Iris is working towards her M.Sc. in Chemistry after completing her undergraduate co-op degree at the University of Waterloo in Biochemistry, where she studied the alignment of multi-walled carbon nanotubes using organic molecules under Dr. Derek Schipper as her Honours research project. However, it was through her co-op positions at places such as Environment Canada and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories that sparked her interest in analytical environmental chemistry. She aims to use chemistry to study current environmental issues/applications. Iris is currently studying the presence of PAHs in wildfire ash and their photochemical transformations in the environment.