- Laurice Karkaby – Lab Manager – email@example.com
Laurice Karkaby graduated from the University of Toronto in 2014 and recieved her Hon B.Sc. in Psychology and Sociology. She has worked in the Psychology Department since 2013. She wears many hats in the lab – primarily, she is responsible for reviewing applications for potential research assistants, work-study students, and other lab positions; overseeing training for lab members; and coordinating between research sites. When she’s not hunched over her computer, she enjoys travelling any chance she gets.
- Candice Dwyer – Lab Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
Candice Dwyer graduated from Western University in 2014 and received her Hon B.A. in Psychology and Political Science. Most recently, she completed her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University where she specialized in Spirituality & Mind-Body Medicine. In the lab, Candice manages ethics protocols and renewals, assists with grant proposals, and works on neurocognitive testing and data entry for the Estrogens & Cognitions study. When not in the lab or studying neuroscience and positive psychology, Candice is undoubtedly with her beloved chocolate lab Harley, reading, jogging, or doing yoga.
- Hanna Edwards – Research Project Specialist – email@example.com
Hanna Edwards is a research project specialist in the Einstein lab. She works on the many quantitative studies in the lab, primarily Estrogens & Cognition, along with covering some administrative duties and grilling everyone with questions during lab meeting. She completed her Master’s in Neuroscience at McGill University in 2015 with a project looking at the number and distribution of a particular subset of neurons in an animal model of schizophrenia. She obtained her B.Sc. in Biology with a neuroscience minor from the University of Guelph. Outside of the lab, Hanna is active in social justice, feminism, music, and textile arts.
- Annie Duchesne, PhD – firstname.lastname@example.org
My research interests are centered around the identification and understanding of factors underlying differences in stress processing across men and women. Over the years, I have investigated this question through animal and human models with a variety of behavioural, neurophysiological and neuroimaging experimental approaches. I am currently holding a postdoctoral research position in Dr. Gillian Einstein’s Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Gender and Health studies, where I study the impact of early ovarian hormones deprivation on stress processing and cognition in women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
- Nicole Gervais, PhD – email@example.com
The major focus of my research thus far has concerned the role of estrogens on cognition in animal models. I obtained a PhD at Concordia University in 2014 studying the role of estradiol in object-recognition memory and fear conditioning in female rats. I continue to investigate cognition in rats, and am currently focusing on sex differences in the functional role of the hippocampus. As a Postodctoral Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I’ve examined sex differences and the role of estradiol in cognition and in menopausal symptoms (sleep disruption and thermodysregulation) in the common marmoset. As of October 2016, I will be involved in the Estrogen and Cognition study. In addition to the role of estrogens in cognition, I am also interested in both age-related cognitive decline and the progression of cognitive impairment related to disease states, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Using a translational perspective, I plan on examining how hormones modulate the progression of cognitive decline and the development of AD.
Nicole Gervais' Publications
- April Au – Doctoral Student – firstname.lastname@example.org
April is a Psychology PhD candidate. She completed her HBSc at McMaster University, double majoring in biology and psychology before enrolling in graduate studies at the University of Toronto in 2011. She earned her MA in Psychology at the University of Toronto, and continues to work towards her PhD. In Dr. Einstein’s lab, April is involved in the Estrogens and Cognition study. Her role includes recruitment, testing participants, data analysis, and liaising with our collaborations. In her spare time, she enjoys reading novels.
April Au's Publications
- Arija Birze – Doctoral Student – email@example.com
Arija is seeking to integrate feminist, biological and sociological theory into an analysis of the embodiment of stress in gendered, emotional work. This inter-disciplinary research will examine how the gendered organization of work (what is typically known as “women’s work” and “men’s work”) shapes biological, psychological, and social experiences of stress in high-stress occupations. More specifically, using physiological, survey, interview and observational data, this research will explore the emotional landscape of the 911 police communications setting and how this stressful work is biologically translated into health inequalities, or is ‘written into the body’.
- Danielle Jacobson – Doctoral Student – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dani is entering her first year of doctoral studies this September in Public Health Sciences, more specifically, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. Coming from a background in Cognitive Neuroscience, researching sensorimotor learning, she hopes to integrate her experience in Psychology with her passion for women’s health. In her time outside of the lab, Dani enjoys playing piano, being in nature, and exploring the city.
- Geneviève Jessiman-Perreault – Doctoral Student – email@example.com
Geneviève is a Public Health Science PhD student specializing in social and behavioural health sciences. Her work focuses on exploring the sociocultural and biological factors that influences women’s health throughout their life course. In particular, she’s interested in examining the impact and intersection of sex and gender on mild cognitive impairments and Alzheimer’s disease. Most recently, she completed her M.Sc. in Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary specializing in Population and Public Health. Outside of academia, she enjoys playing soccer, practicing yoga, and reading science fiction.
- Nida Mustafa – Doctoral Student – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nida Mustafa is a PhD student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She recently completed a Master’s degree in Health Sciences, specializing in women’s mental health. Her research in the past has focused on eating disorders in minority women, and she is greatly interested in immigrant mental health advocacy. Nida’s current work focuses on exploring elderly women’s experiences of pain within Toronto’s South Asian community.
Nida Mustafa's Publications
- Diana Peragine – Doctoral Student – email@example.com
Diana is an NSERC Doctoral Scholarship Holder at the University of Toronto with an interest in social neuroscience, feminist advocacy, and science outreach. Her Master’s research used a unique rodent system to assess social control of brain and behavioral plasticity in female-dominated groups, underscoring the need to include females in research on intrasexual competition. Combating the sex bias in biological research continues to be a passion, and Diana is currently pursuing a dissertation at the intersection of sex, gender, and biological research under the joint supervision of Dr. Gillian Einstein and Dr. Doug VanderLaan. Her present research explores the developmental psychobiology of human sexual motivation, with a focus on sexual desire, sensation, and reward in women. Outside of the lab, Diana enjoys bringing science out of the lab and into the streets with Science Rendezvous, and has founded several outreach initiatives, including the Toronto District Science Education Scholarship and SEXposium Science Outreach Conference.
Diana Peragine's Publications
- Laila Rahman, M.S. – Doctoral Student – firstname.lastname@example.org
Laila Rahman is a PhD candidate in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She hopes to contribute to achieving health equity and social justice through intellectual activism and research. Before joining the graduate program, she conducted research on maternal health, sexual and reproductive health, and violence against women and girls using quasi-experimental designs.Funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research and Lupina Senior doctoral fellowships, Laila is currently in dialogue with postcolonial feminism, intersectionality, and Johnson’s violence typology in gender-based violence research in Bangladesh. In complicating the current male physical intimate partner violence (MPIPV) against women discourse, Laila’s project seeks to explore MPIPV-involved women’s and men’s intersecting social locations, their experience of multiple forms of MPIPV including intimate terrorism and situational couple violence, and women’s act of resistance against the MPIPV.
- Rebekah Reuben – Doctoral Student – email@example.com
Rebekah is a first year doctoral student at the University of Toronto. She is broadly interested in topics of women’s health and sexuality, as well as the intersection between neuroscience and social influences in her research. In her free time, Rebekah enjoys cooking, traveling, and appreciating film and art. She is honored and excited to be a part of Dr. Einstein’s lab!
- Laura Gravelsins – Doctoral Student – firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura recently received her Honours B.Sc. at the University of Toronto in 2017, and she is very excited to be back to start her M.A. year in Psychology at the Einstein Lab. She feels fortunate to have been a part of the lab during the 4th year of her undergraduate degree, and strongly values the its interdisciplinary, diverse, and feminist research. The complex relationship between genes, hormones, and cognition is fascinating to Laura, and her current research focuses on investigating cognitive performance in oral contraceptive users. Outside of the lab she is a don at Victoria College and enjoys playing ice hockey with friends and family!
Geneviève Jessiman-Perreault's Publications
Undergraduate Independent Study Students
- Franklin Li – Independent Study Student – email@example.com
Frank is completing a specialist in psychology, and a double minor in French and immunology. Prior to joining the lab, he was a 2nd and 3rd year Research Opportunity Program student in the field of religion, where he translated French sources of poetic allegories and philosophical dogmas pertinent to esoteric civilizations. Throughout his time as a translator, he had the opportunity to translate more than 130, 000 words. He would like to further his knowledge on the role of gender on cognition and contribute his insights to the research going on in the lab.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
- Alana Brown
- Chiara Simeon-Spezzaferro
- Clara McNamee
- Elizabeth Baker-Sullivan
- Gopinath Yang
- Hailey Benedict
- Jessica Scott
- Karla Machlab
- Yael Schwartz