International Student Editorial Board

The International Student Editorial Board (ISEB) is the only of its kind in the world. It unites student who dedicate their time and energy selecting and reviewing articles from all over the world. ISEB members' collective opinion is decisive for promotion of the manuscripts for professional scientist review and publication in the Journal of Student Science and Technology. ISEB represent the vanguard of the future cohort of scientists and researchers. They are the next generation of VPs of research, Deans of science departments, Principal Investigators, CEOs and others who will create and shape the science and technology of the future.

The ISEB is a dynamic and vibrant group that is open for new members. To join the ISEB please apply here or direct you questions to Editor-in-Chief Adelina Cozma or Ksenia Rybkina.

Student Editors

Aaron Pan is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, currently working towards his B.A.Sc in Engineering Science. With areas of interests ranging from international development, to entrepreneurship development, to scientific advancement, Aaron is engaged in tackling both local and global issues through a systems-based, analytical approach. Presently, he is working on an undergraduate thesis project focusing on Maximum Power Point Tracking(MPPT) techniques used on solar powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Aaron hopes to major in Engineering Energy Systems, pursuing a career in sustainable energy storage methods.

Lindsay Woo is a recent graduate from McMaster University where she received an honours BSc. in Biology with an Origins Research Specialization. She completed her senior thesis project in fitness allocation and dormancy models in the tardigrade species Hypsibius dujardini and has a great interest in astrobiology. While at McMaster she was an executive for the Origin Institute Undergraduate Society and worked as a teaching assistant.  She currently attends both Pennsylvania State University for applied statistics and the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences for clinical research. In addition to STEM, Lindsay loves learning about ancient history and spends most of her spare time listening to history podcasts. She also enjoys playing piano, volunteering at her local hospital, and is currently training to compete in her first relay triathlon.

Michael Liu is a rising undergraduate student at Harvard College, working towards his S.B. in Neurobiology and Global Health/Health Policy. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in clinical neurosurgery, research and academia.

With interests in regenerative biology and neuroscience, he is currently investigating methods of drug delivery to the brain via hydrogels at the Shoichet Lab for neuronal repair after stroke. Michael has also been involved in developing a prognostic model for severe traumatic brain injury patients at St. Michael’s Hospital. For his previous research in the microfluidic detection of biomolecules, Michael was named one of Toronto’s and Canada’s Top 20 Under 20.

Outside of research, Michael’s diverse interests has also allowed him to garner international and national recognition with DECA and Brain Bee. He serves as the editor-in-chief of the UTS newspaper, performs in orchestra, tutors extensively and plays competitive baseball.

As a personal mission to provide the resources and opportunities for universal student success, Michael was involved in organizing Science Expo’s flagship conferences and implementing the first RISE symposium with FSST to promote youth research.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys discovering new Indie Folk genres, experimenting with bubble tea combinations and spending way-too-much time on social media and Youtube.

Nensi Ruzgar is an undergraduate student in the Health Sciences program at McMaster University, specializing in Biomedical Sciences. She currently works at the McMaster Research Group for Stable Isotopologues and will soon join the Hope Lab in the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute, where she will study the role of Msi2 in microRNA biogenesis in hematopoietic stem cells. Interested in all aspects of STEM, Nensi also studied symmetries of splitting fields and their extension to Galois groups as a mentee at University of Toronto Department of Mathematics. Since then, she has continued her involvement with the department as an assistant outreach program leader. Also invested in the Let’s Talk Science programs, Nensi has learned how integral scientific literacy is to learning and discovery in youth and is excited to join the FSST student editorial board. Outside of the lab, Nensi leads the McMaster Chapter of Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, and is an executive member of Smiling Over Sickness and the McMaster Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences Society. In her spare time, Nensi enjoys making and teaching music, as well as learning to play new instruments.

Raymond Wang is a High School Youth Innovator from Vancouver, British Columbia. As one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20, Raymond is actively involved with science, technology, engineering, nonprofits and entrepreneurship. His work in the fields of Engineering Mechanics, Renewable Energy, Biomechanics, Resource Management, and Computer Science has garnered international recognition, earning him the top prize at the Intel International Science Fair, multiple Gold Medals at the Canada Wide Science Fair, and the honor of representing Canada as a Finalist for the Google Science Fair. His innovations have been featured with various media that include TED and IEEE Spectrum, among many others.

Enthusiastic about sharing his passions for STEM and Sustainability with the world, Raymond is also the founder of Sustainable Youth Canada, a youth led, federally registered non­profit dedicated to connecting High School and University students from various chapters across the nation with energy and environmental issues. In addition to his role as an Editor of the Canadian Young Scientist Journal, Raymond is involved with OWL Magazine’s Advisory Board, advocating the younger generation to apply STEM in tackling problems of the 21st century. In his spare time, Raymond enjoys exploring music as both a clarinetist and piano performer, playing with the National Youth Band and youth orchestras. He is also a keen producer of A/V productions, having created award-winning animations for film festivals and promotional materials for various businesses. Raymond aspires to fuse scientific innovation and business knowledge to do his part in bettering the world.

Rebecca Xu is a third year undergraduate student in her biomedical sciences undergraduate studies. Having received a one of a kind nationwide research scholarship prior to starting university, she was introduced to laboratory research immediately after graduating high school. She quickly found that her preliminary interests were reaffirmed as she delved further into neuroscience research. Specifically, she worked on neurodegenerative diseases in the area of spinal muscular atrophy with a focus on the compensatory mechanisms in phenotypically normal mice. Rebecca thoroughly enjoyed her two years in this lab.

She has, however, expanded on her involvement in research. She has received a number of other research scholarships and awards which have allowed her to explore the other end of neuroscience research with cognitive neuroscience, and she has also investigated the catalytic sites of proteins in biochemistry research. In addition to research, Rebecca is heavily involved and very passionate about teaching and she is also a strong advocate for science news awareness. For that reason, she is the current Deputy Editor-In-Cheif for her university's science journal and has also been invited to present both oral and poster presentations at a number of conferences. Furthermore, she has worked closely with the executive teams to organize various healthcare initiatives and symposiums.

Outside of research, Rebecca is an avid athlete, playing field hockey, volleyball, and soccer. She also loves to run, and she is a lifeguard and swim instructor. Music is an important part of Rebecca's life; having started to play the piano when she was very young, she furthers her musical passions through not only piano for which she earned her ARCT, but also the flute as well as the cello.

Renee Cosme is a recent graduate from McMaster University, and has received a B.Sc.H. in Life Sciences. During her undergraduate career, Renee has developed a passion for research in biotechnology, botany, and the environment. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in research, and would also like to be involved in the ongoing efforts for public outreach in the sciences. Renee is also a writer for Hemtecks, a student-run blog dedicated to informing the readers about current trends in scientific research, while providing career and school-related advice for science students. In her spare time, Renee enjoys travelling, gardening, and visual artistry.

Ria Oommen earned an Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) degree from McMaster University in 2015. She majored in Biology, with a minor in Biochemistry, and has participated in research projects in genetics, health technology and pedagogy. Ria's experiences as a Teaching Assistant have fostered her interest in education and scientific literacy; concurrently, her passion for healthcare has motivated her to pursue a career in the medical field. At McMaster, Ria was involved with the Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series, a unique knowledge translation initiative, and McMaster Biology Society, an academic club for Biology students. She is also an active volunteer with organizations in Mississauga, including PLASP Child Care Services. In the future, Ria hopes to combine her diverse interests by pursuing research in medical education and addressing the healthcare needs of her community.

Supriya Thukral is currently a student at McMaster University in her fourth year of Honours Biology and Psychology. Having a keen interest in the physical sciences, she is also pursuing a second degree in Honours Math and Physics. Throughout her undergraduate years, Supriya has developed an interest in neuroscience and hopes to continue in the field of computational neuroscience, studying memory and cognitive processes in particular.

Aside from her academic interests, Supriya leads The McMaster Association of Secular Humanists, a group focused on the discussion of politics, religion, and science from a rationalist’s perspective. Inspired by her international trips to Central America, she is currently involved in organizing an NPO with a focus on the importance of education and literacy world-wide. Supriya is bilingual in French and English.

Vinoja Sebanayagam is a Neuroscience Master’s student at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. She works at the Rotman Research Institute, at Baycrest hospital. Her research is focused on the development of early diagnostic measures of cognitive impairment seen in an early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, called Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). She uses interdisciplinary techniques and its outcomes are of interest to a broad class of disciplines that includes Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychology and Psychiatry. She is currently using the eye tracking technique to indirectly quantify memory in older adults who are at risk for MCI and is more specifically involved in developing novel analytical techniques that are more sensitive to detecting differences in indirect measures of memory. In her master’s project, she is developing a signal complexity measure called the multi-scale entropy (MSE) analysis for eye movement recordings to identify differences in these complex viewing patterns in relation to recognition memory.