Meet our Team

Being a member of the IMS Magazine team means getting the opportunity to learn more about science both within and outside of your field. It encourages you to expand your thinking and bridge the gap between basic and clinical, theoretical and applied, science and society. At IMS Magazine, you will learn the importance of storytelling – how to communicate complex ideas and convey key messages to your target audience, whether they are academics, policy makers, or the public.

Meet our team below!


Co-Editor in Chief

Mikaeel Valli is currently completing his PhD at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Medical Science with a specialization in neuroscience. He is working with Dr. Antonio Strafella and his lab using neuroimaging techniques to ultimately better understand the underlying pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease.

Co-Editor in Chief

Jason Lo Hog Tian is a PhD student at IMS investigating how stigma impacts the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV under the supervision of Dr. Sean Rourke. He is committed to developing his scientific communication skills and increasing science knowledge through writing for the magazine. Twitter: @JasonLoTweets

Executive Editor, Features

Stacey Butler is a 2nd year PhD student at IMS, working in the respiratory medicine field. In this issue, Stacey writes about how her supervisor, Dr. Andrea Gershon, applied her Respirology background to study COVID-19. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys reading books, creating art, and playing music.

Executive Editor, Director of Distribution

Elizabeth Karvasarski is a 1st year MSc IMS student studying pulmonary hypertension at Mount Sinai Catheterization Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Susanna Mak. Her research involves exploring whether the temporality of pulmonary vascular loading differ with exercise in pre-capillary vs. post-capillary pulmonary hypertension. Outside of research, Elizabeth practices martial arts and is a 4th degree black belt.

Executive Editor, Director of Photography

Dorsa Derakhshan is a MSc candidate at IMS investigating cognitive effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in treatment resistant depression under the supervision of Dr. Peter Giacobbe. She enjoys photography, painting and working on creative projects in her leisure time.

Social Media Team

Sandy Che-Eun Lee is a 5th year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Marianne Koritzinsky at the Princess Margaret Cancer Research Center. Her research focuses on characterizing a novel oxygen sensitive enzyme in the hypoxic tumour microenvironment. Outside of the lab, Sandy enjoys running and exploring new activities like rock climbing! 

Twitter: @sandyserena___

Design Team

Amy Zhang


Abeeshan Selvabaskaran

Sherry An