Hi everyone, and welcome to the 2019-2020 academic year! Our names are Meaghan and Miranda, and we are your Co-presidents of the Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences Society (BBSS). We have been on the society together for three years, and we are so passionate about biochemistry and constantly finding new ways to make it alkynes of fun! We will be working alongside the incredible 2019-2020 BBSS Executive Team to bring you the best year of biochemistry thus far! As a society, we will be providing you with tons of academic, social, and career-oriented events to enhance your experience as biochemists. We hope to provide you with as much support as possible as your journey through Biochemistry continues. Please feel free to contact us via email, or come and chat when you see us around if you have any questions, comments or concerns about our society or the biochemistry program. We hope you have a great year and we look forward to meeting you all!
DANIEL DIATLOV - VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE
I am excited to be apart of the BBSS as this year’s VP Finance. As the money man of the society, my job is to keep track of our finances and ensure that all events are kept within our budget. Although my job is mainly behind the scenes, as a 4thyear student in the core biochemistry program I am always open to chatting with students. 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, LinkedIn, or email
LINA YACOUB - VICE PRESIDENT, ACADEMICS
Hello everyone! I am super excited to be working alongside Stephanie as your VP academics this year. We would love to be part of your academic journey as you face the demanding lifestyle of being a biochemistry student. We’ve been there and we want to make sure that you have the proper resources and support to excel. Come and join us as we host many events that can give you a jumpstart to your university career. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, concerns or if you’re like me, just need a shoulder to cry on; we’re just a quick message away!
STEPHANIE SCOTT- VICE PRESIDENT, ACADEMICS
Hey Everyone! My name is Stephanie and I’m in my third year of BDC (but I’m a biochem at heart). I’m super excited to be working with Lina as your VP Academics! I look forward to helping you navigate the confusing world of research, courses and all things biochemistry! From Meet the Profs Night to Research Information Night to alkynes of other events, I hope to equip you with the resources you need to reach your potential! In those rare moments when I’m not in the lab or HSL, you can find me playing sports, watching Netflix, roasting my friends or trying to explain to my family what the BDC program is. Feel free to reach out to me via email or Facebook if you have any questions, concerns or just need to share some science puns! Looking forward to an incredible year!
TONI LUONGO- VICE PRESIDENT, BROTEINS
Hi everyone! My name is Toni (She/Her) and I’m stoked to be one of the VP Broteins for the 2019-2020 academic year. I’m extremely proud to call McMaster and the Biochemistry department my home, and am always available if you ever have any questions about Broteins, the BBSS or just want to have life chats in general. My Co-VP David and I have made it our mission to connect the incoming Biochemistry& Biomedical Sciences class of 2022 with enthusiastic upper year Broteins who will help you navigate your way through Claisen Condensation reactions, PyMol and many other learning opportunities you might face! I am incredibly excited for what the year has to bring, and cannot wait to meet you all during the upcoming events the BBSS has to offer!
DAVID CHEERIE - VICE PRESIDENT, BROTEINS
Hi friends!! My name is David and I’m one of the VP Broteins for the 2019-2020 year. I will be working alongside the wonderful Toni to run the Broteins mentorship program this year. By pairing students up with like-minded upper-year mentors and running events ranging from midterm reviews to socials, we hope to prepare students for second year and beyond. I had a wonderful second year and I hope to provide the same experience to our incoming biochemists! Please feel free to reach out to me about anything, whether it be about surviving orgo, finding amazing study spots off campus, or finding ways to get involved at Mac! I can’t wait to meet you all!
KUSH PATEL - VICE PRESIDENT, EXTERNAL
What’s up everyone! I’m Kush (… yea I know). I’m a 3rd year heading into the BDC program, but still Biochem by heart! I am very excited to be 1 of your VP Externals this year! Me and my co will be working hard to bring you exciting events that’ll help you escape the stressful times trying to understand why the Trp operon is so Trppy or from memorizing all the amino acids and create a balance in your busy lives. Us Externals, along with the rest of the BBSS team, want to make sure you get the most out of Biochem and we’re going to help with many events planned throughout the year, including a BBSS intramurals team both semesters for the sport of your choice and Biochem Olympics! I really enjoy meeting new people and hearing new ideas so if you guys have any suggestions, things you want to see from us, questions… anything, feel free to reach out to me, I’ll most likely be in HSL talking, watching Netflix or car videos… pretty much anything but studying so there’s nothing that can possibly distract me more. Excited to see what this year’s got in store for us!
ANNA KATYUKHINA - VICE PRESIDENT, EXTERNAL
Hi everyone! My name is Anna and I'm a second year biochemistry student. I'm excited to work as VP External alongside Kush to bring you lots of events for the new year! Our job is to give you a break from your studies and come have some fun with us and the rest of the BBSS team. From semester intramurals to Biochem Olympics, we work with outside clubs to help bring you amazing events! Don't be afraid if you're bad at sports; if I can play, anyone can. Feel free to message me if you have any questions, a radical biochemistry joke or see a cute dog on campus! I look forward to seeing you guys at our events :)
NETA PIPKO - VICE PRESIDENT, FUNDRAISING
Hi everyone! My name is Neta and as your VP fundraising, I am excited to start this school year off right with some trendy and exclusive new biochemistry merchandise that could be designed uniquely by you! It is my goal to make sure this year is filled with delicious fundraising events to raise money for local charities as well as the BBSS, and hopefully make your days a little sweeter! If you have ideas for any fundraising events, feel free to reach out. But most importantly, make sure to keep an ion the prize and come on out before we cell out!!
DANIELLE DELLA LIBERA - VICE PRESIDENT, FUNDRAISING
Hey friends, my names Danielle and I’m a second year biochem biomed spec student. I will be your VP fundraising this school year, working along side Neta to bring you some awesome fundraising opportunities! I’m stoked for the upcoming year and can’t wait to get you all involved in fun activities to raise funds for biochem and the Hamilton community!!
DANA TYRIE - VP MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Hey guys! My name is Dana, a fourth year Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization student with a passion for Biochemistry! My role as VP Communications means it’s my job to keep you all informed of the amazing events put on by the society! Make sure to stay in touch by following our facebook page “McMaster Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences Society - BBSS” and Instagram @macbbss to stay up to date with everything the society has to offer! Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions you may have, by email or stop me in the hall if you see me – anything at all, I’m always happy to help! :)
MOSTAFA HAMADA- VICE PRESIDENT, MEDIA & DESIGN
Hello there friends!! My name is Mostafa and I am a biochemistry core student heading into my fourth and final year. My role on the BBSS as VP Media & Design entails hyping up all the incredible events that our team is planning for this upcoming academic year. I am beyond excited for what this year has in store, and especially sharing some creativity and media designs with all of you! Feel free to come talk to me if you have any questions or concerns. See y’all around!!
ALLY MOORE - VICE PRESIDENT, CAREERS
Hi everyone! My name is Ally, and I will be your VP Careers for the 2019-2020 school year. In this role, I hope to shine light on the many career opportunities that exist once you graduate from undergrad. There is so much more out there than just professional school, and my goal is to make you aware of the incredible things happening in the world of science and academia. I plan to achieve this by bringing you events such as Careers night, as well as keeping you up to date on interesting lectures, events, job opportunities, etc. If you have any questions, concerns, or have suggestions for events you would like to see, please feel free to reach out. It is going to be an amazing year, and I am so excited to meet you all!
OLIVIA MANNDELANY - VICE PRESIDENT, CAREERS
Hi there! My name is Olivia and I’m a second year biochem student. I will be working alongside Ally as VP Careers for the 2019-2020 school year. Through this role, I hope to provide academic and career-related support to the students in biochemistry by ensuring the awareness of various career opportunities available after undergraduate studies. I hope to encourage the exploration of post-undergrad opportunities through events such as a careers night. I also promise to maintain transparent communication with the second year biochem students and will work especially hard to minimize the stress factor in transitioning from first to second year studies.
CORIE NIU - VICE PRESIDENT, SOCIAL
Hello Everyone! I’m Corie and I'm one of your VP Socials this year. I am beyond excited to work with Naomy to plan some of the most memorable events for you this year. Other than the annual faculty formal, we also hope to engage the students more and get to know what type of events YOU would like to see happening in the upcoming year. If you have any ideas or questions, feel free to shoot us an email or talk to us directly. We know the academic life can get stressful and boring, SOOO come out to meet new people and have some fun once in a while! Hope to see many of you in future events!!
NAOMY KAPLAN - VICE PRESIDENT, SOCIAL
Hey there! I will be one of your BBSS VP socials for the 2019-2020 year! My role is to create awesome events, along with Corie, that will connect us students in an environment outside of the classroom, such as the Biochemistry annual formal. School can be stressful so please (biochemis)try to come out for a fun study break. Feel free to contact me for any ideas or (pipette) tips you may have!
AUTUMN LAWRENCE - VICE PRESIDENT, SOCIAL
Hey everyone! My name is Autumn and I'm a second year Biochemistry student. I am one of the VP Socials and I will be working alongside Corie and Naomy to plan some of the awesome events that will take place this year! Part of my role is to help students meet other each and make connections outside of the classroom. We want to help you guys find a balance between school work and having a good time outside of the classroom so put down the pencils and join us at some of our future events! Hope to see you there!
ALYSHIA LAIDLAW - VICE PRESIDENT, INTERNAL
Hey everyone! I’m Alyshia and I’m excited to be your VP Internal for this year! I’m a secretary at heart, so I’ll be in charge of administrative tasks on the BBSS: taking minutes, scheduling rooms and making sure our meetings run smoothly. I’ll also be helping out fellow execs with planning events for you all to enjoy. I love meeting new people, especially new biochemistry students! Feel free to message me on Facebook or send me an email if you have any questions, or want to vent about Orgo. It’s going to be a great year!
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