Alexia Ostrolenk

Alexia holds a masters degree in Neuroscience and is a doctoral candidate in Psychiatric Sciences at the Université de Montréal.  Her research focuses on learning to read and language development in children with autism.  She is also involved in science communication and popularization of science for all audiences, notably as co-founder and organizer of ComSciCon-QC, which offers free training in science communication for graduate students.  She also writes popular science articles and lectures to diverse audiences in French and English.

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Alexandra Gellé

Alexandra holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Montreal and a Ph.D. from McGill University.  During her studies, she was involved in many science communication and community engagement activities.  Whether it's with high school classes or in bars with adults, Alexandra loves to share her passion for science!  She has also founded organizations to train other students in science outreach and regularly gives lectures on communicating science to the general public.

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Marion Cossin

Marion is a PhD student in biomedical engineering at the Université de Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal. Her work focuses on the interaction between circus equipment design and acrobatic performance.  She works as a research engineer at the Centre de recherche d'innovation et de transfert en Art du Cirque (CRITAC).  She is co-founder of ComSciCon-QC,
an event that trains graduate students in scientific communication.  She also writes popular science articles, participates in TV/radio shows and gives lectures or workshops to diverse audiences.

Emilie L. Dubois

Emilie received her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology
from Laval University in 2018.  After training in graphic design, communication and entrepreneurship, she founded the IMPAKT Scientifik agency to propel Science with quality visuals and communications.  With her team, she trains students and coaches researchers, entrepreneurs and industries
from around the world.

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the experts

Nathalie Grandvaux

Dr. Nathalie Grandvaux is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of Montreal, and co-director of the Réseau Québécois COVID - Pandémie.  She is also the co-founder of the Canadian Society of Virology, a non-profit organization that aims to foster and support virology research across Canada.  Over the past year, Dr. Grandvaux has been very active in the media, enthusiastically sharing her knowledge about viruses and how to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Natalia Zamorano

Natalia is a PhD student at the University of Montreal in the Molecular Biology program.  She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Cell Biology at the University Joseph Fourier (Grenoble - France).  Afterwards, she came to Canada to continue her master and doctoral studies.  Since 2015, she is part of Dr. Nathalie Grandvaux's team and is interested in the antiviral response following virus-host interactions.

Aïssatou Aïcha Sow

Aïcha holds a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences (Université de Montréal) and a Master's degree in Biochemistry (Université de Montréal).  She is currently a PhD student in molecular virology at INRS, Centre Armand-Frappier Santé-Biotechnologie in the laboratory of Dr. Laurent Chatel-Chaix. Her research focuses on two viruses: Dengue and Zika. Aïcha has been involved in science communication efforts surrounding COVID-19 and vaccines.

Grégory Moullec

Gregory is an assistant professor at the School of Public Health of the Université de Montréal and a researcher at the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal.  He is co-leading the Cohesion study, with Dr. Yan Kestens, a pan-Canadian longitudinal study with the objective to provide real-time evidence to support and adapt public health responses to the COVID-19 crisis. The ultimate goal is to reduce social inequalities in mental health and improve individual, household and community well-being.

Sandrine Charbonneau

Sandrine is a masters student in psychology at the Centre for the Study of Human Stress, Université de Montréal.  Supervised by Dr. Lupien, she is currently conducting a project on the role of classmates on a student's anxiety.  In other words, she is evaluating whether being around anxious students in her classroom can make a student more anxious.  Her future mission is to popularize complex scientific findings for the general public.

Fatima Tokhmafshan

Fatima is a geneticist at the McGill University Health Research Institute (RI-MUCH).  She obtained her Master's degree in Human Genetics at McGill in 2018.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, she has been the Director of Community Relations of COVARR-Net, and the Communications Director for COVID-19 Resources Canada.

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