Meet the Team

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Cheyenne Christopherson | Co-Chair

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Hi, I’m Cheyenne! I’m in my 4th year of my PhD, studying optoelectronic materials chemistry. Outside the lab, I like open-water swimming, cooking and petting ALL the cats. This is my second year as co-chair of CDI and it’s been a great adventure to see this organization grow from just a few people to what it is now!

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Lily Southcott | Co-Chair

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I’m Lily and I am in the fourth year of my PhD in the Orvig Group, working on new chelating ligands for radiometals in nuclear medicine. I like to run, hike, play soccer and tennis and I’m looking forward to continuing to improve EDI initiatives to make our department a better place!

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Sabrina Scott | Treasurer

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I am a second year PhD student studying functional aminated materials in the Schafer lab. I joined this club because I believe diversity is necessary to encourage creativity in our pursuit to tackle challenging scientific dilemma and I hope to contribute to fostering a more inclusive environment at UBC!

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Katherine Krause | Secretary

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I'm a 3rd year PhD student in the Algar Lab, where I'm developing smartphone-based diagnostic devices for point-of-care use. In my spare time, I volunteer in science outreach to share my love of coding and chemistry with kids. I'm excited to be a part of CDI and work towards making the chemistry department a more inclusive and equitable work environment.

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Julie McNutt | Outreach Coordinator

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I am in my 4th year of my PhD where I am using analytical chemistry to study breast cancer. I am supervised by Dr. David Chen and co-supervised by Dr. Ujendra Kumar in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. In my free time I enjoy running, spin cycling, and spending time at the beach. I am passionate about making science accessible to people of all ages and genders as well as helping create a more inclusive place for everyone in our department.

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Juan-Manuel Rueda | Outreach Coordinator

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I was born in Bogota, the cool (and "cold") capital of Colombia. I did my bachelor's in chemistry at Los Andes University from which I moved to UBC (and then to U of C) to start my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Jennifer Love in 2017. Beyond moving around, I enjoy hiking, biking, cooking, and shaming my family with my poor salsa skills. I joined this CDI chapter to support the efforts to make our department a more inclusive and fairer place for everyone.

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Gunwant M. | Pride Ambassador

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I am a 2nd year PhD student in the MacLachlan lab at UBC studying supramolecular chemistry with luminescent Pt(II) tetradentate complexes. I'm interested in helping to make the UBC Chemistry department more welcoming to current and incoming students, with a focus on the LGBTQ2S+ community! In my free time, I enjoy baking, crocheting, badminton, and making art pieces that will forever be 'in progress' with various media.

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McKenzie Madden | First Year Representative

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Hi I'm MJ (McKenzie J.) and I am a first year graduate student in the Schafer lab. I am from Orillia, Ontario and did my undergrad in environmental chemistry at Queen's University. I am interested in EDI initiatives because it drives innovation in our field and enables us to all thrive together in a welcoming environment.

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Urmi Vijay Mody | First Year Representative

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I am a graduate student in the Wolf research group, interested in studying optical properties of molecules. I love sipping coffee, biking around Vancouver and embracing a different culture than my hometown (Mumbai, India). I believe CDI is a great initiative to include chemists from diverse backgrounds. Diversity in chemistry would not only help enhance creativity in the field but also enhance innovation. Through CDI, I hope to understand and contribute towards encouraging an inclusive environment in chemistry!

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Olivia Adamczyk | Webmaster

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Hi! I'm a second-year PhD student in the group of Dr. Laurel Schafer, where I study the use of organometallic complexes for transformations of renewable feedstocks. Growing up, my mother instilled in me the value of inclusivity and it has carried with me to this day, motivating my decision to join our CDI group. In my spare time, I love cooking (and eating) and being active outdoors! 

General Members

Jade Poisson

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I'm a third year PhD student. I enjoy reading, hiking, biking and cows!

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Hayden Scheiber

I am a 4th year theoretical chemistry PhD candidate in the Patey group. In addition to my love of chemistry and physics, I also have an interest in political science, law, and philosophy. I draw heavily on science and rational argument from across the political compass to guide my personal morality and political beliefs. I joined CDI as a member-at-large to broaden my understanding of contemporary progressive principles.

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Cameron Zheng

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I am currently a 2nd year PhD student in the Schafer group and I’m excited to join CDI as a general member this year. My goal in joining CDI is to make chemistry a welcoming and supportive space for everyone!

Jennifer Yuan

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Jenn is from Brantford, Ontario and is completing her PhD in the Wolf group, studying the photophysics and photochemistry of bridged chromophore dimers. She is excited to be a general member of CDI to promote inclusivity in the chemistry department at UBC. Outside the lab, she likes to cook and go running.

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Maria Cleveland

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August Killjoy

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Lupe Jaraquemada-Pelaez 

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Desiree Fiaccabrino

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