Current Members

Anika Tarasewicz, Chair

I am currently in my 4th year of the PhD program at the University of Toronto. My research is in the area of organic chemistry, where I am developing new methods to efficiently make complex natural products. During my time off, I like to spend my time exploring places in Toronto, hiking in the woods, and traveling to new places.





JoAnn Chen, Events Coordinator

I am a 2nd year PhD student in the Jockusch group studying the photophysics of biomolecules in the gas state. In my free time, I enjoy walking around the city, eating different foods and hiking.




nancyNancy Khuu, Co-treasurer

I am a first year Master student in the field of polymer and materials chemistry at the University of Toronto. My research is largely focused on developing biomaterials for fundamental cancer research and drug screening. I am a coffee, wine and all things food enthusiast who enjoys discovering new cute little niche cafes and trying not to get lost while exploring Toronto in my spare time.




Penny Le, Media Relations Coordinatorphoto_group_website_2014-pjle

I’m a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry however, my research has me based in various departments as I work on synthesizing polymer-based radioimmunoconjugates via enzymatic methods. While working in highly interdisciplinary areas of research, I saw the importance of inclusiveness and community in STEM fields, and it’s brought me here to WICTO. Being somewhat of a foodie, my spare time is often spent exploring new restaurants/bars, or enjoying an exceptionally good cup of coffee with an interesting read. I also stay very active playing volleyball, running, and learning dance.




Nimrat Obhi, Seminar Series Coordinator

I am currently a 4th year PhD student working in the area of polymer chemistry, and am focused on the use of unique organic polymers as the light-absorbing layer in solar cells. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy swimming, skiing, and music.





Ellie Prince, Co-treasurerellie

I am currently a 1rst year PhD student in Professor Kumacheva’s group at the University of Toronto. My research involves developing new hydrogels for biomedical applications. In my spare time I enjoy skating, walking around Toronto and binge watching a good TV show.





Ekaterina Slavko, KatSecretary

I’m a second year PhD student studying polymer chemistry at the University of Toronto. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and biking along the lake. I’m originally from Ottawa, ON.




Members At Large

Mark Panas

Tanja Sack

Monika Satkauskas

Cynthia Suarez


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