Trainee Executive


The BSC Trainee Executive comprises a diverse group of young biophysical researchers from across the country. The primary goal of the BSC Trainee Executive is to engage trainees and to preserve and expand the biophysics culture in Canada.

One of the main initiatives of the BSC Trainee Executive is the yearly BSC Trainee Symposium which is held at the beginning of the annual BSC Meeting. This initiative provides an opportunity for trainees to present their work in oral presentations, network with other trainees and established researchers as well as gain perspectives on scientific careers outside of academia through networking interactions with a diverse group of guest speakers. The specific themes of the symposium vary from year to year depending on the preferences and opinions voiced by trainees, however, two important aims persist. First, is the opportunity for high quality trainees to share their research. Second, trainees are exposed to the diverse career opportunities that are available in the field of biophysics.

The BSC Trainee Executive is eager to plan and lead trainee-focused activities and initiatives. The Executive is receptive to new members who have a passion for expanding biophysics in Canada. Please take a closer look at the BSC Trainee Executive members by reading below!

William Jennings


University of Ottawa

I am currently a trainee in Dr. Jyh-Yeuan (Eric) Lee’s lab at the University of Ottawa. I completed my BSc and MSc in Biochemistry at McMaster University where I investigated the molecular properties of diacylglycerol kinase epsilon and its interaction with membranes under the supervision of Dr. Richard Epand. I am fascinated by the intimate relationship between biological membranes and membrane-anchored proteins and how many diverse cell processes are linked to cell membranes. In Dr. Lee’s lab, I am investigating transmembrane lipid transfer processes that have important implications for human health and disease.

When I am not working in the lab, I enjoy maintaining a healthy lifestyle by running, hiking and participating in other outdoor activities. I am also an enthusiastic cook who likes to try new recipes and ingredients.

Benjamin Martial


Université Laval

I am conducting my PhD studies in Michèle Auger’s lab at Université Laval. My research is focused on an amyloid peptide involved in Parkinson’s disease. In my free time I enjoy playing soccer games, and the follow-up after-game beer with my team. My week-ends are most often spent trekking in nature, reading, visiting Québec’s beautiful spots, its cafés, its museums, and often end up around a glass of wine with friends.