CLAMPs team 2023: Bottom row: Cori, Seojin, Julia, Priya, Mary Jo, Negar. Top row: Alissa, Ethan, Boaz, Alex

The CLAMPS team

You can contact us any time at clampslmp@gmail.com, or contact one of the team below.

The CLAMPS representatives are elected every year by the student body.

Stay up to date with all CLAMPS events and activities in the CLAMPS group on Temerty Medicine Connect! (UTORID needed to log in)

Negar Khosraviani

Co-President

Negar Khosraviani 

negar.khosraviani@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Vascular Biology

Responsibility on council: As co-president, I work with Seojin Lee to oversee all responsibilities of CLAMPS VP executives and act as a liaison between the department staff and CLAMPS.

About me: I am a third-year PhD student in Dr. Jason Fish’s lab at PMCRT. My research focuses on investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying KRAS-driven brain arteriovenous malformations (bAVM). Outside of the lab, I love reading, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Seojin Lee

Co-President

Seojin Lee

lseojin.lee@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Neurodegenerative Disease Research

Responsibility on council: I oversee all responsibilities of CLAMPS VP Executives and act as a liason between the department staff and CLAMPS.  

About me: I am a fifth-year PhD student in Dr. Gabor Kovacs' lab at the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases (CRND). My research focuses on elucidating the role of iron in early pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders. As much as I love research, I believe there is so much more than just science that constitutes successful research and graduate studies. Being part of CLAMPS has been a perfect opportunity to provide those aspects to fellow students and I am very excited to lead the team this year. Apart from science, my biggest interests lie in fashion, dancing, and watching crime documentaries on Netflix.

Mary-Jo Hatem

Vice-President Communications

Mary-Jo Hatem

maryjo.hatem@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Cardiovascular Diseases

Responsibility on council: I manage the CLAMPS email account as well as the Instagram and Twitter accounts to ensure all LMP graduate students are up to date with the latest LMP news and events! Keep an eye out for our Weekly Digest in your emails for all events and initiatives we are running! 

About me: I am a second-year MSc candidate studying atherosclerosis and vascular calcification in Michelle Bendeck’s lab. I earned my HBSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics at McMaster University. When not in the lab, swim, dance, and eat sushi. I look forward to meeting and communicating with all of you throughout this year! 

Alexandra Moffat

Vice-President Social

Alexandra Moffat

alexandra.moffat@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Neuroscience

Responsibility on council: I organize and host social events for the LMP department such as a movember fundraiser, Christmas/New Years party, and wine and cheese night! 

About me: Hi, my name is Alex! I am a 3rd year PhD candidate in the Schuurmans Lab at Sunnybrook Research Institute studying neocortical neurogenesis and regeneration after injury. I am excited to be your VP Social for the second year in a row and can't wait to meet you all at social events!  

Evan Lubanszky

Vice-President Academic

Evan Lubanszky

evan.lubanszky@utoronto.ca

Field of study: Oncology

Responsibility on council: As VP Academics, our role is to support students in developing their academic/professional networks, and providing opportunities for them to both learn and present their work. We have the pleasure of organizing various workshops, seminars, and the LMP Research Conference and Product Show. 

About me: I am a 4th year PhD candidate investigating pediatric diffuse midline gliomas at SickKids! In my brief moments away from the lab, you'll find me in the backcountry of Algonquin Park, typically trying to get myself lost!

Lauren Jo

Vice-President External

Lauren Joe

lauren.joe@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Neurodegenerative disease

Responsibility on council: Maintain outreach with organizations external to the department (student organizations, companies, charities, schools, etc.).

About me: Hello! My name’s Lauren and I am currently in the second year of my Masters. I’m a member of the Robertson Lab where we study a neurodegenerative disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Outside of school, I love going to cafés and play both indoor and beach volleyball. I’m excited to be the VP External for CLAMPS this year!

Alissa Pak

Head Location Director

Alissa Pak

alissa.pak@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Regeneration in the retina

Responsibility on council: Serve as a liaison between the CLAMPS VP Team and Location Directors. 

About me: I am an easygoing and enthusiastic person who always tries to come up with new ideas and try new things, so as a Head Location Director, I am eager to implement new ideas to promote better communication and collaboration between LMP students. Besides my research and CLAMPS, I enjoy photography and exploring new cuisines in town.

Cori Lau

Treasurer

Cori Lau

cori.lau@utoronto.ca

Field of study: Cardiovascular Diseases

Responsibility on council: I prepare budgets at the beginning of both the fall and spring terms, to be approved by the CLAMPS council. Furthermore, I write a budget pertaining to the expenses and funds for running the LMP Research Conference (LMPRC).

About me: I am a 2nd year PhD candidate from Dr. Jason Fish's lab studying cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Sarcastically, I love desserts.

Boaz Ehiogu

Vice-President Recreation and Wellness

Boaz Ehiogu

boaz.ehiogu@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Otolaryngology, neuroscience, regenerative medicine

Responsibility on council: I am responsible for planning and organizing athletic, recreation, and wellness events. This includes volleyball intramurals, board game nights, book clubs and so much more!

About me: I am 3rd MSc student transitioning into a PhD. I have a passion for academia and learning but I also enjoy reading, spending time with friends, and playing volleyball.

Priya Mistry

Vice-President Academics

Priya Mistry

pri.mistry@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Cardiotoxicity

Responsibility on council: As VP of Academics, our role is to provide opportunities for students to learn, network, and showcase their work! We are responsible for organizing all academic programming, including workshops, the Product Show, and the LMP Research Conference. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us about how we can support you!

About me: I'm a 2nd year PhD candidate investigating the role of the endothelium in mediating cardiotoxicity. I love exploring food and the world, escaping rooms, solving crosswords, and running. 

Shayna Kay

TRP-CLAMPS Student Representative

Shayna Kay

shayna.kay@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: MHSc in Translational Research 

Responsibility on council: Coordinate activities with both CLAMPS and TRP.

About me: I'm Shayna, a second-year student in the Translational Research Program. I look forward to helping to facilitate community and collaborations with LMP and TRP this upcoming year!

Karina Chu

MHSc-CLAMPS Student Representative

Karina Chu

karina.chu@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Clinical embryology

Responsibility on council: I represent the MHSc students, connecting them with the rest of the LMP department by hosting events throughout the year and helping to organize the annual conference.

About me: I am a second-year student in the MHSc program specializing in clinical embryology. My favourite part of the program is the laboratory experience I gain in the lab courses. Outside of the program, I enjoy biking around downtown and watching TV shows.