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Manager Project

Toronto, ON, Canada
March 11, 2020

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March 3, 2020


Dr. Christine Misquitta

Director, Strategy & Partnerships – PRiME

144 College Street

Toronto, ON - M5S 3M2

Subject: Application for the position of Research Administrator at PRiME Dear Dr. Christine Misquitta,

Our department at TERI did not have any prior expertise in Functional Metagenomics and for a young Master’s student this was going to be her research project. This student was me. Spirited and excited to learn something new and unchartered, I took on the challenge. With the help of German govt. funding – DAAD, I was able to elevate my research, collaborate with Dr. Kenneth Timmis (HZI) and eventually future grant opportunities for researchers at TERI. And therefore Dr. Christine I am thrilled to see an opening for Research Administrator, at PRiME. To be part of such an endeavor that also helped build mine is emotional and stimulating. I am currently pursuing my project management internship at KITE, UHN (No. 1 ranked Rehab Research Facility in the World - I am part of the ICAIR event team responsible for identifying and communicating with suitable sponsors/exhibitors for the conference. Additionally, my work also involves supporting the event logistics such as registration, event materials. I am also assisting the Research Operations team in preparing, editing, formatting and drafting documents required for the FIBRE project – a $45M collaborative CFI proposal. At SpiderOrb Pvt Ltd. I embraced new responsibilities, prominently website designing and content development. I had no idea how much I enjoyed this. It helped me discover my creative side and you cannot imagine how excited I was when I was asked to design the company’s website ( Moreover, as a member of the department’s communication strategy committee, I was involved in reach out to various stakeholders such as BPCL, ONGC, DBT, Satoil Hydro Norway etc at TERI. I have facilitated coordination and liaison activities of important national/international dignitaries during the premier Delhi Sustainable Development Summit. I have been awarded international travel grants and invited as guest speaker to represent my institute’s research globally. Over the past few months, I find myself often thinking of the most enjoyable moments and accomplishments that I am proud of. Interestingly, assisting graduate students with granting opportunities at TERI, seeing them awarded and helping them discover world-class science has been rewarding. Personally, I have learned not only specialized skills in the laboratory but have also been able to explore countries and make friends from every age group and differing perspectives. The enhanced enthusiasm and energy with which your office is working towards providing research support to PRiME researchers is unsurpassed. As a past fellow researcher, the importance of grant opportunities runs close to my heart and therefore I believe that my commitment towards helping PRiME researchers will be unwavering. Attached please find my resume for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you. I can be reached at 437-***-**** or by email at Thank you for your time and consideration. Yours truly

Simrita Cheema,

Attachment: Resume


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Simrita Cheema

I am a proactive, performance-driven professional with progressive expertise in conceptualizing and drafting research proposals, which have been funded by Indian, Swiss and German govts. Detail-oriented, with demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities and projects with conflicting deadlines, while maintaining a high degree of accuracy and quality. Key Skills

• Excellent in research project planning and implementation.

• Strong communications skills (oral and written) with 18 published articles and 3 websites.

• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, etc.

• Experience in preparing, editing, formatting and drafting documents.

• Cross-functional and cross-cultural communicator with excellent networking and interpersonal skills.

• Good level of experience in planning and coordinating office events. Professional Experience

KITE, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, UHN Toronto, Canada Project Manager Intern Jan 2020 to Present

• Event sponsorship Management for ICAIR Conference -

• Identifying and communicating with suitable sponsors, management of solicitation and sponsor fulfillment.

• Designing schedule, assessing risks and tracking progress for ICAIR project.

• Determining logistical details and activities for ICAIR.

• Researching, identifying and mapping competitor profiles/sponsors for FIBRE project – a $45M collaborative proposal between Canadian universities and KITE for embodying technology into textiles. Spiderorb Pvt. Ltd. Mohali, India

Project Manager Jun 2017 to May 2019

• Designed the Spiderorb Pvt. Ltd. website (

• Responsible for planning, implementation of two websites for the Bhangra Association of Florida:

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• Tracked deliverables and managed schedules for development of event management platform – Vuevent, USA.

• Responsible for planning and coordinating company events such as New Year’s, outstation retreats.

• Developed project contract for building a custom Intellectual Property Software for legal firm Raffay-Fleck, Germany.

• Maintained administrative files for projects including electronic and hard copies of all proposals, approvals, correspondence and agreements.

University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia

Research Associate Jan 2017 to Jun 2019

• Facilitated coordination and liaison meetings with industrial stakeholders, scientific partners - ONGC, DBT, TERI.

• Prepared and presented status reports to committee members.

• Prepared and published first of its kind review chapter on Neutral Red in Elsevier.

• Initiated collaboration with Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre for microscopic imaging for Neutral red crystals.

• Coordinated with multiple international culture banks and universities for procuring live methanogenic cultures. SIMRITA CHEEMA, Ph.D.

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Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ), Zürich, Switzerland Postdoctoral Associate/Swiss Govt. Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow Aug 2013 to Jan 2015

• Drafted, conceptualized and edited funding application for Swiss Govt. Excellence grant, which was awarded.

• Prepared yearly status report for SERI, Swiss Federal Govt. for assessment.

• Mentored Indian researchers in identifying SERI grant opportunities.

• Assisted and participated in the Swissnex networking event for incoming foreign students.

• Conducted day workshop with Prof. Josef Zeyer for university students at the local Zurich Werdhölzli, Wastewater treatment plant as a teaching and career opportunity. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, India Helmholtz Centre for Infectious Research, Braunschweig, Germany Postdoctoral Research Associate/Senior Research Fellow - PhD student Jan 2008 to Aug 2013

• Recognized and awarded for developing a PhD research funding proposal to DAAD (German Govt).

• Planned day-to-day experiments and research methodologies for the execution of the laboratory and fieldwork.

• Reviewed research funding proposals are complete, accurate and adhere to DBT sponsor guidelines.

• As member of DAAD alumina mentored researchers for identifying and developing research funding opportunities.

• Authored and published research articles in peer-reviewed journals.

• Experience in drafting, editing and formatting data for preparing project reports and presentations.

• Managed yearly research team retreats at TERI Gualpahari and Mukteshwar. Educational Experience

• Centennial College School of Business, Canada 2019 – Postgraduate Certification in Project Management

• TERI University, India & Helmholtz Centre for Infectious Research, Germany 2012 - PhD in Biotechnology Awards and Recognition

• Swiss Government Excellence Postdoctoral Scholarship

• CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India) Foreign Travel grant

• DBT-CTEP (Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India) grant

• DST (Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India) International Travel Support Scheme

• DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) German Govt. Sandwich Model Scholarship

• Italian Govt. Scholarship in Biotechnology with A+ recommendation

• CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India) Senior Research Fellowship

• Best presentation at the 5th Annual Symposium on Frontiers in Biomedical Research, New Delhi

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