Contributors — 2021 Spring/Summer

Beatrix Wang is a 2nd year MSc student trying to better understand the workings of postnatal neural stem cells under the supervision of Dr. Freda Miller. In her spare time, she’s passionate about reading, writing, and learning martial arts.

Dorsa Rafiei is an MSc student under the supervision of Dr. Nathan Kolla at CAMH. Her research investigates the endocannabinoid system in major depression using PET imaging. Outside of the lab, she enjoys tweeting about science (@dorsa_rafiei) and making pottery (IG: @cherubshop).

Nayaab Punjani is a first year MSc student at IMS working with Dr. Michael G. Fehlings. Her research is examining a preclinical drug treatment that aims to provide a multifaceted approach targeting neural regeneration and inflammation following cervical spinal cord injury, in order to ameliorate patient quality of life.

Sajeevan Sujanthan is currently an MSc student at IMS investigating cognitive changes following acute stroke interventions in ischemic stroke survivors, under the supervision of Dr. Richard Swartz at Sunnybrook. In his free time, he enjoys working out, drinking a lot of coffee, and hanging out with his friends and family.

Serena Peck is a IMS MSc student studying under the supervision of Dr. Paaladinesh Thavendiranathan. Her research looks at physical activity levels during cancer treatment and post-treatment cardiac function, cardiorespiratory fitness, and quality of life in women with breast cancer. Serena loves being in nature and tending to her plants!

Sonja (Kasapinovic) Elsaid is a third-year Ph.D. student investigating brain function and cannabis use in individuals with social anxiety.  Prior to going back to school, Sonja was clinical research and medical communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience.

Stacey Butler is a 3rd year PhD student at IMS, specializing in respiratory medicine and epidemiology, under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Gershon. Outside of academia, Stacey enjoys creative activities, board games and cooking hearty vegetarian meals. Twitter: @StaceyBeePhD

Stephanie Tran is a 3rd year PhD student at the IMS with Dr. Robert Chen. She specializes in non-invasive brain stimulation and Parkinson’s disease research. Outside the lab, she enjoys cooking and hiking.