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.

 Jonathan Chio

I am currently a PhD candidate at Institute of Medical Science at University of Toronto, Canada. My research focuses on developing novel neuroimmunological therapies to facilitate regeneration after spinal cord injury. Prior to this, I attained a BSc (Hons) with double majors in Biochemistry and Neuroscience ay University of Toronto and have completed summer research positions in environmental chemistry, biochemistry and immunology laboratories. Outside of academics, I am involved in science outreach and student governance through being an editor for my department’s scientific magazine, participating in student council, mentoring junior students and collaborating with faculty to improve curriculum and manage admissions. On a personal level, in my free time, I love to go to the gym daily, cook and try new food and play/ watch basketball, soccer and ice hockey. After my PhD, I aspire to enter into medical school and become a clinician-scientist. Alternatively, I hope to enter into industry and work in regulatory affairs. Regardless, I hope to make contributions on bench-to-bedside translational science from perspective of neuroimmunology and regenerative medicine.  

Mariko Witalis

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Montreal, in the Department of Molecular Biology. I also hold a M.Sc from the same program.  Prior to this, I completed my undergraduate degree at McGill University with a major in physiology and a minor in the social studies of medicine. My scientific interests primarily focuses on immune regulation, and most specifically, signaling mechanisms driving angioimmunoblastic T cell lymphoma (AITL), a type of rare peripheral T cell lymphoma. While different in nature, I also have research interests in aspects of immune regulation controlling the gut.  In the future, I would like to pursue a career that is more clinical and translational in nature.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading both scientific and non-scientific literature. I also like to try out new recipes, especially anything with nutella and/or chocolate! To help relax and de-stress, I also enjoy exercising, mainly through yoga and meditation, but in the summer I enjoy taking jogs around nearby parks to take in the beautiful nature.  .

Siddharth Nath

I am 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.

Shawna Semple

i am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo in the department of biology. My research focuses on the immune function of industry-relevant salmonid species in response to common aquatic pathogens. This area of research has given me opportunities to collaborate with numerous labs and institutions allowing me to master a wide variety of scientific techniques. The majority of my fieldwork is conducted at a remote site in British Columbia but I have also visited multiple locations in North America and Europe to present my scientific findings.

Windsor Ting

I have completed a BSc and MSc at the University of Toronto, where he investigated rapid eye movements as a potential assessment tool for patients with head injury. I am currently a PhD Candidate in neurobiology at the CERVO Research Centre in Québec City, affiliated with Université Laval. My current research interests involve understanding principles of neural plasticity and applying it to a model of neurological insult in animals, to aid in functional recovery. I joined the FSST as an online co-op mentor in 2017 and have been involved thereafter in activities with the FSST journal as a member of the Graduate Peer-Reviewers Team.