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 2020 MED YSP program we have an diverse team of passionate educators: Juliette Belanger-Bienvenue, Wilson Chung, Laura Godin, Lucie Kim, Emilia Mitova, Emily Nguyen, Aimee Padillo, Sarah Profenna, Mansi Purohit, Bana Samman, Abeeshan Selvabaskaran, Chahat Sharma, Angel Noel Sotto, Jenna Wilson, Jessica Zhang, and Artur K. Jakubowski as Program Coordinator.

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Juliette Bélanger-Bienvenue
Instructor
Juliette finished their undergraduate degree in Forensic Chemistry at the University of Toronto. They will be starting their Ph.D. in Pharmacology in the fall. They enjoy reading, playing video games, and watching way too many movies on mythology. All of which are usually done with a cup of coffee in hand and music playing in the background. When not at home, they can be found at a concert, so music recommendations are always welcome!
Wilson Chung
Instructor
Wilson Wai-Yip Chung completed his bachelor’s degree in forensic chemistry. He will be starting his graduate studies in polymer chemistry in the fall. His interests include; coffee, Muay Thai, video games, and motorcycles. He also has a 3-year-old German Shepherd whom he loves very much.
Laura Godin
Instructor
Laura is entering her 4th year at the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus. She is majoring in Human Biology with a double minor in Immunology and Physiology. When not in a library, she can be found in 1 of 3 places: the rock-climbing gym, an ice rink, or in a café reading.
Lucie Kim
Instructor
Lucie graduated from the University of Toronto, majoring in Biomedical Toxicology alongside a double minor in Women & Gender Studies and Equity Studies. She enjoys relaxing indoors with a good book, but also loves going outdoors for runs. Recently she has picked up cooking, because who doesn’t like to eat good food? If you know a good recipe, feel free to share!
Emilia Mitova
Instructor
Emilia recently completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, majoring in Physiology and Immunology. Her favorite treats are chocolate covered almonds and sushi burritos. She loves watching Big Brother, listening to Milky Chance, and binge-watching skincare videos on Youtube. When she’s not studying or working at the pool, you can find her going on a run, spending time with her hilarious friends, working out in her backyard, and treetop trekking!
Emily Nguyen
Instructor
Emily is entering her 4th year at the University of Toronto St. George, double majoring in Physiology and Health and Disease. When she’s not studying, she can be found volunteering at the Royal Ontario Museum or trying a new coffee shop in the city. In her free time, Emily runs and does photography.
Aimee Padillo
Student Experience Guru
Aimee recently finished her undergraduate degree with a major in Psychology and double minor in Biology and Linguistic Studies. She will be starting her Master in Professional Communications in the fall. In her free time you’ll find her exploring the city with friends and creating vlogs to capture the memories. Aimee’s passionate about mentorship so if you have any questions about university life, feel free to connect with her!
Sarah Profenna
Instructor
Sarah is entering her 4th year at University of Toronto, St. George Campus. She is double majoring in Human Biology and Immunology and minoring in Physiology. Some of her interests include; taking walks in nature, cooking different types of food, and conducting experiments at home!
Mansi Purohit
Instructor
Mansi is a 4th year University of Toronto student, studying Molecular Biology and Psychology. She is eager to build on her academic foundations and spread her learning to others. When she is not studying, she can be found tutoring students or pursuing her research interests. She also loves to bike, cook, and watch crime shows. Feel free to send her some show recommendations!
Bana Samman
Instructor
Bana will be entering her 4th year at the University of Toronto, St. George this September. She is specialising in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and majoring in Immunology. She absolutely loves to learn, and she’s fascinated by all the intricacies of human diseases. In her free time, Bana loves to explore the Toronto food scene and watch way too many movies and TV shows.
Abeeshan Selvabaskaran
Instructor
Abeeshan has recently completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Toronto with a Physiology specialist and Immunology minor. He will begin his graduate studies in Biomedical Communications this upcoming September. When he's not feverishly studying, you can find him drawing in a café, at the gym, or paddling with the University College Dragon Boat Club.
Chahat Sharma
Instructor
Chahat Sharma has recently graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science, focusing on Global Health and Women’s and Gender Studies. In the Fall, she will be starting a 2-year accelerated nursing program in Toronto. Her future career goals are to become a Nurse Practitioner and publish her own book. Chahat’s interests include dance, cooking as well as advocacy work. Her ideal day would include spending it at the beach with friends, family and a good book.
Angelo Sotto
Instructor
Angelo is an incoming 2nd year student in the Microbiology Specialist, Global Health Major, and Sociology Minor. He loves youth outreach, socializing, and trying out different restaurants and hidden gems in the city. His favourite music genre is R&B and he can’t survive a day without iced coffee! Feel free to chat with him about your favourite coffee spots, viruses, and restaurant picks.
Jenna Wilson
Instructor
Jenna Wilson has recently completed her fourth year of studies at the University of Toronto. Throughout her undergraduate degree she completed a Biology and Global Health Double Major. Jenna’s interests include reading (please give me book recommendations!), watching Bon Appetit videos on YouTube, and hanging out with friends/family.
Jessica Zhang
Instructor
Jessica is a 4th year Life Science student specializing in Health & Disease with a major in Physiology. Her favourite snacks are roasted chestnut and sweet chili heat Doritos. She paddles with the UC dragon boat club and she is known for her oddly unique (and somewhat questionable) baking skills!