HGSS Exec Team 2016-2017



Renata Bahous renata.bahous@mail.mcgill.ca

I am pursuing my PhD at the Glen site in Dr. Rozen’s lab and I study how altered folate metabolism can affect brain function and cognitive status.
I quite enjoy spending my time at Irish pubs, boxing, baking and being an unquestionable fan of Dr.Who.


This year, I am returning to the HGSS exec as President. My role is quite broad but the main goal is to support all things pertaining to the department’s trainees. If you have any questions about HGSS, suggestions or other do not hesitate to contact me! I look forward to meeting you all throughout the year at our multiple events!

Vice-President Financial Affairs


Andreanne Morin andreanne.morin@mail.mcgill.ca

I am a PhD student and the Génome Québec Innovation Centre and I study the role of rare variants in autoimmune and chronic inflammatory complex traits. When I am not working, I like running, reading, hanging with friends at Parc Lafontaine or in a small café. I also LOVE cheese and cats.


I am happy to be back in the HGSS exec, this time as VP finance! My role involves anything money related: managing the budget for events, help planning the HGSS conference. I will also represent you all at PGSS council meetings along with John. If you have any questions about PGSS let me know!

Vice-President Academic Affairs


Emma Brasell emma.brasell@mail.mcgill.ca

As a returning member of HGSS, I’m excited to take on the role of VP Academic Affairs this year. As V.P. Academic my role is to represent your best interests as students at the department and faculty level.

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You’ll find me at the Glen’s, studying at a cafe, or enjoying post-yoga ramen at Imadake (with added sake bombs for special occasions!). My favourite HGSS event is the ski trip and I’m hoping this will continue to be an annual event.

Vice-President Internal Affairs


Patricia Goerner-Potvin patricia.goerner-potvin@mail.mcgill.ca

I’m a PhD student in the team of Dr. Guillaume Bourque at the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre. Being one of those “biologists posing as a bioinformatician”, my research consists of improving the detection of non LTR-retrotransposons in NGS data, and understand the impact of polymorphic insertions.


Being born and raised in Montreal I know a few special places around the city, be it cultural or cheap delicious food. As one of your VP Internal, I’d like to share those with you and hunt for new ones. Food obsession aside (TACOSSSS), a few of my favourite things are being outdoors, music, dancing, knitting, cats, and any activity where I can jump around and be overly excited. Looking forward to meeting you at the social events and create some fun memories!

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Sophia Rahimi sophia.rahimi@mail.mcgill.ca

I am a MSc student at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in the field epigenetics. I enjoy traveling, playing/watching soccer (go FC Barcelona!), eating and hanging out with friends. My all time favorite show is Friends and I am also a huge fan of anything Disney.


This year both Patricia and I will be responsible for organizing social events. Please feel free to contact either one of us if you have any ideas or suggestions. We look forward to meeting you all!

Vice-President External Affairs


John Morris john.morris4@mail.mcgill.ca

IAmA PhD student studying the genetic determinants of osteoporosis and also your VP of External Affairs! My most important responsibility is to cater to your needs by being your voice at all PGSS council meetings. These are important meetings where we discuss and vote on affairs concerning the society, with representatives from all of McGill’s post-graduate student societies. If you have any questions or concerns about the PGSS and its mandate, or want to get more involved, then I’m more than happy to help!


You can find me away at the Jewish General Hospital, on Reddit doing bioinformatics in the corner. I’m also hugely into going to concerts, drinking craft beers, and watching sports! Ask Me Anything.

PS. Come out our own Annual General Meeting, to help shape our society!

Vice-President Communications


Jean Monlong jean.monlong@mail.mcgill.ca

I’m doing my PhD at the Genome Center with more of a stats/computer background. I’ve never harmed a mouse (for science). My role in the HGSS team is to ensure communication between you students and us, mainly through the website and social networks. So, if you have any idea for improvements or media to add to the website let me know ! I’ll also be taking photos at the events, so don’t be creeped out.

Other than my love for R and Statistics, I like cinema, playing sport, pretending to play guitar. Montreal also seduced me with its tasty beers, mapple syrup-derived recipes and most of all its street-art, my favorite prey when I go photo-hunting.

Vice-President Postdoctoral Affairs


Martine Tetreault martine.tetreault@mail.mcgill.ca

I am a post-doctoral fellow in the team of Dr. Jacek Majewski at the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre. In my post-doc research I try to combine my “wet-lab” experience acquired during my PhD to the bioinformatics expertise Dr. Majewski’s lab has developed in order to uncover the genetic causes of rare diseases, especially neurodegenerative and neuromuscular disorders. Apart from work, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, yoga, reading and movies.


As the new VP of postdoctoral affairs, I will try to motivate the other post-docs to participate in activities and workshops. If you have any suggestion of activities that would interest post-docs, let us know.

There is also a representative in each site. Check out who’s your site rep here: HGSS Site Representatives