Toronto Chapter

Meet our Mentors

Check out their profiles to learn more about our some of our mentors in the Toronto area.

Dr. Amanda Ottilia Veri

She is passionate about making science accessible, engaging and inclusive of all groups. She is proud to be one of the 150 women featured in the 2017 groundbreaking CBC HERstory in Black project celebrating 150 Black women who have made a place in Canadian history. 

 

Locations: Downtown Toronto 

Director of SciXchange & Assistant Professor - Ryerson 

DR. EMILY AGARD
DANIELA ANGULO

Bio: I am passionate about swimming and bike riding. I also enjoy cooking and playing the guitar.

 

 

Locations: Downtown Toronto

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Department of Physics

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Department of Physics

DR. TAHANI BAAKDHAH

Bio: Wife & mother who recently published first science art crochet book intended to educate the public about retinal stem cell and the retina using crocheted models;  shares some tips and advises through social media

 

Locations: Downtown Toronto

PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto

 

Department of Molecular Genetics

KAYLA BAZZANA

Bio: Studying the evolution of the brain in the long-extinct ancestors of modern mammals and reptiles. My favourite pastime is tied between dancing & singing. Fun fact: I've actually performed in 4 operas in my hometown (Kelowna, BC)! Also love visual arts, poetry, knitting/crocheting, cooking, & being outdoors. 

 

Locations: Mississauga/Oakville/Brampton/Etobicoke

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

SAMANTHA CHEUNG

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry

Bio: I am an amateur food blogger, environmentalist, ultimate frisbee player, mental health advocate, student leader, and aspiring algae scientist. 

Locations: Downtown Toronto

Bio: Jalina is now pursuing a Master of Teaching degree to become a high school science teacher. Besides talking about science, Jalina also enjoys curling up with a good book and a nice cup of
coffee. 

 

 

Locations: Etobicoke to downtown Toronto

Science Educator and MT Student

JALINA BIELASKA DA SILVA
EMILY DEIBERT

Bio: Outside of work, I enjoy reading, writing, biking, and spending time with my cat!

 

 

Locations: Downtown Toronto

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics

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DIETA JONES-BAUMGARDT

Research Analyst, Healthcare and Life Sciences Consulting

Bio: Cooking, being outside - going for hikes, hanging out at the park, running

Locations: west side, midtown and city center - accessible by
TTC

Bio: When I'm not thinking about other planets, I am outside enjoying our own! I love being outdoors, traveling and camping.

Locations: Downtown Toronto

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

TAYLOR KUTRA

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Bio: Competitive women's ultimate frisbee and traveling to new places!

 

 

Locations: Downtown Toronto

PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto

 

Department of Molecular Genetics

ALYSA OBERTAS

Bio:  I do theoretical work studying the long-term evolution of planetary systems to learn how observed systems have been dynamically sculpted to their present-day architectures. Outside of my research work, my biggest passion is ballet

 

Locations: Downtown Toronto

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Astronomy and Astrophysics

MEHAK SAJJAD

Bio: I have worked as a global ambassador for university of Waterloo for 2 and half years. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music and playing boardgames. I am also I am extensively active with Ontario Network of Women in Engineering. 

 

Locations: Mississauga/Oakville

Design and Planning 

Oakville Hydro

SAHAR SAJJAD

Bio: I love making illustrations. I started off with watercolor and pencil sketches, but lately I am doing more of digital sketches and illustrations. My favourite ones are creating cartoons of family and friends

 

 

Locations: Mississauga

Civil Engineering Graduate, University of Waterloo

JILL SANDERSON

Bio: Whether it’s longboarding, swimming, or spending time in the park, I love being outside! On my lunch breaks you can usually catch me perusing record shops or grabbing a bite to eat in Chinatown.

 

 

Locations: Downtown Toronto

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

MOHAMED SHAABAN

Bio: I empirically research the nature of the mysterious dark matter and dark energy using data on the large scale structure of the universe. I also specialize in building telescope carrying space crafts that fly via extremely large helium balloons

 

Locations: Downtown Toronto/North York

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Department of Physics

Bio: I enjoy archery, boardgames, reading and painting. I also like dragons.

Locations: Downtown Toronto

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

AYUSHI SINGH
SHUYAO TAN

Bio:  My research focus is in the combined field of Chemical Engineering and Artificial Intelligence. Outside of school, I enjoy practicing archery, playing video games, reading comics and novels

 

Locations: Downtown Toronto

MSC Candidate, University of Toronto

Applied Science

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Bio:  In her graduate research on addictions, Karen is primarily interested in examining co-morbid disorders, specifically behavioral addictions and mental health correlates. In her spare time, Karen enjoys painting, volunteering, and traveling

 

Locations: Halifax, Canada

PhD Candidate, Dalhousie University

Clinical Psychology

KAREN TANG

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DR. AMANDA VERI
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Bio: Outside of science, I love cooking, baking, reading and doing crafts (sometimes even science crafts!)

 

Locations: Maple, Woodbridge or Richmond Hill area

Research Associate at the University of Toronto

 

Department of Molecular Genetics

VICKI ZHANG

Bio: Favourite pastimes include (in no particular order): reading, drinking tea, table tennis, dragon boat, lifting heavy things and running (but will never run away from any issues my mentees have!) 

 

 

Locations: Mississauga; can commute to Toronto, Brampton, Etobicoke

Master of Science, University of Toronto