Louisa H. De Souza

Business Development Intern, Life Sciences PhD

Work History

Work History
Sep 2014 - Present

Business Development Volunteer Internship

McMaster Industrial Liaison Office, McMaster University, Hamilton ON
  • Identified potential industrial partners for business development

  • Assessed the patentability and market potential of several invention disclosures in the life sciences field

  • Wrote technology briefs for new inventions
  •  Coordinated poster setup at the McMaster Innovation Showcase event

Nov 2012 - Nov 2014

Postdoctoral Fellow and Lab Manager

McMaster University, Hamilton ON 
  • Wrote research proposals for grants and fellowships

  • Reviewed, edited, and critiqued research articles for peer-reviewed publications

  • Published a comprehensive review article on recent advancements in cancer immunotherapy
  • Conducted preclinical cancer immunotherapy studies

  • Presented findings in written and oral presentations at research conferences

  • Supervised and mentored junior lab members

  • Ensured the safety and up-to-date training for all lab members

  • Ordered lab supplies and maintained lab equipment

  • Prepared animal use protocols (AUPs) and amendments for research studies

2010 - 2011

Research Supervisor, Summer Student Program

The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto ON
  • Supervised undergraduate students conducting a lab based research project

2009 - 2010

Database Manager, Volunteer

Valoir, Toronto ON
  • Obtained relevant market knowledge for a start-up company

  • Established a database of laboratories conducting research on animal models of disease for a CIHR funded research conference

2009 - 2010

Volunteer Coordinator and Event Organizer

Heart and Stroke Foundation, University of Toronto
  • Recruited numerous student volunteers on campus

  • Advertised and placed volunteers for awareness and fundraising events

2005 - 2006

Teaching Assistant, Physiology

University of Toronto
  •  Provided lab based instruction of a class of 20-30 students

  • Marked assignments and moderated exams

2004 - 2005

Research Assistant and Project Student

University of Toronto
  • Completed a thesis report and presented research findings in a departmental seminar on "Identifying sex differences of diuretic peptides localization of Rhodnius prolixus" 

  • Managed a locust colony for research studies, by harvesting grass, daily feeding, cleaning cages and replacing egg jars for new progeny

2003 - 2004

Zooarchaeology Research Assistant

University of Toronto
  • Accurately identified animal biodiversity from an arctic expedition

  • Identified, catalogued and maintained a computer database of bones specimens


Sep 2005 - Jun 2012

PHD Doctorate

University of Toronto, Pathobiology
  • Ranked within the top 5% of graduate students in the health sciences field

  • Awarded over $60,000 in research funding 

  • Published 2 original research articles and a scientific review paper

  • Awarded poster and oral presentation prizes at local and international conferences
  • Invited speaker at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University Conference

Sep 2000 - Jun 2005

Hon. B.Sc. with distinction 

University of Toronto, Arts & Science
  • Major: Biology, Minor: Anthropology and Philosophy

  • Awarded University of Toronto entrance scholarship
  • Recipient of the volunteer recognition award



Market Research

Experienced in analyzing intellectual property documents, conducting prior art searches, and assessing the marketability and patentability of inventions.

Scientific Research

Expert knowledge of scientific research techniques and methodologies in molecular biology, biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, and biochemistry. Strong attention to detail, critical analysis skills and interpretation of complex scientific data. 

Project management

Supervised multiple research projects, managed budgets and equipment maintenance responsibilities as a lab manager. Obtained course-based training on the planning, scheduling, leadership and team-building tools necessary to manage a successful project.

Time management

Applied training and knowledge of prioritising deadlines and employing time-saving technologies to drive results. 

Scientific writing

Proficient and experienced in writing research articles, summarized literature reviews, grant proposals, and critical peer review commentaries.

Oral communication skills

Presentation of numerous seminars and poster presentations at local and international conferences. Ability to deliver a clear and concise presentation.


Additional Education


  • Foundations of Project Management
  • Time Management
  • Proactive and Practical Communication
  • Effective Networking


  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • Responsible conduct of research
  • Health Canada Division 5: Drugs for clinical trials involving human subjects
  • Biomedical Research Ethics