Sylvie Lahaie (Video scripts and storyboards/French translator)
Sylvie is originally from Ottawa, Ontario. Sylvie is studying how axons are guided in the body. In specific, she studies axon growth cone structures. Besides neuroscience, Sylvie loves to play sports, write creatively and eat lots of pizza.
Marie-Pier Girouard (Video scripts and storyboards /French translator)
Marie-Pier is from Cowansville, a small town in the Eastern Townships in the province of Québec. She did her B.Sc. in Biochemistry at the Université de Sherbrooke, but decided to continue her studies to investigate the molecular mechanisms involved in neuronal regeneration. Outside of her studies, Marie-Pier enjoys baking desserts for her friends as well as traveling to different countries, such as Greece and India.
John Aspler (Video scripts and storyboards)
In 2012, John graduated from McGill University with a degree in Neuroscience and a minor in Music. Although the Montreal-born graduate student originally explored how music affects the brain, his constant exposure to terrible neuroscience news coverage inspired him to move towards work looking at the public's understanding of science instead. Today, John studies the way we talk about people with neurodevelopmental disabilities (e.g., FASD, Cerebral Palsy) in the Canadian media.
Stephanie Scala (Video scripts and storyboards)
Stephanie is originally from London, Ontario. She studies how drugs affect the brain. When she is not in the lab, she can usually be found in cafes or bookstores.
Scott Holmes (Video scripts and storyboards/content developer)
Scott is in the process of completing his PhD in the field of neurological rehabilitation studying how the brain responds to injury and disease. His interest in neuroscience grew from his love of hockey and studying the impact of concussions. His favourite part of academia is discovering things that have never been seen before and communicating knowledge to the public. Scott grew up in Toronto and calls East York home. Before moving to Montreal for his PhD, he lived in Hamilton and London, Ontario while he completed his Bachelors and Masters in Kinesiology. Outside of the classroom, Scott enjoys mountain biking, yoga, swimming and photography.
Reiko Matsushita (Video scripts and storyboards/video editor)
Reiko is from Japan. She studies how non-invasive brain stimulations work in the auditory system. She loves playing music and drawing.
Maria Tippler (Video scripts and production/artist)
Maria is a PhD candidate in the Leyton Lab where she studies the neurobiology of youth at risk for addiction. She partakes in various roles at BrainReach North such as video editing, content creation and communication. Besides volunteering, her interests include classical piano, drawing and dance.
Celina Cheung (Artist)
Celina studies how basic neuronal circuitry is established during development. She is interested how axons find their path towards their targets. Celina loves hiking, skiing, and drawing. You can check out her illustrations online in our videos!
Julia Zhang (Artist)
Julia is a Masters Student from Toronto, Ontario. She is currently studying multiple sclerosis, a disease where the brain attacked by the body's own immune system. When she isn't busy poking at the brain, she loves playing video games, reading, and drawing.
Chloe Guinaudie (Presenter/ French translator)
Chloe is originally from France but moved to Montreal in January 2016. She is in her second year of her Neuroscience Master’s at McGill. She studies vulnerability to stress and depression. Although she loves being in the lab, she likes to sing in her a capella choir and film videos for GradLife McGill in her spare time.
Malosree Maitra (Webmaster)
Malosree is a PhD student in the IPN Rotation Program. She is interested in the biological basis of anxiety, depression, addiction and other psychiatric disorders. She's from Kolkata (Calcutta) and she initially wanted to become a veterinarian. She completed her undergraduate studies in Neuroscience and Behavior at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts.
Rixing Lin (Graphic Designer)
Rixing Lin is from New Jersey and received his bachelors in cell biology and neuroscience from Rutgers University. Rixing currently attends McGill University working towards his PhD in Neuroscience. Rixing studies clinical depression and antidepressant effects, in hopes of discovering biomarkers that facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of depression. Outside the lab, Rixing enjoys going to the gym and pop art.
Bianca Olivieri (Social Media Manager)
Bianca is a Montreal native. Currently, she is pursuing a M.Sc. at the NeoBrainLab, part of the Montreal Children's Hospital. Lack of oxygen at or around the time of birth can cause brain damage in newborns, leading to cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and other cognitive delays in surviving babies. Using magnetic resonance imaging, she is measuring myelination across various regions of the brain in asphyxiated newborns and, as part of a currently on-going clinical trial, she will also investigate whether an experimental drug is effective in treating such brain damage. Outside of the lab, Bianca can be found managing her own cupcake business, and reading a Douglas Hofstadter book.