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Training Working Group

The Social Exposome Cluster has three working groups that bring together faculty members, trainees and staff. Each working group include members who have the relevant knowledge and skills in a particular area of strategic importance to the cluster as well as members who are interested in training and learning more about a particular area. The role of the working groups is to provide ideas, advice, expertise, and support to help the cluster achieve its mission and deliverables.


The Social Exposome Research Cluster creates a high-quality environment for trainees, that fosters strong trainee leadership and enables their diverse career aspirations. We bring together a diverse group of trainees and mentors to facilitate cross-disciplinary training. We support career development and successful networking between prospective, current and past trainees.


  1. Empower HQP to tackle emerging real-world health problems with interdisciplinary and innovative solutions
  2. Build an inclusive and active network of current and past HQP that fosters leadership
  3. Support diverse career aspirations among HQP

Together, the Training Working Group created this word cloud below for their goals.

Upcoming Meetings

The Training Working Group meets on the first Tuesday of every other month from 11 AM - 12 PM PT. Upcoming meeting dates are:

  • May 4, 2021
  • July 6, 2021
  • Sept. 7, 2021
  • Nov. 2, 2021
  • Jan. 4, 2022
  • March 1, 2022

To receive a calendar invite for the meeting, email Ruanne Lai at



Name Department Position Email
Huan, Tao Department of Chemistry Assistant Professor
Weis, Dominique Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences Professor


Name Department Position Email
Edwards , Karlie Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Masters Student
Engelbrecht, Hannah-Ruth BC Children's Hospital Research Institute PhD Student
Gill, Randip School of Population and Public Health PhD Student
Hamden, Jordan Department of Zoology PhD Student
Merrill, Sarah Department of Medical Genetics Postdoctoral Fellow
Niimi-Burch, Seri Department of Food, Nutrition and Health Masters Student
Salehzadeh, Melody Department of Zoology PhD Student
Smith, Kate Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow