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Sarah Laframboise


Garrett Fairman

Nathaniel Noblett



Sarah is a PhD student in Biochemistry at UOttawa. She is a passionate science communicator and writer, and recently has become more involved with science policy through the Canadian Science Policy Centre where she is the Co-Chair of the Editorial Committee. Sarah is also the current Co-President of her Graduate Student Association and Co-Founder of the non-profit Next Generation Women. 


VP Marketing 

Sara is a PhD student in Dr. Lisheng Wang’s lab working on targeting an aggressive subtype of breast cancer through small molecule inhibitors. Over the past three years, she has been a part of the BMIGSA where she has served as the President and as VP external. Through OSPN, she hopes to channel her passion for bridging the gap between the scientific community and the public and using scientific evidence to shape policies. Outside the lab, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga and binge listening to podcasts.



VP Francophonie

Dominique is a first year MD/PhD student at the University of Ottawa, and will study the relationship between inflammation, metabolism and cardiovascular disease in Dr. Mireille Ouimet’s lab for her doctoral studies. She is excited to make OSPN bilingual and thus accessible to a wider audience!

Kaela O’Connor


VP Communications 

Kaela is a MSc student in Cellular & Molecular Medicine at the University of Ottawa studying the role of autophagy in degenerative diseases. She is passionate about bridging the gap between scientists and the general public. In order to do so she volunteers with a number of science communication organizations which enable her to speak to classrooms about her own work and facilitate activities based on their current curriculum. More recently she has become interested in science policy and is excited to get involved with the Ottawa Science Policy Network to work towards more evidence-based policy decisions.


VP Finance 

Hello everyone! My name is Garrett Fairman. I am PhD student at uOttawa and the VP Finance for the Ottawa Science Policy Network. Science advocacy is such important work these days and I'm excited to be a part of the OSPN team as we work towards that goal.



VP Admin

Hi! I’m a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute studying atherogenomics. I’m very excited to be a part of this new initiative to learn more and advocate for science policy!

VP Events

Nathaniel is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Neuroscience program at the University of Ottawa. As part of the Colavita lab, he investigates the role of signaling pathways during nerve cord assembly in nematodes. Outside of the lab, Nathaniel is interested in improving equity of science research training and has pursued opportunities with the Genetics Society of America and the University of Ottawa chapter of the University Service of Canada to learn best practices. He is excited to be part of the OSPN as science policy is a key method through which policy makers can improve research and research training.



VP Technology

Thomas is a PhD student in Physics at uOttawa, researching new ways to measure light. Fairly new to science policy he is keen to learn more as part of OSPN.