Executive Team

Leo Chen, President

Leo Chen, President

MSc | UBC

Leo completed a BSc in Biochemistry and an MSc in Population and Public Health at UBC. Over his 10 years studying at UBC, he gained an appreciation for the importance of networking for professional and personal development. He believes that mentors are some of the most important influences in our lives, and has dedicated his time to building bridges between student and new graduates with industry connections to facilitate the establishment of such relationships. As President of the SBN, Leo is dedicated to promoting student engagement with the industry, and is always happy to speak with students at SBN events about their goals and aspirations. In addition to his role at the SBN, Leo currently works as a Clinical Statistician at UBC Department of General Surgery and a Senior Business Analyst at BC Cancer.

Nicole Shum, Director, Finance

Nicole Shum, Director, Finance

BSc | UBC

Nicole recently completed her Biochemistry degree at the University of British Columbia. As a member of the Student Biotechnology Network for the past year, she found the SBN events to be very beneficial. They provided her opportunities for career development through connecting with industry leaders. As the Director of Sponsorship and Corporate Relations, she looks forward to helping other students connect with members of the Biotechnology community and expanding her knowledge of business operation.

Hitesh Arora, Social Media Liaison

Hitesh Arora, Social Media Liaison

PhD

Hitesh is an Associate Scientist at Zymeworks Inc. in Vancouver. He graduated with a Ph.D. from UBC and was a recipient of MITAC Elevate post-doctoral fellowship award and worked at AMGEN BC Inc. and BC Cancer Agency.

His research interests include immunology, cancer immunotherapy, auto-immune responses, and antibody production.

Hitesh has a passion for science communication and community engagement and he has been actively engaged in various outreach program’s at UBC and in Vancouver. As the SBN’s Social Media Liaison, Hitesh works to draw upon his past experience to raise awareness and promote SBN’s events as a valuable resource for students and early career researchers.

Uyen Nguyen, Director, Communications

Uyen Nguyen, Director, Communications

MSc Candidate

Uyen completed her UBC-BCIT Bachelor of Science Honours in Biotechnology and is currently an excited MSc student in the Experimental Medicine program. Uyen found her passion for studying the power and delicacy of the immune system in working with her mentors at BCIT, UBC, BC Children’s Hospital, and Biologics at adMare (formerly the Centre for Drug Research and Development). To help more students receive invaluable mentorship from both academia and industry, Uyen joined the SBN and subsequently stepped up to the role of Director of Communications. In this role, Uyen sends out monthly newsletters to the SBN mailing list of students and industry professionals, addresses and responds to student emails, and works with the Social Media Liason to promote SBN events on multiple social media platforms.

Amir Zadeh, Co-Director of Events

Amir Zadeh, Co-Director of Events

MSc, MBA Candidate
Mahdis Monajemi, Event Liaison

Mahdis Monajemi, Event Liaison

PhD Candidate

Mahdis received her M.Sc. in the field of Immunology and Infectious disease from Memorial University, Canada and is currently completing her PhD in the field of Immunology in the Department of Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Her research interests are immunology, immunotherapy, and autoimmune disease. As SBN Event Liaison, Mahdis collaborates with other members to organize SBN events and develops professional relationships to invite speakers, panelists, and guests to the events. Besides her role at SBN, Mahdis is recipient of MITCS Accelerate fellowship at BC Children’s Hospital and currently works in collaboration with Renaissance Biosciences Corp.

Jean Philippe Sauvé, Director of Corporate Relations

Jean Philippe Sauvé, Director of Corporate Relations

MSc Candidate
Wendy Zhang, Director of Mentorship

Wendy Zhang, Director of Mentorship

BSc
Nick Dawson, Co-­Director of Events

Nick Dawson, Co-­Director of Events

PhD Candidate
Kimia Ziafat, Event Liaison

Kimia Ziafat, Event Liaison

BSc Candidate
Kiana Ziafat, Event Liaison

Kiana Ziafat, Event Liaison

BSc Candidate
Zohreh Shr, Event Liaison

Zohreh Shr, Event Liaison

PhD Candidate
Sarah Mansour, Corporate Relations Liaison

Sarah Mansour, Corporate Relations Liaison

PhD
Soumik Shome, Corporate Relations Liaison

Soumik Shome, Corporate Relations Liaison

MSc Candidate
Boyuan Zheng, Corporate Relations Liaison

Boyuan Zheng, Corporate Relations Liaison

BSc
Kevin Chung, Website Consultant

Kevin Chung, Website Consultant

BSc
Evan Chen, Commercial Photographer

Evan Chen, Commercial Photographer

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