University Panel #1
Composed of undergraduate students who can speak on admissions, high school AP, undergraduate opportunities, etc.
Iman is an undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University pursing an Honours Degree in Cellular Biology; specifically, he is fascinated by the field of parasitology and immunology but defines himself as a versatile learner with interests in political science, environmental science, and mathematics. His passion to this field is credited to trial and error, his objective of helping others to teachings of his parents, and his perseverance to competitive volleyball.
He currently serves as Vice-President (External Relations) of the SFU Red Cross Club. As a Senator at SFU, he is a member of several university committees. Through his various volunteer roles outside of SFU, Iman aims to provide meaningful service while growing as an individual through doing so.
On the scientific research end, he is excited to be starting his own project in January in a parasitology lab with focus on dengue virus, chaggas disease and their vectors. Iman is looking forward to join Project Pulse as a member of the University Panel, but is even more excited to meet fellow students passionate health science. Favourite Movie: The Great Gatsby. Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Neapolitan.
Nancy Lum is a student in her second year of study at Simon Fraser University as a Biomedical Physiology major. Upon her entrance into SFU in 2014, Nancy received the Schulich Leader Scholarship, an award that recognizes students for their academic excellence and community leadership. Over her two years of service in Burnaby North Secondary’s Christmas Cheer club, Nancy played a key role raising $30,000 for the Burnaby Christmas Bureau, first as an Executive and then as Co-Chairperson. As a member of the Youth Mental Health Association, Nancy is currently in the process of building the Mental Health Network, comprised of students throughout the Lower Mainland who are working to destigmatize mental health disorders in schools.
In addition, Nancy is a volunteer trainer of the Canadian Red Cross’s Smart Start program, providing workshops in basic first aid and disaster preparedness to ESL immigrants in the community. Nancy also volunteers in the Child Life Department at BC Children’s Hospital, where she supports pediatric patients and their families on the wards, providing developmental and therapeutic play to normalize the hospital environment. After her undergraduate career, Nancy hopes to become a pediatrician and make a difference in youth's lives. She is looking forward to joining the Project Pulse Vancouver's University Panel this year.
Joseph Ho is a second year undergraduate student studying molecular biology and biochemistry at Simon Fraser University. He has developed a strong passion in this field and in the future he aspires to perform medical research. Joseph continues to pursue his interest in science as a research assistant in a Infectious Diseases Virology Laboratory at Simon Fraser University. Currently, he is investigating the activity of the Marek’s Disease virus promoter gene.
While pursuing his passion in the sciences, Joseph also finds time to give back to the community. He serves as a recruitment executive for SFU Dance Marathon to raise money for BC Chidlren’s hospital. Joseph also volunteers weekly at a local senior home and Surrey Memorial Hospital. In his free time, Joseph practices martial arts, recently obtaining his black belt. Joseph is excited to be a part of the University Panel and looks forward to sharing his experiences as an undergraduate student.
Dave Borrel is a second year undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University. He is currently pursuing a Co-op Biomedical Physiology degree and in the future he aspires to pursue medicine. While developing his strong passion for science, Dave became a volunteer at a molecular and cell biology lab at Simon Fraser University, the Beischlag Lab. They currently focus on the effects of Hypoxia, the lack of oxygen, on the metastasis of cancer cells.
Aside from his studies, Dave is passionate about volunteering, lifelong learning, and any opportunities for personal growth. He is a Youth Leader for a program at his church called Gospel Roads. As a Youth Leader, Dave focuses on demonstrating the importance of volunteerism and increasing advocacy on social injustices to younger high school students. Currently, he serves as a recruitment executive for SFU Dance Marathon, raising thousands of dollars for BC Children's Hospital.Dave also gives back to his local community hospital as a volunteer at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Dave is excited to join the university panel for Project Pulse Vancouver 2016 and share his knowledge and experiences as an undergraduate student. Favourite Album: Confessions
University Panel #2
I am a medical student from UBC. I am in year 2 of the four year program. I did my undergrad at UBC and graduated with a bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology. Outside of academic commitments (studying & research), I am heavily involved in the community working with seniors and youths. I like music and enjoy dancing. Currently, I am play the clarinet at a student ensemble at UBC and I am learning to dance Bhangra with my fellow classmates. To further distract myself from school, I have recently acquired a highly energetic family member, Larry, our family Labrador Retriever.
Jordan Yeo is currently in his first year of medical school at the University of British Columbia. A graduate of Simon Fraser University with a major in Health Sciences and minor in Counseling and Human Development, he was extremely involved at SFU throughout his undergraduate career, having served as president of his fraternity and honor society chapters, co-founding the SFU Dance Marathon fundraising initiative in support of BC Children’s Hospital, sitting as a board member in the residence student government, and working as a campus ambassador, orientation leader, and tour guide. For his involvement, Jordan became the recipient of the inaugural Build SFU Community Builder Award, and is also one of the youngest recipients of the Above and Beyond Award from Fraser Health for his initiative in developing a new orientation program for volunteers at Eagle Ridge Hospital.
Prior to his medical studies, Jordan worked as a Research Administrative Assistant for the BC Healthy Connections Project, a scientific evaluation of a nurse home-visiting program for young mothers. Currently, he remains involved at medical school through his role as Vice President of Administration on the first year student council, and will be participating in a global health research project in the summer of 2016, performing sickle cell screening in rural Nepal. His medical interests include pediatrics and mental health. He is honored to be returning to Project Pulse Vancouver this year to share his experiences.
Allison is a PhD candidate in the Biological Sciences Department at Simon Fraser University. She conducts experimental research on reproductive behavior and physiology. While career planning can be valuable, Allison believes in the power of staying open to unexpected opportunities. As an undergraduate, her pursuit of science research led her everywhere from the Smithsonian’s renowned Endocrinology laboratory to on-the-ground forestry data collection in the Ozark Mountains. This unique collection of experiences has been invaluable to her development as a scientist. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at William and Mary in Virginia, USA, and her focus is now on conducting her own research and mentoring undergraduate students in biology.
In the lab, Allison trains many undergraduates as assistants for her research. This includes counting cells under microscopes, writing computer code for data analysis, and collecting blood samples from wildlife in the field. Her former students have gone on to work in biology and medical research, and some are now pursuing PhDs of their own. When she’s not working, Allison volunteers with the Special Olympics basketball team, and also practices equestrian sports. She’s looking forward to meeting the next generation of scientists at Project Pulse 2016.
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