Council 2021/2022

Sarah Laframboise & Dallas Nygard


Sarah and Dallas are both 3rd year PhD Students who previously served as your VP Outreach and VP Academic, respectively, on the BMIGSA Council. This year they will be joining forces to run as your Co-Presidents! You will find Sarah working with yeast in the Baetz Lab, and Dallas hacking the genetic mainframe in the Lavallee-Adam Lab. Sarah and Dallas are committed to creating a warm, supportive environment for students in the time of COVID and remote work, and will do what it takes to make sure this isn’t completely the weirdest year ever. They are excited to take on this new role and do their best to serve BMI students!

Karina Lajoie

VP Academic

Tyler Smith

VP Internal

Hello! My name is Tyler Smith and I am a third year PhD student in the Fullerton Lab where I investigate the links between immune cell metabolism and inflammation. Last year, I served on the BMIGSA as your VP Internal and I strived to bring your concerns to the BMI department. During monthly meetings, I worked with faculty to uncover effective solutions to the problems graduate students face. For example, I submitted a proposal that led to the safe reopening of shared office space in RGN amidst the pandemic. If re-elected, I will continue working to improve your student experience by drawing on my background as a varsity team captain and promoting a team environment within our community. Together, we can foster the connection between faculty and trainees to achieve great things in the world of science and beyond.

Sara El-Sahli

VP External

Hello everyone! My name is Sara and I am a PhD student in Dr. Lisheng Wang’s lab working on targeting an aggressive subtype of breast cancer through small molecule inhibitors. Over the past few years, I have served on the BMIGSA as both President (2019/2020) and VP External. This year, I am running again as VP External, where I will be representing the council to external entities and ensuring the lines of communication between the GSA and other associations are open. I look forward to creating another great year with the BMIGSA trainees to achieve great things in the world of science and beyond.

Redaet Daniel

VP Social

Hi everyone! My name is Redaet or just Red for short and I am starting my PhD in September in Dr. Marceline Cote’s lab. In the M.Cote lab we work on emerging viruses like Ebola and COVID-19 and on trafficking vesicles. I’ve been working for about a year and a half at the CBIA Core here at uOttawa but before that I was a MSc student at uOttawa. During my MSc I was on the BMIGSA as the VP of Socials ensuring that our student body had fun social events to unwind and relax at. Now that I’m back in school I want to be back on the amazing team of BMIGSA to bring you social media posts to make sure you have fun and informative posts for your phone scrolling hours. I am running to be your VP of Social Media and hope to join the BMIGSA for a full vaxxed school year!

Karan Mediratta

VP Communications

Hey everyone! My name is Karan and I am a second year MSc candidate investigating cancer stem cells and immunotherapy in Dr. Lisheng Wang’s lab. This is my first year on the BMIGSA as your VP Communications and I will be sending out all the emails and ensuring you are aware of all the great events we have to offer! Outside of school, I really enjoy going to the gym or going on walks with my dog, Buddy.

Ciara Pember

VP Finance

Hey BMI! I am a MSc. Candidate in Dr. Morgan Fullerton’s lab. My project focuses on working to better understand the role of choline metabolism in immune cells. I am hoping to continue in my role of VP Finance this year, where I will not only keep the budget in check but bring you more fun challenges and battles in this upcoming term! #BMIBattle2022

Alison Cudmore

VP Wellness

Hello BMI community – I’m Alison! This past year I started my Masters in the MIC program under the co-supervision of Drs. Vanderhyden and Diallo. My project focuses on understanding how ovarian cancer responds to oncolytic virus treatment. I have enjoyed participating in many BMI student events during my time as a graduate student (virtually, of course!) and would be thrilled to join the BMI council to support future events as your VP Wellness. Many of us graduate students have experienced a rocky road managing our research with the ongoing stress of the pandemic. As VP Wellness, I hope to connect our student community through fun events geared toward supporting our wellbeing and providing much-deserved mental health breaks. I have learned to be a collaborative leader through my experiences as a student, varsity athlete and volunteer within the Ottawa community. I have recently helped organize successful health and fitness events as a community centre volunteer. Exploring different wellness practices is one of my long-standing passions that helps me stay balanced during university life. I’d love to share with you my favourite workout tips, delicious recipes and more as your VP Wellness!

Claire Fong-McMaster & Nadya Morrow

VP Professional Development

Claire and Nadya are both 2nd year PhD students in the Biochemistry program. Claire was recently the training executive on the OISB Trainee Committee and Nadya served on the BMIGSA last year as VP Outreach and co-coordinator for #BMIBattle2021. Claire brings a strong background in professional development owing to her time volunteering with the Ottawa chapter of the Science to Business Network. Nadya has experience in leading a Canada-wide lipid trainee network and journal club, and hosting scholarship info sessions at the Heart Institute. Claire and Nadya are teaming up to bring you the professional development you need to excel during grad school and beyond. Vote for us for a year of alumni networking nights, career-related workshops, professional headshots, and more!

Emran Elnahhas

VP Archives

Hi everyone! My name is Emran and I’m currently a MSc student in the Mah lab investigating bacterial genetic mutations that lead to antibiotic indifference. Throughout my undergraduate Honor’s project with Dr. Mah, I was involved with many clubs on campus as an executive and founder. This year, I am hoping to get involved in the graduate student community and join as VP Archives. Hope I can count on your support as we work together towards another successful year