HGSS Exec Team 2018-2019


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

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Well hi there! I’m a PhD candidate in the team of Dr. Guillaume Bourque at the Genome Centre, being one of those “biologists posing as a bioinformatician”. My research focuses on mobile elements, developing detection methods for polymorphic retrotransposon insertions in long-read sequencing data. Some of my less scientific interests include laughing at cats and smart puns, winning at board games, and getting super stoked about seeing wild animals in the forest.

I’m also (mostly) always game to try new things and, as your HGSS president this year, I’ll be working with the council to bring you some interesting, fun and diverse experiences. I’d love to hear from you about events, workshops or scientific talks you’d like to see. Looking forward to our year together! – Pat

VP Financial Affairs

Supriya Behl | supriya.behl@mail.mcgill.ca

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Hey! I’m Priya, and I’m a master’s student in Dr. William Foulkes’ lab, looking for breast cancer susceptibility alleles in the French Canadian founder population. I’m a big fan of poutine and dad jokes, and you’ll most likely hear me talking about one of the two. I’m also really into film photography, and love exploring Montreal with my camera.

As your VP financial affairs, I’ll be pumping out budgets and making sure that we can afford the lovely events that HGSS holds for you all. If you’d like to see HGSS working with a specific sponsor this year, I’d love to hear from you!

VP Communications

Jamie Kim | jamie.kim@mail.mcgill.ca

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Hey y’all! I’m a MSc student in Dr. Danielle Malo’s lab at Bellini Life Science Complex. Our lab is a part of the McGill Research Centre on Complex Traits where I study the underlying genetic mechanisms in susceptibility to Salmonella. In my free time, I love to find the best food in Montreal, going to as many concerts as I can, watching basketball and pretending to be productive when in reality I’m on my fifth straight episode of a really cringe Korean drama.

As VP Communications, it’s my job to keep everyone in the loop on the happenings in the department, whether that’s through social media or our website. You’ll see me around at events taking pictures, so come say hi!

VP Academic Affairs

Forough Noohi | forough.noohi@mail.mcgill.ca

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Hi all! I’m a PhD student in Dr. Yann Joly’s group at the Gemone Centre. I worked on chronological aging in yeast and studied rare neurological diseases during my undergrad and master’s. Now, I work on regulatory and policy implications of Genome Editing technologies and Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy.

In my free time I like to paint and draw, hike, and play tennis. My role as VP academic is to work closely with the faculty and department to represent your best interests.

VP Internal Affairs

Caitlin Anderson | caitlin.anderson@mail.mcgill.ca

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I am a PhD student in Dr. Rene St-Arnaud’s lab at the Shriners Hospital for Children. The main focuses of my project are identifying and characterizing compounds that can aid in bone development and regeneration. When I am not in the lab I like cheering on the Habs, trying new restaurants around the city and knitting.

As one of your VP Internals I hope to host events that are able to bring together the department and allow us to socialize with fellow HGSS pals while having fun. My main goal this year is to listen to student feedback and host events that y’all want to be at! If anyone has any suggestions or comments about past events that they love or events they would like to see happen in the future, please let me know!

Katie Teng | katie.teng@mail.mcgill.ca

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Hello! I’m Katie and I am a Masters student in Dr. Yamanaka’s lab at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre. I am currently working on modeling ovarian cancer in mice and it’s been both an exciting and strenuous journey.

The only things you really need to know about me are that I love sports, the outdoors and science. I’ve played sports my entire life and if I had to choose a favourite sport, it would be volleyball. The human body fascinates me and I hope that one day I will be able to uncover novel discoveries.

I am extremely excited to be your VP internal this year and contribute to your experience here at McGill during your graduate studies. Please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions for events this year!

VP External Affairs

Guoyue Xu | guoyue.xu@mail.mcgill.ca

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Hey everyone, I am a second year MSc student in the lab of Dr. Philippe Gros located at Bellini Life Science Complex. My research focuses on the mechanism of how a mutation in the enzyme Bisphosphoglycerate Mutase (BPGM) confers protection against severe Malaria. When I’m not at the lab drinking my way through way too many cups of coffee, I’m either binge watching entire seasons of TV shows on Netflix or exploring different areas of Montreal!

This year as your VP External, in addition to representing HGEN at PGSS meetings, I aim to bring everyone within HGEN up-to-date on the lastest PGSS news and affairs, and to promote fellow HGEN students to take advantage of the opportunities and resources offered by PGSS. If you have any questions or concerns regarding PGSS please don’t hesitate to contact me!

VP Post-Doctoral Affairs

Jenna Haverfield | jenna.haverfield@mail.mcgill.ca

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Hey everyone! I’m a fourth-year Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Aimee Ryan’s lab at the McGill University Health Centre. My research aims to understand the molecular mechanisms that direct morphogenesis during early embryonic development, specifically the pathogenesis of neural tube defects.

When I’m not working, you will find me gardening, refurbishing old furniture or spending time with my son, Archie! As your VP of Postdoctoral Affairs, my goal is keep postdocs up-to-date with relevant career development and funding opportunities, and to develop a new award specifically for postdocs at the Human Genetics Research Day. If you have any ideas on how to enhance the postdoc experience with the department, please let me know!