Hall of Fame I

Careers of Former Graduate Students
Negar Rajabi
Negar Rajabi

Ph.D. Memorial University

Application Scientist  SCIEX
As Travis Fridgen’s first PhD student at MUN, we shared a number of first-time experiences, such as an international collaboration in Paris. I received confidence to achieve excellence in research and invaluable advice that has led me to a career path that I absolutely love. Warm and friendly Newfoundlanders, colleagues, and peers at MUN combined with its diverse culture kept me from experiencing cultural shock. By presenting my research and networking at national and international conferences, I landed my next job as a postdoc at UBC with Don Douglas in beautiful Vancouver. After studying intact proteins at UBC, I accepted an HFSP Research Fellow position at the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology in Leeds, UK. Before returning to Canada, I was a Senior Staff Scientist in the Center for Proteomics at TGen followed by a Sr LCMS Filed Application scientist at Biocrates Life Sciences in US. Currently, I am an Application Scientist at SCIEX in Toronto. It feels great to be back in Canada and be part of a global leader in life science to find “Answers for Science. Knowledge for Life.” Doing a PhD at MUN was definitely one of the best choices I have made in my life, putting me on a very exciting life path.
Ameneh Gholami
Ameneh Gholami

Ph.D. Memorial University

Software Verification Specialist SCIEX


"It was a distinctly unique chance of mine to have done my PhD in the chemistry department at MUN, and in Dr. Travis Fridgen’s lab. There with a knowledgeable and caring supervisor I gained the experience of working with world-class mass spectrometry instruments. I believe my graduate studies at MUN paved my way through the PDF positions and prestigious Mitacs Elevate fellowship that I received, which finally landed me on a fantastic R&D appointment at SCIEX. The SCIEX is a leading company that produces mass spectrometry hardware and software."
E. Bradley Easton

Ph.D. Memorial University,   B.Sc. (Hons) Memorial University

Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Ontario Institute of Technology


“As a graduate student in chemistry at Memorial I was able to learn from outstanding faculty on work on research problems of both fundamental and applied interest. This experience has been extremely valuable in my current role as a professor who collaborates with industrial partners”
Raie Lene Kirby
Raie Lene Kirby

M.D. Memorial University

M.Sc. Memorial University

B.Sc. (Hons) Acadia University

Memorial University Family Medicine Resident PGY1
"Completing my M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry at Memorial University was a great experience and something I am proud to have accomplished! The time I spent working with Dr. Sunil Pansare and team was challenging yet exciting and helped me learn many skills that have proven essential throughout medical school and into my first year of residency!"
 Professor Bradley L. Merner
Bradley L. Merner

Ph.D.   Memorial University

B.Sc. (Hons) Memorial University

Assistant Professor, Auburn University



"My experience at Memorial has armed me with the tools necessary to publish high-impact scientific articles, become a co-inventor of two U.S. patent applications, to co-author an advanced level textbook on organic synthesis, and to pursue a career as an independent principle investigator. I am proud to be an alumnus of Memorial University and to contribute to a rich legacy of well-trained Ph.D. graduates from the Department of Chemistry who have gone on to push the frontiers of chemical science."
Professor Louise Dawe
Louise Dawe

Ph.D.   Memorial University  B.Ed. (Int./Sec.), Memorial University, M.Sc. University of Utah B.Sc. (Hons.), Memorial University

Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University


"There are three highlights that stand out about of my time as a graduate student at Memorial University. First, the calibre of faculty, graduate supervision, and mentoring was phenomenal, and allowed me to develop as an independent researcher. Next, the instrument facilities and expert research staff greatly enabled the progress of my work. Finally, I had excellent opportunities to attend national and international conferences where I met collaborators that I continue to work with today."
Professor Josh Hollett
Josh Hollett

Ph.D. Memorial University

B. Sc. (Hons) Memorial University

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (Australian National University, 2009-2012)

Assistant Professor, University of Winnipeg


Murray Park
Murray Park


B.Sc. (Hons.), Memorial University, B.Ed., Mount Allison University, M.Sc., Memorial University

Science Department Head / Chemistry Teacher
O’Donel High School, Mount Pearl, NL
"I had an excellent start to my honours chemistry degree at Grenfell campus, and completed it at MUN. Faculty and staff in Chemistry played a major role in my success. As an MSc student, I demonstrated first year labs and realized that as much as I enjoyed research, teaching was even more fulfilling for myself. After almost 20 years teaching high school, I have enjoyed seeing my students become find successes - getting that perfect titration endpoint, passing the Public Exam and having their self-confidence grow, or continuing on to earn degree(s). MUN Chemistry paved the way to an extremely rewarding career."

More Hall of Fame


Department of Chemistry

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000