Nevena Cekic is a first-year summer law student in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office. She is in the process of completing a JD in the English Common Law program at the University of Ottawa.
Before starting law school, Nevena worked as a chemistry and biochemistry research associate at Alectos Therapeutics in Burnaby, BC. The majority of her work focused on the synthesis and characterization of small molecules targeting specific enzymes that play important roles in neurodegenerative diseases. She also optimized in vitro assays for screening target compounds and applied other biochemical techniques.
Nevena holds an MSc in chemistry from Simon Fraser University and a BSc in biopharmaceutical science focusing on medicinal chemistry from the University of Ottawa. Her MSc thesis focused on developing chemical tools for studying the human enzyme, O-GlcNAcase and she has authored three scientific publications based on this research.
During her graduate studies, Nevena was a teaching assistant at Simon Fraser University for organic chemistry laboratory courses and second year organic chemistry tutorials. She was also the social coordinator, and subsequently, president of the Simon Fraser University Chemistry Caucus.
Nevena has volunteered at the Three Links Care Society nursing home and St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. She was also a crisis line counselor at the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre throughout her undergraduate studies.
Nevena enjoys yoga, kayaking, camping and travelling.