toronto chapter

Meet our Mentors

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Taneea S Agrawaal

PhD Candidate
Department of Computer Science

University of Toronto

I (she/her) am currently a PhD student at UofT studying how to leverage technology for Climate Science, with a special focus on underrepresented groups. My research closely deals with social justice and feminist methodologies. I have worked in the industry and academia, mentoring various students and leading diversity initiatives in India, but am excited to connect with women in STEM in Toronto. Reach out to me for anything related to career opportunities, EDI in the workplace or just to have a general chat!

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Krista Antonio

MSc Candidate
Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

University of Toronto

My research involves exploring gene editing technologies that target mutations responsible for diseases, specifically in cystic fibrosis. I have been mentoring students for four years now, and I have always found it to be a very fulfilling and rewarding role. Outside of the lab, I love to take film photography, play ultimate frisbee and try new coffee shops.

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Loryn Arnett

Recent PhD Graduate
Department of Chemistry

University of Toronto

 My research studied the coating of tiny particles (nanoparticles) with lipids (fat molecules), and
their subsequent ability to target and label disease markers, such as cancer. This use of lipids is similar
technology to that used in the COVID-19 vaccines! The goal of my research is to enhance disease
diagnosis capabilities. Outside of the laboratory, I play and watch soccer with friends, cook delicious
meals (if I do say so myself), and try to pet a dog at least once a day.

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Sejal Bhalla

PhD Candidate
Computational Health and Interactions Lab

University of Toronto

I'm a Ph.D. student in Computer Science, and I work with data collected from a range of smart devices to build solutions for healthcare applications. Having felt like an outsider in tech for a long time, I want to share my experiences and learnings on how to succeed as a computer science researcher — and have fun on the way!

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Julia Andersen

PhD Candidate
Department of Earth Sciences

University of Toronto

I enjoy teaching and mentoring young students and hope to become a professor in the future! I also have a passion for the outdoors and always encourage more women to get outside. 

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Bilen Araya

PhD Candidate
Department of Rehabilitation Science

Queen's University

I am a midwife researcher and teacher currently working on the burden and experience of Infertility among women. I am passionate about working on maternal, sexual and reproductive health in low-resource settings. When I am not working, I love to spend time with my daughter and family, watch a movie and walk outside.  

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Alicia Battaglia

PhD Candidate, 

Department of Chemistry

University of Toronto

My research is on developing polymers for energy storage applications (simply put, I make batteries!). I also love mentoring and helping students connect what happens in the chemistry lab to real life. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, baking, and painting. 

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Alvine Boaye Belle

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
York University

I hold a PhD in software engineering. I am passionate about science, research and poetry. I speak both French and English.