Peter Ma

Research Assistant, University of Toronto | UC Berkeley
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Ecem Sungur

Research & Design Assistant, University of Toronto

Hi, my name is Ecem and Iโ€™m a current architecture student, research assistant, and web/graphic designer!

Internalizing the current issues of cities including crisis management and housing problem, I work on multiple volunteer, mentorship, and leadership projects. My research for the Laidlaw Program revolves around how architecture can be designed as a crisis management tool and its applications in the past, present, and future.

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.

Isabel Kestler

2021 Scholar, University of St. Andrews

I am an undergraduate student at the University of St. Andrews, studying Philosophy and Mathematics. I am interested mainly in Logic and the Philosophy of Science and my research project will focus on the Philosophy of Space Exploration and Exoplanet Science.

Holly Ullyott

Research Scholar/Student, University of Leeds

Aspiring astrophysicist, intrepid traveller, loosely lingual

High in the sky with ambitions in conducting inspired research to help uncover cosmic mysteries, and launch something (me) to space. Will also travel the globe at a moment's notice.

Nicole Wolff

Student, Columbia University

Hi! Iโ€™m Nicole and Iโ€™m a first-year undergraduate at Columbia University planning to study astrophysics. This summer, Iโ€™m living in New York City and conducting remote astronomy research. My project is searching for gravitational wave counterparts, particularly binary-black hole mergers, by looking for signature halos of scattered X-ray light. Aside from research, I love rock climbing, playing tennis and piano, and exploring the city! 

Robb Calder

Student, University of St Andrews

I am a third year undergraduate studying astrophysics at the University of St Andrews. My research interest is in exoplanetary science, specifically cloud formation in exoplanetary atmospheres and how this process influences the abundance of bio-tracers in atmospheres.

I enjoy running in St Andrews and at home. I am an active contributor to Strava, and train regularly for running events. I also frequently use the university gym and follow regular fitness routines to complement my running.

My passions also extend to music: I play and conduct in the university wind orchestra and I have also played with several brass bands in the local community. Additionally, I am the events manager for the university music society, and I am working on new and exciting ways to organise online socials for the society. 

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!

Nathan Ching

Student, University of Toronto, St. George Campus

Hi! ๐Ÿง 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! โšก๏ธ

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! 

Dalal Mahir

Research Assisstant , University of Toronto- H.E.A.L Lab

Hello! My name is Dalal Mahir, I am a third year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, pursing a major in Psychology with a double minor in Biology and Anthropology. My research interests primarily revolve in the field of social psychology, more specifically concerning the topics of: empathy, awe, compassion, and how it may potentially influence our physiology. 

Justice Tomlinson

Research Assistant, University of Toronto

Nhu Huynh

Research Assistant , Youth Justice Laboratory

Rachel Kim

Student, University of Toronto

Hi! My name is Rachel, and I am a second-year Computer Science and Math student at the University of Toronto. My research project involves computationally analyzing Universal Basic Income (UBI) discussions on Reddit, combining my interests in computer science and public policy.

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. 

Ahmed Moselhi

Researcher, University of Toronto

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.

Nikol Chen (she/her)

Design and Development Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! I have been with the Laidlaw Foundation for over 2 years, helping us strengthen the global Laidlaw community and expand our programmes to break the cycle of poverty, reduce inequality, and develop a new generation of leaders.

I am originally from Kazakhstan and I studied Human Sciences at UCL. I am a fan of all things human- and design-related, as well as an avid swimmer, obsessive podcast listener, documentary enthusiast, and film photography fan.

Drop me a line if you'd like to chat and let's connect on LinkedIn! ๐Ÿ’ฌ๐Ÿ‘€

Brandon Yu

Medicine & Health Subject Lead, University of Toronto

I'm a student at the University of Toronto interested in neurological and ocular health, immunological mechanisms and self-immunity, as well as innovations and leadership within health care. I look to empower the aspiring youth through limitless, accessible education, and foster positive change in our dynamic reality!
Maria Valenstain

Student Researcher, University of York

I am an undergraduate Laidlaw Scholar studying Philosophy and Politics at the University of York. I am very interested in the climate education. My project investigate collective responsibility regarding climate change in the primary years of school.

Cath Brislane

Subject Lead/ Undergraduate Scholar, University of York

I am a final-year undergraduate scholar pursuing a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Linguistics at the University of York. Besides being a scholar, I am the Arts and Humanities Subject Lead on the Scholar's Network and the 2020-22 Arts and Humanities faculty rep at the University of York! My first summer of research was based in phonetics, entitled 'The untapped potential of human language: Investigating the perception of typologically unattested and rare sounds'. In it, I get to look at phonemes that are not commonly found in speech, if at all!

My Leadership in Action project was based around the experiences of students with disabilities and long-term health conditions when accessing Higher Education in the UK. I'm currently creating teacher training based on the paper I wrote for this project, and working with UCAS to help inform UK university admissions policy.