Meet the Team

2017 – 2018

Chanpreet Mangat

ChanpreetChanpreet is a 4th year biology student who fell in love with science at a very young age. When she’s not studying, you can find her dragging out her telescope at odd hours of the night, stringing words into poetry, and hiking at sunrise no matter the season. She also enjoys playing sports, loves to travel, and eats way too many nachos. Chanpreet is looking forward to leading the WiS team as we continue to grow and promote women empowerment in the UBC science community!


Mannkiran Pandher

meMannkiran is a second-year student at UBC interested in psychology and neuroscience. This is her first year as a member of the executive team. During her first year at UBC, Mannkiran attended various events held by UBC Women in Science and was compelled to join the team after how much it helped her find her career aspirations. As so, she is excited to work with her fellow members this year to allow others to have the same experience. Outside of academics, she enjoys going to art galleries, watching films, reading, and playing video games.


Michelle Huynh
Vice President Mentorship

Michelle HuynhMichelle is currently a student entering her third year at UBC, majoring in behavioural neuroscience. Apart from her studies, some of her interests include community involvement, music, writing, and trying out new food. She had a great experience being a part of WiS during the 2016-17 year as the Junior Executive of Mentorship. She is excited to return for another year to continue working with the team and its mentorship program as VP Mentorship!



Ashini Dissanayake 
Vice President Administration

ash-body2Ashini is a second year Biochemistry student who is passionate about empowering women and excited to be starting her first year with the UBC Women in Science executive team. She has three years of research experience in a variety of fields (neuroscience, spinal cord injury, and immunology/pathology), is a volunteer at UBC Hospital, Residence Advisor at Ritsumeikan-UBC House, and Lifeguard/Swim Instructor for the City of Richmond. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, swimming, and hopes to someday travel the world!


Jeanette Johnson
Vice President Internal

IMG_0928Jeanette is in her third year of a combined major in Microbiology & Immunology and Computer Science, and this is her second year on the WiS exec team. In the 2017-2018 school year she will be ditching class and working as a software engineer for a network security company through the co-op program. She loves trying new foods and listening to new music, and hopes to one day be the dog mom to a mild mannered yet fun loving Great Pyrenees.


Madina Faqirzada
Vice President External

IMG_0015Madina is entering her third year of a combined major in Biology and Oceanography. When she is not cramming for exams, you will find Madina shooting hoops or practicing Muay Thai. This is her first year as a member of the executive team, and she is excited to take part in the empowerment of women in the field of science at UBC.




Lauren Eggenberger
Vice President Events

Lauren Eggenberger is a second year intfullsizeoutput_f99egrated science major who is interested in integrating physiology and genetics. This is her second year with UBC Women in Science Club and her first year in the vice-president of events position. She wanted to become more involved with the club as she is passionate about supporting her fellow women in science. Born and raised in Yellowknife, North West Territories, she loves going on adventures in the outdoors on foot or by bike. In her free time Lauren likes to explore Vancouver on her bike as a member of the UBC Cycling Team, cuddle with animals while volunteering at animal shelters and loves to travel.


Thank you to last year’s executives:

 2016 – 2017


President: Valerie Chu

Vice President Mentorship: Aninder Sarai

Junior Executive of Mentorship: Michelle Huynh

Vice President External: Vivian Tsang

Vice President Events: Jeanette Johnson

Treasurer: Minnie Huang

Vice President Administration: Jenny Lee

Vice President Internal: Chanpreet Mangat


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