CURRENT TRAINEES

Cohort 4 Graduate Students (2022)

Shahad Abdulmawjood | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, DeRosa Lab (Carleton)

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Interests: Volleyball, drawing

Micaela Belleperche | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, McKeague Lab, (McGill University)

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Interests: Creative writing, music, reading

Sinan Faiad | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Sleiman Lab (McGill University)

Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon

Interests: TV shows, chess, strategy games

Olivia Li | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Shoichet Lab, (University of Toronto)

Hometown: Wenzhou, China

Interests: Hiking, travelling, jet-skiing

Zidi Lyu | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Damha Lab (McGill University)

Hometown: Jiangmen, China

Interests: Skateboarding, cooking , travelling

Amal Mathai | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Li Lab (McMaster University)

Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario

Interests: Fishing, travelling, Photography

Ly-Ann Morville | email | linkedin

MSc Candidate, Vallée-Bélisle Lab (Université de Montréal)

Hometown: Fort-de-France, Martinique

Interests: Travelling, cooking, reading, music

Yasmine Nicole | email | linkedin

MSc Candidate, Vallée-Bélisle Lab (Université de Montréal)

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Interests: Hiking, baking, music, kayaking

Tyler Rutherford | email | linkedin

MSc Candidate, Wilds Lab (Concordia University)

Hometown: Gatineau, Quebec c

Interests: Hiking, skiing, cooking, astronomy

Matthias Thijs| email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Luedtke Lab (McGill University)

Hometown: Hudson, Quebec

Interests: Travelling, guitar, and reading

Laiyi Xu | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Cosa Lab (McGill University)

Hometown: Beijing, China

Interests: Painting and travelling

Lynn Yamout | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Moitessier Lab (McGill University)

Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon

Interests: Visiting cafes, cooking and tasting different world cuisines over a glass of wine

Cohort 3 Undergraduate Students (2022)

Stephanie Abrokwa | email | linkedin

Li Lab (McMaster)

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

Interests: Creative writing, spin classes, and plant-based cooking.

William Blair | email | linkedin

Shoichet Lab, (University of Toronto)

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Interests: Nature photography, journalism

Ayodele Edinboro | email | linkedin

McKeague Lab (McGill University)

Hometown: Bridgetown, Barbados

Interests: Playing the guitar, singing, cooking travelling

Samuel Hamroff | email | linkedin

Cosa Lab (McGill University)

Hometown: Chappaqua, New York

Interests: Skiing, Biking, Playing guitar, Listening to music

Radina Koleva | email

Moitessier Lab (McGill University)

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Interests: Figure Skating, reading

Alexandria Mansfield | email | linkedin

Li Lab (McMaster University)

Hometown: Kingston, Ontario

Interests: Cooking, travelling, swimming

Élyse Moisan | email | linkedin

Wilds Lab (Concordia University)

Hometown: Saint-Raymond, Quebec

Interests: Food, politics, outdoors

Kirti Purkayastha | email | linkedin

Wilds Lab (Concordia University)

Hometown: Kolkata, India

Interests: Beat-boxing, gaming, Sci-Fi movies

Sally Yao | email | linkedin

Sleiman Lab (McGill University)

Hometown: Taiwan, China

Interests: Hiking

Vivian Zhang | email | linkedin

Damha Lab (McGill University)

Hometown: Vancover, BC

Interests: Reading, drawing, travelling

Cohort 3 Graduate Students (2021)

Halle Barber | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Damha Lab (McGill University)

Hometown: Glastonbury, Connecticut

Interests: Baking, hiking, crafting

Mickael Dang | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Shoichet Lab (UofT)

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Interests: Biotechnologies, Entrepreneurship, Cooking, traveling

Florencia Fungo | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Cosa Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Rio Cuarto, Cordoba, Argentina

Interests: Cooking, camping, exploring new cultures

Daniel Knight | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, DeRosa Lab (Carleton)

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Interests: Hockey, golf, coaching minor hockey, reading

Sean Laxton | email | linkedin

MSc Candidate, Sleiman Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Port Coquitlam BC

Interests: Soccer, chess, music

So Yeon Lee | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Li Lab (McMaster)

Hometown: Seoul, Republic of Korea

Interests: Travelling, hiking, working out and movies

Zhuoqun Lu | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Moitessier Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Jilin City, China

Interests: Long Distance running, harmonica

Bruktawit Maru | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, McKeague Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Waterloo, Ontario

Interests: Baking, coffee making, Netflix

Laxman Pandey | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Kelley Lab (UofT)

Hometown: Katmandu, Nepal

Interests: Soccer, volleyball, basketball, music

Alexander Pontarelli | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Wilds Lab (Concordia)

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Interests: Music, homebrewing, cooking, travelling

Xiaomeng Wang | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Vallée-Bélisle Lab (UdeM)

Hometown: Harbin, China

Interests: Reading, hiking

Cohort 2 Graduate Students (2020)

Leonora Abdullahu | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Damha Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Prishtina, Kosovo

Interests: Travelling, camping, music, learning new skills

Tyler Brown | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Sleiman Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Nanaimo, British Columbia

Interests: Music, literature, microbrewery

Simon Diallo-Blais | email | linkedin

MSc Candidate, Vallée-Bélisle (UdeM)

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Interests: Basketball, fine cuisine, and community involvement

David Hiraki | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Moitessier Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Alton, Ontario

Interests: Chemistry, violin, Rubik's cubes

Bahareh Hosseinpour | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, DeRosa Lab (Carleton)

Hometown: Tehran, Iran

Interests: Watching movies, reading novels, and hiking

Daniela Isaacs-Bernal | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Shoichet Lab (UofT)

Hometown: Bogota, Colombia

Interests: Travelling, rugby, volleyball, and painting

Olivia Kovecses | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, McKeague Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Interests: Cooking, watching documentaries, and kayaking

Tatiana Lyalina | email | linkedin

MSc Candidate, Valée-Bélisle (UdeM)

Hometown: Ekaterinburg, Russia

Interests: Art, tennis, figure skating

Alam Mahmud | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Kelley Lab (UofT)

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Interests: Traveling, reading, astrophysics, Sci-Fi movies

Connor Nurmi | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Li Lab (McMaster)

Hometown: Burlington, Ontario

Interests: Skiing, golf, swimming, video games

Andy Shi Yin | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Cosa Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Daqing, China

Interests: Hiking, kayaking, computer games

Cohort 1 Graduate Students (2019)

William Copp | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Wilds Lab (Concordia)

Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Interests: Soccer, music, travel, and long walks on the beach

Jenise Chen | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Kelley Lab (Toronto)

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Interests: Rock climbing, illustration, and visual arts

Fiona Ebanks | email

MSc Candidate, DeRosa Lab (Carleton)

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Interests: Playing tennis, painting

Hassan Fakih | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Sleiman Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Saida, Lebanon

Interests: Basketball, music, and tasting new food

Serge Hirka | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, McKeague Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Kyiv, Ukraine

Interests: Learning languages, chemistry outreach (with the McGill Outreach Group)

Gabrielle Juneau | email | linkedin

MSc Candidate, Wilds Lab (Concordia)

Hometown: Lévis, Québec

Interests: Snowboarding, boating, cooking, reading, and community involvement

Ada McVean | email | linkedin

MSc Candidate, Damha Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Orangeville, Ontario

Interests: Science communication, video games, baking, and animal rights

Aya Sakaya | email

PhD Candidate, Cosa Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon

Interests: Science communication, music, and outdoor activities

Julia Stille | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Moitessier Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Interests: Running, taking tennis lessons, and painting (by numbers)

Chang (Amber) Xue | email | linkedin

PhD Candidate, Shoichet Lab (Toronto)

Hometown: Dalian, China

Interests: Film photography, travelling, and baking (to de-stress)

Sandy Zakaria | email

PhD Candidate, Li Lab (McMaster)

Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario

Interests: Spending time outside, especially hiking, campfires, and kayaking

Alumni

Ayodele Edinboro | email | linkedin

Damha Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Bridgetown, Barbados

Interests: Guitar, vocals, and biking

Morgane Roman | email | linkedin

Damha Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Nîmes, France

Interests: Travelling, karate, cooking

Sarah Menard | email | linkedin

Wilds Lab (Concordia)

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Interests: Biking, music, cross country skiing

Elizabeth Smyth | email | linkedin

Wilds Lab (Concordia)

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Interests: Skiing, reading, travelling

Will Wang | email | linkedin

Cosa Lab (McGill)

Hometown: North Vancouver, BC

Interests: Tennis, poker, cycling, chemistry

Sandra Simard | email

Cosa Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Interests: Rock climbing, cooking, coding, reading

Andrew Yu | email | linkedin

Li Lab (McMaster)

Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Interests: Basketball, guitar

Sara Fortier | email | linkedin

Li Lab (McMaster)

Hometown: Welland, Ontario

Interests: Reading, hiking, watching documentaries

Lea Nadeau | email | linkedin

McKeague Lab (McGill)

Hometown: St. Thérèse

Interests: Reading, sewing, running, watching cooking videos

Amy Lin | email

McKeague Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Interests: Skating, cooking, TV shows

Daniel Kurtz | email | linkedin

Shoichet Lab (Toronto)

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Interests: Swimming, fitness, community outreach

Sabina Kerbalaeva | email | linkedin

Sleiman Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Boucherville, Quebec

Interests: Reading, travelling, drawing, jogging

Ryan Amini | email | linkedin

Li Lab (McMaster)

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Interests: Basketball, hiking, reading, and movies

Malinda Huang | email

McKeague Lab (McGill)

Hometown: Suzhou, China

Interests: Music, watching movies, and origami

Pierrot-Baptiste Lemée-Jolicoeur | email

Vallee-Belisle Lab (UdeM)

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Interests: Music, physics

Elizabeth Smyth | email | linkedin

Wilds Lab (Concordia)

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Reading, travelling, music, running

Will Wang | email | linkedin

Cosa Lab (McGill)

Hometown: North Vancouver, British Columbia

Interests: Tennis, poker, cycling, chemistry

Spencer Zhao | email

Shoichet Lab (Toronto)

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Interests: Piano, photography, RC aircraft