Current Members

Group Members, Fall 2019


Monika Satkauskas, Co-Chair

Monika is a 4th year PhD student in the Walker group. Her research uses atomic force microscopy to study the fundamental forces of protein folding. She has been involved in bettering life in the department by being an executive on the chemistry graduate student union (ChemClub), a member-at-large in WICTO, and an active member of the U of T Faculty of Arts and Science Mental Health Initiative (Minds Redefined). Monika makes time for her passion of music by playing violin in the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra each week.

Cynthia Suarez, Co-Chair

Cynthia is a fourth year PhD student in the Jockusch group working in the areas of mass spectrometry and laser spectroscopy. She has been a part of WICTO for the past three years as a member at large, treasurer and seminar series coordinator. As co-chair, Cynthia hopes to continue WICTO’s amazing work, and create a more inclusive environment in our department and STEM community. In her spare time, she enjoys fitness classes, dancing and a good thriller.

Racquel Edjoc, Secretary

Racquel is  3rd year PhD student studying Organic Chemistry at the University of Toronto. Her research involves nickel catalysis to make pharmaceutically relevant motifs. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Ottawa in Biopharmaceutical Science.  Outside of the lab she likes to enjoy nature, watch new tv shows, and play soccer.

Alicia Battaglia, Treasurer

Alicia is a 2nd year PhD student in the Seferos group working in the areas of polymers and materials.  Her research involves developing polymers for energy storage applications. She was a member-at-large of WICTO for the past year and is excited to join the executive team this year to help promote inclusivity in the Chemistry department and Toronto community. When not in the lab, Alicia enjoys reading the Harry Potter series, trying out new dance classes, baking anything that involves chocolate, and spending time with her cat. 

Navina Lotay, Media Relations Coordinator

Navina is a 3rd year PhD student in Analytical Chemistry in the Thompson lab. Her research involves the development of a chemiluminescence-based biosensor for the detection of LPA, a biomarker for ovarian cancer. She has been a part of WICTO as a member at large for one year, and looks forward to having more responsibility as part of the executive team. Outside of lab, her passions include reading, singing, travelling, and hanging out with her dog.

Holly Barrett, Mentorship and Outreach Coordinator

Holly is a 3rd year PhD student in the Peng group, where she is currently investigating the toxicological interactions between environmental contaminants and bacterial and mammalian proteins. Having been passionate about outreach and representation in STEM since her time as an undergraduate, Holly has carried that passion to UofT through her involvement in planning Science Rendezvous. Although this will be her first year with WICTO, she hopes that coordinating WICTO’s outreach and mentorship program will be another great way to continue making science more inclusive! Outside of the lab, Holly enjoys experimenting with cooking, listening to music, exploring the city, and being a proud ‘Newfie’!

Ellie Prince, Seminar Series Coordinator

Ellie is a 5th year Ph.D. student in Polymer and Materials Chemistry in the Kumacheva Group. Her research is on the design and applications of biomimetic filamentous hydrogels. Ellie is very excited to organize some engaging talks for this year’s WICTO Lectureship series! In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, watching shows about food, going for bike rides, and figure skating.

Celia Ferrag, UTSC Representative

I am a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Analytical Chemistry in the Kerman Lab. My research involves the development of nanocomposite gels for sensor and energy applications . I’ve been part of WICTO for 2 years now and I’m excited to represent UTSC once again this year. Outside the lab, my passions are travelling, dancing, baking, and eating lots of good food.

We are still looking to fill the following positions for the 2020/2021 academic year:

  • Events Coordinator
  • UTM Representative

Members At Large

JoAnn Chen

Hi everyone, I am a fifth-year PhD candidate studying the physical properties of DNA in the gas phase. Outside of lab, you can find me biking around the city, practicing guitar, and scrolling through the Internet. I’m looking forward to another great year with WICTO!

Hava Friedman

Hava is a sixth year PhD candidate in Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Toronto. She spends most of her time developing the theory of open quantum systems; how a quantum particle interacts with a macroscopic environment. Originally from Montreal, she enjoys a good bagel. She joined WICTO because she is interested in promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in the physical sciences. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her pup Babka, listen to audiobooks, and eat at different restaurants with her buds. She is really happy to be a part of the wonderful WICTO team! LinkedIn: Twitter handle: @haveenka

Mireille Ghoussoub

Mireille is a 5th 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.

Mark Panas

Mark is a fourth year PhD student studying Environmental Chemistry at U of T. His research involves spectroscopic measurements of greenhouse gases on mobile platforms, mainly high-altitude balloons. He grew up in Pennsylvania and received a BS in Chemistry from Muhlenberg College. Mark has been a WICTO member for four years and has enjoyed the community and discussions the group has created. Mark enjoys spending his time painting, drawing, playing video games, drinking tea, and listening to podcasts.

Laura Stirchak

I am currently a 6th year PhD student in environmental chemistry. My research involves looking at how the photochemistry of natural organic matter is different in freshwater versus sea water. Outside of the lab, I enjoy reading, teaching, photography, exploring Toronto and hiking.

If you would like to become a member or an executive-at-large, feel free to contact us for more information!

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