Anthony Bertrand-Grenier – President
I received my degree in engineering physics at Laval University in 2009 and M.Sc. degree in biophotonics at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique in 2012. I’m now a PhD student at Montreal University in medical physics. The goal of my studies is to prevent rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysm using a new approach called Elastography and correlate mechanical properties with other medical imaging modalities, including CT-Scan, Angiography, Doppler, Ultrasound and pathologics findings. I collaborate with medical experts, including radiologists, biomedical engineers and medical physicists.
Mélusine Bouchet – Vice President External
Hello everyone! My name is Mélusine Bouchet, and I am your current Vice-President in External Relations of the CBS Montréal Student Chapter. The mandate of my position is to oversee communications between industries, institutional parties and our student chapter, as well as to manage fundraising activities. I completed my engineering Degree at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Lyon with a biosciences specialty, and in parallel I graduated with my Research Master’s Degree in biomechanics at the Ecole Doctorale MEGA. I’ve always been particularly interested in making a difference in health sciences and biomaterials, thus I took a position during 2 years as R&D Project Manager in an international company for the development of new medical products focusing on traditional wound dressings and care kits. I am currently a PhD student at the École de Technologie Supérieure in the team of the endovascular biomaterials laboratory headed by Pr. Lerouge, and my research aims on the design and the characterization of electrospun stent-grafts with an emphasis on tissue engineering.
To all of you that share our passion: join us and let’s meet during our next events! We can’t wait to see you there.
David Fong – Vice President Internal
Hello fellow members, my name is David Fong and I am serving for a second mandate on the Montreal student chapter as the Vice-President in Internal affairs of the CBS Student Chapter. I am currently enrolled in the Ph.D program in Biomedical Engineering at Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal. My research interests lie in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and immune modulation. I am thrilled to be involved for another year with the CBS! I look forward to help plan great events for this upcoming year, and contribute towards building a strong student participation for the WBC 2016.
Ophélie Gourgas – Conference Representative
I comes from Montpellier, a city in the South of France. In 2012, I received a B. Sc. degree in Chemistry from the University of Lyon in France. Then, I graduated in Drug Sciences, specialization ‘Analytical Development and Biopharmaceutics’, at the University of Lyon in 2014. During this time, I did an internship at the Faculty of Pharmacy in the University of Montreal. My thesis project was ‘the embedding of chitosan-based nanogels in macrogels for the controlled release of active substances for the local treatment of defective cartilage’. In January 2015, I joined Prof. Cerruti’s group as a PhD student in the McGill University. My research is focused on the understanding of the effect of elastin on blood vessel mineralization and the interactions between elastin and a biomineralization inhibitor, the matrix-gla-protein (MGP).
Hi! My name is Jessica De La Torre and I am the Secretary of the CBS Montreal Student Chapter. I am in charge of the active members list, meetings reminders and minutes. I completed my engineering degree at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey at Guadalajara Mexico. I am currently doing my master degree in health technologies at École de technologie supérieure. My research area is the interaction between stem cells and biomaterials for tissue repair and I develop my thesis at Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier de L’université de Montréal (CRCHUM). Please contact us! Join us!
Matthieu Gauthier – Treasurer
Hello! I am Matthieu Gauthier, the current treasurer of the chapter. As the guy in charge of our finances and financial operations, I keep my fellow board members up to date about our financial activities and I make costs previsions when an event is organized. I obtained my bachelor degree in mechanical engineering at l’École de technologie supérieure in 2013. I am currently conducting a M.A.Sc. degree in engineering with a concentration in healthcare at the same school. The aim of my project is to help define the important mechanical properties needed in order to achieve a good vascular prosthesis. These properties are important in the choice of a material when developing a new prosthesis that will behave and resist like a real artery. I also use a finite element approach to characterize the influence of a multilayered design on the final properties of the graft. Finally, my project focuses on the use of electrospun material because of the wide variety of properties than can be attained with it. I am looking forward to learn on what you are working on!
Eric Habib – I.T. Officer
Hello fellow members, I am Eric Habib, the new I.T. officer. In practice, this means that I am in charge of managing this page as well as the overall web presence for the student chapter. I started my academic career with a bachelors in biochemistry at McGill university. I then did my master’s degree in McGill’s chemistry department, working on developing a drug to fight antibiotic resistance in bacteria. I currently work in the chemistry department of Université de Montréal in the group of Julian Zhu, exploring new biocompatible monomers for dental resin composites. I am excited to be involved in the organization of the student chapter and look forward to meeting our members and learning all about what you do.
Gaël Boespflug – Associate Member
Hi ! My name is Gaël Boespflug. I am currently on a double cursus at Ecole des Mines de Nancy in France and at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, in a M. A. Sc. program. My work is currently focused on the functionalization of surfaces in order to enhance cell adhesion, under the supervision of Prs. M.R. Wertheimer and S. Lerouge. I am glad to have the opportunity to help the CBS to expand its visibility, facilitate the exchanges between researchers, and ensure the involvement of students in the future of biomaterials.
Neda Latifi – Associate Member
Hello everyone, my name is Neda Latifi. I am a PhD candidate of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University. My interests lie in tissue engineering and mechanobiology with an emphasis on soft tissues. I am working on the development and validation of a bio-mimetic bioreactor to serve as a mimetic in vitroexperimental environment for vocal fold tissue engineering investigations. I am also conducting research on the optimization of injectable biomaterials for vocal fold tissue engineering in terms of their biochemical and mechanical stability. I am going to use the bioreactor to study the long-term cell-biomaterial interactions under mimetic mechanical stimulation. I have recently joined CBS chapter in Montreal, and I look forward to collaborating with other members of our chapter to plan interesting events in Montreal. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.