Field of Study: Neurodegenerative Disease Research
Responsibilities: I oversee all responsibilities of CLAMPS VP Executives and act as a liason between the department staff and CLAMPS.
About me: I am a fifth year PhD student in Dr. Gabor Kovacs’ lab at the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases (CRND). My research focuses on elucidating the role of iron in early pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders. As much as I love research, I believe there are so much more than just science that constitutes successful research and graduate studies. Being part of CLAMPS has been a perfect opportunity to provide those aspects to fellow students and I am very excited to lead the team this year. Apart from science, my biggest interests lie in fashion, dancing, and watching crime documentaries on Netflix.
Field of Study: Vascular Biology
Responsibilities: As co-president, I work with Seojin Lee to oversee all responsibilities of CLAMPS VP executives and act as a liaison between the department staff and CLAMPS.
About me: I am a third year PhD student in Dr. Jason Fish’s lab at PMCRT. My research focuses on investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying KRAS-driven brain arteriovenous malformations (bAVM). Outside of the lab, I love reading, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
Field of Study: Cardiovascular Diseases
Responsibilities: I prepare budgets at the beginning of both the fall and spring terms, to be approved by the CLAMPS council. Furthermore, I write a budget pertaining to the expenses and funds for running the LMP Research Conference (LMPRC).
About me: I am a 2nd year PhD candidate from Dr. Jason Fish’s lab studying cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Sarcastically, I love desserts.
Field of Study: Neuroscience
Responsibilities: Host fun events to bring students together and foster a sense of community!
About me: Hi, my name is Alex! I am a 3rd year PhD candidate in the Schuurmans Lab at Sunnybrook Research Institute studying neocortical neurogenesis and regeneration after injury. I am excited to be your VP Social for the second year in a row and can’t wait to meet you all at social events!
VP Recreation and Wellness
Field of Study: Otolaryngology, Neuroscience, Regenerative Medicine
Responsibilities: I am responsible for planning and organizing athletic, recreation, and wellness events. This includes volleyball intramaurals, board game nights, book clubs and so much more!
About me: I am 3rd Msc Student transitioning into a PhD. I have a passion for academia and learning but I also enjoy reading, spending time with friends and playing volleyball.
Field of Study: Cardiovascular Diseases
Responsibilities: I manage the CLAMPS email account as well as the Instagram and Twitter accounts to ensure all LMP graduate students are up to date with the latest LMP news and events! Keep an eye out for our Weekly Digest in your emails for all events and initiatives we are running!
About me: I am a second year MSc candidate studying atherosclerosis and vascular calcification in Michelle Bendeck’s lab. I earned my HBSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics at McMaster University. When not in the lab, swim, dance, and eat sushi. I look forward to meeting and communicating with all of you throughout this year!
Field of Study: Cardiotoxicity
Responsibilities: As VP of Academics, our role is to provide opportunities for students to learn, network and showcase their work! We are responsible for organizing all academic programming, including workshops, the Product Show and the LMP Research Conference. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us about how we can support you!
About me: I’m a 2nd year PhD candidate investigating the role of the endothelium in mediating cardiotoxicity. I love exploring food and the world, escaping rooms, solving crosswords, and running.
Field of Study: Oncology
Responsibilities: As VP of Academics, our role is to support students in developing their academic/professional networks, and providing opportunities for them to both learn and present their work. We have the pleasure of organizing various workshops, seminars, and the LMP Research Conference/Product show!
About me: I am a 4th year PhD candidate investigating pediatric diffuse midline gliomas at SickKids! In my brief moments away from the lab, you’ll find me in the backcountry of Algonquin Park, typically trying to get myself lost!
Field of Study: Neurodegenerative disease
Responsibilities: Maintain outreach with organizations external to the department (student organizations, companies, charities, schools, etc.)
About me: Hello! My name’s Lauren and I am currently in the second year of my Masters. I’m a member of the Robertson Lab where we study a neurodegenerative disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Outside of school, I love going to cafés and play both indoor and beach volleyball. I’m excited to be the VP External for CLAMPS this year!
Head Location Director
Field of Study: Regeneration in the Retina
Responsibilities: Serve as a liaison between the CLAMPS VP Team and Location Directors
About me: I am an easygoing and enthusiastic person who always tries to come up with new ideas and try new things, so as a Head Location Director, I am eager to implement new ideas to promote better communication and collaboration between LMP students. Besides my research and CLAMPS, I enjoy photography and exploring new cuisines in town.
TRP-CLAMPS Student Representative
Field of Study: MHSc in Translational Research
Responsibilities: Coordinate activities with both CLAMPS and TRP.
About me: I’m Shayna, a second year student in the Translational Research Program. I look forward to helping to facilitate community and collaborations with LMP and TRP this upcoming year!
MHSc-CLAMPS Student Representative
Field of Study: MHSc in Clinical Embryology
Responsibilities: I represent the MHSc students, connecting them with the rest of the LMP department by hosting events throughout the year and helping to organize the annual conference.
About me: I am a second-year student in the MHSc program specializing in clinical embryology. My favourite part of the program is the laboratory experiences I gain in the lab courses. Outside of the program, I enjoy biking around downtown and watching TV shows.