IWS Saskatoon Leaders (City and Senior leaders)

Yalena Amador-Cañizares - Senior Leader

I was born and raised in Cuba where I graduated with a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Havana. My research journey began doing Viral Immunology at the CIGB, in Havana. I earned a MSc in Biochemistry and a PhD in Biological Sciences from the same university. One year later, I came to Canada looking for better career opportunities. I was a postdoc at the University of Saskatchewan for 4 years, working on the Molecular Virology of the hepatitis C virus. At present, I am a Quality Assurance supervisor in a phyto-therapeutics company in Saskatoon. For me, living in Canada has been a challenging experience but above all a growth one. My advice to other immigrant women is that “You don’t have to fly against the winds of multicultural challenges on your own. Seek the advice of peers, find mentors, and trust yourself”. 

In my spare time I enjoy biking, gardening and reading.

Mamata Panigrahi - City Leader

I am currently a PhD Candidate in the department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Saskatchewan, SK.  I have received my Masters and Bachelor degrees in Biotechnology from Bangalore University, India. Before coming to Canada, I worked as a Junior Research Fellow in the department of Biology at National Institute of Science Education and Research in India for 2 years. My research area of interest includes virology and molecular genetics, particularly host-pathogen interaction of viruses and the influence of viral genetics on those interactions. Other than virology, I am also passionate about science communication and knowledge translation.  I strongly believe in women empowerment, gender equality, equity and diversity. And along with my other IWS friends we are working hard to employ them in our society. 

When I am not science-ing, I love teaching, cooking, painting and FOOD.

Josseline Ramos-Figueiroa - City Leader

I started my journey in science during my undergraduate studies at Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in Lima, Peru. Even though the first undergrad year was tough, I was fascinated by Chemistry. During my last year, I was introduced to the amusing world of enzymes and the molecular world of all living organisms. I was brave enough to pursue first-class studies abroad and decided to apply to a graduate program. Five years ago, I started my journey in Canada where I am currently finishing my doctoral studies in chemical biology. Throughout my studies, I have had the opportunity to grow personally and professionally by volunteering in local and national organizations. I am excited for what is to come, and I feel confident stepping forward having a great support group!

When I am not volunteering or doing science, I like dancing Zumba, especially to Latin American tunes!