Anyeld Ubeda, Co-President
My name is Anyeld Ubeda, Co-President of the CBS Alberta Student Chapter for the 2017-18 term. I am currently working on my masters in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Alberta. My research is based on the use of biomaterials for the development of targeted treatments for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Besides doing lab work, I enjoy organizing events that enhance the academic and social experience of students at the university. Thus, I am very grateful that I get to work with a team in CBS-ASC that is as equally motivated and enthusiastic this year!
Magdalena Hubmann, Co-President
My name is Magdalena Hubmann, Co-President of the CBS Alberta Student Chapter. I completed my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Food Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) and have industrial R&D experiences in process engineering and product development (Buhler Group, Mondelēz International). Currently, I am pursuing my PhD in the Lipid Chemistry Group at the University of Alberta, working on plant oil conversion into functional polymers and nanocomposites. It is my greatest pleasure to work together with such an enthusiastic team to meet the students’ needs and interests in seminars and professional networking opportunities in the fields of biomaterial research.
Aysha Ansari, Co-VP External
Hi! My name is Aysha Ansari, and I share the VP external position of CBS Alberta Student Chapter Dan Engelhardt. Currently, I am pursuing PhD studies in the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, under the supervision of Dr. Hasan Uludag. My research project involves exploring and optimizing the use of lipophilic polymers as gene carriers for leukemia therapeutics. For my undergraduate studies, I majored in Biotechnology, and followed it up with M.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
Daniel Engelhardt, Co-VP External
My name is Daniel Engelhardt and I am the Co-VP External for the 2017/2018. I have completed my undergraduate degree at the U of A and have continued developing my knowledge here as a graduate student in the Vederas lab since 2017. The projects for my PhD focus on peptide and natural product synthesis as well as enzyme mechanism elucidation. My latest project explores bacteriocins as potential future antimicrobials for humans. By expanding the current network of the CBS Alberta Student Chapter to facilitate the engagement of students with professionals in multiple fields and broaden the collective understanding of the biotechnological opportunities available, I seek to improve the prospective futures of young scientists. I look forward to a great year!
Daniel Nisakar, Co-VP Internal
Hello! My name is Daniel Nisakar, Co-VP Internal of the CBS Alberta Student Chapter. Currently, I am pursuing my PhD in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta, under the supervision of Dr. Hasan Uludag. My research is focused on ‘Polymeric siRNA delivery targeting cell surface molecules in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia”. Before joining U of A, I received my M.Sc. in Biotechnology from University of Madras (Loyola College, India) after which I worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (New Delhi, India).
Mahsa Mohseni, Co-VP Internal
My name is Mahsa Mohseni, and I share the Co-VP Internal position of CBS Alberta Student Chapter with Daniel Nisakar in 2017-2018 academic year. I am very delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with such a motivated team and expand my knowledge and experience in the area of biomaterial sciences. I received my B.Sc. degree in Microbiology from Islamic Azad University North Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran, and my M.Sc. degree in Medical Biotechnology form Tabriz University of Medical sciences, Tabriz, Iran. I am currently pursuing my PhD studies in the Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Brandwein from the Department of Medicine and Oncology and Dr. Hasan Uludag from the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. My research project is focused on the polymer-mediated delivery of siRNA in leukemia cells.
Igor Paiva, Treasurer
I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta and the treasurer of the CBS-ASC. I received my B.Sc. degree in pharmacy from Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil. During my bachelor’s, I spent two terms as an exchange student at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Before joining U of A, I completed my M.Sc. in biotechnology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. My research, under the supervision of Dr. Lavasanifar, focuses on the improvement of drug and siRNA delivery to cancer cells by decorating polymeric micelles with proteins and peptides.
Niharika Walia, Secretary
My name is Niharika Walia, the secretary of CBS Alberta Student Chapter. I am currently pursuing Master’s degree in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, under the supervision of Dr. Lingyun Chen. My research is based on food protein micro/nanoparticles for controlled nutraceutical delivery in functional foods. I received my Bachelors in Biotechnology from VIT University, India.
Yingnan Zhang, Communication Director
My name is Yingnan Zhang, one of the Communication Directors of CBS Alberta Student Chapter. I received my BSc in Applied Chemistry Engineering from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). I also received my master degree on inorganic solid state chemistry in Jilin University, China. I’m currently doing my Ph.D in the department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta. My research interests are mainly focus on the application of stimuli polymer-based sensors and controlled drug delivery. I’m looking forward to doing our biomaterials network throughout all the events we have for this year!
Oksana Babii, Executive Editor
Hello! My name is Oksana Babii, the Executive Editor of CBS Alberta Student Chapter for the year 2017/2018. I am currently working towards my Master’s degree in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta. My research project targets development of modified chitosan nanoparticles for gene delivery and rapid activation of the immune response in cattle. I got my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at the National University of Food Technologies (Kyiv, Ukraine). Also, I had a chance to gain some practical experience in Quality Assurance with a pharmaceutical manufacturing company (JSC Farmak, Ukraine). I am very excited to be a part of this team, and I am looking forward to our fruitful collaboration!