Dr. Katherine Elvira - Keynote & Panelist

Katherine joined the Department of Chemistry at UVic in January 2017 as an Assistant Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in New Materials and Techniques for Health Applications. She grew up in Spain, and then gained her undergraduate Master’s degree in Chemistry (2007) and her PhD in digital microfluidics (2012) from Imperial College London in the UK. After graduating, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher and then as a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering at ETH Zürich in Switzerland. During this time, she worked on a variety of basic and applied research projects using microfluidic (lab-on-a-chip) platforms for applications such as single cell analysis, surfactant kinetics and organic synthesis on a chip. Katherine also founded The Society for Women in Natural Sciences (WiNS) during her time at ETH Zurich as a networking platform for female scientists. Katherine’s current research focuses on developing microfluidic platforms for applications in drug discovery and patient analytics. Her current graduate and undergraduate students are doing some exciting work on creating artificial cells on a chip to analyse and quantify molecular transport across the cell membrane. Outside of the lab, Katherine loves snowboarding, reading and hanging out with her friends all over the world.

Karen Lithgow