Each month, SRSA nominates members of our team to be recognized for their exceptional work. On this page we will feature the winners of each month so that you can learn more about them and their role on SRSA!

SRSA Star – December

Priyal Shah

Director of Student Life

Hi everyone! My name is Priyal Shah. This year, I am the Director of Student Life and I am very excited to be part of SRSA. I am a second year Master’s student in the Institute of Medical Sciences program. My research is focused on understanding the role of our natural blood group antibodies in inhibiting the entry of coronavirus into cells.

Avinash Mukkala

Director of Student Life

My name is Avinash Mukkala, and I am the Director for Student Life at SRSA. I am currently a fourth-year PhD candidate at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto under supervision of Dr. Ori Rotstein in the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science, Unity Health Toronto. My dissertation is focused on modulating mitochondrial quality control to mitigate hepatic ischemia/reperfusion injury using in vitro, in vivo and ex vivo translational models of disease.

This is what their teammates had to say about them:
“Priyal and Avinash participate in most of SRSA events and are so nice !”
“Amazing social events”
“great job pivoting the pub night on such short notice! and great work so far”
“Great holiday social!”

 

Priyal:

Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions?

New Years resolution is to establish a healthier and consistent routine (sleeping, eating, exercising)

If you could spend a day with one famous person, who would it be and why?

I would want to meet Marie Curie. She was a pioneer in radioactive research especially during a time when women were not completely accepted as equals in STEM and I admire her for it.

Where would you most like to go on vacation?

Bali, Indonesia is first on my travel bucket list!

 

 

Avinash:

Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions?

Read at least 20 books, cover to cover. Only non-fiction.

If you could spend a day with one famous person, who would it be and why?

Charles Darwin. I want to understand his initial thought processes in developing evolutionary theory, prior to collection of data on the Galápagos Islands.

Where would you most like to go on vacation?

Europe tour!

PAST STARS

November – Andreea Furdui & Victoria Ki (Directors of Communications)

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