Christine Allen
Women enabling science to reach the people who need it

Christine Allen

Christine Allen
Professor and GSK Chair in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, University of Toronto President and Cofounder, Nanovista

Nanovista Inc.

JLABS @ Toronto

Why did you choose science as a career?

I was always keenly interested in science related courses. The more I learned the more I became to understand the positive impact that science can have on our lives. To me a career in science represented an exciting opportunity to be creative and innovative while possibly making a difference in the world.

Why are you passionate about what you're working on?

I have lost several family members and close friends to cancer. As a result I am deeply committed to the development of more effective cancer therapies. Nanovista is developing multimodal visualization agents to enhance image-guided high precision therapies to improve outcomes for cancer patients.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to young women in the life science sector?

I hope you are choosing this career because it is something that you are truly passionate about. If it is, then even when you feel there are roadblocks or barriers you’ll have the energy and determination to persevere and it will be worth it. Remember that you will learn more from mistakes and failures than successes. More than anything I encourage you to reach out and identify peers, mentors and role models that are a positive source of support and inspiration in your careers and lives.