Zach Bailey, PhD Student
Zach is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Shalina Ousman. His project is focused on the role of autophagy in multiple sclerosis.
Under his role as president, Zach serves as an HBI GSA representative, sits on the Council of Foothills DGAs, as well as the HBI education committee and the Campus Alberta Neuroscience steering committee. In all of these settings, Zach aims to act as a strong voice for HBI trainees: putting our students’ needs before anything else.
Also, if any trainee is experiencing anything that compromises their health, safety, or experience in any way, please reach out to me at either of the above emails. I know sometimes it is difficult to go to faculty with these issues. The HBITO will always be on your side.
Dion Kelly PhD Student
As the HBITO Vice President, Dion helps other committee members plan and execute HBITO events, and sits in place of and/or accompanies the President to council and committee meetings around campus. In addition, Dion's duties as treasurer place her in charge of all of the HBITO’s accounting and finances.
If you require a reimbursement or you have any ideas for events or outreach opportunities that may require HBITO funding please feel free to contact Dion.
Tyler Soule, PhD Student
As Communications Director, Tyler maintains the HBITO website. He also works to keep HBI trainees informed about relevant events and highlight trainees via social media.
Please contact Tyler if you have anything you would like posted on the website (e.g. news, accomplishments, photos & images, opportunities, special events, etc.), suggestions for website content, or general HBITO media inquiries.
Taylor Groulx, MSc Student
As Education Co-director for the HBITO, Taylor is involved in the planning and organization of education opportunities and events designed to inspire and inform students and researchers in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. Taylor's focus is on diversity; to ensure that these events cover a wide variety of topics and are accessible to all! If there are any events you would like to see happen this year, feel free to reach out to Taylor at any time.
Katelyn Shewchuk, MSc Student
As Education Co-Director, Katelyn is involved with initiatives that enrich and promote educational opportunities in the Graduate of Neuroscience Program. These initiatives include Research-In-Progress, REALISE modules, industry panels, and summer student events, which all contribute to learning and professional development for students outside of the classroom and lab. If there are any events that you would like to see this year or if you are interested in participating in educational activities, please feel free to send Katelyn an email!
Carly Pontifex, PhD Student
As the Orientation director, Carly will welcome incoming graduate students to the HBI, ensuring that they are aware of all of the amazing resources that the HBI has to offer. Carly and her team will help provide new students with introductory neuroscience modules, called Neuro 0, to help students get a head start on the neuroscience course work to come.
Please contact Carly if you would like to help put together our orientation events, which is a great opportunity to meet fresh faces and put your leadership and organizational skills to work! We’d love to hear your innovative proposals that will help make the transition to the graduate program as smooth and as informative as possible.
Holly Vogel, MSc Student
As an Outreach director, Holly is responsible for organizing outreach events and coordinating with the community. Some of these events for the year will include Beakerhead school programs, the Calgary Youth Science Fair, Think Big Series with the Calgary Public Library, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, Brain Bee, and HBI Brain Awareness Week activities.
Please contact Holly if you would like to volunteer for any of the outreach events or have ideas for other community outreach activities.
Isabel Clark, MSc Student
Isabel is a master's student in the lab of Dr. Alexander Lohman. Her research focuses on the neuroimmune interactions that occur following adolescent repeated mild traumatic brain injuries.
As an Outreach director, Isabel is responsible for organizing outreach events, and coordinating with the community. Some of these events for the year will include Beakerhead school programs, the Calgary Youth Science Fair, Think Big Series with the Calgary Public Library, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, Brain Bee, and HBI Brain Awareness Week activities.
Please contact Isabel if you would like to volunteer for any of the outreach events or have ideas for other community outreach activities.
Donovan Smith PhD Student
As Social Director of the HBITO, Donovan is in charge of planning and organizing social events that are tailored to the interests of the current HBI trainees. These events include coffee socials, karaoke nights, pub nights, hiking trips to Kananaskis, and intramural sports. If you have any social event ideas that you’d like to see happen, feel free to reach out to Donovan anytime!
Savannah Lightfoot PhD Student
As EDI co-chair, Savannah ensures ethnicity, diversity, and inclusion issues are considered within both the HBITO and the HBI. Savannah advocates for students in the HBI. They also aid in planning EDI events, such as tea talks, mentorship program, and multimedia club. Please contact Savannah if you have any EDI concerns or ideas for EDI-related activities