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 is currently a PhD candidate at Institute of Medical Science at University of Toronto, Canada. His research focuses on developing novel neuroimmunological therapies to facilitate regeneration after spinal cord injury. Prior to this, he obtained a BSc (Hons) with double majors in Biochemistry and Neuroscience at University of Toronto and has completed summer research positions in environmental chemistry, biochemistry and immunology laboratories. Outside of academics, Jonathon is involved in science outreach and student governance as an editor for his 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 his free time, Jonathon loves to go to the gym daily, cook and try new food and play/ watch basketball, soccer and ice hockey. After his PhD, he aspires to enter into medical school and become a clinician-scientist. Alternatively, he hopes to enter into industry and work in regulatory affairs. Regardless, Jonathon hopes to make contributions on bench-to-bedside translational science from perspective of neuroimmunology and regenerative medicine.   

Mariko Witalis is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Montreal, in the Department of Molecular Biology. She also holds a M.Sc from the same program.  Prior to this, Mariko completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University with a major in physiology and a minor in the social studies of medicine. Her scientific interests are primarily focused 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, she also has research interests in aspects of immune regulation controlling the gut.  In the future, she would like to pursue a career that is more clinical and translational in nature.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading both scientific and non-scientific literature. She also likes to try out new recipes, especially anything with nutella and/or chocolate! To help relax and de-stress, Mariko also enjoys exercising, mainly through yoga and meditation, but in the summer, taking jogs around nearby parks to take in the beautiful nature.

Shawna Semple is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo in the department of biology. Her research focuses on the immune function of industry-relevant salmonid species in response to common aquatic pathogens. This area of research has given her the opportunity to collaborate with numerous labs and institutions allowing her to master a wide variety of scientific techniques. The majority of Shawna’s fieldwork is conducted at a remote site in British Columbia but she has also visited multiple locations in North America and Europe to present her scientific findings.

Siddharth Nath is presently an MD/PhD student at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Prior to this, He completed a BSc (Hons) in biochemistry, also from McMaster University. Siddharth’s research is primarily focused on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying genetic neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington’s disease and the hereditary ataxias. He also has a special interest in systematic reviews and meta-analyses aimed at improving practice in the clinical neurosciences. His work is funded through a Canadian Institutes of Health Research MD/PhD Studentship.

Windsor Ting completed my BSc and MSc at the University of Toronto, where he investigated rapid eye movements as a potential assessment tool for patients with head injury. He is currently a PhD Candidate in neurobiology at the CERVO Research Centre in Québec City, affiliated with Université Laval. Windsor’s 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. He 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.