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 (outgoing)

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: @JasonLoHogTian

Co-Editor in Chief (incoming)

Stacey Butler is a PhD student at IMS, working in the respiratory medicine field. Under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Gershon, she is evaluating the quality of care for patients with respiratory disease using a population-based approach.

Twitter: @StaceyJButler

Executive Editor, Features

Kyla Trkulja is a MSc student at IMS studying under the supervision of Dr. Armand Keating, Dr. John Kuruvilla, and Dr. Rob Laister at Princess Margaret Hospital. Her work focuses on better understanding the mechanism of action of a novel cancer therapy for lymphoma so it can be better utilized in the clinic. Outside of academia, Kyla enjoys reading, writing, video games, and going for walks in nature.

Twitter: @kylatrkulja_

Executive Editor, General

Iciar Iturmendi Sabater is a PhD student working with Dr. Meng-Chuan Lai and Dr. Hsiang-Yuan Lin at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health. She researches social abilities and adaptation across neurodevelopmental conditions (autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, etc). Iciar likes writing, exploring new places and meeting new people.

Twitter: @iciar_itur

Executive Editor, Director of Distribution & Social Media Lead

Elizabeth Karvasarski is a PhD 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 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 (outgoing)

Abeeshan Selvabaskaran

Sherry An

Design Team (incoming)

Vanessa Nguyen


Emily Tjan


Livia Nguyen

Stephen Nachtsheim