Narratives

In February 2020, our team of graduate student researchers started reaching out to interview McGill PhDs who graduated between 2008-2018. Over the next year, we will be sharing their stories here.

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Mark Bazett, Director of Preclinical Development

Mark Bazett, Director of Preclinical Development

Mark Bazett graduated from the Department of Human Genetics in 2015. After finishing his PhD, Mark transitioned into industry, leading preclinical drug ...
Samuel Rodrigues, Associate Professor

Samuel Rodrigues, Associate Professor

Samuel Filgueiras Rodrigues completed his PhD in Mining and Materials Engineering in 2018 with a thesis focused on phase transformations of metal alloys under ...
Colette Simonot-Maiello, Assistant Professor

Colette Simonot-Maiello, Assistant Professor

Dr. Colette Simonot-Maiello completed her PhD in Musicology in 2011, focusing on the theme of hysteria in an opera by Francis Poulenc. She is now an Assistant ...
Dawn Rouse, Professor at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Dawn Rouse, Professor at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Dawn graduated from the Department of Integrated Studies in Education in 2012. She is currently a professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Q: What ...
Misia Kowanda, Simons Searchlight Outreach Manager

Misia Kowanda, Simons Searchlight Outreach Manager

Misia Kowanda graduated with a PhD in Biology in 2017. Her research focused on genes specific to RNA transport and protein organization during Drosophila ...
Andrew King, Director of Performance Research

Andrew King, Director of Performance Research

Andrew King completed his PhD in Computer Science in 2009 with a theoretical thesis focused on graph colouring, which describes how networks of objects can be ...
Daniel Lametti, Assistant Professor

Daniel Lametti, Assistant Professor

Daniel Lametti graduated from McGill with a PhD in Psychology in 2013. His thesis research focused on the brain basis of limb movements and speech production. ...
Juan Sebastian Delgado, Cellist

Juan Sebastian Delgado, Cellist

Juan Sebastian Delgado received his doctorate from the Schulich School of Music in 2017 with a thesis focused on the crossroad between tango and contemporary ...
José Carlos Marques, Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa

José Carlos Marques, Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa

José Carlos Marques graduated from Desautels Faculty of Management in 2017. He is currently an Assistant Professor (Strategy & Sustainability) at the ...
Laura Gougeon, Healthy Communities Scientist

Laura Gougeon, Healthy Communities Scientist

Laura Gougeon graduated in 2014 from the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Human Nutrition, where she studied dietary factors associated ...
Nathaniel Robichaud, Business Development Manager at Genome Quebec

Nathaniel Robichaud, Business Development Manager at Genome Quebec

Nathaniel Robichaud graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Biochemistry in 2018. He is currently a Business Development Manager at Genome Quebec and a ...
Judy Prasad, Operations & Program Manager, KickStart Venture Services

Judy Prasad, Operations & Program Manager, KickStart Venture Services

Judy Prasad completed her PhD in psychology (behavioral neuroscience) in 2014, focusing on the thalamus’ role in cognitive processes. She is currently the ...
Anna Peletsis, Pianist and piano instructor

Anna Peletsis, Pianist and piano instructor

Anna Peletsis completed her doctorate in music in 2017 with a thesis focused on piano music by the Latvian composer Georgs Pelēcis. She is currently a- ...
Derek Wray, R&D Manager

Derek Wray, R&D Manager

Derek graduated from the Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry in 2015. He currently works as an R&D Manager for Bonduelle. Q: What made ...
Nafisa Jadavji, Assistant Professor

Nafisa Jadavji, Assistant Professor

Nafisa Jadavji completed her PhD in 2012 from the Department of Human Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine. She is currently an Assistant Professor at ...
Tatiana Dardykina, Pianist and piano instructor

Tatiana Dardykina, Pianist and piano instructor

Tatiana Dardykina completed her Doctor of Music degree in 2017 with a thesis focusing on the piano writing of the French composer, Henri Duparc. Tatiana now ...
David Tang, Officer at National Research Council Canada

David Tang, Officer at National Research Council Canada

David Tang received his PhD from the School of Information Studies in 2012, focusing on innovation in information services. He is currently an Officer at the ...
Petra Gyles, Clinical & School Psychologist

Petra Gyles, Clinical & School Psychologist

Petra Gyles graduated in 2016 from the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology. She is currently a Child and Adolescent Clinical and School ...
Ian Gerard, Radiation Oncology Resident Physician

Ian Gerard, Radiation Oncology Resident Physician

Ian Gerard graduated in 2018 from the Faculty of Medicine in Biomedical Engineering and in 2020 from the Faculty of Medicine in the MDCM program. He is ...
Erin Parkes, Founder and Executive Director of Lotus Centre for Special Music Education

Erin Parkes, Founder and Executive Director of Lotus Centre for Special Music Education

Dr Erin Parkes graduated with a PhD in Music Education in 2015. Her research focused on training music teachers to work with students with autism. She ...
Heather Newell, Linguistics Professor

Heather Newell, Linguistics Professor

Heather Newell graduated with a PhD from the Department of Linguistics in 2008. She is currently a Linguistics Professor at Université du Québec à Montréal ...
Patrick Cortbaoui, Managing Director, Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security

Patrick Cortbaoui, Managing Director, Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security

Patrick Cortbaoui completed his PhD in 2015 in bioresource engineering, focusing on post-harvest quality management of fruits and vegetables. He is currently ...
Kait Pinder, Assistant Professor

Kait Pinder, Assistant Professor

Kait Pinder graduated with a PhD in English in 2015 with a focus on Canadian literature. She is now an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Acadia ...
Stephen Wittek, Assistant Professor

Stephen Wittek, Assistant Professor

Stephen Wittek graduated with a PhD in English in 2013 and is now an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Carnegie Mellon University in.& ...
Lilia Eskildsen-Torres, Fellowships Officer, McGill

Lilia Eskildsen-Torres, Fellowships Officer, McGill

Lilia Eskildsen-Torres received her PhD in 2018, focusing on the role of dance in Mexico and the Mexican diaspora. She is currently a Fellowships Officer at ...
Alex Klotz, Assistant Professor

Alex Klotz, Assistant Professor

Klotz received his PhD in Physics from McGill in 2015. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State ...
Dia Dabby, Law Professor, UQAM

Dia Dabby, Law Professor, UQAM

Dia Dabby received her Doctorate in Civil Law (DCL) in 2017, focusing on religious diversity in public schools in Canada. She is currently an Assistant ...
Caolan Kovach-Orr, Data Scientist, Verisk Analytics

Caolan Kovach-Orr, Data Scientist, Verisk Analytics

Caolan Kovach-Orr completed his PhD in biology in 2015, focusing on predator-prey interactions. He started, in industry, as a Data Scientist, and currently ...
Tim Haltigin, Senior Mission Scientist, Planetary Exploration, Canadian Space Agency

Tim Haltigin, Senior Mission Scientist, Planetary Exploration, Canadian Space Agency

Tim Haltigin completed his PhD in geography in 2010, focusing on permafrost geomorphology. He is currently the Senior Mission Scientist for Planetary ...
Monica Granados, Policy Analyst

Monica Granados, Policy Analyst

Monica Granados graduated with a PhD in Biology in 2016. She is now a policy analyst for the Government of Canada working on open science. Monica also is on ...
Dorothy Maguire, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency

Dorothy Maguire, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency

Dorothy Maguire completed her PhD in Natural Resource Sciences in 2015, focusing on the effects of plant feeding insects on forest ecosystem services. ...
Joan Wry, Professor

Joan Wry, Professor

Joan Wry graduated with a PhD in English in 2010. She is now a Professor of nineteenth-century American Literature and Honors Program Director at Saint’ ...
Susan King, Engineer, Writer, Educator, and Public Speaker

Susan King, Engineer, Writer, Educator, and Public Speaker

Susan King completed her PhD in bioresource engineering in 2010, focusing on treatment systems for swine manure. She has worked as an engineer, science and ...
Jocelyn Moore, Senior Scientific Evaluator, Health Canada

Jocelyn Moore, Senior Scientific Evaluator, Health Canada

Jocelyn Moore completed her PhD in biology in 2008, studying Drosophila (fruit fly) oogenesis and RNA. She currently works as a Senior Scientific Evaluator in ...
Mary Cullinan, Teacher

Mary Cullinan, Teacher

Mary Cullinan completed her PhD in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education in 2016. She gave voice to the experiences of 39 women who entered ...
Jamshid Rahimi, Food Product and Process Innovation Engineering Scientist, Griffith Food

Jamshid Rahimi, Food Product and Process Innovation Engineering Scientist, Griffith Food

Jamshid Rahimi received his PhD in bioresource engineering in 2014, focusing on the microstructure of batter coating on food products. He is currently a Food ...
Malvina Klag, Independent Consultant

Malvina Klag, Independent Consultant

Malvina Klag graduated with a PhD in Organizational Behaviour from the Desautels Faculty of Management in 2009. She is now an independent consultant.  Q: ...
Russell Seidle, Assistant Professor

Russell Seidle, Assistant Professor

Seidle graduated with a PhD in Management (Strategy and Organization; Support field in Sociology) from the Desautels Faculty of Management in 2013. He is now ...
Jeremy Macdonald, Faculty Lecturer

Jeremy Macdonald, Faculty Lecturer

Jeremy Macdonald completed his PhD in mathematics in 2012, focusing on the algorithmic theory of groups. He is a faculty lecturer in the department of ...
Madhu Kaushik, Vice-President of Vera Inkjet

Madhu Kaushik, Vice-President of Vera Inkjet

Madhu Kaushik is the Vice-President of Vera Inkjet. She received her PhD in Chemistry from McGill University. Her research experience includes inkjet fluids, ...
Tamara Cohen, Assistant Professor

Tamara Cohen, Assistant Professor

Tamara Cohen graduated with a PhD in human nutrition in 2017, researching childhood obesity. She is currently the Director of Dietetics and an Assistant ...
Diego Mastroianni, Senior Services Strategist

Diego Mastroianni, Senior Services Strategist

Diego Mastroianni graduated with a PhD in Management Information Systems in 2016. He now works as a Senior Services Strategist at Moody’s Analytics  Q: ...
Lance Rappaport, Assistant Professor

Lance Rappaport, Assistant Professor

Lance Rappaport completed his PhD in psychology in 2015, specializing in clinical psychology and focusing on anxiety disorders. He is an Assistant Professor ...
Sooyoun Seo, Research and Development Manager

Sooyoun Seo, Research and Development Manager

Sooyoun Seo completed her PhD in 2014 in Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, focusing on food proteins. She is currently a Research and Development ...
Danielle Barkley, Career Educator

Danielle Barkley, Career Educator

Danielle Barkley graduated with a PhD in English in 2015. Her dissertation focused on the nineteenth-century novel. She is now a career educator, working ...
Jackie Goordial, Assistant Professor

Jackie Goordial, Assistant Professor

Jackie Goordial completed her PhD in natural resource sciences in 2015, focusing on polar microbiology. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School ...
Matthew Wyman-McCarthy, Research Facilitator

Matthew Wyman-McCarthy, Research Facilitator

Matthew Wyman-McCarthy graduated with a PhD from the Department of History in 2015. His dissertation considered the origins and legacy of the British ...
Vanessa Bao, Psychologist

Vanessa Bao, Psychologist

Vanessa Bao received her PhD in School/Applied Child Psychology in 2018. She is now a licensed psychologist specializing in helping children, adolescents and ...
Normand Cyr, Manager of Structural Biology Platform

Normand Cyr, Manager of Structural Biology Platform

Normand Cyr completed his PhD in parasitology in 2012, focusing on the parasite Leishmania donovani. He is currently the Manager of the Structural Biology ...
Lucas McCartney, Greenhouse Engineering Consultant and Poultry Farmer, Aviculture KDEM

Lucas McCartney, Greenhouse Engineering Consultant and Poultry Farmer, Aviculture KDEM

Lucas McCartney completed his PhD in bioresource engineering in 2017, focusing on greenhouse cooling. He currently helps to run Aviculture KDEM Inc., a large ...
Racheli Haliva, Junior Professor

Racheli Haliva, Junior Professor

Racheli Haliva received her PhD from the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University in 2016. Her dissertation considered the works of the 14th century ...
Hilary Havens, Associate Professor

Hilary Havens, Associate Professor

Hilary Havens graduated with a PhD in English Literature in 2013. Her dissertation considered the novels of Frances Burney, an eighteenth-century English ...
Frieda Beauregard, Herbarium Curator and Instructor

Frieda Beauregard, Herbarium Curator and Instructor

Frieda Beauregard completed her PhD in plant science in 2016, focusing on the impact of climate change on forest ecosystems. She is currently the curator for ...
Emmanuelle Richez, Associate Professor

Emmanuelle Richez, Associate Professor

Emmanuelle Richez graduated with a PhD in Political Science in 2012. Her dissertation considered the impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on ...
Eric Yen, Software Developer and Research Scientist

Eric Yen, Software Developer and Research Scientist

Eric Yen received his PhD in biology in 2017, focusing on protein dynamics during cell division. He is currently a software developer and research scientist. ...
Leah Moss, Senior Advisor to the Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) & Dean, Faculty of Medicine

Leah Moss, Senior Advisor to the Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) & Dean, Faculty of Medicine

Leah Moss graduated in 2007 with a PhD in Integrated Studies in Education. Her dissertation considered the recognition of prior learning (RPL) and ...
Ndonkeu Tita Walter, Professor

Ndonkeu Tita Walter, Professor

Ndonkeu Tita Walter graduated in 2008 with a PhD in natural resource sciences, focusing on entomology and pest management. He is currently a Professor at ...