Alyne Teixeira completed her undergraduate degree in Industrial Pharmacy and her master’s degree in Biosciences and Technology of Bioactive Products in Brazil. She is currently in her last year of her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University. Her doctoral research consists of developing a novel in vitro immunotherapy screening using polymers known as aqueous two-phase systems (ATPS).

At CCEC2019 in Halifax she presented a description of the new platform she has developed, which will promote a high-throughput screening with relatively small amount of cells and reagents confined in polymer solution microreactors. This new technology has already shown promising results, and once completed, will facilitate the research and development of immunotherapies, such as vaccines, during pre-clinical studies.

“As a member of CIC,” she says, “I can connect with many other researchers in the Chemistry field, learn and share knowledge, and participate in great professional development and networking opportunities.”

Turning difficulty into opportunity


Last fall I reflected about the world that PhD students like me are facing, based on the insights of speakers at the Emerging Leaders in Chemical Engineering plenary session. I came to the conclusion that it is essential to explore different opportunities outside the lab for building a rewarding research career. That was last October,...


Career advice from emerging leaders: a PhD student perspective


Among the highlights of the 69th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, which took place in October in Halifax, was a set of diverse presentations that made up the annual Emerging Leaders in Chemical Engineering plenary session. This prestigious event showcased the perspectives of four leading early-career researchers in 10-minute TED-Talk-style presentations. Each of them offered a vision of the...