Co-President and Communications Director: Taylor Irvine


Hey! I’m a PhD student in the psychology department, studying the interaction between hormones and behaviour. When I’m not in lab, I like to stay active with yoga, hiking, and running the occasional marathon. I love the idea of building a community of graduate students where we can support each other during our studies. I am eager to bring you all of the exciting news about our upcoming events throughout the year ahead!

Co-President: Thanh Phung


Hey everyone! I’m a PhD student in the cells and systems biology department, studying the neurobiological basis of sexual behaviour. Aside from lab work, I like to spend my time working out, experimenting with unique food combinations, and watching insect documentaries. I’m excited to be a part of UTMAGS and getting to know UTM’s graduate student community a little bit better!

Social Director: Jack Cheng


Hello everyone. My name is Jack (he/him) and I am a first-year MSc in Geography student. My research looks at the spatial distribution and human exposure to air pollutants, and whether these pollutants are a risk to health. I’m excited to be the social director this year and host some super fun social events at UTM. Feel free to get in touch with me at any time. Outside of academics I enjoy playing table tennis, piano, soccer and love exploring new places.

Treasurer: Faisal Halabeya


Hi everyone! I’m a first-year PhD student in experimental biophysics, researching competition in bacterial populations and systems. I’m thrilled to be working with the rest of the executive team, and I look forward to serving as your UTMAGS Treasurer. In my free time I enjoy going on bike rides in my neighbourhood and exploring record stores, libraries, and cafés around town. Please feel free to reach out to me if you’re interested in getting involved, have ideas for new events, or just want to say hi!

Academic and Professional Initiatives Director: Areej Al-Dailami


Hi everyone! I’m a PhD student in the biology department, studying insect physiology and endocrinology. Outside the lab, I like to spend my time in nature, explore new places, hang out with family and friends! I’m super excited to join the UTMAGS, getting to know UTM’s graduate student community more, and make friends! Looking forward to taking a part of creating awesome events for our community 🙂

Assistant Academic and Professional Initiatives Director: Xinye Peng


Hi everyone! I am a PhD student in the psychology department studying the neural mechanism of aggression. Outside the lab, I recently took up the hobby of biking and drawing. As a part of UTMAGS, I would love to introduce events that facilitate everyone’s success for the graduate community!

Secretary & Graduate Student Union Representative: Shubhreet Johal


Hi friends! My name is Shubhreet (pronounced shuh-breet), and I am a first-year graduate student in the Master of Biomedical Communications (MScBMC) program. Outside of science illustration/communication, I love to hang out with friends & family, read, and dance. Feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns, or just to chat about grad student life 😊. Looking forward to an awesome school year!

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