Ecem Sungur

Research & Design Assistant, University of Toronto
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Vedika Jha

Student, University of Toronto

Hello!! My name is Vedika Jha (Vay-dih-ka), my pronouns are she/her, and I am going into 2nd year at University of Toronto! My research is focused on the genetic factors contributing to cerebral palsy, a common disorder. However I am more broadly interested in Molecular Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, and Climate Change! Please feel free to hit me up if you have any questions or just to talk :)

Peter Ma

Research Assistant, University of Toronto | UC Berkeley

Hey there! 👋 I'm a first-year student at the University of Toronto who's into machine learning, astronomy, and research. Currently, I'm an intern researcher at the UC Berkeley SETI Research Center to build a high-performance detection algorithm to search the nearest 1 million stars for signs of life beyond Earth using the VLA telescope and the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa. When I'm not looking for aliens I love rock climbing, painting, and enjoying the outdoors!

Fatima Formuli

Student Researcher, University of Toronto

Hi! I'm an undergraduate scholar from the University of Toronto and am interested in inclusion and mental health. With my research project, I hope to explore how we improve mental health support and treatments to make them more accessible and inclusive of Canadian Muslims. Beyond my research interests, I enjoy connecting with people and learning from people's diverse backgrounds and unique experiences. I'm a keen listener and love learning new things!

Jenny Liu

Undergraduate Researcher, University of Toronto

I'm an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto double majoring in Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Immunology as well as minoring in Creative Expression & Society. With a background in molecular genetics wet laboratory research and creative writing, I value cultivating an interdisciplinary perspective to more uniquely engage in the field and better foster impactful connection. 

Aly Muhammad Sayani

Full-time student, University of Toronto

Hello there! My name is Aly, and I am a British undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, currently doing an International Affairs Specialist, with a Minor in Sustainability.

My research project is → Linking Political orientation and Environmentalism: An analysis of changing environmental attitudes and subsequent party support in Canada. In my project, I aim to analyze the changing link between environmental attitudes and party support/political orientation in Canada, using Canadian Election Studies data from 2015 and 2019, and comparing my results with results from a previous study which carried out similar analysis on data from the 2004 and 2006 elections. I also hope to inform my analysis with a discussion of provincial differences in these links, hoping to shine a light on possible avenues towards improving engagement with voters for provincial elections which may help Canada in its terrible track record on improving its environment. 

Ashley Mutasa

Student, University of Toronto

I am an aspiring physician-scientist at the University of Toronto. I am interested in using big data to solve some of the intractable problems I see in health care delivery in developing countries. I hope to combine my love for people, numbers, and scientific research to affect change in my native, Zimbabwe. As a researcher, I have conducted research for the University of Toronto's various administrative departments, Brandon University, and the Martin Pain Lab. I have also undertaken numerous independent research projects that were made possible through the generosity of the University of Toronto and the Laidlaw Foundation. Many of my research interests are multidisciplinary; economics, social science and STEM. While I have a keen interest in laboratory research, I am also interested in research that takes a person focused approach.

Nathan Ching

Student, University of Toronto, St. George Campus

Hi! 🧐 My name is Nathan, and I am a coming Junior at the University of Toronto (St. George Campus) majoring in Criminology, Public Policy, with a minor in Political Science. My research project focuses on Criminal Law and Domestic Abuse cases, investigating the Criminal Justice System's role in breaking the cycle of violence that exists in domestic abuse cases. Outside of academics, I am a huge (and i mean humongous) fan of the arts! Film, photography, music, anything that expresses creativity is automatically a key to my heart. Drop a message and I'd be more than happy to connect with you! ⚡️

Asha Mior

Student Researcher, University of Toronto

Hi there! My name is Asha, and I am a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, studying global health, political science, and psychology.  My Laidlaw research project is focused on determinants of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among minority populations in Canada, and potential approaches to vaccine outreach and education.  I'm always eager to chat about topics in global health, particularly those related to public health policy, planetary health, and social epidemiology! 

Salma Ragheb

Undergraduate Researcher, University of Toronto

I'm an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto double majoring in Immunology and Visual Arts.

As for my job, I am currently a research student and lab assistant at the SickKids Research Institute (Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning) in the David Kaplan Freda Miller Cancer & Stem Cell Lab in the Department of Neurosciences & Mental Health. I also sell prints of my art upon request. 

For my Laidlaw research project, I joined the Iscove lab in the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre to characterize the cell surface antigens on leukemic stem cells in a HOXB4-transgene-dependent leukemia model maintained in mice. 

In the future, I am interested in working on research projects that combine neurobiology and immunology.

Angel Bella

Student, University of Toronto

Hello hello! I'm Angel and I'm going into my third year at the University of Toronto. I grew up right next to the city and absolutely adore it. I enjoy everything from art to music to Mother Earth. Hit me up if you like Basquiat, Frank Ocean and/or want to save our oceans!

Priyansh Parakh

Student , University of Toronto

Keah Sharma

Undergraduate Researcher, University of Toronto

Hi, I'm Keah (she/her)! I'm currently a student at the University of Toronto where I study political science, contemporary Asian studies, and literature and critical theory. 

My research revolves around women in South Asian diasporic literature and poetry and how, through their analyses, one can deconstruct damaging meritocratic-centric ideas in Canada and contribute to a more sensitive and understanding public discourse regarding immigrant women. 

Samraggi Hazra

Undergraduate Scholar, University of Toronto

Hi! My name is Samraggi Hazra, and I am a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto. I am pursuing a double major in International Relations and Ethics, Society, and Law, as well as a minor in Political Science. 

Shysta Sehgal

Research Assistant, University of Toronto

I am a rising second year student at the University of Toronto, doing a specialist in Computer Science and a major in Cognitive Science.

I am very passionate about equitable education, and I look forward to using code to address this area in the longer run.

I am also the founder of a startup, Sui Generis Education, which aims to provide mentorship to high school students from marginalised communities to apply to universities. You can always connect with me if you know of someone who'd need that help.

Lastly, my research project focuses on the enabling and constraining factors for women in tertiary STEM education. I am hoping that my research could help in developing policies that encourage more women to pursue STEM in university.

Pearls Eddo

Law LLB, University of Leeds

Hi, my name is Pearls (She/Her); I am a second-year Law LLB student at Leeds.


My first-year research measured the impact of gamifying learning on improving the attainment score and content retention levels of ethnic minority and socio-economically disadvantaged students at Multi-Academy Trusts. 

I co-founded the Leeds University branch of the 93% Club and acted as its Schools Outreach Officer for nearly two years. In recent years I have volunteered at my local Citizens Advice. I will be tutoring primary level English as part of the Laidlaw Foundation’s tutoring initiative with The Tutor Association.

This June, I will be embarking on a year-long placement as a Contract Management Intern at The Walt Disney Company.

Yusra Shafi

Research Assistant at WISH Lab, The University of Toronto, St. George

Hello! My name is Yusra, and I am a third-year Psychology student at the University of Toronto, St. George. I am passionate about mental health, especially in the disciplines of Education and Organisational Behaviour.

Schools and Universities do not only provide an academic education - they also serve as a premise for self-development and the formation of interpersonal connections. My research utilizes the concepts of Self-determination theory, and focuses on analyzing the biggest barriers to a 'positive' university experience, possible solutions that can be enacted, and how all these factors can influence student mental health.