Life is a wonderful gift that we may come to better understand and appreciate through the scientific method. Outside of the lab Cassandra spends her time participating in a sport called freestyle footbag. Footbag provides great opportunities to travel and meet lots of interesting new friends. Additionally it encourages her to maintain an active lifestyle and continuously challenge herself. Recently she won her first title as 2013 women's freestyle footbag routine world champion.“I would rather be at the bottom of a ladder that I want to climb than near the top of one that I don’t.”
Matthew Baxter graduated in the spring of 2013 from the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Program at UOIT. He did his Undergraduate Thesis with Dr. Yuri Bolshan and has started his Master's in Applied Bio-sciences in May 2013, specializing in organic synthesis. His project is to develop a novel methodology for the synthesis of potassium acyltrifluoroborate salts. In his spare time Matthew is a musician that plays piano and guitar in a band called "Black Tie Affair", with his colleague Richard Augimeri, who is a molecular biologist, also in the Applied Bioscience program.
Kayla was born and raised in Oshawa, Ontario but her family originated from Germany. She is the oldest of three children (she has two younger sisters). What has drawn herself to studying chemistry (and partaking in research in particular) has been the constant sense of discovery. She is currently finishing her fourth year as an undergraduate in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and her favourite strands of chemistry include organic chemistry as well as analytical chemistry. When not in the research laboratory, Kayla is working on the weekends as a pharmacy clerk or studying for classes. She enjoys travelling (especially to Florida), watching movies, going to concerts as well as staying active by playing basketball or skating.