Find Your Pulse

Project Pulse Winnipeg 2019

University Panel

Marianna Pozdirca

Pharmacy Student

Image Credits: @edgeimaging (ig), Eric Choi,

Image Credits: @edgeimaging (ig), Eric Choi,

As a first-year pharmacy student, Marianna is part of the first cohort of PharmD students at the University of Manitoba. With a background in politics and communications, she views her future in pharmacy as an opportunity to bridge patient care, research, and thoughtful policymaking. Regardless of where her career will take her, she is dedicated to advocating for evidence-based patient-centred care.

Marianna is a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and is committed to lifelong learning. While in high school, she volunteered at a neuroimmunology lab investigating the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids. More recently, she conducted neuroscience research with Dr. Chris Anderson’s lab at the Kleysen Institute for Advanced Medicine, where she explored the role of brain endothelial cells in vasodilation.

Marianna currently volunteers with Pharmacists Manitoba and sits on the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns Advocacy and Professional Affairs Standing Committee and the University of Manitoba Students’ Union University Policies Working Group. In the past, she has worked with the Winnipeg Foundation and the Prime Minister’s Youth Council.

Marianna enjoys discovering new coffee shops, reading a book, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited for Project Pulse 2019 and loves to help other students on their health sciences journey!

Tasnim Rahman

First Year Student, University of Manitoba


Tasnim Rahman is a first-year student at the University of Manitoba. He is currently in the Faculty of Science, and is planning on pursuing a B.Sc. Honours in Medical and Biological Physics. He is a recipient of the Chancellors’ Scholarship, a scholarship awarded to the top students with the highest high school entrance marks at the University of Manitoba. Throughout high school, Tasnim has participated in several science related events including the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium, and an International Science Fair hosted in Adelaide, Australia, by the Australian Science and Mathematics School. Outside of university, Tasnim tutors several students at both the high school and university level. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, and loves learning new things. Tasnim is excited to share his experience transitioning into university and discussing what he wants out of his undergrad.

Aarushi Dhawan

Dentistry Student


Aarushi Dhawan is a dental student in the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Aarushi’s passion for dentistry began from early childhood. However, she had an unconventional path in that she was in the College of Pharmacy before applying for dentistry. After graduating Aarushi hopes to travel to third-world countries and perform dental work for the less fortunate, and eventually open up her own dental clinic. A few of Aarushi’s hobbies include basketball, photography, music, travelling, and volunteering

Miral Ahmed

Kinesiology and Recreation Management Student


Miral is a fifth year Kinesiology and Recreation Management student at the University of Manitoba. She has a background in athletic rehabilitation, research and preventative healthcare intervention. Through her passion for her field, she has held student government positions and is also an active member within her community by volunteering at facilities around the city such as St. Amant, Canadian Blood Services, and Victoria General Hospital. She aims to become an advocate for preventative medicine through her future career in her Masters.

Bilal Ahmed

1st Year Medical Student


I always knew I wanted to go into medicine from a young age. In high school I also fell in love with physics. I mostly took science courses in high school and then I studied medical physics in the faculty of science for my undergrad. I’m a first year right now about to go into second year med and I love every second of it!

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