BioSAuce Volunteers

Below is the name and details of the 2017-2018 BioSA BioSAuce volunteers.

Name: Julia Santiago
Position: Editor
Year of Study: First Year
Program: Life Sciences Co-op
Favourite Quote: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
Hobbies/Interests: The fine arts, film, photography, music, biology, sleeping
A concept you find fascinating and why: Simply the study of genes! How intriguing is the thought that a very small alteration in the DNA sequence of a gene can create a large impact on an individual’s health? And how technology has advanced to have the ability to study, detect and correct these alterations? (Pretty intriguing I’d say.)


Name: Nadiya Subdar
Position: Researcher
Year of Study: 2
Program: Molecular Biology, Immunology & Cell disease and Health Studies
Favourite Quote: “You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.” – Joel Osteen
Hobbies/Interests: Enjoy knitting and crocheting.  Also, I like to play tennis.
A concept you find fascinating and why: I find it very fascinating how nutrition and adequate exercise has the ability to impact one’s health on a long-term basis. This is key in order to reduce long-term illnesses as well as minor health issues. In my opinion, this is an important topic that everyone should be familiarized with in hopes to decrease future epidemics.


Name: Hardeep Singh
Position: Director
Year of Study: 4
Program: Double Major in Psychology and Biology
Favourite Quote: “A Liger is pretty much my favorite animal. It’s like a lion and a tiger mixed… bred for its skills in magic. ” – Napolean Dynamite
Hobbies/Interests: Researching Ligers and their immense powers
A concept you find fascinating and why: Tiger and Lion Cross-species breeding capabilities


Name: Jason Lo
Year of Study: Second Year
Position: Researcher
Program: Double major in human biology and psychology
Favourite Quote: “If wishes were fishes, the world would be an ocean” – Homer Simpson
Hobbies/Interests: Learning new things. Bring it on.
A concept you find fascinating and why: The study of the human brain is just a bunch of human brains studying themselves. Fascinating.


Name: Aathy Thambiappah
Position: Director
Year: Fourth year
Program: Cell and Molecular Biology (Co-op)
Favorite quote:  “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced”– Soren Kierkegaard
Hobbies/Interest: Reading, swimming, skating, playing music on the veena, learning about different cultures, humanitarian efforts in foreign countries
A concept you find interesting and why: I find the cell’s process and progression into a cancerous phenotype extrememly fancinatng and a problem that is prevalent in today’s world. I particularly like how the cell responds/interacts with  its enviornment; the ECM.


Name: Vishal Sangha
Position: Researcher
Year of Study: 3
Program: Biology Major
Favorite quote: “Limitation is the best form of flattery” – Anonymous
Hobbies/interests: Reading about different things
A concept you find interesting: The brain functioning of a serial killer, how it’s different from a normal human being