Aiman Shahid - Honours Life Sciences III

Aiman is in her third year of the Honours Life Sciences program within the School of Interdisciplinary Sciences at McMaster University. She, along with Alisa, co-founded Sciential with the primary goal to represent the diverse Faculty of Science at McMaster University and promote effective science communication. Her research interests lie in the areas of pedagogy, stem cells, genetics, and infectious disease.  Outside of academics, Aiman enjoys trying new food, travelling, and spending time with her friends and family.

Alisa Nykolayeva - Honours Life Sciences III Co-op

Alisa is in her third year of the Honours Life Sciences Co-op program at McMaster University. In partnership with Aiman, Alisa co-founded Sciential to embrace the interdisciplinarity of science and scientific research at McMaster University through various types of submissions accepted by the journal. Alisa is now a co-op student which will assist her in finding the most suitable for her field of science, however, her most recent interest lies in stem cell biology in transplantations. Outside of university, Alisa is interested in quality time with family and friend, traveling, and self-reflection. 

Senior Editors

Abdullah El-Sayes - Honours Life Sciences III

Abdullah El-Sayes is in his third year of Honours Life Sciences at McMaster University. He decided to join Sciential as the Senior Editor to advocate fellow students to professionally publish their work for others to see, hence initiating student-driven collaboration pertaining to scientific and mathematical literature. Abdullah’s research interests encompass the fields of immunology, stem cells, and cancer. Currently, he is investigating how natural killer cells may be used to combat malignant solid tumors using in vitro and in vivo models. His interests outside of academics include reading, photography, abstract painting and running.

Tyler Redublo - Honours Life Sciences IV

Tyler is in his fourth year of the Honours Life Sciences program. He joined Sciential because he wants to do his part in showing people all of the innovative and exciting work that is being conducted by undergraduate science students at McMaster. His goals are to recognize their hard-work, and to show people that science can be both interesting, and applicable for everyone. His research interests include mental health and illness, and exercise science. His hobbies and interests outside of academics are playing basketball and volleyball, cooking, and watching Lord of the Rings.

Graduate Editors

Jennifer Williams - Department of Kinesiology, PhD Candidate

Jennifer Williams is a PhD student in the Department of Kinesiology, supervised by Dr. Maureen MacDonald in the Vascular Dynamics Lab. She completed her undergraduate degree in Health Studies & Life Sciences, and Master's degree in Kinesiology from Queen's University. She studies the influence of sex hormones on cardiovascular function, with a focus on hormonal contraceptives in her PhD research. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking and biking the beautiful Hamilton trails, and enjoying activities with family and friends. She's excited to be joining the Sciential team to continue to learn about the diverse research going on at McMaster!

Undergraduate Editors

Caitlin Reintjes - Honours Integrated Science II

Caitlin is in her second year of the Honours Integrated Sciences program. She chose to become an editor for Sciential because she is very passionate about both science and writing and wanted to find an opportunity that combined these disciplines. Since she is so enthusiastic about both of these fields, she wanted to use her position as an editor to share her excitement for science with the undergraduate community. Her research interests include pediatric medicine, neurobiology, and genetics. Outside of academics, she is a lifeguard, teaches swim lessons, and enjoys practicing yoga and reading.

Ishita Paliwal - Honours Integrated Science II

Ishita is a second year student in the Honours Integrated Sciences program. She joined Sciential because it provides an accessible platform for students to publish their work. This journal can allow other students to learn about current and local research, and possibly get inspired to write papers themselves. She is interested in literature reviews and conducting original research in the field of biochemistry. She has been doing Indian classical dance for ten years and is a swim instructor and lifeguard. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, and spending time with family and friends.

Gabrielle Gonsalves - Honours Life Sciences II

Gabrielle is a second year student within the Honours Life Sciences program with a minor in Sustainability. She is passionate about education, travel, innovation, the environment, health, and helping others. With a keen interest in immunopathology, developmental biology, and health policy, she decided to join the Sciential team to satiate her everlastingly curious nature, and build on her science communication skills. Furthermore, by being a part of the Sciential team she hopes to help provide an engaging and accessible outlet for the deep levels of Science inquiry, occurring both on and off campus.

Amama Khairzad - Honours Life Sciences III

Amama is in her third year of studies as an Honours Life Sciences student at McMaster University. She joined Sciential due to her passion for science communication and writing. Amama immensely values an interdisciplinary approach to scientific research and believes Sciential is exemplary in that regard. Her research interests comprise stem cells, genetics, and synthetic biology. She is passionate about advocating for educational equity and international health. Outside of her academics, Amama enjoys playing soccer and volleyball with her brothers, spending time with family, and baking as a stress-reliever.

Suhaila Abdelhalim - Honours Life Sciences III

Suhaila is in her third year of Honours Life Sciences at McMaster University. Powered by her passion for writing and a strong belief in the importance of science literacy, Suhaila joined the Sciential team for their work involving the development and accessibility of written communication in the scientific field. Suhaila is currently involved in research with Hydra, a small, freshwater organism, and studies everything from their feeding behaviour to their remarkable regenerative abilities in Dr. Ana Campos’ lab. Her other research interests mainly encompass human and animal physiology. Her hobbies include swimming, soccer, film, English literature, and of course, writing.

Ashwinie Sivakumar - Honours Life Sciences IV

Ashwinie is in her fourth year of Honours Life Sciences. She wanted to join Sciential because she loves that this journal gives students a platform to showcase the research being conducted at McMaster University. Research fields that interest her the most include neurodegenerative diseases and behavioral psychology. In her spare time, she loves reading historical fiction novels and listening to new music. 

Graphic Designer

Athena Chang - Honours Life Sciences IV

As a fourth year Honours Life Sciences student interested in both science and graphic design, Sciential is an opportunity for her to connect these two passions, granting her an artistic outlet while working alongside enthusiastic individuals on a platform that encourages students to showcase their research and other works, helping to build a better understanding of diverse scientific knowledge. Outside of academics, she enjoys volunteering, reading, playing sports, listening to music, and travelling, which all contribute as inspiration for designing. 

Youssef El-Sayes - Honours Life Sciences II

Youssef is in his second year of the Honours Life Sciences program. He is a multi-faceted student and enjoys using his skills in art, graphic design, and writing to make science enjoyable and gratifying for writers and readers alike. Youssef decided to join the Sciential team because of his interest in research, and advocating towards the value and importance of science and inquiry. His major research interests reside in the field of immunology and understanding the vital role of the immune system. When he is free, you can find him hiking, baking, or sketching something fun and new.

Communications Coordinator

Hope Michael - Honours Life Sciences IV

Hope is in her fourth year of Honours Life Sciences with a minor in biology. She joined Sciential to uncover the vast research that students are a part of at McMaster University, and to be able to use this journal as a platform to share this knowledge and self-learning with others. She has an interest in human pathophysiology along with embryonic development and hopes to research more about these fascinating topics. Outside of school, Hope enjoys traveling the world with her family, playing the piano and volunteering in her community.

Senior Advisors

Dr. Kimberley Dej - School of Interdisciplinary Sciences

Dr. Veronica Rodriguez Moncalvo - School of Interdisciplinary Sciences

Dr. Katie Moisse - School of Interdisciplinary Sciences

Abeer Siddiqui - Science Librarian