Our Team Has Grown!

Meet the members of our teams! Each member is dedicated to upholding the Pulsar Collective values and helping to make our mission a reality.

Meet our Board of Directors

Cassidy Swanston

Board Member

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Master's student in science communication, Communications Director at the Pelling Lab. Ask me how to grow an ear out of an apple.

Nina Hadžimustafić

Board Member

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MD Candidate at the University of Toronto, avid classical piano lover, ask me about mitochondria or composing music!

Joanne Zhou

Board Member

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Dietitian and Product Management Professional. Building Products and Community are my passions.

Farhana Alarakhiya

Board Member

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Data nerd; obsessed about making life smarter through data insights and analytics. Ask me why society suffers from DRIP - Data Rich but Insight Poor.

Aqeela Somani

Board Member

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Certificate in Health Management & a Masters of Management in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Building a social impact start up and exploring the world of data.

Sam Yee

Board Member

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HBSc student in Biomedical Sciences, Indigenous Studies, and Science Policy. Passionate about social justice and equity, and loves all brightly-coloured things.

Cora Larkins

Board Member

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Strategic fundraising leader, community development Master’s student at the University of Victoria. Lover of city parks and public art.

Meet our Executives

Cassidy Swanston

Executive Director

(She/Her)

Master's student in science communication, Communications Director at the Pelling Lab. Ask me how to grow an ear out of an apple.

Nina Hadžimustafić

Director of Operations

(She/Her)

MD Candidate at the University of Toronto, avid classical piano lover, ask me about mitochondria or composing music!

Rahna Rasouli

Director of Programs

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Medical student at the University of Toronto & piano teacher. Ask me about music in medicine!

Emily Hashimoto-Roth

Director of Communications

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Master's student in bioinformatics in the Lavallée-Adam and Neural Regeneration Labs. I develop software that uses machine learning to mine and analyze mass spectrometry data!

Breana Hooks

Director of Human Resources

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Master's student in biochemistry, working on immunometabolism in the Harper Lab. I grew up wanting to be the first female astronaut to go to Mars.

Meet the University of Ottawa Chapter

Catalina Fernandez

Volunteer Coordinator​

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Honours student in a Translational Molecular Medicine program, working in medicinal chemistry lab. Ask me about drug synthesis!​

Alex Kasatkina

Programs Coordinator

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Honours BSc student in Biomedical Sciences.