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VFC - Science Voices from Home: Canada

Special Event: Informational Session

Dec 13, 2022

This event is recommended for: Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientist/Staff Clinician.

Interested in career opportunities abroad? Ever thought about getting a research position in Canada after your postdoc at the NIH? Ever wondered how to search for a job opportunity in Canada? Here is a chance to get some answers and advice from NIH Alumnae Amelie Vezina, Nathan Peters, and Jennifer Carlile from the Canadian Embassy. The NIH Visiting Fellows' Committee and OITE are hosting this Information Session.

To attend the webinar, please register using the following link:

Dr. Amelie Vezina
Dr. Vézina is a Scientific Assessment Officer at Health Canada, working in the Central Nervous System Division of the Health Products and Food Branch within the Therapeutic Products Directorate. From psychiatric to neuromotor disorders, every day she strives to evaluate the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical products for the Canadian population. She conducts thorough scientific and regulatory evaluations of various pre-clinical and clinical data to determine risks and benefits of drug product candidates. With a team of experts, their goal is to recommend the market authorization of drug products by making the safety of Canadians their priority. Outside of work, you can find Dr. Vézina on a softball field, on a hiking trail or ice skating during the winter days.

 Dr. Vézina obtained her Masters degree in Physiology from Université de Montréal and her Doctoral degree in Biochemistry from Université du Québec à Montréal. During her graduate studies, her work focused on the brain tumor microenvironment and she studied means to enhance the delivery of chemotherapeutics across the blood-brain barrier to the tumor. Dr. Vézina continued her work focusing on blood-brain barrier delivery of chemotherapeutics to brain tumors during her postdoctoral fellowship at NIH, in the laboratory of Dr. Sadhana Jackson.

Dr. Nathan Peters
Dr. Peters completed his Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Bretscher at the University of Saskatchewan where he was the recipient of a Canadian Governor General’s Gold Medal for his graduate work on T cell activation. Dr. Peters continued his studies as a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of David Sacks and then as a staff scientist in the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH, Bethesda, MD. During this time Dr. Peters began studying the role of inflammatory cells during infection with the parasite Leishmania and explored the concept of immune memory during chronic infections. In September 2014 Dr. Peters was cross-appointed to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and established the Peters Laboratory for Vector-Transmitted Diseases and became an Associate Professor in 2017. In 2021 Dr. Peters became the Co-Director of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases and recently became the Head of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases. Currently the Peters Lab is investigating the requirements for protective Th1 immunity and the immune response to chronic exposure to the bites of insect vectors.

Jennifer Carlile, First Secretary (Migration) Embassy of Canada to the United States
Jennifer Carlile is the Deputy Program Manager of the Migration Section at the Embassy of Canada to the United States in Washington, DC.  She responsible for the Embassy’s visa operations and promotion of Canada’s immigration programs. Prior to joining the Embassy, Ms. Carlile was posted as a Foreign Service migration officer to Beijing, China and to Hong Kong, as well as completing temporary duty assignments in Turkey, Jordan and Viet Nam. She has worked at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada headquarters in overseas operational support and supervised the team processing Express Entry applications for immigration to Canada.

Ms. Carlile has a Hon. B.A. and a Masters of Museum Studies, both from the University of Toronto