Post Graduate Reviewers

Science from the Source Section


Erica Tennenhouse, M.Sc., is currently completing a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology at the University of Toronto and holds an NSERC PGS-D Fellowship. Erica is also currently a Visiting Scholar at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in the U.S. She previously completed her M.Sc. in Biology at Concordia University with the support of an NSERC CGS-M Fellowship.

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Hass AbouZeid is a PhD student in the University Of Toronto Physics Department working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN. His research interests are exotic Higgs theories/searches, Higgs property measurements, boosted decays and detector development/operations.


Shama Bhatia has a strong background in Biochemistry-Biotechnology from her undergraduate studies at McMaster University. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toronto and her project involves studying the epigenetic mechanism (regulation of gene activity and expression without change in gene sequence) behind alcohol-mediated neurodevelopmental abnormalities, which will provide insight into fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and potentially autism. She will be studying the mechanism in a DNA-repair deficient oxoguanine glycosylase 1 knockout mice model. Shama also plans to broaden her professional skills through Graduate Professional Skills Program, which offers various workshops to enhance communication, interpersonal, personal effectiveness, teaching competence, and research related skills.

Caitlin Miron received her B.Sc.H. in Biochemistry and is now completing a Ph.D. in Supramolecular Chemistry at Queen’s University with the support of an NSERC CGS-M fellowship. Her research employs principles and techniques from organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry in order to design and develop dynamic molecular systems for environmental and biomedical applications.

Justin Parreno is currently a post-doc at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Toronto. Prior to this, he completed his MSc in Medical Science with a specialization in bone and joint health at the McCaig Bone and Joint Institute (University of Calgary). As well, his PhD was completed at the University of Toronto where he studied Bioengineering of Articular Cartilage. Justin’s research focuses on investigating the role of the cytoskeleton in regulating musculoskeletal cell phenotype. He has received several accolades and has been invited to give talks at institutions both nationally and internationally for his research. Aside from his research Justin is involved in promoting science to youth through Scholarship initiatives.

Siddharth Nath is currently an MD/PhD student in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University. Prior to this, he completed an Honours BSc in Biochemistry, also at McMaster. Siddharth’s research is focused on neurodegenerative diseases, specifically Huntington’s disease and spinocerebellar ataxia. He has presented his work nationally and internationally and has been widely published.


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Brandon Tang is an MD Candidate at the University of Toronto where he is the Vice President of Education of the Medical Society. He has extensive teaching experience in broad areas including psychology, neuroscience, and organic chemistry. In addition, he been involved in numerous educational projects to develop curricula for the Faculty of Science at McMaster University, the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and the FSST Online Research Co-op Program. Brandon is interested in a career as a physician educator and is simultaneously enrolled in graduate level courses at the University of Toronto to further his leadership potential.

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Aatif Qureshi is an MD candidate at the University of Toronto. Prior to this he completed his Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences at McMaster University. At McMaster, Aatif was active as an advisor to faculty in developing curricula and making educational and administrative decisions. He has been extensively involved in furthering interprofessional education in his role as Co-Chair of the McMaster Interprofessional Student Collaborative. He hopes to continue these efforts during his time at the University of Toronto. As an aspiring physician educator, Aatif is interested in pursuing novel avenues in simulation-based learning, interprofessional collaboration in healthcare, and integrating community engagement into curriculum.

Susie Son completed her B.Sc. Honours in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and is now a M.Sc. student at McMaster University. Her research endeavours into the biochemistry and cell biology of Huntington's disease where her focus is catered towards elucidating huntingtin and its interactions with endogenous proteins and exogenous compounds. However, outside the laboratory environment, her growing interests in educational leadership has led her to this position where she hopes to nurture and productively utilize her passion in initiatives such as FSST and beyond.

Allison Walker is an educator of science at the high school levels, having completed her Honours BA in Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University and her Bachelor of Education at Western University. She has been extremely active in her teaching career, working with a wide variety of students both in and out of the classroom. Her interests lie in creating engaged, passionate learners while focusing on life and health sciences. Having been a co-author and the Assistant Program Coordinator for the FSST's Online Research Co-op Program, Allison looks forward to expanding the breadth and depth of her Ontario curricular knowledge to provide students and educators alike with exciting, new education opportunities.

Student Articles


Brad Bass, Phd, University of Toronto
Dr. Bass is an Adjunct Professor at University of Toronto in the School of the Environment and the founder and Director of the University Research Experience in Complex Systems (URECS). URECS brings secondary school and university students together to explore the interaction between environmental change and health. and also offers workshops on the simulation of environmental change and health, green infrastructure, networking and the Prisoner’s Dilemma. Dr. Bass was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Green Roof Research, and was one of the scientists that contributed to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to the IPCC.

Jonathon Chio is pursuing his PhD at University of Toronto. Under supervision of Dr. Michael Fehlings, he is developing clinically-relevant immune-based therapies to enhance recovery after spinal cord injury. Outside of research, Jonathon strives to help lead the next generation of scientists and leaders. He is involved in science outreach programs aimed at enhancing interest in biology and neuroscience in children across the Greater Toronto Area. Following his PhD, Jonathon aspires to be a clinician-scientist and direct a neuroimmunology research laboratory focused on developing translational therapies for the injured central nervous system.

Mariko Witalis is currently a Ph.D student at Universite de Montreal, within the Molecular Biology program. Her research focuses on cancer immunology. She completed her MSc, also in the Molecular Biology department at Universite de Montreal.  Prior to this, she finished her B.Sc. at McGill University with a major in Physiology.


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Benjamin Furman is a PhD candidate at McMaster university. He studies evolutionary biology, and, in particular, usesgenomic analysis to look at sex chromosome evolution and phylogenetics of African clawed frogs.


Arturo Mendoza is in the final year of his undergraduate studies, doing a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering in Queen Mary University of London. Since 2013 he has been working in the MATA Lab in the Institute of Bioengineering in QMUL, and will start his PhD studies in the same group in 2016. His current research focuses on the development of a microfluidic device for the study of self-assembled nanocomposite membranes with targeted applications in drug delivery, in vitro modelling, and minimally invasive regenerative medicine. In the summer between highschool and university, Arturo worked from home to develop a novel bioplastic made from starch and winemaking by-products. This resulted in his first publication – in the FSST!