September 21, 2018

Graduate Program


One of WiSE’s newest initiatives, this program supports Queen’s graduate students specifically through networking events with industry professionals.


Check back throughout the year for details on graduate program events!


Louisa Greco, formerly the President and managing director at Johnson & Johnson, is now a Partner at McKinsey & Company. She holds a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto and a MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University. Louisa has joined McKinsey with more than 15 years of leadership experience, having previously led the transformation and growth of multiple businesses in healthcare and consumer products. Louisa specializes in commercial improvement, innovation and organizational effectiveness. She is actively involved in the broader professional and public community, serving as co-chair of 30% Club Canada and as an academic mentor for the Rotman School of Management MBA program at the University of Toronto.

Natalie Raffoul is a managing partner at the intellectual property law firm, Brion Raffoul, with recognized expertise in the patenting of business methods and software, and the legal issues surrounding such subject matter. That recognition includes being ranked among the world’s leading patent practitioners by The World Leading Patent Professional’s IAM Patent 1000 publication annually since 2014, and in 2017, shortlisted as one of seven most Highly Recommended patent prosecutors in Canada. Natalie completed her B.E.Sc in Electrical Engineering at the University of Western and holds a Juris Doctor in law from Queen’s University. She is a registered Canadian and U.S. Patent Agent and maintains a P.Eng. as a Professional Engineer of Ontario.

Dr. Chantelle Capicciotti joined the Queen’s Departments of Chemistry, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences and Surgery in July 2018 as a Queen’s National Scholar in Precision Molecular Medicine. Her areas of teaching are in organic chemistry, biochemistry and chemical biology with specialization in carbohydrate chemistry and glycobiology. Her research interests are in the field of glycobiology focusing on understanding how glycans/glycoproteins interact with proteins on a cellular level to elicit biological responses, as well as on developing glycan-based approaches for biomarker identification, disease diagnosis, imaging techniques, and cell-based therapies. Dr. Capicciotti holds a degree in Biopharmaceutical Sciences, a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Ottawa and postdoctoral training at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Qingling Duan is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biomedical & Molecular Science (BDMS) and Computer Science. She has been recognized as a Queen’s National Scholar in Bioinformatics since 2015 and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) funds her work. The primary objective of her research is to identify genomic factors that regulate drug response or susceptibility to multifactorial diseases (e.g. asthma, COPD, cardiovascular diseases and various cancers). This research focus stems from Dr. Duan’s postdoctoral training with the respiratory genomics/pharmacogenomics group in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Harvard Medical School as well as her time at McGill University where she completed a B.Sc. in Biology and a PhD in Human Genetics.

Elise Lagacé obtained her B.E.Sc in Biochemical Engineering at Queen’s Univeristy in 2016 and received a Graduate Diploma in Nuclear Design Engineering at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology this past year. She is currently working as an Assistant Technical Engineering and Design Team Leader in Projects Design at Ontario Power Generation, a Crown corporation that is responsible for approximately half of the electricity generation in Ontario. Elise also participates in a number of non-profit organizations within the energy sector, namely as an Executive Board Member for Women in Nuclear and as a Professional Development Chair of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear.

Dr. Olmstead earned her B.Sc. from the University of Toronto where she majored in Psychology and Music. She obtained both her M.Sc. and Ph.D. from McGill University where she studied the neural and psychological factors of using praise as a motivation for learning. Dr. Olmstead then worked in the Dept. of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge. She also worked as a visiting scientist at the Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire in Strasbourg France to study behavioural affects of drug addictions. She is currently a professor at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Psychology and her research focuses on the relationship between motivation and cognition. She is the co-author of Comparative Cognition and is also the director of MotiCog Lab where she continues to study motivation-cognition interactions.  

Dr. Loock obtained his B. Eng in Physical Chemistry from Technische Universitat Darmstadt and completed his PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Victoria. He has worked as a Visiting Research Fellow in the National Research Council Canada, as a Visiting Researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen and as a Director for Awards with the Canadian Society for Chemistry. Dr. Loock is currently a Professor and Department Head at Queen’s University in the Department of Chemistry and is a cross-appointed Professor in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy. His two main areas of research are in laser photochemistry and sensors and detectors. He has also founded the Loock Laser Lab where he leads research on spectroscopies, fiber-optics and other sensors. Among his many awards, he was recently named the 2018 Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and the 2014 Fellow of the Optical Society of America. 


Please email the Graduate Program Director if you have any questions.