Tirthankar Ray

"Hi! I'm Tirthankar and I'm co-President for the CSBGU. I'm a 4th year PhD student in the Harris lab, studying epithelial morphogenesis in Drosophila embryos."

Kevin Xue

Kevin is a 5th year PhD student from the Christendat Lab acting as the ESC-based, CSBGU Co-president for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Kevin along with the rest of the CSBGU, aims to improve the CSB graduate student experience through various student-led events.


Elly Wong

This is Elly Wong - she is a second year Master's student from the Kim Lab with her thesis topic involving neurodegeneration. She is happy to serve you this year as the secretary in CSBGU.

Anita Taksokhan

" I am a second year master’s student at Dr. Peever’s lab studying sleep circuitry in mice. Outside of the lab I like to read book, listen to podcasts, and go for hikes.”

cupe rep

gsu rep




Mahmoud Bitar



Cindy Hong

"Hello! My name is Cindy Hong, and I am a first-year Master's student in the Kim lab. In my spare time, I love to dance, bake, and sleep!"

Elina Kadriu

"My name is Elina and I am a 2nd year M.Sc Candidate at the Christendat Lab. My role in the CSBGU is CUPE representative. On my spare time I enjoy baking, hiking, and playing with my niece."

Kathryn McTavish

"My name is Kathryn and I am your ESC 2020-2021 ombudsperson, as well as a 3rd year PhD student in the Guttman Lab. My door and inbox are always open in the event of conflicts or anything else you want to talk about!" 


first year rep

career & professional development

Rebecca Tam

"My name is Rebecca. I'm a Master's student in the Harris lab. I'm studying the recruitment of actin regulators during the early stages of Drosophila development. This year I'm the ombudsperson for RW. "

Raegan Larson

Raegan is a first year Master’s student in the McFarlane lab, studying the plant cell wall.

Brittany Dugan

"Hey there! My name's Brittany, and I'm a second-year master's student in the Peever lab. I'm excited to be your first-year representative this year, and I look forward to (safely) meeting you all! "

Shanelle Mullany

Fundraising officer

"My name is Shanelle Mullany, I am a Master's student in the Mitchell lab where I study enhancers and their relationship with chromatin context. This year I will be the Fundraising Officer for CSGBU, where I hope to plan some fun and socially distanced fundraisers."

PJ Gamueda


"Hi! My name is PJ and I am the Sports Coordinator for CSBGU this year. I am a first year MSc candidate in the Provart lab. My hobbies include running, working out, playing League of Legends, and going on nature walks! :)"

Tammy Lee

Communications directOR

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


Eduardo Ramírez Rodríguez


"Hi, I was born in the highest city in Mexico. Science took me across the globe to complete a masters at the University of Melbourne in Australia, where I became enchanted with the intricate biochemistry and genetics of the cell wall. Since September 2019, I'm back to the Americas , where I'm a 2nd year PhD Student in the Mcfarlane lab at UoT, where 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 catch me getting some vitamin D on my bike or catching up with the latest Netflix series."


Steven Chen


Steven is a 3rd year PhD student studying GPCR-G protein coupling.


Nia Kang

social rep



Tatiana Ruiz Bedoya



Wassim Elkhaitb


"My name is Wassim Elkhatib and I am 4th year PhD student at the UTM campus. I am an electrophysiologist and I love talking science and observing weird creatures. I am always happy to help you with any questions or concerns you have at UTM." 

Ahmad Israwi


"I am a third year PhD student in the Nash lab studying the role of mechanoreceptors in the brain in synaptic plasticity. In my free time, I enjoy baking bread and spending time outside."