Immigrant and International Women in Science - IWS

Immigrant and International Women in Science - IWS

Immigrant and International Women in Science - IWSImmigrant and International Women in Science - IWS

IWS Leaders

Silvia Pozzi - IWS Quebec City



I was born and raised in Italy and enrolled in a BSc program in Biotechnology  followed by an MSc program in Medical Biotechnology at Milano-Bicocca University. The interest in the central nervous system pushed me toward the neuroscience field and particularly in the neurodegeneration domain.  After my MSc, I focused my work on different neurodegenerative pathologies and underwent a PhD program in Life and Molecular Science studying ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) biomarkers and therapeutic strategies. I then moved to Canada as a postdoctoral fellow to continue my research on ALS at the Laval University in Quebec City. As a Research Associate for CERVO Brain Research Centre (Quebec City) and Research Scientist for Imstar Therapeutics where I am developing antibody-based strategies to cure ALS. 

As an immigrant woman, passionate for science, I joined the big family of IWS to help build a collaborative environment for IWS all over Canada.

Romina Barreto



I am Uruguayan but currently living in Quebec City. I am a PhD candidate in Neuroscience in Laval University. I have been working on neurodegenerative diseases for more than 7 years. I consider myself a highly motivated and passionate researcher and I work every day trying to contribute to improve the quality of life of people affected by these diseases.

I have dedicated great part of my life to do community work, always trying to empower less privileged communities. Since I arrived in Quebec, I am part of the student committee of my research center and I have been part of IWS Quebec City node since the very beginning as a member and as recently as a co-leader.

Pooja Shree Mishra



I am a neuroscientist trying to decipher the complex mechanisms of neurodegeneration. I immigrated to Canada in 2016 as a postdoctoral researcher, after receiving a PhD in Neurophysiology from NIMHANS, Bangalore. Being born and raised in the vibrant, warm, culturally diverse, and geographically vast India, I learned to appreciate inclusion and celebrate unity in diversity from an early age. Canada, with all its diversity and inclusivity, felt much like home!

Women constitute less than 50% of the trained workforce in STEM, yet our underrepresentation in the field is alarmingly obvious. As a woman in science, I stand alongside my peers to advocate for change, provide support and help create a more inclusive scientific community; that provides people of all genders and races with equal opportunities without bias.