Graduate Student Advisory Group


The Faculty of Medicine Graduate Student Advisory Group (formerly the Graduate Student Committee) is comprised of student representatives from each graduate program within the Faculty of Medicine and chaired by the Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Education. The purpose of the Graduate Student Advisory Group is to:

  1. Meet several times per year in order to discuss issues directly related to graduate students, as well as to develop graduate student focused initiatives;
  2. On occasion, serve as graduate student representatives on scholarship adjudication committees or other committees within the Faculty of Medicine;
  3. Oversee the Faculty of Medicine Graduate Student Initiative Fund;
  4. Oversee peer adjudication for Building the Future: Faculty of Medicine Research Trainee Day & Lecture Series.


Ex Officio:

  • Associate Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Education (Chair)
  • Research Education Facilitators


  • Audiology and Speech Therapy – Sofia Lightbody
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – Reid Warsaba
  • Biomedical Engineering – Noor Shaikh
  • Cell and Developmental Biology – Jigyasa Verma
  • Experimental Medicine – Kiana Yau
  • Genetic Counselling – Vacant
  • Health Administration – Vacant
  • Health Sciences – Arshjot Buttar
  • Interdisciplinary Oncology – Erin Marshall
    MD/PhD Program – Wissam Nassrallah
  • Medical Genetics – Jessica Pilsworth
  • Neuroscience – Amanda Cheung
  • Occupational and Environmental Hygiene – Sayoojya Saju
  • Occupational Therapy – Vacant
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine – Tim Xue
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics – Desmond Fung
  • Physical Therapy – Yasmin Bains
  • Population and Public Health – Celestin Hategeka
  • Public Health – Vacant
  • Rehabilitation Sciences – Katie Attard
  • Reproductive and Developmental Sciences – Arezoo Alemzadeh Mehrizi
  • Surgery – Vacant

Appointment Process & Term

Committee members are selected by their graduate program and typically serve for one year, with the ability to renew their position.


If you have any questions about the Faculty of Medicine Graduate Student Advisory Group, please contact the Research Education Facilitators at