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.

Rupal Hatkar

President

Rupal Hatkar    

rupal.hatkar@mail.utoronto.ca 

Field of study: Cancer genomics 

Responsibility on council: I oversee and help organize academic and non-academic events held by CLAMPS to enhance LMP students' experience during graduate school. I perform required administrative tasks to keep CLAMPS in good standing under ULife, conduct surveys among LMP students to make their voices heard, and make efforts to implement necessary changes with the help of the LMP department.    

About me: I am passionate to learn new skills (academic and non-academic) and grow as a person by learning from mistakes. My non-academic hobbies include playing badminton, piano, and guitar as well as swimming.
 

Maryam Khalil

Co-President

Maryam Khalil

maryam.khalil@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Cancer

Responsibility on council: I am responsible for over-seeing various events and initiatives by CLAMPS. I will be working with rest of the council to enhance student experience within LMP.    

About me: Outside lab, I am an avid reader, and love music and travelling. 
 

Jasmine Bhatti

Vice-President Communications

Jasmine Bhatti

jasmine.bhatti@utoronto.ca

Field of study: Development    

Responsibility on council: I manage all communication platforms for the council, and distribute advertisements of events taking place within the LMP community. I maintain records of all meetings and official business of the council.    

About me: In my spare time, I like to read, drink matcha, and watch food documentaries.
 

Josh Rosen

Social Vice-President

Josh Rosen

joshua.rosen@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Lung Cancer

Responsibility on council: I organize social events for LMP graduate students to foster a sense of community within our department.    

About me: Outside of research and extracurriculars, I enjoy trying unique foods and cuisines, and experiencing new things.

Kuganya Nirmalarajah

VP Academic

Kuganya Nirmalarajah

kuganya.nirmalarajah@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Infectious Disease - Genomics    

Responsibility on council: I assist the co-presidents in fulfilling tasks on the council and represent the council for all academic-related affairs. I plan and organize academic programs for LMP including conferences, seminars, and product shows.     

About me: I am a second-year MSc student and a Toronto native. I completed my undergrad in McMaster's BioPharm program and worked in industry shortly after. I am passionate about lifelong learning and ongoing professional development. Outside of academia, I love travelling, personal fitness, and astronomy. 

Matsya Ruppari Thulasiram

Vice President External

Matsya Ruppari Thulasiram

matsya.thulasiram@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Hearing Regeneration

Responsibility on council: I organise community engagement events for LMP students, liaising with other interdepartmental reps for combined FacMed events, and helping organize/promote their events with LMP.  

About me: I'm a 3rd year PhD student working on hearing regeneration at Sunnybrook with Dr. Alain Dabdoub. I'm originally from Winnipeg, MB, and a fun fact about me is that if I didn't go into research, I would probably have gone into dance full time! 

Sasha Blay

Graduate Students Union (GSU) Representative  

Sasha Blay

sasha.blay@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Paediatric cancer 

Responsibility on council: I represent the interests of LMP students in the Graduate Students Union, liaising relevant information discussed within GSU meetings to CLAMPS and back to the student body.  

About me: I spend way too much time in front of my computer, and if I'm not online I'm probably making something to eat.

Sofia Melliou

Head Location Director

Sofia Melliou

sophia.melliou@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Neurodevelopment

Responsibility on council: I organize and coordinate the Location Director team. Garnering student feedback to the student body.

About me: I am passionate about graduate professional development and a strong advocate of mental health. Outside lab, I am a foodie who enjoys hosting dinners!

Negar Khosraviani

Treasurer

Negar Khosraviani 

negar.khosraviani@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Cardiovascular disease

Responsibility on council: I manage the financial affairs of CLAMPS and prepare budgets for events.  

About me: Outside the lab, I enjoy cooking, yoga, and playing basketball. 

Siobhan Wilson

Graduate Students Union (GSU) Representative

Siobhan Wilson

siobhan.m.wilson@outlook.com

Field of study: MHSc Translational Research

Responsibility on council: I represent the interests of CLAMPS in the GSU, attend meetings, distribute summary of topics discussed at meetings, relay information to President/VP/LMP students, and forward emails.

About me: I am a first-year masters student in the Translational Research Program currently working as a Clinical Research Coordinator on multiple phase III clinical trials in heart failure and cardiac amyloidosis. Though I work in cardiology, my passion is in neurosciences! Outside of work and school, I love hiking, camping, photography, and live music. 

Karen Fang

VP Recreation and Wellness

Karen Fang

k.fang@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Cancer Immunology

Responsibility on council: I organise athletic, recreation and wellness events. 

About me: I am a 2nd year MSc student studying CAR-T cell therapies for leukemias and lymphomas. In my spare time, I enjoy reading novels, visiting art galleries and attending sports events.

Siobhan Wilson

VP Academics

Siobhan Wilson

siobhan.wilson@mail.utoronto.ca

Field of study: Cardiovascular and metabolic diseases

Responsibility on council: We are responsible for the academic programming for all LMP students, such as academic seminars, our annual graduate research conference, and the LMP vendor product show.

About me: I am originally from Ottawa, ON and attended Queen's University for my undergraduate studies in kinesiology. I moved to Toronto last summer to begin my MSc within LMP! I am now beginning the second year of my masters, working primarily out of SickKids/ the PGCRL where I am focusing on pediatric obesity and metabolic diseases.