Jennifer Gibson (The "Sex Lady")

Jennifer Gibson MA, is the Coordinator of Community Education Services. She is a professional sexual health educator whose knowledge, sense of humour, enthusiasm, and comfort level give her the unique ability to make sexual health education accessible and easy to relate to. Most often referred to as “The Sex Lady” by youth participants, Jennifer believes in making sexual health education relevant, accessible, and fun for all participants. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Victoria, her counselling support certificate from Camosun College, and her Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University. During her MA work, Jennifer conducted research on the relevancy of sexual health education and published a thesis entitled, “Making Sexual Health Education ‘Sexy’ for Youth.” Previous to her work with Island Sexual Health, Jennifer worked in the field of disordered eating prevention, media literacy, and positive body image promotion with youth and adults in communities throughout Vancouver Island.

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Karen Lithgow
Dr. Amanda Malone

UVic Women in Science presents an interview series highlighting women in the scientific community on Vancouver Island. Dr. Amanda Malone has worked on the development of drug delivery systems for over 12 years.  She is the Chief Scientific Officer of Eupraxia Pharmaceuticals, a Victoria based biotech company that develops sustained release drug delivery systems targeting unmet medical needs.  Since its inception in 2012, she has guided Eupraxia Pharmaceutical’s scientific programs through the pre-clinical and manufacturing process and into the clinic.  The company now has 20 employees and is in the planning stages of a pivotal trial for their lead product, a treatment for arthritis.


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Chloe Christensen
Dr. Anne Urai

Dr. Anne Urai is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Anne Churchland’s lab at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where she is a part of International Brain Laboratory Consortium. As a cognitive neuroscientist, Dr. Anne combines psychophysics and computational modelling of behavioural data with electrophysiological recordings in humans and rodents.

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Karen Lithgow
Dr. Li Xing

Dr. Li Xing is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Victoria. As a Mathematician, Dr. Li Xing develops and tests statistical models.

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Karen Lithgow
Dr. Varsha Jain

Dr. Varsha Jain is currently postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Awatramani's lab in the Biology department at UVic. Her research interests lie in understanding how retinal neurons process visual information.

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Karen Lithgow
Dr. Elaine Humphrey

Dr. Elaine Humphrey is currently the laboratory manager at the Advanced Microscopy Facility at the University of Victoria. Elaine has been recognised as a fellow of the Microscopy Society of America in 2018 for her contributions to the advancement of the field of microscopy and micro-analysis over the past 34 years. Elaine’s work on microscopy has reached beyond the scientific community. The wildly popular science-fiction television show, “The X-Files”, featured her bug images in the series. Five children’s books also include her stereo SEM images. She had a small feature on @Discovery Canada on Discovery Channel for two years called Small Wonders.

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Karen Lithgow
Jennifer Munro

Jennifer Munro is the Clinical Director of a community counseling program at Pacific Centre Family Services Association (PSFSA), a non-profit organization that provides affordable counseling services to individuals, couples, and families who are healing from challenges such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, PTSD, and historical/transgenerational trauma. She is also the clinical supervisor of PCFSA’s internship program for students working toward Master’s degrees in UVic’s Counseling Psychology program and similar programs across the country. Her specialization is largely in trauma processing and family work

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Karen Lithgow
Jen Pape

Jen is currently an Environmental Project Manager at SGS AXYS, a company based in Sidney that analyzes organic contaminants for a variety of industries and governments around the world. She did her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Calgary, before moving to Victoria and completing her Master of Science here at UVic. Her position as a project manager allows her to merge her passion for science with her interest in working with others as a team.

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Karen Lithgow
Dr. Maddy Friesen

Dr. Maddy Friesen is a companion animal veterinarian at the Sidney Animal Hospital. After receiving with a BSc (Biology) from the University of Winnipeg, and more recently her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 2017, Dr. Friesen has had a lifelong affinity for animal husbandry.

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Karen Lithgow
Dr. Katherine Elvira

Dr. Katherine Elvira is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Victoria. Her research focuses on designing and fabricating lab-on-a-chip devices to create artificial cells for drug discovery.

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Karen Lithgow
Dr. Barbara Hawkins

Dr. Barbara Hawkins is the Chair of UVic’s Biology department and a professor and researcher for the Centre for Forest Biology within the department of Biology at UVic. As a tree physiologist with a background in forestry and silviculture, her work has examined how trees function and respond to the environment through studies on tree nutrition.

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Karen Lithgow
Lauren Wotton

As part of our Undergraduate Interview Mini-Series, we are showcasing phenomenal science happening at UVic. Lauren Wotton recently completed her BSc in Biology and was awarded the Jubilee Medal for Science at the 2018 spring convocation. During her undergraduate program, Lauren was involved in several biological research projects at UVic.

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Becky Miller

Becky Miller is a M.Sc. student in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. Her research focuses on how forest structure moderates the exchange of nutrients between ocean and land. She is actively involved in 100 Islands Project and fundraising for her research by participating in tree climbing.

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Karen Lithgow
Dr. Stephanie Willerth

Dr. Stephanie Willerth is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, as well as the Division of Medical Sciences. Her research group focuses on developing novel tools to address issues in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, particularly engineering neural tissue using human pluripotent stem cells.

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Karen Lithgow
Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi

Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi is an associate professor in the Department of Biology at UVic. Her work focuses on the effects of nutrition on ecosystem processes and how nutrition changes over the course of evolution. She uses applied biological stoichiometry and model organisms to look at the effects of nutritional constraints and phenotype distributions.

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Karen Lithgow
Dina Buric

Dina Buric is a third year PhD student in the Pure Mathematics group in UVic’s department of Mathematics and Statistics. In her work she is able to tie together two of her passions by exploring the concepts of mathematics that can be intrinsic to diverse forms of art. Dina has used this connection to help others understand the mathematical aspects of art through the creation of beautiful physical mathematical models, as well as collaborating to create a course at Western Washington University that addresses this connection.

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Karen Lithgow
Karina Giesbrecht

UVic Women in Science presents an interview series highlighting women in the scientific community on Vancouver Island. Karina Giesbrecht is a fifth year PhD candidate in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at UVic. Her work focuses on how diatoms influence the marine biogeochemical cycling of silicon in the Arctic. As a part of her research, Karina has done fieldwork all over the world, including cruising through the Northwest Passage.

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Karen Lithgow
Mackenzie Mey

As part of our Undergraduate Research Interview Mini-Series, we are showcasing Honours Research happening at UVic. Mackenzie Mey is an Honours student in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at UVic. Her research focuses on determining the functional and structural properties of the enzyme, ɑ-Galactosidase, which is a putative virulence factor of the human pathogen, Streptococcus pneumoniae. Her future plans are to pursue a career in healthcare or research.

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Brandy Biggar

As part of our Undergraduate Research Interview Mini-Series, we are showcasing Honours Research happening at UVic. Brandy Biggar is an Honours student in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences and the Department of Biology at UVic. Her research focuses on marine invertebrates, specifically examining the foregut development in the chiton, Katharina tunicata. She is also interested ecology, climate change, and conservation. Her future aspiration is to pursue graduate studies.

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Lauren Caters

As part of our Undergraduate Research Interview Mini-Series, we are showcasing Honours Research happening at UVic. Lauren Caters is an Honours student in the Department of Chemistry at UVic. Her research focuses on the environmental issue of microplastic pollution. She is investigating the surface structure interactions of these polymers. Her future aspiration following graduation is to pursue a career in healthcare.

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