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Nadia Mykytczuk (37)

Nadia Mykytczuk (37)

Dr. Nadia Mykytczuk is an Associate Professor and the NOHFC Industrial Research Chair in Biomining, Bioremediation, and Science Communication at Laurentian University. She is an environmental microbiologist focusing on extreme environments. Nadia works closely with academic, industry, government researchers, and community stakeholders to develop clean technologies for mining in Canada. Nadia invests her time in training undergraduate and graduate students, along with post-doctoral researchers that are the engine driving the success of this research innovation. Nadia is passionate about communicating science, engaging different audiences around science issues, and working together to develop solutions for our environmental challenges.

Q: What is the number one thing you are working toward that you haven’t yet accomplished?
A: I add a new thing to this list every other day it seems! But I would have to say that my largest project currently, is to create a Centre for Mine Waste Biotechnology in Sudbury. This will be a research-to-commercialization incubator that will help bring biotechnologies into the mining sector to help deal with current challenges and provide opportunities to extract value and reduce environmental liabilities. We need mining as part of building a green future, and I hope this centre will help develop sustainable solutions for Canada and elsewhere.

Q: What would be the theme song of your life?
A: “She blinded me with Science” by Thomas Dolby. A mix of science, dark, brooding, and 80s quirkiness at its best.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: As a scientist I am lucky that my job allows me to pursue curiosity, discover cool things, work with people all over the world, and try to make a positive impact. But training students, by helping spark their passion for science and watching them make their own impact, is the most rewarding.

Q: Share something about yourself that others would be surprised to know.
A: My partner Dave and I have 4 incredible children and we juggle family time while living and working in two different cities, 5h apart.

Q: What makes you proud to be a Sudburian?
A: I am an adopted but proud Sudburian. I moved here from Ottawa in 2005 and was amazed when I learned of Sudbury’s extreme environmental devastation and the incredible story of recovery. I am a proud ambassador for the “Sudbury Story” and share the incredible lessons that show how humans can actually solve environmental challenges when we work together. Our story of hope can help other industrial communities around the world transform their landscapes, and build prosperous communities as Sudbury has in the last 40 years.