Instructors

The MED YSP program delivers university-level science classes in an accessible and engaging manner. In order to ensure the quality of delivery, the process of selecting instructors is rigorous to ensure that only those individuals with the necessary skill, experience and passion, for sharing their knowledge and inspiring a younger generation of Canadian students, are hired.

Instructors come from diverse academic backgrounds that span the fields of human biology, microbiology, biochemistry, physiology to toxicology and allow instructors to work collaboratively during the program to deliver the four one-week long modules. Lectures, labs, demonstrations, discussion panels and informal conversations are employed to educate the students in the knowledge and mechanics of science. The YSP philosophy is to have inquisitive young minds from across Canada come together at a world-class institution where they can work with and teach students the beauty of science.

For the 2022 MED YSP program we have an diverse team of passionate educators: Tabina Ahmed, Pamela Alamilla, David Cho, Emily Coughlan, Mackenzie Ferguson, Kameron Iturralde, Chloe Lam, Gloria Lau, Payton Midgley, Eva Di Nallo, Chloe Panganiban, Lara Reyes, Rishi Vakulabharanam, Jenny Wang, Gilad Yohananov, Yolanda Zhang, and Artur K. Jakubowski as Program Coordinator.

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Tabina Ahmed

Tabina Ahmed is an HBSc. from the University of Toronto, who studied Health & Disease, Cells & Systems Biology and Physiology throughout her undergraduate journey. She used to be a figure skater (back in the day), and absolutely loves cats (although she does not have one, due to allergies). One thing Tabina is excited for this summer is meeting the students at MEDYSP, and conducting in-person laboratory experiments with them. 

Pamela Alamilla

Pamela will be entering her final year of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto this fall. She double majors in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Cell and Molecular Biology. Pamela is excited to teach high school students about the many fascinating discoveries and techniques that have shaped modern biology! In her spare time, Pamela can be found gardening, lifting weights, and working on her small pet accessory business. 

David Cho

David is entering his third year of a Bachelor of Science, with a double major in Immunology and Cell & Molecular Biology. He is looking forward to sharing his love of science (and other things) with the students of Med YSP 2022. He believes that if he can get even one student interested in going into medicine and the life sciences, he has accomplished his mission as an instructor and as a budding science professional. Outside of science, he can be found playing The Legend of Zelda, criticizing world politicians, writing mediocre love songs, and enjoying Japanese cuisine.

Emily Coughlan

Emily recently finished her fourth year at the University of Toronto, double majoring in physiology and immunology. In her spare time, she is a club volleyball coach and keeps her skills sharp by playing for the St. George campus team. She aspires to road trip from Toronto to Vancouver before the end of the summer and would love to hear your suggestions on where to visit! 

Eva Di Nallo

Eva is entering her 4th year at the University of Toronto, double majoring in Neuroscience and Physiology. She loves everything about the brain, reading a good book, going for a long walk, and exploring new places! She is looking forward to teaching some of her favourite science topics to young, bright minds & to inspire the next generation of scientists! 

Mackenzie Ferguson

Mackenzie is entering his 3rd year of medical school at UofT. Prior to medical school he completed a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a master’s degree in Clinical Anatomy at Western University. Mackenzie is passionate about applying scientific knowledge to practical, real-life scenarios and is excited to work with many bright young minds this summer! When he isn’t studying Mackenzie loves exercising! When he was at Western, Mackenzie competed on the Mustangs football team but now in his spare time he likes to cycle, golf, and play tennis 

Kameron Iturralde

Kameron has recently graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology. Kameron is a returning instructor and is thrilled to meet everyone for Med YSP 2022! He is so excited to work through the amazing at-home and in-person activities planned for this summer!  In his free time, he enjoys playing volleyball, hanging out with friends, and going to the gym! 

Chloe Lam

Chloe L has just completed her 4th year at the University of Toronto, majoring in Physiology, Nutritional Sciences, and Global Health. She is happy to be back at MEDYSP as a returning instructor this year, and is most excited for the Microbiology module! She loves going on picnics, cats (even though she's allergic), and is always looking for new food recommendations. Chloe is so excited to meet and learn with you all this summer! 

Gloria Lau

Gloria has previously completed an undergraduate degree specializing in physiology and will be entering her second year of dental school at the University of Toronto this fall. She is really excited to meet new faces and help students learn new concepts in health and research fields. Gloria loves to spend time outside, whether it be camping, hiking or relaxing. She is very excited to be an instructor at MEDYSP this year and to meet students with a similar passion for science. 

Payton Midgley

Payton just graduated from the University of Toronto, specializing in Pharmacology and Biomedical Toxicology and minoring in Immunology; she will begin her master's degree in Analytical Toxicology at King's College London in September. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and playing hockey and soccer. Payton is excited to be part of the MED YSP team and to share her passion for science and learning with the students. If you have any questions about science, university, food or anything else, she is always open to discussing! 

Chloe Panganiban

Chloe Panganiban is entering her third year at the University of Toronto, specializing in Global Health. In Chloe's free time, you can find her hanging out with friends, reading a book, or outdoors enjoying nature. She is looking forward to an amazing summer full of science and fun with you all! 

Lara Reyes

Lara is entering her 2nd year at the University of Toronto. She is planning to specialize in Global Health and minor in Bioethics. She’s mostly looking forward to meeting everyone and making fun, bite-sized, and interactive content on social media. She loves her corgi and five cats, and can be found reading, writing, stress-baking, or napping in her free time.  

Rishi Vakulabharanam

Rishi is entering his 4th year at the University of Toronto. He is currently double majoring in neuroscience and toxicology and is minoring in immunology. He is looking forward to meeting all of the YSP students and is especially excited to teach about neurophysiology. In his spare time, he loves to bake and eat new foods (usually while watching a new show on Netflix). 

Jenny Wang

Jenny recently graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Immunology and Pharmacology. Some of her interests include cooking, listening to podcasts, and digital art. She is super excited to have fun learning with you all this summer! 

Gilad Yohananov

Gilad is of the 2022 MED YSP instructors this year. He has just completed his third year of study at The University of Toronto St. George, and specializes in Pharmacology. He is very excited to meet all the students and to help learn key concepts. Gilad loves to spend time outside and trying out new restaurants. Feel free to recommend any good ones! 

Yolanda Zhang

Yolanda is graduating from a double-major in Physiology & Human Biology, and a minor in Immunology. Some of her favorite things to do are snacking, reading, playing badminton, solving (or not) puzzles, and listening to music on rainy days. She is also a foster parent for an animal shelter. She’s super excited to explore science and so much more alongside you all!