Nimrat Kaur Obhi (they/them) is from Ottawa, Canada and obtained their HBSc in Biomedical Sciences (Medicinal Chemistry) at the University of Ottawa in 2014. They completed their PhD in chemistry at the University of Toronto in 2020, where their research focused on the synthesis and investigation of carbon-based semiconducting polymers with complex architectures for electronic applications. During this time, Nimrat also completed a Chemistry Teaching Fellowship Award to design and implement a green chemistry course module into an upper-year chemistry course at the University of Toronto. They are committed to justice, equity, and diversity and have worked on advocacy and policy initiatives since 2014 with local and national Canadian teams (WICTO, CWIC Network, CSC WIDE) in addition to current work with Beyond Benign. Nimrat joined Beyond Benign as a Program Manager in early 2021 where they bring their combined passion for green chemistry advocacy, social justice, open-access science, and sustainability to their work. They currently live in Ottawa, Ontario, where outside of work they are an avid skier, cook, outdoor sports enthusiast, swimmer, stationery lover, and bookbinder.
Feel free to reach out and chat with Nim! At Beyond Benign, they work on:
– the Minority-Serving Institution Initiative within the Green Chemistry Commitment Program;
– Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Respect for Beyond Benign and the GCTLC online platform; and
– the Toxicology for Chemists curriculum (past work).