UBC WiS Mentors 2016-2017




Anna Hughes is a PhD student in the physics department at UBC, doing research on exoplanets and planet formation. She got her bachelor’s degree in physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2013, where she worked with data from the Kepler Space Telescope. She briefly conducted research in experimental particle physics during a summer internship at Duke University. Currently, she is working on data from the extended K2 mission – observations taken in a second phase of the Kepler Space Telescope.



2I currently am in my 2nd year in the Entry-2-Practice Doctor Pharmacy and this will be my 5th year as a Thunderbird! When I’m not at school, you’ll find me either playing volleyball, eating like no tomorrow or climbing a mountain around BC. I also love travelling and have explored much of the Caribbean and tropics but my dream is to do a Europe trip! Despite all the wanderlust, Vancouver has always been my home and the hope is to stay here after graduation. Being accepted into the faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences has definitely been a dream-come true for me. I’ve aspired to become a pharmacist since I was in high school and there is so much opportunity in the faculty in both academic and extra-curricular arenas. I’m not going to lie though, school is can be tough but the greatest part of the whole experience thus far is reflecting back on the things I learned as a Biology undergraduate and how it helped to develop me into a better person and appreciate life now. The view from top is always the same for everyone but it’s the journey that truly is unforgettable!


3Beth Power, M.Sc., R.P.Bio., CSAP

Azimuth Consulting Group Partnership

Beth is a Registered Professional Biologist (BC College of Applied Biology) with over 25 years of consulting experience related to toxicology and risk assessment of contaminated sites.  She has a Masters degree in Zoology from the University of BC (Institute of Animal Resource Ecology, 1987) and completed training (1995-97) in dispute resolution and mediation from the Justice Institute of BC. Beth is appointed to the Roster of Approved Professionals in BC (for Risk Assessment, through the Contaminated Sites Approved Professional Society). She began her consulting career after graduation and progressed to senior management before departing in 2000 to work as an independent consultant in England for three years. Beth returned to Canada in 2003 and joined Azimuth as a Partner where she is now a lifer.

Beth’s current areas of practice include: contaminated water and sediments, risk assessment, mine closure, and risk communication.


I’m a second year medical student at the UBC MD Undergraduate Program. I did my Bachelor’s degree in Biology at UBC. I was involved in undergraduate research for 2 years in the Botany department. I am currently working on clinical research in paediatric plastic surgery and general surgery. I’m not sure what specialty I want to pursue in the future but am looking forward the clerkship.  When I’m not studying, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and friends. I love spending time hiking, wake boarding and hanging out in Tofino.







Bianca Corlett is a Registered Professional Biologist, environmental consultant, and corporate sustainability strategist who works at the intersection of science with business. Upon graduating with her B.Sc. in Environmental Science from UBC, she went on to pursue a M.Sc. in Ecology at Lund University (Sweden) and had the opportunity to travel across Europe and to Magascar, Borneo, and Iceland for field research programs. After graduating, she entered the environmental consulting industry and works with First Nations, government, resource, and industry clients on environmental assessment and consultation projects, along with coordinating the firm’s corporate sustainability strategy. Bianca’s next venture will be with TELUS, where she joins the sustainability strategy department in early October. She is also currently doing her part-time MBA at UBC, and will be graduating in April 2018. When she has some spare time she enjoys rowing, hiking, camping, cooking, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Next Gen Network, a peer mentorship community for young professionals in Vancouver.


Currently: 2nd year dental student @ UBC Dentistry
Academic background: BSc Microbiology & Immunology (2012-2015), DMD in progress (2019)
Interests: children’s access to dental care, personality psychology, mentorship, science, good skincare products
Hobbies: hiking and backpacking through the trails of BC, exercising my vocal cords both at karaoke and in the shower, designing my bullet journal as a creativity and productivity outlet, catching the next NBA game on TV
As a former president of the Women in Science Club at UBC, my wishes have always been to see the club’s mentorship program flourish and provide as many female science students with the support and resources to explore opportunities in the field of science, to create discussions about current obstacles, and to expand one’s professional network. I hope that as a mentor, I can not only provide exposure to the field of dentistry (and the life of a dental student), but inspire younger students to use their education to discover their passions and recognize their potentials.


Hi, my name is Emese Leta. My name is pronounced “emma-sha,” but most people call me Eme! I am a 5th year UBC student and I am currently in my 2nd year of the Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy program. For the first three years of my degree I studied neuropharmacology and physiology within Integrated Sciences, and I transferred to pharmacy after my 3rd year. Throughout my time at UBC I’ve been involved with many different organizations including Rezlife, UBC Rec, UBC Sororities, and AMS Safewalk. Outside of UBC, I was involved in working with Saint Paul’s Hospital, the National Institute for the Blind and the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. My future goals include being a clinical pharmacist working on a multidisciplinary treatment team in a hospital, optimizing drug treatment and recognizing drug induced problems, specifically in the field of neurology. I’m super excited to be a mentor as part of the WiS Mentorship Program. Feel free to reach out for chat, or let me know if you have any questions about anything at all. I’m looking forward to meeting you!



Grace is currently a second-year UBC medical student. She was a founding member of this club and mentorship program and is very excited to be a mentor again. Grace is as local as you can get, having grown up in Vancouver, graduating from UBC in 2015 with a BSc in Pharmacology, and now attending medical school (which is a blast, albeit busy). Outside of class, she is involved in clinical research at BC Children’s Hospital in the division of Otolaryngology, with past research experiences in the Dept. of Anesthesiology, BC Mental Health & Addictions Research Institute, and the iGEM competition.

What does she do in her spare time? Grace is the Senior Advertising Manager of the UBC Medical Journal and a member of the FIFEgirls, a women’s acapella singing group. She enjoys binge-watching Netflix shows, shopping, baking, eating, and tries to balance that by going to the gym, doing yoga, or swimming.


Jenah Alibhai has just began her first year in the entry-to-Practice Pharm. D program at UBC and she also completed her BSc. in Biochemistry from UBC in 2015. She has deep-seeded passion for science and particularly research in drug optimization and development for various diseases. In particular, Jenah spent 3 years conducting an independent research project in the field of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Her research question primarily examined the effect of soluble hematological factors on inhibiting the interaction between a known MS drug (Interferon-Beta) and neutralizing antibodies. The project was highly successful and resulted in Jenah being awarded a $5000 studentship with the endMS society of Canada. Additionally, Jenah also worked on a research project at the Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI) that dealt with the use of RSK-1 and RSK-2 inhibitors to hinder the growth of breast cancer cells. Jenah has also worked on a project with CIGI (Centre for International Governance Innovation). This project dealt with looking primarily at the development of research and intellectual property at various university campuses across Canada.



Lisa Ritland is a Research Coordinator in the UBC Faculty of Medicine Office of the Executive Associate Dean, Research, which aims to support and advance research and scholarship across the faculty. She is also a Master’s of Science student in the UBC School of Population and Public Health with a focus in social determinants of children’s health. In this capacity, Lisa assists with research activities at the UBC Human Early Learning Partnership related to a universal developmental monitoring platform for 18 month old children. Prior to beginning graduate studies, Lisa was a Project Researcher at the UBC eHealth Strategy Office, where she supported the research and implementation of an online mentorship health intervention for Aboriginal youth. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours History and International Relations from UBC. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys rock climbing, skiing, and taking photos around the West Coast.


11Nadine grew up in Manila, but later moved to Vancouver. She attended Sir Winston Churchill Secondary, a local high school in Vancouver. She went to UBC to pursue her undergraduate degree in Microbiology in Immunology, which she completed in 2016. During her time as an undergrad, she became involved with UBC Women in Science, the Science Undergraduate Society, and the Microbiology and Immunology Student Association. She is currently in her first year of dentistry at UBC. During her spare time, she tutors children with special needs, knits, and tends to her vegetable garden.





12I am a second year master’s student in the Zoology department here at UBC studying comparative animal physiology. Specifically, I am conducting research on the strategy that sharks, skates and rays use to excrete carbon dioxide. Before coming to UBC, I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria including an honours thesis on the effects of climate change on juvenile salmonid fishes.  I was also very involved in the biology co-op program at UVic where I completed 4 co-op work terms and gained experience in academia, government and industry. I then received an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship to come here to UBC. Since then I have been lucky enough to travel to conferences across Canada and the US, and even spent two weeks collecting shark and ray samples in the Gulf of Mexico! This winter I’m looking forward to a trip to Vietnam where I’ve been accepted into a field course on air-breathing fishes. Generally, I’m interested in many different aspects of animal biology, physiology and ecology but would really enjoy mentoring students in any field that are interested in seeing where science can take them!


13Sabrina Abram is a PhD student in the Department of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University under the direction of Dr. Max Donelan. She completed her bachelor’s degree with honours in Mechanical Engineering at Cleveland State University. During that time, she was a NCAA Division I student-athlete, and captain of her university’s women’s soccer team. Recently, she was selected as a Vanier scholar, Canada’s top doctoral fellowship, in recognition of her potential as a leader in science and engineering. As a researcher, she is interested in understanding the fundamental principles that shape human movement. Specifically, she aims to investigate how humans are able to control high speed locomotion, and apply these strategies to help advance the field of robot locomotion from its current state of tentative low speed walking, to dynamic high speed running. Beyond research, Sabrina enjoys traveling and being outdoors—whether that be hiking and climbing in the summer, or skiing in the winter.





14Hi everyone! My name is Sally and I’m currently a first-year medical student at UBC. I finished my 3rd year at UBC as a Pharmacology major before entering Medicine. I was originally born in Korea, but I spent the majority of my life in Vancouver. During undergrad, I was heavily involved in research, hospital volunteering, and first aid. In my spare time, I love exercising at the gym or trying out new restaurants.

Feel free to approach me if you want to learn more about UBC medicine, research awards, biochemistry research, Arthritis Research Centre, St. Paul’s hospital volunteering, and Emergency Medical Aid Team. Even if you’re not interested in any of the above, I’d be happy to mentor anyone who is unsure about their academic or career path. I was not originally interested in pharmacology or medicine before entering UBC and I spent a lot of time exploring different paths. I’d also love to chat about how to achieve a good work-study-life balance and how to stay happy and healthy with a busy schedule.


My name is Sarah Louadi and I am a graduate student in Experimental Medicine at UBC, going into my second year of my Master’s in the Cashman Laboratory in the Centre for Brain Health.  I am currently investigating the role of brain immune cells called microglia in Alzheimer’s disease, in the hope of improving our understanding of the role inflammation plays in neurodegeneration and enhancing potential therapeutics. I graduated in 2015 from UBC with a Bachelor degree in Integrated Science with a focus on Psychology, Immunology and Neurobiology, and I am grateful for the rich experiences I was exposed to around the world, from Tunisia, England and Vancouver.   If I am not in the lab, you will find me painting, belly dancing, reading, or promoting the UBC Mental Health Awareness Club, so whatever your interest, I would love to engage in a conversation with you.   Looking forward to meeting you all!





15Shalisa is a 2nd year pharmacy student here at UBC. Prior to applying for the pharmacy program, she completed 2 years of undergraduate science studies. She decided to pursue a career in pharmacy because of her passion for helping people and because she wanted to learn more about how drugs affect the human body. This decision was further solidified when she spent a summer working in a pharmacy and she saw the positive impact that a pharmacist can have on the lives of their patients. This being her 4th year at UBC overall, she understands the difficulty of deciding what you want to do with your life and knowing all the steps to get yourself there. She is excited about being a mentor and getting the opportunity to help young women discover what they are passionate about. When Shalisa isn’t studying, she enjoys hiking, baking and doing yoga. She also understands the importance of family so she tries to travel back home to Victoria as often as possible to watch her little brother play hockey and to help her little sister with her homework.


16         Shandel is a second year UBC medical student. She is the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) representative for Reproductive and Sexual Health at UBC and the Team Lead for the India Spiti Health Project as a part of UBC’s Global Health Initiative. This past summer, Shandel travelled to the Spiti Valley in India to work at a remote boarding school in the Indian Himalayas.
Shandel obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from UBC in 2014. She also had the opportunity to study abroad in South America, including a field ecology course in Ecuador studying social spiders.
Prior to medical school, Shandel was a part of UBC’s Science Co-op and worked as a research assistant in the Department of Orthopedics at St. Paul’s Hospital and at BC Children’s Hospital Rheumatology Clinic. Shandel also worked at the BC Cancer Agency as the National Enrolment Coordinator for CancerChatCanada’s online support groups.
Shandel loves theatre and being on stage. She has been involved in theatre since she was 10 years old and continued her passion into university and medical school. Last year she acted in UBC’s MedPlay and this year she is one of the producers for the play.



Why become a mentor?

Your participation in this mentoring program will allow you to connect with and impact the next generation of women leaders in the field of science. Your role in this partnership will give you insight into current Science programs of study and the ideas that are inspiring today’s youth. Involvement in this program can also provide:

  • opportunities to share lessons learned, future goals
  • inspiration by enthusiastic future science leaders
  • increased understanding of the mentoring process and the role of being a mentor
  • increased understanding of the current UBC curriculum and the issues faces today’s female students

What is expected of you?

  • Meet with your mentee(s) at least two times over the course of the academic semester (September- December and January-April)
  • Attend two WIS events including mandatory attendance at the Meet-A-Mentor Event in September
  • Develop relationship objectives with your student mentee(s)
  • Be available by phone or email to your mentee(s)
  • Complete progress and exit surveys to keep the WIS team updated on your satisfaction with the program

How do I become a mentor?

Information on the 2017-2018 mentor application process coming soon.

What if I cannot commit to full -time mentorship, but still want to be involved?

We love your enthusiasm! Other mentoring opportunities that require a smaller time commitment are available for those unable to participate in the full WIS Mentoring Program. This includes presenting a talk at our lunch-time speaker series and our annual Women in Science and Engineering networking event. If you would like to stay updated on WIS events and possible mentoring opportunities, please contact us at to receive our newsletter and event invitations! Our events section is also a great resource for details on upcoming events.

Mentor Resources

There will be several mentor training and professional development workshops coordinated by our club in conjunction with the UBC Mentorship Community of Practice. Please refer to our events section for current information.

Mentor and Mentee Handbook 2017-2018

Any other questions?

All questions pertaining to our membership program should be directed to


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