PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Nadine is an atmospheric organic chemist interested in chemical mechanisms in the gas phase and in the aerosol phase. During her PhD, Nadine studied the chemical mechanisms of gas phase pollutants using mass spectrometry and chromatography. She has also gained experience working with Environment and Climate Change Canada as well as with the Council for Scientific Research, an air quality consulting company in South Africa. Nadine pursued an NSERC PDF at ETH Zurich in Switzerland studying photochemistry and its impact on aerosol-cloud interactions. The NBD group started in November 2018 supported by an Ambizione grant funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, and moved to the University of British-Columbia in January 2021. Ongoing NBD group interests include reactive oxygen species produced during photochemical exposure of aerosols and organic matter acting as atmospheric ice nuclei. The NBD group soon have an online mass spectrometer to look at the fate of indoor air pollutants. Nadine is also an aspiring science communicator and an avid alpine skier.

2015 - PhD in atmospheric chemistry

University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

2011 - MSc in organic chemistry

University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

2008 - BSc in chemistry

Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Sophie Bogler  🇩🇪

Sophie moved from Stuttgart in southern Germany to Zurich to study Interdisciplinary Sciences in her Bachelor’s degree at ETH focusing on environmental and analytical chemistry. She started working in the NBD group in 2018 for a semester project. After finishing her bachelor thesis at eawag, she returned to the NBD group to complete her project on the ice nucleation abilities of lignin. Currently, she is working in collaboration with the Paul Scherrer Institute on quantifying singlet oxygen quantum yields from ambient PM10 filters. To pursue her interest in atmospheric science, Sophie is studying Environmental Science in her Master’s degree at ETH with a major in atmosphere and climate. After a day in the lab, Sophie likes to relax playing the piano or spending time outside in nature. 

Madri grew up in Kandy-Sri Lanka and earned her B.Sc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of Peradeniya. In 2018, she started her graduate studies at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, with Professor Donovan C. Haines. Her work with Dr. Haines included studying P450 monooxygenases and analyzing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) using solid phase microextraction in collaboration with NASA. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD at UBC where she works with Nadine and the NBD Group. Coming from Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Madri brings a diverse background and a broad set of skills. In the NBD group, Madri’s project focuses on investigating indoor air photochemistry and studying indoor sources of singlet oxygen sensitization. Outside the lab, Madri enjoys cooking, dancing, watching comedy movies and playing board games.

2020 - MSc in Chemistry

Sam Houston State University, Hunstville, Tx, United States

2018 - MSc in Biotechnology

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

2015 - BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Starting in May 2021

2019 - BSc in Chemistry

University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Jon Went 🇨🇭

Jon grew up in Winterthur, Switzerland and is pursuing his BSc degree in environmental sciences with a focus on biogeochemistry at ETH. He completed his BSc thesis project on the ice nucleating abilities of different algae exudates in the NBD Group in collaboration with the Stocker Group. He is now working full time as a research assistant in the NBD Group investigating the effect of the freezing point depression on the ice nucleating ability of macromolecules. Next to uni, Jon is active in the core team of the Sustainability Week Switzerland and likes to relax through his yoga practice.

Isabelle Lao  🇵🇭

Isabelle was born in Manila, Philippines, but grew up in Shanghai, China where she lived for most of her life before moving to Vancouver for university. Currently, she is pursuing a BSc in Chemistry and Oceanography at UBC. In the NBD group, she is looking at data from the IMPROVE aerosol network to investigate the atmospheric component of the biogeochemical cycle of selenium. Outside of school, Isabelle likes reading, watching basketball (go Warriors!), and going for very, very long walks.

Rickey Lee  🇨🇦

Rickey grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and decided to pursue a Bachelor's in Chemistry with a strong interest in Instrumental Analysis. He loves the concept of thinking up ideas for designing setups for analytical chemistry such as block diagrams, and has great interest in continuously learning the theory about it. Currently he is looking at analyzing data sets from ambient aerosols using the scanning mobility particle sizer and seeing what new knowledge we can learn about indoor particulates. When he has free time, he practices archery or goes hiking. Though nowadays during the pandemic, he has fun tinkering with electronics.

PAST GROUP MEMBERS

Andrew Leoppky 🇨🇦, MSc student (for 1 semester), 2020

Sebastian Zala 🇨🇭, Master thesis student, 2020

Anna Miller 🇺🇸, Master student and thesis student, 2018-2020

Silvan Müller 🇨🇭, Master thesis student and intern, 2019-2020

Lisa Leist 🇩🇪, PhD student (for 1 year), 2019

Killian Brennan 🇨🇭, Bachelor thesis student (2018) and Master student assistant, 2019

Max Aragon Cerecedes 🇲🇽, Bachelor summer student, 2019

Lin Boynton 🇺🇸, Master student assistant, 2018

Vera Weichlinger 🇨🇭, Bachelor thesis student, 2017

Julia Werz 🇨🇭, Bachelor thesis student, 2017   

DIVERSITY STATEMENT OF THE NBD GROUP

Defining diversity, inclusion and equity:

To foster a diverse environment, proactive inclusion efforts are necessary to ensure that a person associated with any underserved, marginalized or excluded populations, feels welcomed, supported, safe and valued. Our group defines equity in academia as equal rights and equal access to opportunities to all students and staff. 

 

How does our group promote diversity and foster inclusion?

To encourage diversity, we believe one has to be themselves diverse in their own life experiences, skills and research. We know from firsthand experience that science is global, and only through diversity can one truly reach research excellence. A multicultural research group has the advantage of tapping into a rich resource of experiences, point of views and innovative ideas. The student-mentor relationship is dynamic, and consequently taking feedback and learning from colleagues, including students at all levels, is just as important as giving feedback. From our own experience, this type of relationship helps to foster inclusion through a supportive learning environment. This mentality is applicable to research, by diversifying research topics based on student expertise and interest, in mentoring, by being considerate of cultural backgrounds, and in teaching/outreach, by adapting to different learning styles and catering to different audiences. Finally, we hold each other to high standards of integrity, accountability and respect, necessary to foster an inclusive work and study environment. In times of struggle, we also know to seek assistance whether it be personal and/or professional help and encourage our peers to do so as well.

The NBD Group aims to be a trailblazingly diverse research group!

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