WOMEN IN STEM
Veriphy believes the world needs more Women in STEM!
As a women founded and led company we are committed to promoting, advocating for and encouraging the contributions of Women in the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Women are still vastly underrepresented in STEM fields, and we want to change that!
- Only 13.7% of civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineers are women.
- Only 23.1% of computer and information systems professionals are women.
"Women are always less likely to choose a STEM program, regardless of mathematical ability." - Statistics Canada
The Veriphy Skincare Award for Women in STEM
Veriphy’s commitment to Women in STEM includes the establishment of a scholarship at the University of Guelph, where PhytoSpherix® was discovered. The scholarship is awarded each fall to a young woman entering a STEM program.
Women in STEM are doing amazing things. Read their stories:
Agnes Cassa, B.Eng
"As a Chemical Engineer from Brazil, I had the opportunity to work for a beverage company where I was the engineer responsible for all the activities involved in soda production and mineral water bottling. My role was to ensure the company was meeting local and national regulatory requirements. This included preparing notification forms to register all the products, create and approve label information, as well as analyse and compile data from laboratory test results at various stages of production to confirm the quality of the products and process. During this time, I focused my studies in Quality and Productivity Management in order to improve my knowledge of quality control tools for monitoring process and apply it in my workplace.
After almost four years of work experience, I decided to start something new, and last year I moved to Canada to study Cosmetic Science. Cosmetics has always been a passion of mine and I have always been curious about how it was developed and how to create the products. I have just graduated and the experience of studying formulation, raw materials, and having hands-on experience in the lab was amazing. I believe that when we love what we do, the creativity and passion get together with our scientific knowledge to create and search for new things, and that’s what I enjoy about the STEM field. It is a new beginning for me, but I am very excited and motivated to be a Cosmetic Chemist."
Tanya Kizovski, M.Sc, Ph.D Candidate
"As a Graduate Student/Research Assistant at the University of Toronto, my work includes completing detailed petrographic and geochemical investigations of rare Martian meteorites. I am specifically interested in the "shocking" effects that impacts can have on the isotopic and chemical compositions of phosphate minerals in Martian meteorites. Phosphates have been studied extensively as reservoirs of water and geochronometers, but they are also thought to be the main source of bio-essential phosphorous for potential life on Mars. The goal of my project is to establish a correlation between the microstructure state of phosphates and their chemical and isotopic compositions; allowing for more accurate predictions of phosphorous bio-availability, water content, water origin, and age determinations in Martian rocks.
Before coming back to school in 2016 I was originally trained as a geological engineer (I received my BScEng from Queen's University in 2013) and worked as an environmental engineer for over 3 years. When I cam back to school for my MSc I was given the opportunity to analyze and characterize the petrogenesis of a rare Martian meteorite, gaining new insights into magmatism on Mars. From there I caught the "research bug" and am now continuing my research on Martian meteorites in my PhD. I am also passionate about science communication and outreach and have been a speaker and organizer of several science outreach events tailored to the general public."
Andrea Monjo, M.Sc Bio
"From a young age I’ve been interested in science, I still remember playing with my toy microscope. This interest led me to complete a BSc in Biology and a MSc in Integrative Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University, where I studied innate immune responses in fish cells. I then worked as a research assistant in an academic lab at Dalhousie University, where my work focused on a plant compound’s antiviral properties. I am now a research scientist at Glysantis Inc., where I work on characterizing our naturally-derived nanoparticle’s ability to modulate innate immune responses. STEM encompasses such a wide variety of careers that all foster so many important qualities like analytical skills, problem-solving, creativity and communication. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing many brilliant women in STEM, from students to professors, who have all inspired me in different ways. I think it’s important to showcase women in STEM to show future generations that these careers don’t have to be male-dominated."
Christina Pham, B.A.Sc
"I am an aspiring Registered Dietitian, waiting to write my Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam. I completed my B.A.Sc at the University of Guelph, and this past year, I finished my practical training at St. Michael's Hospital. As a clinician, dietitians contribute to patient care by supporting patients’ nutritional status. That can include anything from assessing vitamin deficiencies, calculating tube feed regimens, and providing nutrition education to patients and families to creating community programs that advocate for nutrition and food security. Dietetics is a small profession that is largely female, and I think that is one of our greatest strengths. To me, women are catalysts who inspire change and excellence. Even though STEM has been historically male-dominant, women in STEM are loud and proud. They are fearless, brave, and are not afraid to be ambitious. As someone who is just stepping into my career in STEM, having these women as role models inspires me to pursue greatness. Ultimately, it becomes this wonderful cycle of women empowering other women to make sure that we are heard in a field where we are underrepresented, and I think that’s amazing."
Emily Moore, Ph.D
"I'm a Research Scientist at Glysantis Inc. (biomedical subsidiary of Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc.). As a synthetic chemist, I plan and manage projects to produce phytoglycogen nanoparticles with defined surface functionality. These particles can then be used in applications such as targeted drug delivery, where an API is released at a disease site by the nanocarrier, e.g. by a stimuli-responsive process. Our work is in partnership with Glysantis’ biologists and external collaborators to guide our strategies, so that we can tailor the chemistry to construct a selectively potent nanomedicine for a specific application. Getting to be a part of a complex solution through working with other scientists and learning about diverse topics has been a rewarding experience.
I came to Canada in 2008 for university, prior to which I lived in Japan for 10 years, and in the U.S. for 8 years. I discovered my passion for chemistry during my undergraduate career through several instructors who were highly influential and motivating. I graduated from the University of Guelph with my Ph.D. in chemistry in 2016, where the core of my thesis was concerned in creating novel organic frameworks with intrinsic strain and investigating how these could provide a new route to pharmaceutical synthesis. I also love wildlife, and before migrating to a chemistry program, I spent years learning about plants, animals, and volunteering at a nature park in Japan. Thanks everyone for your warm support, allowing me to pursue various scientific disciplines!"
Jade Joaquin, B.Sc
"I graduated from Western University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science where I majored in chemistry. My roommate was the reason why I had fallen in love with makeup and I wanted to find a way to blend my background in chemistry with the cosmetics industry. I found the Cosmetics Science Program at Seneca College and enrolled in 2018, which has led me to become a Jr. Formulator and Brand Associate at Veriphy! My work here consists of developing new products for the market and researching formulations that include innovative ingredients that are green and sustainable.
Before I went back to school in 2018, I decided to take some time off to travel. I love experiencing new cultures and I try to visit a new part of the world whenever I can. I also enjoy food, both cooking and eating! You can usually find me indulging in sushi or at a taco spot. One part of my life that is very important to me is my family. They have always supported me and taught me to be kind, hardworking, and patient. Without them, I would not be the woman I am today."
Rylee Kalpin, Student
"As a student in the Biomedical Toxicology Co-op Program, I am employed at Veriphy Skincare as a Cosmetic Lab Technician, responsible for designing formulations to create unique all-natural products for Veriphy’s skincare line. In my capacity as a Cosmetic Lab Technician, I research, create and test new formulations and assist in designing the packaging of the products to align with the Veriphy brand aesthetic. From conception to market, I am involved in all aspects of the production including communicating with suppliers, managing the production line, performing sensorial and other studies, and conducting market research with the public. I am currently completing my Biomedical Toxicology Undergraduate Degree at the University of Guelph and eager to pursue a career in innovative research in the toxicology field. Outside of work, I am a VP Academic in the Toxicology Student Association with extra-curricular interests in music, travel, reading and swimming."
Sarah Poynter, M.Sc, Ph.D
"Inspired by the Magic School Bus and Popular Mechanics for Kids, I knew from a young age I would pursue a career in a STEM field. My love of science led me to complete an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics, an MSc in Integrative Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University, and finally my PhD at the University of Waterloo. After my time in academia, I joined Glysantis Inc. as a Research Scientist. I am the lead researcher for R&D surrounding applications of our nanoparticles for cancer therapy, immunotherapy, and drug delivery. My role challenges me daily, allows for growth and development of my analytical thinking abilities, as well as my communication skills. My favourite part of being a scientist is solving difficult problems and getting the chance to be innovative.
I believe an incredibly effective way to encourage future women in STEM is to increase visibility of women and other underrepresented groups who have achieved powerful STEM careers. I was fortunate to have an amazing, successful, and inspirational female supervisor for my graduate studies; when you see someone who you can relate to kicking ass, it gives you confidence that you can too."
Lataunya Forrest, B.Sc
"I’m currently working in my dream field as a cosmetic chemist for a large manufacturing company in Toronto. I recently graduated from Seneca’s cosmetic science program this Spring, and from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in biology and psychology. I've always had my mind set on working in the science field, but I also knew that I would not be fully satisfied if I did not get to use my creative side. When I came across the career path in high school I knew it was the one for me. Fortunately for me, I have two very supportive parents who pushed me to get where I am today. As a woman of colour in STEM, I had to work ten times harder than my peers to prove how dedicated and passionate I am about my career choices. I do not see it as a setback but as an opportunity to grow into a resilient young woman. I encourage and congratulate all women working in STEM to keep pushing and thriving, especially to those who feel like they have a thousand obstacles in front of them."
Lauren Dutcher, B.Sc
"I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics at the University of Guelph. I spent five years there, completing a co-op degree where I spent many work terms at Mirexus Biotechnologies as well as at McMaster University. I had the opportunity of working various job roles at Mirexus in the chemistry, biology and cosmetic labs. I worked on projects that varied from skin and membrane permeation studies to solubility and stability studies using anti-infective drugs to studying the immunomodulatory effects of phytoglycogen on mammalian cells. I am very thankful for the experiences and learning opportunities I gained throughout my time there! I am now pursuing a graduate degree at McMaster University with a polymer physics research group. We work at characterizing fundamental properties of polymeric materials at small length scales for the purpose of new technology development. Physics attracted me because of the incorporation of math as a tool to solve problems and can’t wait to see where my academic career will take me. Although my continuation as a student takes up most of my time, I enjoy running, spending too much money at Sephora and watching HGTV."
Jessica Remedios, B.Sc
"I am a Biochemistry Co-op student at the University of Waterloo. I am currently working as a cosmetics technician for Veriphy Skincare, where I am working on developing formulations for future products. I have had four other Co-op positions working in many different research laboratories. My first laboratory position was working for a company which synthesized oligonucleotides and did gene sequencing. This initial exposure to a fast-paced research environment piqued my interest and led me to continue to seek research opportunities. I have worked at the University of Waterloo, Health Canada, Agriculture Canada, and at Mirexus Biotechnologies during my Co-op terms. When I worked at the University of Waterloo, I worked in an analytical chemistry laboratory, where I optimized a protocol for the usage of a battery-operated microplasma device. During my time at Health Canada, I developed and optimized a protocol to extract the cysts and oocysts of Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium spp. from retail meat. At Mirexus Biotechnologies I worked in the biolab testing the immunosuppressive effects of Nanodendrix on mammalian cells. Next year I’ll be in my last year of undergrad and following that I would like to continue pursuing an education in cosmetic science. Outside of school and work I enjoy going to trivia nights with friends, baking, and watching cat videos."