CRBS Student Consortium

The CRBS is home to hundreds of talented graduate students, undergraduate students, and postdoctoral trainees.

 

The executive represents the trainees on the CRBS board, and organizes many events and activities.

The CRBS has several ongoing initiatives to help members, trainees and the broader scientific community potentiate their research with the power of structural biology and biophysics.

Shafqat Rasool: president

Shafqat Rasool is a PhD student in the department of biochemistry and is working on determining the molecular mechanism of action of proteins involved in Parkinson’s disease. He takes keen interest in science and scientific communication. In addition to his work in CRBS student council, he also serves as the VP News for Science & Policy Exchange.

irem ulku: vp-non academic

jia yin (sally) xiao: vp- academic

dushyant jahagirdar: vp communication

tian xiao (peter) yang: vp communication

Shafqat Rasool: president

irem ulku: vp-non academic

dushyant jahagirdar: vp communication

tian xiao (peter) yang: vp communication

Meet The Team

Shafqat Rasool

president

Shafqat Rasool is a PhD student in the department of biochemistry and is working on determining the molecular mechanism of action of proteins involved in Parkinson’s disease. He takes keen interest in science and scientific communication. In addition to his work in CRBS student council, he also serves as the VP News for Science & Policy Exchange.

irem ulku

vp-non academic

jia yin (sally) xiao

vp- academic

florencia fungo

vp finance

dushyant jahagirdar

vp communication

Dushyant is a PhD student in Dr. Joaquin Ortega’s laboratory in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. He is currently working on understanding the final steps of ribosome biogenesis is bacteria mainly using cryo-Electron Microscopy. In his spare time he loves driving to new places, hiking and playing games on PS4.

tian xiao (peter) yang

vp communication

Peter was born in China, lived for a bit in Montreal, but grew up mostly in Seattle. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at UCLA, Peter returned to Montreal to continue studying biochemistry at McGill University. As a PhD student in the lab of Dr. Alba Guarné, he is focused on harnessing the therapeutic potential of defects in DNA repair pathways and DNA nanostructures. Outside of research, Peter loves basketball, art, comedy, and life in general.

armando palacios chaparro

department representative (anatomy and cell biology)

Armando was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and is a MSc student in the department of Anatomy & Cell Biology. He works in Dr. Joaquin Ortega’s lab studying the biogenesis of the bacterial ribosome using Cryo-EM. During his free time, he loves cooking, since following a recipe makes him feel like he is following a protocol in the lab.

katya peri

department representative (anatomy and cell biology)

Katya was born and raised in Montreal. She completed her BSc at McGill University in Anatomy and Cell Biology. She started her Master’s this year in the lab of Dr. Khanh Huy Bui. Her research interests include studying the ciliary proteome of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. She is currently working on identifying central pair protein candidates in ciliary axonemes using mass spectrometry and uncovering doublet microtubule assembly mechanisms. When she is not in the lab, Katya enjoys baking, figure skating and ballet.

madeline shred

department representative (biology)

Madeline is a PhD student in Dr. Gary Brouhard’s cytoskeleton morphology lab. With a background in x-ray crystallography, they are now a cryo-EM convert studying the structure and dynamics of microtubules from diverse eukaryotic species. Outside of the lab, they are also co-president of the Queer Grad Club and enjoy spending time hiking and with animals.   

olivia kovecses

department representative (pharmacology & therapeutics)

Olivia is currently a MSc. student in the McKeague lab in the department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Her project focuses on designing and evaluating therapeutic oligonucleotides for Acute Myeloid Leukemia. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, kayaking, and watching documentaries.

pouria tirgar bahnamiri

department representative (engineering)

The CRBS has several ongoing initiatives to help members, trainees and the broader scientific community potentiate their research with the power of structural biology and biophysics.

CRBS Studentship Awards

CRBS Studentship Awards provide stipend support for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students who are currently conducting research in the lab of a regular CRBS member. There is a separate category for students who are co-supervised between two CRBS members.

 

Awards are for 1 academic year (September 1 – August 31) in the amount of $10,000 and are non-renewable. The next competition will have a deadline in May 2021.   

 

Congratulation to the 2020-2021 awardees.

CRBS Travel Awards

CRBS trainees will be supported for excellent international training & dissemination opportunities. CRBS Travel Awards will help defray the costs of attending specialized external training courses, conferences and workshops. Applications for awards will be evaluated by the Awards and Training Committee for the trainees’ potential to obtain maximal benefit from the course or conference, and to transfer benefit back to the local community. For conferences, trainees must present original research in the form of a talk or poster. CRBS will provide 15 travel awards of between $500 and $1000 each, annually. At an end-of-summer “conference / course debriefing” session, trainees will report on the most exciting aspects of research presented at the conference or some of the latest methodological developments discussed at the course. Thus the CRBS training community can all benefit from the trainee’s experience.

 

The next competition will have a deadline of August 1, 2021.

CRBS – GPS Graduate Mobility Awards

The CRBS – GPS Graduate Mobility Award encourages graduate students to study and conduct research abroad as part of their McGill degree program by defraying part of the cost of the international experience. The award, funded by the Government of Quebec, is available to all full-time thesis students enrolled in a graduate degree program at McGill, and several awards have been designated to allow CRBS students to take part in a mobility opportunity. The mobility award is meant to contribute towards the completion of the student’s thesis.

 

CRBS students can apply to the Graduate Mobility Awards following the procedure found on the GPS website.

Students should write CRBS in the Program section of the application. When seeking signatures for their Application Form, the Director or Associate Director from the CRBS will sign in lieu of a GPD and Associate Dean (and the Associate Dean signature space left blank).

 

It may take up to 4 weeks for awards to be processed and payments can be disbursed one month before the travel start date.