Current Members




Ekaterina Slavko, KatSecretary

I’m a second year PhD student studying polymer chemistry at the University of Toronto. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and biking along the lake. I’m originally from Ottawa, ON.



Bryony McAllisterTreasurerIMG_20160205_131154

I am from Victoria, BC, and completed my BSc at the University of Victoria in 2015.  I am now a 1st year PhD student in the Seferos group, where I work on developing novel conjugated polymers for energy storage applications.  In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, bike riding, trying new restaurants and watching TV shows on Netflix.  I have been a member of WICTO since September 2015 and am passionate about closing the gender gap in STEM fields.


ChadChad Orsini, Events Coordinator

I was born and raised in Sudbury, ON where I completed both my B.Sc. and M.Sc. at Laurentian University. I am currently persuing my PhD in Organic Chemistry, working in the Rousseaux group. My interests are focused on Ni-catalyzed transformations of inhert C-O bond containing electrophiles. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with friends and exploring concerts around the city.


Penny Le, Media Relations Coordinatorphoto_group_website_2014-pjle

I’m a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry however, my research has me based in various departments as I work on synthesizing polymer-based radioimmunoconjugates via enzymatic methods. While working in highly interdisciplinary areas of research, I saw the importance of inclusiveness and community in STEM fields, and it’s brought me here to WICTO. Being somewhat of a foodie, my spare time is often spent exploring new restaurants/bars, or enjoying an exceptionally good cup of coffee with an interesting read. I also stay very active playing volleyball, running, and learning dance.


Members At Large

BoYee ChungWebmaster/Communications RepresentativeBoYee

I am a 1st year Masters student at the University of Toronto. I majored in Chemistry, but also studied Psychology and Art History as my minors. My current research involves peptide chemistry and developing macrolactonization methods towards the synthesis of natural products. In my spare time I enjoy trying different kinds of foods, attending art exhibitions and lounging around with a book.


AndrewAndrew Proppe

I’m a 2nd year PhD student studying physical chemistry, joint between the Sargent and Kelley groups. My research involves photophysical studies of optoelectronic materials for solar light harvesting. Outside of the lab, I enjoy listening to heavy metal and watching the Canadiens de Montreal.


rachaelRachael Jean

I’m a 5th year PhD candidate in biological chemistry at the University of Toronto in Prof. Shana O. Kelley’s lab. My research focuses on using peptidic drug delivery systems for enhancing potency, reducing off-target effects, and evading cancer resistance mechanisms. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy painting, playing volleyball, and exploring new restaurants.


Ellie Princeellie

I am currently a 1rst year PhD student in Professor Kumacheva’s group at the University of Toronto. My research involves developing new hydrogels for biomedical applications. In my spare time I enjoy skating, walking around Toronto and binge watching a good TV show.



nancyNancy Khuu

I am a first year Master student in the field of polymer and materials chemistry at the University of Toronto. My research is largely focused on developing biomaterials for fundamental cancer research and drug screening. I am a coffee, wine and all things food enthusiast who enjoys discovering new cute little niche cafes and trying not to get lost while exploring Toronto in my spare time.


JoAnn Chen

I am a 1st year PhD student in the Jockusch group studying the photophysics of biomolecules in the gas state. In my free time, I enjoy walking around the city, eating different foods and hiking.



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