HSGSA 2020-2021 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 website or call the office at 1 (204) 480-1313 and leave us a message. Alternatively you can check us out on Facebook here.

Akshi Malik, HSGSA President

Akshi Malik, HSGSA President
Office hours: Fridays from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Online via Zoom

Namaste! My name is Akshi Malik. I am a PhD student in the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology at St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre (SBRC). My research interest is focused on doxorubicin induced cardio toxicity and role of SR stress.

My previous education is from India, where I have always been involved in organizing and leading social as well as academic events. I was an active volunteer with NGO UMEED and had taught under privileged children and adults in slum areas of Delhi, India. I am also a certified yoga trainer and would love to share this interest with you.

I am thrilled to serve as the President of the HSGSA and be the official spokesperson for health sciences graduate students. As part of HSGSA, I will focus on promoting and providing graduate student community to have a great university experience. In the course of COVID-19 situation, I understand the need of support and networking, thus me and my team will make whole-hearted efforts to make these tough times endurable for all of us.

 Looking forward to having good time with you all.

Marina Costa Fujishima, Vice-President Internal

Marina Costa Fujishima, VP Internal
Office hours: Thursdays from 10:30am – 11:30am, Online via Zoom

Hello friends! My name is Marina and I am so excited to be serving as your Vice President Internal (VPI) this upcoming year. I am currently a MSc student in the Department of Immunology and my research focuses on the role of neutrophils in epithelial barrier disruption in women with non-Lactobacillus dominant microbiome and how that relates to HIV risk.

As your Vice President Internal, it is my responsibility to create a fiscal budget for this upcoming year and keep the council up to date on the HSGSA financial activity. Over my term, my main focus will be to ensure that the majority of the HSGSA budget is returned to the students in the form of awards, workshops and social events. I also hope to improve services that are offered to graduate students here at the Bannatyne campus. Please, feel free to come visit me or email me to setup a time to meet and chat about any issues you are going through, or see within the university. I am here to ensure all students are heard and their needs are met.

Toby Le, Vice-President External

Toby Le, VP External
Office hours: Fridays from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Online via Zoom

My name is Toby Le and I am a Master student in the department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (MMID). Before coming to Winnipeg, I did a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) with an Honours Specialization in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Western.

During my undergraduate education, I was involved in several student clubs and non-profit organizations. For several years, I volunteered as a swimming instructor for Swim Ability (now called SWAM), which is a not-for-profit student initiative that aims to provide accessible and affordable one-on-one swimming instruction to children with special needs. In addition, I also directed a drama performance which was showcased at the annual Ignite Vietnamese Cultural Show, also known as the biggest show of the Vietnamese students’ community in Ontario.

Through the cultivation of my experiences in student organizations, I believe that I am equipped to serve you as your new Vice President External.  I’m also a very approachable person and I welcome the opportunities to discuss with you about your concerns/questions. Together we can work to ensure you have access to the opportunities and resources you need to be successful.

Javad Alizadeh, Vice-President Academic

Javad Alizadeh, VP Academic
Office hours: Mondays from 10:30am – 11:30am, Online via Zoom

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. Before elected as the HSGSA VP-Academic last year, I used to be our department councilor to the HSGSA where 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.

As the HSGSA VP-Academic I have been and tried my best to be the voice of my fellow graduate students in the Bannatyne campus. I’m so excited to continue serving graduate students for the second consecutive year 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.

Muhammad Aldhshan, Vice-President Marketing & Events

Muhammad Aldhshan, VP Marketing & Events
Office hours: Wednesdays from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Online via Zoom

Hi! I’m Muhammad, I hold a BDS from Sinai University in Egypt and currently I’m a MSc. student in the department of Physiology and Pathophysiology. I’m very excited and looking forward to working for you and with you to establish a progressive and sustainable environment where your opinions and suggestions are heard, respected and appreciated.  I have experience in student governance from my previous education in Egypt and I will utilize it to work with our community partners and local vendors to provide great experiences to our student body. I aim to forge new and long-lasting student-centred partnerships between HSGSA and the industry in Manitoba and Canada.  As an international student, I will do my best to communicate the current issues that international students face in our university. My election agenda is based on equality, inclusivity and sustainability. Please feel free to contact me at any time, I’m only an email away!

Shayan Amiri, Vice-President St. Boniface

Shayan Amiri, VP St. Boniface
Office hours: TBD, Online via Zoom

My name is Shayan Amiri and I hold a Master’s degree in Biochemistry and Medical Genetics from University of Manitoba. Currently, I am a PhD student in the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics at St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre (SBRC). I have a great leadership experience in research and team work since 2015, contribute to build international research collaborations during these years and will glad to share my experience with graduate students. I have been involved in volunteering activities in different social and academic events during my graduate studies in Canada.

My vision is that all graduate students are enabled to develop the skills and confidence to achieve their goals and make their future careers when they study in a supportive learning environment. To do this, I plan to fill the gap between SBRC and Bannatyne/Fort Garry campuses and serve St. Boniface students by organizing workshops and job fairs that will help them with the skills needed to be successful in their future careers.