Hello and welcome! I am beyond excited to be one of the BBSS Co-Presidents for the 2018-2019 year. Our goal is to make sure that you are supported during your time in the Biochemistry program. We hope to provide the Biochemistry student body with academic, mentorship, social and career events and resources to assist you in succeeding within this program and beyond. Our amazing team will also be working hard all year long to provide you with BBSS apparel, intramural teams, a biochemistry-themed formal and so much more! If you have any ideas on how the society can better support you or just want to share some biochem puns, feel free to come and talk to me at any time – I’m probably just thinking about corgis to be honest.
EMMA YU - PRESIDENT
Hi biochemists! I'm thrilled to be one half of your presidential team for this year alongside the lovely Sierra Barnes. We're here to advocate on your behalf and make sure this year knocks your ligands off! Our amazing BBSS team has got a ton of fun (and educational) events planned for 2018-2019, so stay tuned! If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or even if you need a pep talk before a midterm, please feel free to reach out at any time. I don't sleep much so I promise to reply asap!
JULIA AVOLIO - VICE PRESIDENT, ACADEMICS
Hi everyone! As VP Academic, I strive to provide a safe and welcoming environment for learning in the Biochemistry program. This year, I will be working alongside my fellow VP Academic, Daniel, to provide you with a positive and fulfilling university experience. We will be organizing academic-related events such as Meet the Profs Night and Thesis Night to help guide you through the program. I am so excited to have the opportunity to positively impact the academic experience of Biochemistry students. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
DANIEL DIATLOV - VICE PRESIDENT, ACADEMICS
It is my pleasure to be working alongside Julia as one of your VP Academics. Navigating the various opportunities and courses available to you as a biochemistry student can be a challenge, but we’re here to help you along every step of the way. We hope that through our events, you will be well on your way to achieving your academic and personal goals. If you have any questions about courses, research positions, thesis positions, or just want to chat about your favourite Netflix series, feel free to reach out and contact me via Facebook or email. Hope you’re as excited for an amazing year as I am!
ANJALI PATEL - VICE PRESIDENT, ADMIN
Hi everyone! My name is Anjali and I will be your VP Admin for the 2018-2019 school year. I am beyond excited to work alongside this year’s exec team to help plan, organize and execute amazing events and opportunities for you all. I am looking forward to expanding my social circle and (peptide)-bonding with you all at these events. I love to talk about anything related to biochemistry/research/food places to try in Hamilton etc. If you have questions or suggestions about anything, or just want to talk, please feel free to reach out.
MEAGHAN DOYLE - VICE PRESIDENT, BROTEINS
Hi everyone! My name is Meaghan and I’m one of the VP Broteins for the 2018-2019 year. I love everything to do with Biochemistry and getting involved at McMaster, and am always happy to answer any questions you may have (e.g. how you can get involved, how to survive orgo, etc etc). As a VP Brotein, I have the exciting opportunity to match all of the amazing 2nd year Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences students with upper year Brotein mentors! My Co-VP Kevin and I hope to introduce some new and exciting events, and we can't wait to share what we have in store and to get to know you all in the upcoming year!
KEVIN HUYNH - VICE PRESIDENT, BROTEINS
Hi guys! My name is Kevin and I, along with Meaghan Doyle, will be in charge of the Broteins mentorship program by the Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences Society. Our goal is to minimize the stress that comes along with the transition from first year to second year, whether it be socially or academically. Since most second years are diverging from Life Sciences in first year, we know that a lot of you may not have many friends in the program, so we hope to catalyze new friendships between second years by giving you guys practical opportunities to meet and learn together. In addition, we will be running academic workshops which include review sessions before tests and professional skills that will be transferable to your success. I am very excited for what's to come this year and hope to meet you all soon!
VANESSA CATENACCI - VICE PRESIDENT, CAREERS
Hey everyone! My name is Vanessa and I, along with Danny, will be your VPs for Careers! I’m super excited to help organize career-related events that can help shine light on all the options we have after university! If you see me at our Careers night, or any of the other amazing events BBSS runs, please feel free to come talk to me! I’d love to be there for anything you need- questions/comments/suggestions/struggles, so feel free to reach out at any time! Its going to be an awesome year!
DANNY MA - VICE PRESIDENT, CAREERS
Hi everyone! My name is Danny and I will be your VP Careers for the 2018-2019 school year! My role will be to organize events that highlight the plentiful career paths that are out there for you after undergrad (yes there's life after Biochem!) I hope to see you all at the many BBSS events like the Careers Fair - it's going to be an amazing year! If you ever have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, always feel free to shoot me a message.
STEVEN HUYNH - VICE PRESIDENT, EXTERNAL
Hi everybody! I’m excited to be coming back as the VP External for the 2018-2019 school year. I’ll be here to ensure all our fellow Biochemists are able to balance a heavy course load with an active lifestyle. Weekly intramural leagues sprinkled in with a couple events per year should hopefully provide some relief from all the hurrying and worrying over the pipetting and prelab testing. Outside of the lab and classroom, you’ll find me studying at various places across campus, at the gym, on the fields tossing a frisbee, taking nature walks or at Osmows ordering a chicken on the rocks!
STEPHANIE SCOTT - VICE PRESIDENT, EXTERNAL
Hello Everyone! My name is Stephanie and I’m beyond thrilled to be working alongside Steven as one of your VP Externals! We are looking forward to bringing you a great year filled with intramurals, stress busters, biochem olympics and alkynes of other events! We know that the biochem life can be pretty stressful and we want to make life outside the lab as enjoyable as possible! I love my fellow biochemists so don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you ever have any questions, comments, ideas, some quality science puns to share or even if you just want to talk! I can’t wait for you all to see what the BBSS has in store for this year and I’m so excited to meet you all!
DANA TYRIE - VICE PRESIDENT, FUNDRAISING
Hey I’m Dana! I’m a third year BDC student with Biochem roots and am so excited to be a part of the BBSS! Miranda & I will be your VP Fundraisers this year and together we’re gonna make sure the BBSS has the funds for super fun events like the spring formal and money to support our local charities like Ronald McDonald House! We hope you’re excited for the clothing sale where you can get some sick Biochem merch, and the Krispy Kreme donut sales we'll have sprinkled throughout the year! We also have a few new and exciting fundraising initiatives planned that we can’t wait to share!
MIRANDA ZARY - VICE PRESIDENT, FUNDRAISING
Hi, I’m Miranda and this year I will be working alongside Dana as your VP Fundraising! Fundraising is here to make sure you look tastefully swagged out in your biochemistry merchandise. Not only will we be bringing you a bomb BBSS clothing sale, but we will have other fundraising events throughout the year to raise money for the BBSS and local charities. If you have any ideas for the clothing sale or other fundraising events, feel free to send us an email. Team work makes the dream work!
VRAJ SHAH - VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Hola amigos! I’m Vraj Shah, the VP Marketing and Communications for BBSS. I will do my best to keep y’all informed and connected with the society with upcoming opportunities and events. You can keep updated through this website and/or the BBSS Facebook page! #ShamelessPlug I hope to work with the other VPs and the Presidents to make this year as fun and enriching as possible. Once the Biochem swag is ready for sale, I will be posting around so keep your eyes open! If you have any suggestions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to approach me! ⌬
PRISKA TAAREA - VICE PRESIDENT, MEDIA & DESIGN
Hello friends!! My name is Priska and I am a third year biochemistry student in the biomedical research specialization. As VP Media & Design I hope I can get you hyped for all the incredible events that our team has in store for this year. I am so excited to share some creativity with you all and unlike with 2-mercaptoethanol, I hope to smell y'all later!
ALEXIA FERNANDES - VICE PRESIDENT, SOCIAL
Hey, I’m Alexia and I am entering my fourth year in Biochemistry. As one of your VPs Social for this year, I am extremely excited to plan some awesome events for you guys to attend and amplify your social circles. Don’t be Trypsin, the BBSS events will be super litmus, so make sure you guys take a break from studying to come out and enjoy yourselves. If you have any suggestions for future events or any comments, feel free to email me!
NAOMY KAPLAN - VICE PRESIDENT, SOCIAL
Hey there! Along with Alexia and Donya, I will be one of your VP socials! I am entering my first year in the biochemistry specialty and am very excited to make it as memorable as possible with some amazing events! School can be stressful so please biochemisTRY to come out for a fun study break! Feel free to contact me for any ideas or (pipette) tips you may have!!
DONYA ZOLFAGHARI - VICE PRESIDENT, SOCIAL
Hi there! Along with Alexia Fernandes, I will be one of your BBSS VP socials for the 2018-2019 year! Throughout this year, we hope to continue to connect students in an environment outside of academics through various social events such as our annual biochemistry-themed formal. We know how tough academics can get, and it is our goal to bring a little more joy into your lives! If you have any ideas or suggestions regarding any of the events, feel free to come talk to us! When life gets supercoiled, we'll be here as your topoisomerases!!
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