Organization Committee


Adam Francyzk, Ph.D. Nutrition, Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences

Adam J. Franczyk is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Adam’s work investigates the potential of in vitro methodologies to replace or supplement current in vivo quantification of protein quality, under the supervision of Dr. James D. House.

IMG_20181218_091342~2Ajarat Adegun, M.Sc. Natural Resources Management, Natural Resource Institute

Ajarat is a graduate of the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law from the University of Ibadab, Nigeria where she obtained a M.Sc. in Energy and Environment. She worked on the remediation of industrial effluents contaminated environment using locally produced activated carbon. She is currently pursuing a M.Sc. in Natural Resources Management at the NRI. Under the supervision of Dr. Emdad Haque, she focuses on the social learning of disasters and its role in building and strengthening community resilience. The outcome of this research will help communities in dealing with climate change related weather extremes.



Hannah Bihun, MA Geography, Department of Environment and Geography

Hannah’s research interests focus on giving voice to those marginalized throughout the food system. Working with Dr. Annette Desmarais and Dr. Jonathan Peyton, Hannah’s masters research will focus on the financialization of farmland in Manitoba as part of a larger project across the Canadian prairies. Her research will investigate changes in farmland tenure in Manitoba and the social and environmental implications, of non-farmer investor activity, for farmers and for the vitality of rural communities.

Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

Laura E. Funk, MA Sociology, Department of Sociology and Criminology

Laura E. Funk is an MA student in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include food security and food systems. Working with Dr. Annette Desmarais, her masters research focuses on the privatization and financialization of land-titling data, and the implications for public research.



Md. Rafiqul Islam

Md. Rafiqul completed his B.Sc. (Hons.) in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology and his M.Sc. Biotechnology in India. Currently, he is working under the supervision of Dr. Sabine Kuss in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Manitoba. His research focuses on drug resistance by electrochemistry. His research interests includes drug resistance, cancer research, and apoptosis.



Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 11.47.40 PMRoxie Koohgoli, Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences

Roxie completed her B.Sc (Hons.) in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Human Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences at the University of Guelph, Guelph, ON. She spent two years at Newcastle University Medical School (UK) as an associate researcher in the Institute of Cellular Medicine where she focused on the micronutrient selenium. She is currently studying oxylipin profiles involved in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease under the supervision of Dr. Aukema at the University of Manitoba.