Beyond Books 2017: Second Annual Alumni Panel Discussion for Community Building and Career Development in Biology

March 23, 2017 6-10pm

THANK YOU to everyone who attended; Planning is already underway for the 2018 edition! A Recap video and photos from the event can be found below

The ‘Beyond Books’ Panel Discussion brings together an impressive line-up of alumni panelists who have all applied their biology degrees in various entrepreneurial ventures. These range from research, teaching, and applied science. Bringing together graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, postdoc fellows and professors in biology, the event promotes the recently established Biology Undergraduate-Graduate Student Mentorship Initiative, now also partnering graduate students with alumni mentors.

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Organizing Committee

Co-Chair: Arun Dayanandan, President, Biology Student Association

Co-Chair: Elizabeth Lawrence, President, Biology Graduate Student Association


Jamie Allan, Biology Student Association

Jean-Michel MatteVice-President Finance, Biology Graduate Student Association

Laurence Feyten, Vice-President Communications, Biology Graduate Student Association

Maria C. Gentile, Biology Student Association

Photography/Videography: Metro Creative

Opening Remarks

MC: Caroline van Vlaardingen,  CTV News Montreal

Arun Dayanandan, Co-Chair of the ‘Beyond Books’ Organizing Committee, President, Concordia Biology Student Association

Elizabeth Lawrence, Co-Chair of the ‘Beyond Books’ Organizing Committee, President, Concordia Biology Graduate Student Association

Dr. Patrick Gulick, Chair (Concordia University Biology Department)


Dr. Simon Daoust (Keynote)

Dr. Simon Daoust completed his BSc in Honours Biology, MSc in Parasitology, and a PhD in Ecology. Upon completing his PhD, Simon undertook a Fondation-Fyssen/FQRNT Postdoctoral Fellowship, working one year at the French National Center for Scientific Research and one year at McGill University, partnered with Environment Canada. In January 2014, he joined the Biology Department of John Abbott College, where he founded the Biology Research Laboratory (BRL), a research unit tasked with the mandate of introducing college students to university level research.


Dr. Corinne Cluis

Research Scientist, Lallemand Inc


Mr. Robert Carson,

Departmental Teaching and Instrumentation Laboratory Technician,  Biology Department, Concordia University


Isabelle Girard

Senior Fisheries Biologist, Ecofish Research Ltd.


Mr. Shoham Mookerjee

Co-Founder and CTO of Hyasynth Bio