Bridget La Prairie
3rd Year Chemical and Biological EngineeringIf you told us there was someone out there with more dedication and determination than Bridget… we probably wouldn’t believe you. This year’s co-captain brings enthusiasm, passion, and a weird sense of humor to every meeting. She puts in way too many hours in and out of the lab, and makes the rest of us look bad. Formerly known as the ‘crazy quantum dot gal’, she’s now the queen of DNA origami, bad jokes, and can call any meeting to attention with her clap.
4th Year Chemical and Biological EngineeringDad Sid is the kind of person that’s always two steps ahead of everyone else. Some may say that’s just because of his unusually long legs, but those that know him know that it’s more a result of his intelligence and drive. Dad Sid was an exemplary leader; he showed great care, competence, and dedication to all aspects of the team. He was often known to neglect the less important things in life, such as eating and sleeping, for BIOMOD. If there’s one thing that Dad Sid has taught us, it’s the value of hard work and determination.
2nd Year Microbiology and ImmunologyMelanie was the team unofficial pun master, often brightening our day with her eLABorate word play. She’s a great team addition, NANOne will tell you otherwise. She’s our youngest lab member and regularly takes it upon herself to learn new skills all BIOself. If that wasn’t enough of a CELL, she also bakes the team muffins.
3rd Year Microbiology and ImmunologyCathy is a powerhouse if there ever was one. A sarcastic, strange, possibly even devious powerhouse, but a powerhouse nonetheless. Cathy puts the work in, and Cathy gets things done, and that’s why we all know we’re extremely lucky to have her. She’s going to change the world, or maybe she’ll just take it over.
3rd Year Chemical and Biological EngineeringOlivia was always down to tackle any task she was given and then come back and ask what else she could do. Regularly, Olivia volunteered to do work no one else wanted. This all-in attitude made Olivia shine. If this was an 80’s high school movie, Olivia might have gotten shoved in lockers or something for her eagerness, but since obviously it’s not, she was just admired and respected by her teammates. .
3rd Year PharmacologyAlice is one helluva busy gal, but that didn’t stop her from putting in many long days in the Biomod lab, and reading countless papers to research our ideas. Alice is the kind of person everyone admires and we’d all be a little better off if we learned a few lessons from her. She has a voice like silk that makes you want to believe whatever she says. That’s why she was the unanimous choice for video narrator.
4th Year Animal BiologyIf you had to chose one quality to define Johanna by you might have trouble deciding between “intelligent”, “caring”, “vivacious”, “enthusiastic”, and “level headed”. In the end the quality you’d probably end up settling on is “passionate”. Jo puts everything she’s got into whatever she does, including Biomod, and it’s amazing to be around. She loves animals (ask her about Steller sea lions, or portuguese man’o’war jellyfish-I dare you), hiking, reading about viruses, and plants. Plus she make a MEAN strawberry cake.
3rd Year Electrical Engineering
Abdo is the brawn AND the brains. Our best dressed team member was able to keep our books while serving us looks. He is a tremendously hard worker, and always has a classic cheerful demeanor. He’s the life of the party AND the meeting. He’s a package of hustle and go get’em attitude wrapped in a layer of charm and humour. While striking a balance between professionalism and fun can be difficult, Abdo makes it look effortless.
3rd Year BiotechnologyKendrew is literally impossible to dislike. He’s like the human equivalent of pizza. Or maybe ice-cream because he’s so sweet. Or smarties because he’s so, well, you know…smart (did we really have to say that). Kendrew is the full package: lab wizard, top-notch friend, and dreamily handsome. Everyone should have the pleasure of having a Kendrew in their lives and on their team.
3rd Year Microbiology and Immunology
If there is one question our team is unable to solve, it is “what can’t Adam do?” Not only was he a great contributor in the lab, he also played a major role in our website and video animation, all while volunteering in his free time for a variety of causes. Of course you’d never catch him bragging about that, he’s as modest as he is impressive.
1st Year Applied Science
There are three types of people in the world: Anusika, those who are intimidated by how much Anusika has accomplished at her age, and liars. The Biomod team is composed entirely of the first two categories. Anusika has been on the team for three years, despite only being in first year university. Don’t let her dark sense of humor fool you, she’s one of the most caring and genuine people you’ll ever meet.
4th Year Chemical and Biological Engineering
Eddie is the kind of guy you just can’t help but love. He’s funny, he’s brilliant, and he’s going to come up with the craziest idea you’ve ever heard of and end up convincing you it will work. He’s a problem solver both in and out of the lab. People don’t just want Eddie on their team, they want him running the whole game.
4th Year Chemical and Biological EngineeringHumphrey can fit 7 8 timbits in his mouth. That’s not nearly his most impressive feature, but it’s worth mentioning (because it makes us laugh). Humphrey came to the team with a hit the ground running attitude. Everything he set out to do he did with integrity, and a smile on his face. He jumped in with two feet and took on lab work, website design, video animation, and, of course, timbit eating.
4th Year Microbiology and Immunology
Karen sounds a bit like “carin-g’” and boy is that accurate. The care and integrity that goes into Karen’s work made her a wonderful addition to the team. She was always eager to do work, both in and out of the lab. Aside from her work ethic, Karen is an absolute delight to talk to. Her stories about working in a museum taxidermy lab alone made her well worth having on the team.