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Postdoctoral Involvement in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UCalgary

The University of Calgary is transforming. Integral to the strategy of becoming the entrepreneurial university is postdoctoral scholar involvement in research and innovation. Discover why university driven discovery, invention and innovation has never been more important during an engaging panel discussion.

Learn how UCalgary is removing barriers to innovation, offering you more tools to change the world around you through research and invention. Join us for an exciting panel series for postdoctoral scholars and supervisors, to discover the stories of those who are making waves in the community through their innovative research, and how you can get involved in 2021!

Hosted by: The Office of the Vice-President (Research), Postdoctoral Office and Postdoctoral Association of the University of Calgary, and the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking

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These events were recorded

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Part 2: Watch the recording

January 19

Part One: 

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February 2

Part Two:

  • Keynote by Steve Larter
  • Transforming Research Excellence into Impact
  • Q&A

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February - April

Transforming Research Excellence into Impact by Innovate Calgary

Our Panel

Renzo Correa Silva

Renzo Correa Silva

Research Associate, CEO & Co-founder, LysisLogic  

Renzo is a Research Associate at UCalgary – Dept of Geoscience, where he leads an industry-funded research consortium. The successes around his research and innovations translated into the spin-off company LysisLogic Scientific Inc. He is passionate about bridging academic and industry resources to tackle real-world problems at the intersection of chemistry, geology and energy research. 

Raha Bahrehdar

Raha Bahrehdar

Postdoctoral Associate 

Raha (Azam) Bahrehdar recently joined the Intelligent Geospatial Data Mining Lab in the Department of Geomatics Engineering as a Postdoctoral Associate. She is currently developing a smart routing system for goods transportation in extreme weather, similar to what we experience in Calgary, by enhancing due diligence and risk management systems and incorporating locational information. With an interest in real-world problems and practical applications, Raha decided to improve her entrepreneurial skills by joining the Hunter Hub Launchpad program. 

Marc Strous

Marc Strous

Professor, Department of Geoscience, UCalgary, Campus Alberta Innovation Program (CAIP) Chair in Energy Bioengineering

Co-founder, Synergia Biotech Inc.  

Marc Strous has made many groundbreaking contributions to microbial ecology, biogeochemistry and environmental biotechnology. His research sparked a major revision of the global biogeochemical nitrogen cycle concept. His career has been marked by the discovery of new pathways in biochemistry and microbial symbiosis. Strous is currently building on his ecology and engineering expertise to create a feasible, sustainable net-negative-carbon-dioxide-emissions biotechnology, for counteracting climate change. 

Agasteswar Vadlamani

Agasteswar Vadlamani

Postdoctoral Associate, Co-founder, Synergia Biotech Inc.  

Dr. Vadlamani is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Geoscience. His research focusses on carbon capture via biological routes and developing economical and sustainable production processes for high value products. His work at the UCalgary, led to co-found Synergia Biotech Inc., a cleantech start-up that produces phycocyanin, a natural blue colour. 

Stephen Larter

Stephen Larter (Moderator)

Associate Vice-President (Research-Innovation) 

Steve Larter is a Canada Research Chair and professor of petroleum geology at UCalgary in the Department of Geosciences. Professor Larter is cofounder of numerous technology startup companies, including Gushor Inc. (now part of Schlumberger), and currently advises several university-based student, postdoctoral, and faculty startups.