Current Members


JoAnn Chen, Seminar Series Coordinator

Hello! I am a third year PhD student studying the physical properties of DNA in the gas phase. Outside of lab, I enjoy biking around the city, cooking, and grocery shopping. I hope that this year’s lectureship series highlights underrepresented groups, is educational, and offers opportunities for us to expand our networks.






Mireille Ghoussoub, Events Coordinator

Mireille is a 3rd year PhD student studying Materials Chemistry at the University of Toronto. She received her BASc in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia and her MASc in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto. Her research interest lies in the application of computational modelling and spectroscopic techniques for understanding CO2 hydrogenation mechanisms. Mireille enjoys being wherever is warmest (indoors or outdoors). She likes to go climbing and might have a twitter addiction.




Monika Satkauskas

Monika is a second year PhD student in the Wheeler Lab studying digital microfluidics for a variety of applications. Inspired by the role of women in her science education, she is engaged in community outreach by bringing role models in STEM to underserved areas from city elementary schools to rural high schools. Monika loves to exercise her creative side by playing violin, singing in a Lithuanian choir, and baking intricate desserts.




Ekaterina Slavko, KatSecretary

I’m a fifth year PhD student studying polymer chemistry at the University of Toronto. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and biking along the lake. I’m originally from Ottawa, ON.






Laura Stirchak, Mentorship and Outreach Coordinator

I am currently a 4th year PhD student in environmental chemistry. My research involves looking at differences in the photochemistry of natural organic matter in freshwater versus sea water. Outside of the lab, I volunteer with the Friends of Allan Gardens and enjoy reading, photography, exploring Toronto and hiking.






Cynthia Suarez, Treasurer

I am a second year PhD student in the Jockusch group. The main focus of my research is to study RNA-drug interactions in the gas phase using mass spectrometry. In my spare time, I enjoy fitness classes, dancing and a good thriller.





Celia Ferrag, UTSC Representative

Hello, I am a 1st year PhD student studying in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Toronto. My research involves the synthesis of hydrogel polymers and their applications in the analytical field. One of my biggest passions is travelling because I love meeting new people as well as learning new languages and new cultures. On my free time, I like eating lots of good food and hanging out with my family and friends. I also enjoy dancing and doing exciting activities around Toronto.




Members At Large

Penny Le

Nimrat Obhi

Mark Panas

Tanja Sack

Anika Tarasewicz


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