Nivatha Balendra started the research at the heart of Dispersa at the age of 17 after being motivated to find an enviromentally-friendly solution to oil contamination. She was inspired to start this work after the Lac-Megantic train crash in which millions of gallons of oil were spilled into the rural town. Nivatha collected soil samples across Montreal and began developing her research at L'Institut national de la recherche scientifique. Her work has garnered numerous scientific awards internationally and she is recognized as a sustainable leader for her work. She has also shared her work and passion for science as a keynote speaker on various stages, such as TEDx and MUSE.
Nivatha has always had one goal with her research: to develop it into a solution that can benefit society. With this in mind, she founded Dispersa in November 2018.
Sarah Martinez has completed graduate studies in biotechnology and bioprocesses engineering. She is currently pursuing her PhD in applied microbiology focusing on biosurfactant production at l'Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS). Sarah has over 5 years of industry experience, having worked at various biotech companies such as Sanofi and Soufflet Biotechnologies. She has always been passionate about the environment, specifically CleanTech products that can be created to deliver a solution. As such, her personal values align with Dispersa's mission and she is motivated to make a difference.
Eisha Ahmed is a PhD candidate at McGill University in experimental medicine. She is passionate about both scientific research and design, and has previous experience as a freelance graphic designer, in web development, and in data analytics. Eisha believes that strong science should be accompanied with strong communication, and is working to ensure Dispersa’s message is as impactful as its technology.
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