• Graduate Student Ambassadors

    Graduate Student Ambassadors

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Faculty of Science's Fall Term Update on courses, labs, tutorials, exams, research and fieldwork

Graduate Student Ambassadors

If you would like to reach out to an Ambassador of a program you're interested in, the best way to do so is via e-mail. Please put “Question to Ambassador” in the subject line to ensure that your message doesn’t get lost. Please also note that all ambassadors are volunteers as well as current graduate students with busy schedules, so allow 48 hours for their responses.


Connect with an Ambassador:

Avesta Ahmadi

Avesta Ahmadi

Hey there! I am a 2nd year Master of Science student in the school of Computational Science & Engineering at McMaster. I have recently joined the research group of Prof. Protas in the Mathematics department and my research is involved with mathematical modeling on Li-ion batteries. My research brings together my engineering and science background and skills together with computational methods applied on Li-ion batteries for finding new ways of predicting the structure of its cathodes. When I'm not in my office, I'm enjoying my time in the recreation centre for a daily work out or playing tennis with my friends.

Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews

I am a 1st year PhD student in Biology. My research investigates the impact of obesity on the heart using Drosophila melanogaster, or the fruit fly, as a model. It’s a bit whacky but the fruit fly is a great organism for lots of different experiments, including ones looking at the heart! I am particularly interested in the changes to the protein matrix around the heart and how they impair its contractility. I use a variety of tests to assess heart function, and have been able to collaborate with researchers in engineering both at McMaster and the University of Toronto.

Alanna Bodo

Alanna Bodo

As an Oakville, Ontario native, I always wanted to live out west. I received my BSc in 2014 from the University of British Columbia. In 2016 I completed my MES at Western University and worked in both government and private industries afterward. Realizing my goal for teaching in higher education, I decided to pursue my PhD at McMaster where I joined the Climatology and Hydrometeorology lab in the School of Geography and Earth Science. My research involves studying the exchange of water between forests and the atmosphere and how this might be impacted due to climate change.

Erica Dao

Erica Dao

I am a 3rd Year PhD Student studying Medical Physics in the Radiation Sciences program. My PhD project involves characterizing and classifying breast tissue using x-ray and optical techniques to develop a clinically available breast cancer detection device. When not in the lab, I enjoy cooking, baking, and working out to burn the calories from my cooking and baking.

Monica De Paoli

Monica De Paoli

I am a PhD student in the Chemical Biology program under the supervision of Dr Geoff Werstuck. My project focuses on diabetes and specifically finding out how female hormones, estrogens, can protect women from developing this disease.

Lisa Dyce

Lisa Dyce

I am a 4th year PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Program working under the supervision of Dr. Khrista Boylan. My research examines the utility of using resting brain activity (electroencephalography/EEG) and neuropsychiatric measures to characterize and differentiate mood and behavioural disorders in youth. During my time at McMaster, I have become actively involved with and passionate about science outreach and engagement activities such as the Out of Our MiNDS Neuroscience Education Program and McMaster's Women in Science & Engineering Initiative. Outside of academia, I can be found skiing, playing board games, and exploring trails with my two dogs!

Sian Ford

Sian Ford

Hey there! I’m a PhD student in Earth Sciences and Astrobiology. My research involves using an interdisciplinary approach to help answer fundamental questions regarding the search for life in space, and the origin of life here on Earth. By detecting and characterizing microorganisms living at the very limits of terrestrial life as we know it, we can better understand where and how organisms might live on other planets such as Mars, or moons such as Titan. Additionally, I am involved in analyzing meteorites for biologically-relevant molecules and determining how this may have contributed to the abiogenic origin of life on Earth some 4 billion years ago. In my spare time I enjoy bird watching, table-top RPGs, video games, and painting.

Novan Gray

Novan Gray

I am a Jamaican-Canadian hailing from Mississauga, Ontario. I came to McMaster as an undergraduate and completed my Bachelors degree in Chemistry. Having decided to remain in the department, I am currently doing my Master’s in the lab of Dr. David Emslie. My research in organometallic / coordination chemistry focuses on the synthesis and study of new actinide (uranium and thorium) complexes and their bonding with soft-donor ligands to further decipher covalent metal-ligand relationships in the f-block. By advancing our understanding of these relatively unstudied interactions, we can exploit their chemistry for the separation and reprocessing of nuclear waste products.

George Long

George Long

Hi there! I’m a 2nd year Master's student in biology with a focus on bioinformatics. My current goal is to detect potential blood stream infections – like sepsis – using a metagenomics approach. This interdisciplinary project is great as it allows for practical applications of statistical models using DNA. Bioinformatics itself as a field is constantly growing and discovering new mathematical methods to tackle questions in an efficient manner. Its possible applications vary from estimating evolutionary models, reconstructing ancient genomes, and identifying microbial communities. As such, every day in this field is new and exciting!

Arash Moradi Rad

Arash Moradi Rad

Hey there! I am a 2nd year Master's student in the Computational Science & Engineering program. I have a passion for multidisciplinary studies and it is demonstrated in my background which consists of two bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and English Literature. I am also highly interested and knowledgeable in economics. Realizing my passion for data science and programming, I decided to pursue my master’s studies at McMaster. My research is in the field of data-driven optimization. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, learning new languages and trying to understand how the world works!

Lauren Smail

Lauren Smail

My doctoral research in the Performance Science Lab and the Neurotechnology and Neuroplasticity Lab investigates how we can improve prosthetic limbs for their users. Taking a user-centered approach, I am investigating whether spatialized auditory-proprioceptive sensory substitution technology can help improve prosthetic limb functionality for users.

Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

I am a PhD student in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University, with a prior MSc degree from Queen's University. I previously studied the impact of acute hyperglycemia on vascular function in healthy men and women, across the menstrual cycle. My present PhD research focuses on the short- and long-term impact of hormonal contraceptives on cardiovascular and metabolic indicators in women.

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