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.

Meet The Team


Yeganeh Habibi

Shreya Krishnan

Shafqat Rasool

Yeganeh was born in Tehran, Iran and she immigrated to Canada in 2018. She started her graduate study in Chemistry Department of McGill University. She is working in Prof. Christopher Thibodeaux lab, mainly on conformational changes of lanthipeptide synthetases. 

She loves photography, painting, and of course ice cream. 

Shreya was born in Montreal and grew up in India. She came back to Canada to pursue her undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia. Currently a PhD student in Dr. Alba Guarne's lab where her project is to understand the targeting mechanism of a transposition machinery using a structure-specific DNA binding protein. Apart from research, she loves hiking, reading novels and chocolates. 

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.

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 2020, and the application form will be available here.   


Congratulation to the recently-announced 2019-2020 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 May 31, 2020.

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.