HSGSA 2019-2020 Executive Team

The Health Sciences Graduate Students’ Association (HSGSA) is a sub-organization of the University of Manitoba Graduate Students’ Association (UMGSA) with the primary directive of representing the interest of health sciences graduate students of the Bannatyne and St. Boniface campuses. To further enhance the graduate community, the HSGSA organizes a multitude of events, academic programs, and student socials throughout the year, including: orientation, curling, paintball, dragonboating, holiday socials, visiting speakers, and research days.

We encourage all graduate students to visit our office in room 114 Brodie Centre (behind Tim Horton’s) in the Bannatyne campus, and we look forward to working with you in the upcoming year. For more information please browse this websiteor call the office at1 (204) 480-1313 and leave us a message. Alternatively you can check us out on Facebook here.

Mahder Teffera, HSGSA President

Mahder Teffera, HSGSA President
Office hours: Thursdays from 9:30am – 11:30am, 402 Brodie Centre

My name is Mahder Teffera and I am a Master’s student in the department of Immunology doing research at the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease. My research interests include studying infectious diseases, human and animal health, and microbiology/virology. I completed my Bsc at the University of Victoria in British Columbia in Microbiology. I am excited to serve as the President of the HSGSA in the 2019-2020 term and represent health graduate students to the best of my ability along with the other executives. 

I have been involved in community outreach and volunteering since high school, from organizing school events to volunteering at hospitals and countless community events.  Most recently I have been serving as VP-student outreach in the immunology department student council where I worked closely with fellow students to organize events and plan activities for our department. I will apply skills I have gained along the way to best serve in my role as an executive member of HSGSA.

Romaniya Zayats, Vice-President Internal

Romanya Zayats, Vice-President Internal
Office hours: Wednesdays from 11:00am – 12:00pm, 114 Brodie Centre

Hello, my name is Roma and I am a Ph.D. student at the Department of Immunology. I am using cutting edge intravital microscopy approaches to visualize real-time cellular behaviours in live tissues in response to parasites.

Upon graduating from the University of Manitoba with a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, I spent two years working as a high school teacher in Japan. I am also a trained Medical First Responder with St. John Ambulance. This year I received a Life-Saving Award from Her Honourable Janice C. Filmon, C.M., O.M., Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, for saving the life of an 8-month-old baby.

I was elected Student President for the Department of Immunology in my first year and I was able to implement numerous positive changes in the academic life of students. I look forward to utilizing my experiences and knowledge to serve as the VP Internal in the Health Sciences Centre.

Jasmine Frost, Vice-President External

Jasmine Frost, Vice-President External
Office hours: Mondays from 8:30am – 9:30am, 402 Brodie Centre

My name is Jasmine Frost, and I am a Ph.D. Student in the department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (MMID). I did my BSc. Honours and MSc. in the department of Microbiology at the University of Manitoba, my passion is in studying virology and public health!

Throughout my university experience I have had the opportunity to volunteer with and lead many different student groups. I am currently a part of the coordinating team for the Biomedical Youth Program and the MMID student council president (2018-2019). Previously I have been an assistant coordinator for Let’s Talk Science (2013-2015), and an activity member of the Microbiology Social Committee. I am excited to take all the skills I have acquired from these past experience and apply them in my new role as VP External!

Javad Alizadeh, Vice-President Academic

Javad Alizadeh, Vice-President Academic
Office hours: Mondays from 10:30am – 11:30am, 114 Brodie Centre

Hi, my name is Javad and I am a PhD student in Human Anatomy and Cell Sciences (HACS) department here at UofM. My research is mainly focused on the role of mitophagy and extracellular matrix (ECM) stiffness in regulation of metastasis in Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma (NSCLC) model. 

I moved to Winnipeg in 2015 to continue my graduate studies and have been a fellow member of UofM ever since. As the Department Councilor, I represented our department in HSGSA during my graduate studies. During this time, I have organized academic workshops, as well as social inter-departmental events and have been an active member in the department meetings on behalf of our students.

I’ve been a volunteer in CancerCare Manitoba too where I help in fundraising and other events planned for the better wellness of cancer patients. I also take advantage of other volunteering opportunities in different other social and academic events both in and out of school. I’m so excited to continue serving my fellow graduate students in my new role as the HSGSA Vice-President Academic. I try to carry out my duties as best as I can by maintaining a good relationship with graduate students and teamwork with my fellow executives.

Sanjana Syeda, Vice-President Marketing & Events

Sanjana Syeda, VIce-President Marketing & Events
Office hours: Wednesdays from 3:00pm – 4:00pm, 402 Brodie Centre

My name is Sanjana Syeda. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Toronto. Currently, I am a Master’s student at U of M in the department of Physiology and Pathophysiology. I conduct my academic research in the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitioba. I am developing a 3D-bioprinted model to study the effects of vascular stiffness on persistence pulmonary hypertension in new born babies.

This year, as Vice-President Marketing and Events (VPME), I plan on getting more students involved in HSGSA by organizing networking events, workshops and job fairs that will equip grad students with the skills needed to be successful in their careers. Grad school and life is stressful, so de-stressing is a must! Therefore, I plan on organizing a lot of fun events like game nights, socials, sporting activities and much more.

During undergrad, I have been actively involved in many students groups in various positions: from class representative to President. Through my involvement I have gained extensive knowledge about how student organizations function, understand the needs and interests of the members of the organization and how to balance the academic life and extracurricular activities.  My previous experiences has equipped me with the skills necessary to be successful as VPME.

Danah Alhattab, Vice-President St. Boniface

Danah Alhattab, Vice-President St. Boniface
Office hours: Mondays from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, 4008 St. Boniface Albrechtsen Research Centre

Hi, I am Danah, a first year PhD student in Cardiovascular Physiology and Pathophysiology at St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre (SBRC). Before joining the PhD program, I have worked as a Master’s student in the same lab where I got to know many students and other members of the research center. I completed my undergraduate degree in dentistry from Jordan University of Science and Technology and served there as a general dentist for 4 years; which helped me gain experience in dealing with different people.

Being in Winnipeg at University of Manitoba has been a great learning experience for me in the past few years during my stay. Currently, I am serving as a student representative of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at SBRC. I have been nominated to VP-St. Boniface to serve and represent St.Boniface students in the Bannatyne/Fort Garry campuses and to act as connecting link to ensure that all concerns of St.Boniface students are addressed between the two campuses. I am looking forward to work with other HSGSA executives to improve students experience in our campus and to enhance the networking environment by joining graduates in different activities and events for a successful insightful graduate life.