Our Team

Jennifer Jakobi, PhD, Associate Chair WWEST


Jenn is a Professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences. She specializes in exercise neuroscience. As Director of the Neuromuscular Healthy Exercise and Aging Lab (HEAL), she works towards understanding sex-specific age-related decline that contributes to greater loss of functional abilities in women with age. She is the founder of the Integrative STEM Team Advancing Networks of Diversity (iSTAND) and the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) for BC and Yukon. She is passionate about creating equitable access for all people to explore the sciences and gain an appreciation for how science lives in all aspects of life. She is committed to increasing diversity across STEM fields through providing mentorship, and opportunities to encourage, explore, understand and empower change for underrepresented persons in STEM. Contact: jennifer.jakobi@ubc.ca

Rebecca McCullough, STEM Program Coordinator, iSTAND

Rebecca has a Masters in Educational Leadership, as well as undergraduate degrees in education, and recreation/kinesiology.  She is grateful to be working with the iSTAND team in educating diverse and underrepresented populations, through STEM activities and alternate learning opportunities. Contact: Rebecca.mccullough@ubc.ca

Vanessa Bobbitt, School Curriculum Support Program Coordinator, iSTAND

Vanessa has a duel degree in Biology and Psychology, as well as a diploma in early childhood education. She is very excited to join iSTAND this year and is looking forward to sharing her passion for STEM. Contact: Vanessa.Bobbitt@ubc.ca

Maxine van Zyl, Communications and Resource Design Assistant, iSTAND

Maxine assists with the design of workshop and summer camp materials, social media campaigns, and podcasts. Contact: mvzyl@mail.ubc.ca