OUR TEAM

2021-2022

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Cindy Hong

Co-President

“Hello! My name is Cindy and I am your 2020-2021 RW co-president. I am a second year master’s student in the Kim Lab, studying approach and avoidance behaviours. In my free time, I love to sleep, bake, and dance!”

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Kathryn McTavish

Co-President

"I am this year's co-president from the ESC building. I am a 4th year PhD student in the Guttman Lab studying the evolution of host specificity for the plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae. Through CSBGU, I aim to foster a sense of community and create a positive environment for our CSB family."  

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Andrew Duncan

SECRETARY

"Hey! I'm Andrew and I am a second year Master's student in the Mitchell and Moses labs studying the enhancer sequence code. When I'm not doing research I like to stay active by playing sports and going on runs."

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Jenny Huang

Treasurer

Jenny Huang is a first year Master's student from the McFarlane lab studying glycoprotein modification in Arabidopsis. Her hobbies include photography, reading, and PC gaming.

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Tristan Philip

GSU REP

“Hi there! I’m Tristan, and I’m a 1st year M.Sc candidate from the Christendat lab studying plant biochemistry. In my spare time, I love watching and (obsessively) critiquing movies as well as spoiling my parrots!”

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Gerard kim

GSU REP

“Hi all. I'm Gerard, a second-year Master's student in Peever lab studying the neurobiology of REM sleep in mice. Outside of the lab, I like to work out and travel.”

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Tamar Av-Shalom

CUPE REP

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Elina Kadriu

ombudsperson

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Rebecca Tam

OMBUDSPERON

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Eduardo Ramirez Rodriguez

cAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

"Hi, I'm Eduardo, a third year as PhD student in the McFarlane Lab at CSB. I use a combination of proteomics, genetics and bioinformatics to investigate the intricate signaling that regulates cell wall integrity in plants. When I'm not in the lab, you can find me catching up with the latest Netflix series or enjoying some vitamin D"

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Fernando Valencia

cAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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Steven Chen

Fundraising officer

“Fun times~~”

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PJ Gamueda

SPORTS COORDINATOR

“Hi! My name is PJ and I am your 2021-2022 Sports Coordinator. I am a second year MSc student in the Provart lab studying guard-cell specific drought tolerance genes in Arabidopsis thaliana. In my free time I love tending to my plant babies, bouldering, working out, playing League of Legends, and watching YouTube.”

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Tammy Lee

Communications directOR

Tammy is a PhD student in the Saltzman Lab. When she's not staring at fluorescent images of C. elegans, she enjoys using science to improve Science Communication.

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Ernest Iu

SEMINAR REP

"Hello, I'm a 4th year PhD student at the Plotnikov lab. As a seminar rep, I will organize the monthly graduate student seminars and invite external guest speakers for our department. If you're interested to give a short talk to our grads, please email me. I'm looking forward to working with you all in this coming year."

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Racquel Singh

SEMINAR REP

"Hi! I'm Racquel and I'm a 2nd year PhD student in the Guttman & Desveaux labs. As a seminar representative I am involved with inviting speakers to our departmental seminars and organizing the graduate student seminar series. Outside of the lab I enjoy birdwatching, scuba diving, and binging reality TV shows."

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Kristyna Gorospe

social rep

"My name is Kristyna and I'm a first year Master's student in the Gilbert lab studying skeletal muscle regeneration. I look forward to meeting you all during our social events!"

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Clare Breit-McNally

SPEAKER

"My name is Clare and I'm a third year PhD student in the Desveaux and Guttman labs. In my role as Speaker in the CSBGU, I ensure that our meetings are run efficiently and respectfully. In my spare time I enjoy reading, running, and walking my dog!"

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Carlo Perolo

FIRST YEAR REp

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Manisha kabi

UTSC REP

"Hello! My name is Manisha, and I am a first year PhD student in the Filion lab at UTSC. My field of study is HIV Biology. Specifically, my research focuses on studying about the establishment and maintenance of HIV latency. Outside of the lab, I enjoy teaching, reading novels, cooking, and painting."

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Mahmoud Bitar

UTM rep

"As a PhD student studying hormones and behavior, I’m very passionate about contributing to a better understanding of the intersection between body and mind, improving our communication about it and supporting that connection for a better collective living.  As the UTM representative of the CSBGU this year, I’m aiming to strengthen CSBGU’s communication with and support for its CSB graduates at UTM, and promote mindful approaches to living and connecting with others through all the events I’m involved with at the CSBGU."