GlycoNet welcomes two new team members

Network investigators and trainees will receive communications support to promote their research and its positive impact
by GlycoNet Staff


The Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet) recently welcomed Ali Chou and Marie-Christine Houle to its team.


“We are pleased to have two passionate communicators join our team. Ali brings a scientific background as well as social media and design experience to her role. She also has a keen interest in promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in science and research. Marie-Christine brings more than fifteen years of experience in public and government relations to the table,” said Dr. Elizabeth Nanak, Executive Director at GlycoNet. “With their help, we will promote the cutting-edge work of our investigators and trainees and how it helps deliver solutions to important health issues and improve the lives of Canadians,” she added.


Chou will act as GlycoNet’s Communications Associate. She holds a Master of Science, and was a GlycoNet trainee. She will implement the Network’s communications strategy and help highlight the positive impact of GlycoNet’s funded projects. She previously worked as scientist at an Edmonton-based biotechnology start-up where she led and promoted research projects that showed commercialization potential. In her spare time, she actively works with local community groups, supporting their communications and marketing priorities, to raise awareness of the need for more diversified representation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).


Houle will take on a part-time role as Senior Communications Consultant. She started her career representing a Canadian non-governmental organization to the United Nations. She subsequently joined Concordia University’s media relations team. While at Concordia, she worked with researchers and administrators to raise awareness of Concordia’s research strengths and institutional values. Based in Montreal, she will oversee the development of GlycoNet’s communications strategy. She will work to enhance GlycoNet’s reputation and demonstrate the relevance of a network-based approach to research.


Partners and researchers are invited to reach out to them to share news about ongoing and upcoming projects.


Ali Chou, Communications Associate: ychou@glyconet.ca


Marie-Christine Houle, Senior Communications Consultant: mchoule@glyconet.ca

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