Our Team

We are a small team of undergraduate student excited to get other student involved in the field of neuroscience.

Khadija Brouillette

Co-President | Life Sciences Co-Op V

Khadija’s journey into brain research started in second year with the fundamentals of neuroscience course. While this course was challenging, it sparked her interest in the field of neuroscience. She is interested in exploring topics where neuroscience and mental health intersect, such as mood disorders, addiction, and more. She joined this club to share her passion to get students excited and involved in neuroscience.

Gabrielle Trépanier

Co-President | Health Sciences II

Academia can be intimidating, and the pandemic has exacerbated many of the challenges that students face when trying to involve themselves in brain research. Gabrielle has been dedicated to the MBRS for over a year because she believes that McMaster undergraduate students deserve accessible resources that allow them to better explore their brain research-related passions and goals. This year, she is looking forward to expanding the MBRS’s existing initiatives, in order to reach more students who are fascinated by neuroscience!

Kavya Patel

Director of Administration | Life Sciences Sensory Motor Systems V

Kavya joined the MBRS because she has always been fascinated by the brain and its complexities and this is the perfect opportunity for her to combine her interests and encourage students to learn more about neuroscience.

Anusha Mappanasingam

Director of Finance | Chemistry IV

Being in the Chemistry program, Anusha never really gets the chance to explore her interests in neuroscience. Being a part of MBRS provides her with the chance to delve deeper into my passion for the brain and it helps her support other students like herself in gaining access to neuroscience opportunities..

Rida Khan

Director of Publications | Molecular Biology & Genetics III

Since she was in high school, Rida has always been fascinated by the complexity of the brain and the way it interacts with our bodies and our environments to create such diverse individualities and personalities. There are so many perspectives, questions and research to be done in the field of neuroscience. Becoming a Director of Publications at MBRS allows her to give ambitious and curious students the opportunity to spark these questions about neuroscience and share their research with the McMaster community.

Malaika Matin

Editor | Life Sciences III

Ever since her first psychology course at McMaster, Malaika has always been fascinated by brain-related research. She loves learning about the various theories of emotion and motivation, as well as the neurological aspects supporting these theories. Working with MBRS, she knows that she will be able to share her interests in brain research with a lay audience through a student-led and action-oriented platform.

Sophie Krokhine

Editor | Life Sciences II

Sophie has been interested in neuroscience ever since 10th grade and was fortunate to have many exciting research experiences throughout high school. She has worked in several different labs including one at McMaster, studying a range of topics from the use of the ketogenic diet to treat neurotransmitter imbalances in autism to long-term cognitive deficits caused by concussion. In this role, she will help students get interested in neuroscience and have their first experience with publishing in the MBRS Journal.

Isha Masood

Director of Events | Biochemistry II

Isha’s interest in brain research began after she witnessed a relative go through an epileptic episode. This incident sparked her passion in the field of brain research and neurology because she was unaware of epilepsy and its severity prior to this incident. This further led her to take Psychology courses where she was able to learn new concepts and conditions linked to the brain and nervous system. Overall, the field of science is versatile and is constantly evolving which is why she wishes to gain experience in scientific research while working with like minded individuals to expand our knowledge on neurological conditions.

Ahad Daudi

Events Coordinator | Health Sciences II

Ahad believes that the brain itself is by far the most interesting organ we have. It’s primarily responsible for interpreting our five senses and in turn, moderating how we perceive the world around us. Through joining the MBRS, Ahad is certain that he will learn more about the fascinating field of neuroscience alongside individuals passionate about brain research.

Lydia Leung

Director of Marketing | Life Sciences IV

Lydia has always believed the brain to be more complex and fascinating than we could ever understand. This curiosity led her to join a research lab at SickKids studying rare pediatric brain tumors, and she has come to learn just how critical research is in finding better treatments and improving survival of individuals with brain tumors. This is what sparked her interest to join MBRS: to connect with other passionate individuals and continue to spread awareness for neuroscience and brain tumor research!

Sneha Sritharan

Graphic Designer | Life Sciences II

After conducting research in neuroscience and neuro-oncology this summer, Sneha was exposed to the importance of advancing quality of care through epidemiological research. Furthermore, the complexity of brain disorders can make understanding research in the field difficult for the general public, which she hopes through MBRS can be made more accessible for all. 

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