Contributors

Phuong Nguyen

Phuong is a Science undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia. She is studying Immunology and Microbiology and is currently involved in breast cancer research. Outside of school, Phuong enjoys swimming, reading books, trying out new hobbies, and whispering encouraging words to her plants.

Mariana Alifa Kassien

Mariana is a PhD student in environmental engineering at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA. She is currently researching methods to better estimate the health impacts of air pollution. In her free time she enjoys painting, listening to podcasts, and a good cup of tea, especially if she's doing all three at the same time!

Suchitra Mitra

Suchitra is a fifth year Ph.D. student in biochemistry and an aspiring writer. Suchitra's research is on Alzheimer’s disease and solving the world’s energy problem. Suchitra describes herself as an introvert, warm, friendly, and eager to meet new people. Suchitra loves books, music, cats and globe-trotting and experiencing different cultures around the world.

Anushka Khasnobish

Anushka is a creative writer wandering in the maze of science of little things called “microbiology.” As a doctoral researcher, she is currently looking at the relationship between human health and our little microbe friends in our saliva and how health experts can utilize this relationship for therapeutic purposes. She is a curious child trapped in an adult body and this curiosity fuels her work. She is a strong believer of destiny which reflects in her creative blog titled “Maktub."

Vivian Le

Vivian is an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying how different cultures interact with their environment with a focus on sustainability. She works at Your Local Greens, a new hydroponic city farm in Burlington, North Carolina as the social media coordinator. When she's not studying, she loves hiking, exploring, and traveling to new places!

Jennifer Barrow

Jennifer recently completed her MSc at McGill University studying the impact of stressors on phytoplankton and bacteria communities in shallow lakes. Now, she teaches science and math at an alternative public school in the city. Jennifer’s passion is teaching and learning; she has always had an interest in science communication and community outreach. When not working, Jennifer spends as much time as she can outdoors, playing sports, trying to identify bird calls, reading, and just watching the clouds go by.

Baisali Ray

Baisali is a teacher who is passionate about making science accessible and relatable to all. Her mantra is “Science is fun and it is everywhere.” Baisali is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology at Northern Virginia Community College. A neuroscientist by training, Baisali received her PhD from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Maryland and the University of Iowa. Her hobbies include traveling, trying new food, reading, and trivia.

Graciela Ferderer

Graciela holds a BA in Biology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has continued on to work as a science educator at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry where she spends her days working with teen volunteers and creating curriculum to get people excited about the world around them. In her free time she loves fixing/riding bikes and making elaborate meals with friends.

Deborah Adedoja

Deborah is an up-and-coming physician with an interest in the science behind everyday life experiences. She is grateful to more recently be working as a clinician using sensory-cognitive teaching methods to assist in building reading comprehension and phonemic awareness among children and adults. Deborah received a masters in public health from the University of Edinburgh. She enjoys new adventures, jogging, biking, music, theatre, painting, playing the harp, and participating in meaningful and fun gatherings.

Rosa Bermejo

Rosa is a Ph.D. student in Social and Health Psychology at Stony Brook University. Her research interests involve studying experiences of discrimination, specifically how they affect the educational and health outcomes of Black and Latinx communities. In her free time, Rosa enjoys drawing and painting.

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