CBR Career Night – February 15, 2018

Join us for an exciting evening exploring a wide variety of science-based careers! Hear about the career paths of diverse mentors, meet with your top 3 mentors for round-table discussions in small groups, and network with all mentors during a wine and cheese reception. Register here!

Thursday, February 15 | 4:30 – 8:00PM

West Atrium, Life Sciences Centre, UBC

Artemis LaiArtemis Lai, Barrister & Solicitor, Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

Artemis is an associate at Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh. Her practice focusses on patent prosecution and drafting in mechanical, electrical and computer-based technologies. She is also involved in trademark prosecution and some trademark and copyright litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Artemis gained experience in bioinformatics and computer science while working at the Centre for High-Throughput Technology, the Brain Research Centre, and the Wine Research Centre, all at UBC. She also worked at Zymeworks Inc. where she was responsible for strategic management of patent and trademark portfolios.

Catalina Lopez-CorreaCatalina Lopez-Correa, Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President, Sectors, Genome, BC

With more than 20 years of international experience in both the academic and private sectors, Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa’s deep understanding of genomics has inspired leaders in science and industry to collaborate toward solving some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Prior to joining Genome BC, Catalina was the CSO and Vice-President Scientific Affairs at Genome Quebec, where she was instrumental in developing competitive teams for national and provincial research projects raising the profile of Canadian genomics on the global stage.

Before becoming one of Canada’s leading advocates for genomics research and translation, Catalina held senior research positions with pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and the renowned deCODE genetics lab in Iceland. From leading teams to identifying genomic biomarkers in therapeutic areas of oncology, cardio-metabolic and neurosciences to developing screening strategies associated with disease, Catalina’s leadership helped drive the discovery and development pipelines.

As part of her commitment to international development, Catalina has championed several initiatives aimed at demonstrating the impact of genomics in developing countries. Since 2002 she has served as evaluator for large multinational projects funded by the European Commission and has been recognized with several awards nationally and internationally.

Catalina holds a Medical degree from the UPB in Colombia, a Master’s degree in Human Genetics from Paris V University in France, a PhD in Medical Sciences from the KULeuven in Belgium, and a mini MBA from McGill University in Canada.

Chirag KariyaChirag Kariya, Clinical Trials Research Manager, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Chirag holds Ph.D. from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Toxicology and MSc from the University of Toledo in Pharmacology & Toxicology. He has experience in conducting and managing GLP compliant preclinical Toxicology studies and drug development. Chirag has experience of working in academia, industry, and CRO and is actively involved in research projects. His research interests have been in preclinical and clinical research, drug development and liaising with the key opinion leaders.


Edwin GershomEdwin Gershom, Cofounder and VP Business Development, RxFulcrum

Edwin Gershom has operations and business development with leadership experience managing preclinical and clinical projects on both the Biotech and the CRO sides of the industry. He is the founder of Biotech Network, a networking group connecting life professionals in the Vancouver area to discuss news and trends. Currently, he is working on building an online platform called RxFulcrum connecting biotech and Biopharma to contract service providers for drug development services.

He has a PhD in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and M.Sc in Genetic and Molecular Biology from University of Sussex, UK.

Katelyn VerstratenKatelyn Verstraten, Science Communications Specialist, Terry Fox Research Institute

Katelyn is a Canadian journalist and medical writer currently working as a Science Communications Specialist for The Terry Fox Research Institute. Her journalistic skills have been honed in some of Canada’s top newsrooms, including CTV Vancouver, The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun, and The Toronto Star, where she is a weekly contributor.

Katelyn holds a Masters of Journalism from the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (2014) and an Honours Bachelor degree in Psychology from Queen’s University (2011). She also writes for the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), Kids Brain Health Network, Canadian Running Magazine, and the rock climbing magazine Gripped.

Whether from the back of an organic produce delivery truck in China, interviewing leading cancer researchers across the country, or reporting on rare diseases and million dollar medications, science and health reporting are her passions.

Louise LundLouise Lund, Scientific Recruiter, STEMCELL Technologies

Louise Lund joined STEMCELL technologies in May 2016 after completing her PhD studies in Cancer Diagnostics at the Michael Smith Laboratory at UBC. Louise utilizes her strong science background in her role as Scientific Recruiter and supports the hiring needs for Research and Development, Process Development and Quality teams at STEMCELL. Louise also holds her Master’s degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering from UBC and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Sheffield University in the UK. Louise has 9 years of work experience working as a Process Engineer in the UK. In her spare time, Louise likes to bike, ski and walk her dog.

Momir BosiljcicMomir Bosiljcic, Project Manager, Zymeworks

I graduated from SFU in 2010 with a BSc. Hons. in Biological Sciences and minor in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. I participated in the co-op program which allowed me to experience both the academic (BC Cancer Research Centre) and industrial settings (Amgen Inc.). I worked at the BC Cancer Research Centre as a technician for 2 years before transitioning into graduate school. I received my MSc. in Pathology from UBC in July of 2014. Shortly after finishing grad school, I was offered a Research Scientist position at Qu Biologics. During my 2.5 years at Qu Biologics, I held the roles of Principal Investigator, Project Manager, and Operations Manager. In August of 2017, I was offered a Project Manager position at Zymeworks in the Discovery Research department. My goal is to continue down the path of project/operations management as it allows me to stay close to the science and utilise my people and leadership skills to move projects forward.

Nikki BerrethNikki Berreth, Cofounder and Science Communicator, LitScientist

Nikki is a science communicator and educator living in Vancouver. With a background in science and fine arts, she’s always looking for new ways to relay both scientific and technical knowledge to her intended audience. She aspires to help others reach their full communication potential and has co-founded several organizations that do just that! In the upcoming year, she is looking forward to establishing Science Slam Canada as a national platform for STEM communication and launching a “science of science communication” podcast, called STEAM-punkz.

Ray SochaRay Socha, Senior Consultant, EY

Ray is currently racing towards the end of a PhD in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UBC as he prepares to take on a Senior Consultant position in Financial Services Advisory at EY in Toronto. Ray is also working to help other students transition out of academia after having founded Empac, an organization dedicated to empowering academics through targeted education programs including professional development workshops and a business and innovation boot camp.


Regan ZhangRegan Zhang, Marketing Manager, STEMCELL Technologies

Originally trained as a medical illustrator, Regan Zhang has a background in science communications. He has worked on a variety of non-profit communications projects and campaigns, with organisations such as the Science World and the Stem Cell Network. He enjoys teaching, and is fascinated by topics in human genetics. Regan completed his PhD in stem cell research, studying the epigenetic regulation of mammalian mesenchymal development. He currently works for STEMCELL Technologies as a Marketing Manager, where he has successfully devised product positioning, sales tactics, and advertising campaigns for more than 500 products.

Tamer MohamedTamer Mohamed, President and CEO, Aspect Biosystems

An entrepreneur, engineer, inventor, Tamer co-founded Aspect in 2013 and has played a leading role in its overall corporate, business, and technology development. Under his leadership, Aspect has secured significant funding, entered strategic collaborations with best-in-class pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and developed its commercial products. In his previous appointment as Chief Technology Officer of the company, Tamer drove the innovation and development of the company’s core technologies and intellectual property. Tamer holds a B.A.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering and M.A.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia.


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