understand some equations and concepts. However, I believe that the big ideas behind them are accessible to everyone, and I think it is important to show that, by popularizing in the right way, mathematics can be accessible to everyone. For these reasons I decided to be a speaker of Soapbox Science”.
Alexane Thibodeau, M.Sc - PhD student for the research center in experimental organogenesis of Université Laval
Annie Mercier, M.Sc - Specialist in specific risks-lasers and dangerous optical sources at Université Laval
Annie Mercier holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Physics from Université Laval. Since 2009, she holds the position of specialist in specific risks at Université Laval, for the “lasers and dangerous optical sources” sector. She is a member of the Laser Institute and Optica (formerly known as the Optical Society of America, OSA). She is also actively involved with the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), which is attached to the International Electrotechnical Commission's TC-76 Committee on Optical Radiation and Laser Safety.
Emilie Attiogbe, M.Sc - PhD student in Biology at Université Laval
Manon Leclerc, M.Sc. - PhD student in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Université Laval
Valérie Watters, M.Sc. - PhD student in Cellular and Molecular Biology Université Laval
Soapbox Science Quebec City 2021 speakers
Audrey Sergerie, M.Sc. - PhD student in microbiology-immunology-Université Laval
Audrey started her career with a bachelor's degree in microbiology at Laval University. During her studies, she did an internship on bioaerosols with Dr. Caroline Duchaine's team. However, when she learned that parasitic diseases affect millions of people every year, and that pharmaceutical companies had little interest in studying them, she became more interested in the world of parasitology. As a result, she began a master's degree with Dr. Dave Richard's team in May 2018, followed by a PhD in January 2020. Her team studies the parasite that causes malaria. Specifically, her project is based on defining the mechanisms surrounding the formation of the apical complex, as this structure is essential for the establishment of infection.
Valérie Langlois, PhD - Full Professor - Director, Intersectoral Centre for Endocrine Disruptor Analysis (CIAPE-ICEDA) - Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Dr. Valérie Langlois is a professor-researcher at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique. She received the Gorbman-Bern Prize from the North American Society of Comparative Endocrinology in 2017, the Prix de l'Université du Québec de la relève scientifique in 2019, and more recently, the Prix du Québec de la relève scientifique 2020 for the importance of her scientific contribution in comparative endocrinology. His research team is dedicated to the study of contaminants in the environment that affect the health of wildlife, such as fish and frogs.
Veronique Moulin, PhD - Director of the Regenerative Medicine Axis-Université Laval Experimental Organogenesis Research Center-LOEX - Full Professor, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine
Following her training in Paris (France), Dr. Moulin was recruited in 1998 to better understand the complex process of wound healing. Since 1998, she has been a professor at Laval University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery, as well as a researcher at the Centre LOEX of Laval University and at the Centre de Recherche du CHU de Québec-Université Laval. Her work focuses on the mechanisms of normal and pathological skin healing.
Laura Martínez Drudis, M.Sc - PhD student in neuroscience Research Centre de recherche du CHU of Québec-Université Laval
During her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain), Laura performed a total of three internships at NeuroPhar laboratory assessing the role of endocannabinoid system in learning and memory processes. She obtained a master’s degree in Neurosciences from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where she pursued an internship focusing on the early synaptic dysfunction occurring in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Since 2018, she started her PhD in the laboratory of Dr. Abid Oueslati, at the CHU de Québec-Université Laval Research Center (Canada), unravelling the role of Polo-like kinase 2 in the pathogenesis and treatment of AD.
Sarah Belhocine, M.Sc. - PhD student in neuroscience Research Centre de recherche du CHU of Québec-Université Laval
Sarah completed a bachelor's degree in Cell Biology and Physiology at the University of Lille (France), and a double master's degree in Health Biology and Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Pierre et Marie Curie. During her master's training at the Institut Pasteur, she studied the impact of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite on the response of microglia during Toxoplasma gondii-Plasmodium berghei coinfection in mice. She is currently a PhD student in the laboratory of Dr. David Gosselin at the Centre de recherche CHU de Québec-Université Laval, where she specializes in neuroimmunology and neuroepigenomics. Her current work is focused on the study of microglia and more particularly on the study of gene regulation mechanisms that allow the great functional plasticity of microglia during brain development.
Andréanne Deschênes, M.Sc. - PhD student in Biophotonics CERVO Brain Research Centre, Université Laval
Mélanie Laurin, PhD - Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine ULaval in the Department of Molecular Biology, Medical Biochemistry and Pathology
Dr. Mélanie Laurin is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University in the Department of Molecular Biology, Medical Biochemistry and Pathology. She is a researcher in the oncology axis at the CHU de Québec – Université Laval Research Center. Her research activities aim to understand the molecular mechanisms that orchestrate the embryonic development of the skin and their contribution when deregulated to the progression of cancer in this tissue. Throughout her career, Mélanie’s work has been published in prestigious journal. Notably, one of her breakthroughs received the CIHR Cancer Institute’s Best Publication Award and was identified as one of the 10 best discoveries funded by the Canadian Cancer Society in 2013. Mélanie is an ardent mental health awareness advocate. In her spare time, she is a proud dog mon and a true crime podcast enthusiast.
Geneviève Gariépy, PhD - System Engineer ABB
After a bachelor degree in engineering physics, Genevieve decided to pursue graduate studies in physics in Ottawa and Edinburgh, moved by a will to learn more about optical technologies and their applications, and push those technologies further. During her master’s degree, she worked on creating ultra-short light pulses; in her PhD, she developed a high-sensitivity and ultra-fast imaging method to capture light in motion and detect objects hidden from view. She is now working at ABB as a system engineer, leading projects aiming at sending optical technologies to space for Earth observation and greenhouse gases detection applications
Alisson Clemenceau, M.Sc. - PhD student in molecular medicine Université Laval Cancer Research Center Quebec City University Hospital Research Centre
Odessa Tanvé, M.Sc. - PhD student in neuroscience CERVO Brain Research Centre, Université Laval
Aurélie De Rus Jacquet, PhD - Postdoctoral researcher Research Center of the CHU de Québec-Université Laval
Dr. Aurelie received a Master's degree in agricultural engineering in her home country of France, and decided to take on PhD studies at Purdue University (USA) to pursue her wish to study botanical medicines traditionally used to treat human diseases, a science called ethnopharmacology. She travelled to Nepal and throughout the United States to interview traditional healers and collect plant samples for testing their neuroprotective activities in cellular models of Parkinson's disease. She then took on a postdoctoral position with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (USA), and now at Laval University. Her career goal is to bridge neurosciences and ethnopharmacology to advance the discovery of new treatments for Parkinson's disease patients.
Soapbox Science Quebec City 2020 speakers
Samira Rahimi, PhD - McGill University Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research of Jewish General Hospital
Dr. Samira Abbasgholizadeh-Rahimi Eng. Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University, scientist at Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research of the Jewish General Hospital), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). She completed her postdoctoral training at Family and Emergency Medicine Department of Université Laval, and her doctorate studies (in Industrial and System Engineering with a focus on health care systems) at Mechanical Engineering Department of UniversitéLaval. Dr. Rahimi has worked on Artificial Intelligence (AI)-related projects in different contexts, and currently is leading an international Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded project on the use of AI for Cardiovascular disease management among women in primary care. With an interdisciplinary background, Dr. Rahimi is interested in the development, evaluation, and implementation of clinical decision support tools, as well as integrating human-centered AI tools in primary health care. She specializes in computational intelligence, decision making, and applied operational research in health care.
Océane Hourtané, M.Sc - PhD student-Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) – centre eau terre environnement (ETE), Québec
Océane Hourtané is a PhD student at the Centre eau terre environnement (ETE) of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS). She is a chemist by training and has a double master's degree in ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry from the University of Bordeaux (France) and INRS-ETE in Quebec City. During this program, Océane was interested in the impact of platinum from vehicle catalytic converters on ecosystems. More specifically, her research focused on three species of freshwater microalgae. They were exposed to platinum under natural conditions, or at least as close to natural conditions as possible within the constraints of the laboratory. Océane is now continuing her doctoral studies, in order to explain the intriguing results obtained during her master's degree. Indeed, in research, results sometimes raise more questions than they answer.
Isabel Plasencia Fernandez - PhD student-CERVO Brain Research Centre Université Laval
Isabel is a spanish biologist currently in Quebec. After finishing her studies in biology, with a year of experience in the Czech Republic, she did a master's degree in Neuroscience in Madrid, where she worked on embryonic development and took her first steps in the field of pain. After her master's degree, she packed her bags to start a PhD in Quebec, where she specializes in the molecular changes that lead to the chronification of pain.
Mélanie Laurin, PhD - Principal Investigator, Centre de recherche du CHU de Quebec Université Laval
Dr. Mélanie Laurin is a researcher in the Oncology axis of the CHU of Quebec – Laval University Research Center. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Molecular Biology, Medical Biochemistry and Pathology at Laval University. Her research activities focus on understanding the molecular mechanisms that orchestrate skin embryonic development and how these can contribute when deregulated to skin cancer progression. Throughout her career, Dr. Laurin's work has been published in prestigious journals. Notably, one of her breakthrough received a best publication award from the CIHR Institute of Cancer Research and was identified as a Top 10 discoveries funded by the Canadian Cancer Society in 2013.
Floriane Bretheau - PhD student Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec Université Laval
As a biotechnology engineer in France, Floriane had the chance to do different internships that allowed her to understand different fields of life sciences. She is a PhD student who is passionate about research and science and loves to share her passion.
Amélie Poulin-Brière - PhD student in neurosciences CERVO Université Laval
Fascinated by human biology, Amélie completed a bachelor's degree in medical biology at the Université de Montréal. She then moved to Quebec City to pursue a master's degree in college teaching, her second love! Three years later, she returned to the sciences to complete a Master's degree in neuroscience. Her research project focuses on the use of antibodies as a therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. She hopes to combine her two passions by teaching biology at all levels!
Linda David PhD - Postdoctoral researcher Research Center of the Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec-Université Laval
Dr. Linda David has been a scientist all her life, living her dream of being a researcher for the past fifteen years. These years have seen her study and work in a wide array of subjects ranging from neurogenesis in the adult brain to neurodegenerative disorders like epilepsy, Huntington's and Parkinson's disease and how they come about. In the past five years, she has focused her time and expertise on understanding the neuropathological processes involved in Parkinson’s disease with a goal to develop novel therapeutic avenues. During the same time she was an integral member of a small team setting up a new biotech entity that would be dedicated to the production, testing and marketing of a novel drug for Parkinson's. Her work has also involved understanding the mechanisms by which mutant proteins spread pathology in Huntington’s disease and testing a protein sequestration and clearance mechanism to prevent this spread. Currently, she is working on understanding how the Huntingtin protein spreads in a 'prion-like' manner in non-human primate brains.
Amanda Gerges - IC Axon, Montreal, QC
Academically, Amanda obtained a Bachelor's degree in Clinical Laboratory Science followed by a specialty degree in Molecular Biology. Shortly thereafter, she was accepted to McGill University on a scholarship to pursue a Master's degree in Human Genetics focusing on the interaction between a transcriptional co-regulator and a kinase on bone genes.
Professionally, Amanda has acquired a variety of skills ranging from project management and business development with additional support in marketing and communication. Currently, she indirectly combine her scientific knowledge with these professional skills.