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Meet Our Team

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Nadine Borduas-Dedekind 🇨🇦

Principal Investigator

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Ayomide Akande 🇳🇬

Graduate Student

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Paul Bieber 🇦🇹

Graduate Student

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Keighan Gemmell 🇨🇦

Graduate Student

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Isabelle Lao 🇵🇭

Research Assistant

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Frank Van Strien

Undergraduate Student

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Paul Heine 🇩🇪

Graduate Student

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Claudia Sardena 🇮🇹

Graduate Student

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Anna Zeleny 🇺🇸

Graduate Student

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Rickey Lee 🇨🇦

Graduate Student

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Crizl Salazar

Undergraduate Student

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Izzy Vette🇨🇦

Undergraduate Student

Past Group Members

Brandon Kozmen 🇨🇦, UBC, Undergraduate CHEM 445 RLE student, 2022

Madri Jayakody  🇱🇰, UBC, graduate student 2021-2022

Chloé Arthozoul 🇫🇷, ENSIACET Toulouse, summer student, 2022

Aldo R. Guzman 🇲🇽, Universidad Veracruzana, Mitacs summer research student, 2022

Sophie Bogler 🇩🇪, ETH Zurich, Bachelor & Master research assistant, 2018-2022

Jason Kim 🇰🇷, UBC, Undergraduate CHEM 445 RLE student, 2021-2022

Nicole Link 🇺🇸, UBC, Undergraduate CHEM 445 RLE student, 2022

Katie Thompson 🇬🇧, University of Leeds, Go Global PhD student, 2022

Gurpriya Bhangoo 🇨🇦, UBC, Undergraduate CHEM 445 RLE student, 2021

Jon Went 🇨🇭, ETH Zurich, Bachelor thesis student, 2019-2020

Andrew Leoppky 🇨🇦, UBC, graduate student, 2020

Sebastian Zala 🇨🇭, ETH Zurich, Master thesis student, 2020

Anna Miller 🇺🇸, ETH Zurich, Research assistant and Master thesis student, 2018-2020

Silvan Müller 🇨🇭, ETH Zurich, Master thesis student and research assistant, 2019-2020

Lisa Leist 🇩🇪, ETH Zurich, graduate student, 2019

Killian Brennan 🇨🇭, ETH Zurich, Bachelor thesis student and research assistant, 2018-2019

Max Aragon Cerecedes 🇲🇽, University of Pécs, summer student, 2019

Lin Boynton 🇺🇸, ETH Zurich, Research assistant, 2018

Vera Weichlinger 🇨🇭, ETH Zurich, Bachelor thesis student, 2017

Julia Werz 🇨🇭, ETH Zurich, Bachelor thesis student, 2017 

Diversity Statement

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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