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Conseil Etudiant du CRBS

Le CRBS accueille des centaines d’étudiants talentueux aux cycles supérieurs, d’étudiants de premier cycle et de stagiaires postdoctoraux.


L’exécutif représente les stagiaires au conseil d’administration du CRBS et organise de nombreux événements et activités.


Shafqat Rasool: president

Shafqat Rasool est doctorant au département de biochimie et étudie le mécanisme  d’action moléculaire des protéines impliquées dans la maladie de Parkinson. Il s’intéresse vivement à la science et à la communication scientifique. En plus de sa participation au conseil étudiant du CRBS, il est également VP News pour Science & Policy Exchange

irem ulku: vp-non academic

jia yin (sally) xiao: vp- academic

dushyant jahagirdar: vp communication

tian xiao (peter) yang: vp communication

Shafqat Rasool: president

irem ulku: vp-non academic

tian xiao (peter) yang: vp communication

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avrin ghanaeian miandoab


garvit bhatt


Avrin was born and raised in Iran.  she received a B.Eng. and M.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering with areas of molecular dynamics (MD) of proteins. She is a master's student in Dr. Khanh Huy Bui's lab in the Anatomy and cell biology department. Avrin’s research in Bui Lab is to identify and solve structures of various compounds of cilia and the molecular function of cilia machinery by Cryo-EM.

Garvit, born in Montreal but moved to Vancouver for his undergraduate degree in chemical biology at UBC. He later decided to move back to his hometown to continue his studies at McGill university in the pharmacology department. Co-supervised by Dr. Bhushan Nagar and Dr. Jean-Francois Trempe, he fast tracked into the PhD program to unravel the structural mechanisms involved in bacterial infections. As co-president, he is excited to contribute to the CRBS community by having more undergraduate outreach, setting up inter-departmental events and jump starting CRBS merchandise. Outside of lab, Garvit loves hiking, travelling, soccer and dancing!  

anshu saran

vp academics

halle barber

vp academic

alice delarue

vp- communication

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Anshu was born and raised in India. After completing her undergraduate studies in Biotechnology, Chemistry and Zoology, she moved to Montreal to pursue her Masters in Biotechnology from McGill University. She is now a third year PhD student in the Zeytuni lab investigating the structural and functional aspects of the type 9 secretion system regulatory pathway. When not in the lab, she enjoys reading thrillers, karaoke-ing and exploring different cuisines. 

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Halle is from the United States and completed a dual degree in Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut. She is currently a third year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry and works in the Damha lab, where she focuses on RNA modifications for CRISPR and antisense technologies. Outside the lab, she enjoys baking, traveling, and volunteering with cats.

Alice was born in France but moved to Montreal when she was 8. She graduated from the Bioengineering bachelor program at McGill University in Spring 2022. She just started her Master’s degree in Dr. Ehrlicher’s lab, where she will be investigating the effect of cell nuclear forces on mesenchymal stem cell differentiation. Outside of the lab, you can find Alice at the rink, either practicing figure skating or teaching children how to skate.

sabrina romanelli

vp communication

Sabrina was born and raised in Montreal. She recently (spring 2022) obtained her undergraduate degree from McGill University in Honours Pharmacology. During her undergraduate training, she participated in research projects in the domains of reproductive immunology and toxicology. In Fall 2022, she started her master’s degree in Pharmacology in Dr. Trempe’s lab, excited to join the world of structural biology research. Her research will focus on better understanding proteins implicated in Early Onset Parkinson’s disease and will use a wide range of structural biology methods to determine their structure. Sabrina is a self-proclaimed science nerd and loves to hear about different research projects going on in the various departments. When not in the lab, you can find her binge watching Disney+ shows or spending time with her dog (Stella) and her friends!  

emma kelly

vp social

Emma (she/her) was born and raised in Oshawa, Ontario. Having completed her undergraduate degree specializing in biochemistry from Queen’s University, she joined the Berghuis lab at McGill University in the Fall of 2021. She is a second year MSc student working with fungal glycosyltransferases. Emma hopes her structural work will reveal new avenues for anti-fungal drug targeting. In her free time, Emma is an avid soccer player, swimmer, and skier; however, you will most likely find her listening to an audiobook while baking, painting, or knitting that sweater she’s been meaning to get around to.

anirudh mantri

vp external

I am Anirudh Mantri. I was born in India and grew up there only. After completing my undergraduate in Biotechnology and biochemical engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, I joined McGill as a master's student in fall 2021. As a master's student in Martin Schmeing's lab, I am focusing on biochemical and structural studies of NRPS-PKS hybrid enzymes. Outside the lab I love camping and cooking.

I will be working as Co-VP External in CRBS council for session 2022-23 where I will be focusing on planning and organizing outreach events specially in undergraduates and CEGEP.

Please let me know if you require any other information

isabel sarty

vp communication

Isabel is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is a second year MSc student in the Integrated Program of Neuroscience (IPN). She is working in Dr. Multhaup’s lab, investigating a therapeutic candidate for Alzheimer’s Disease intervention. Isabel graduated from Dalhousie University in 2021 with a BSc Honours in Neuroscience, with an interest in cellular and molecular neuroscience. Outside of the lab, she is on McGill’s varsity swim team and loves spending time with friends.

lauralicia sacre

vp finance

I was born and raised in Cordoba, México. After finishing high school, I decided to come to Montreal to do my undergraduate. I got my BSc. in Biochemistry and my MSc. in Chemistry from Concordia University. During my MSc., I got passionate about DNA repair, so I decided to pursue a PhD in Biochemistry in the Guarné lab at McGill University. My research focuses on the structural study of DNA repair complexes involved in Translesion DNA synthesis.

Outside the lab I love to play soccer, go to the gym, and sing occasionally. I also enjoy watching movies and eating popcorn.

mark hemmings

vp external


Mark is from Conception Bay South, Newfoundland. He completed his undergraduate degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His honours research was on stem cell communication through channel proteins. He is currently a PhD student in Dr. Albert Berghuis’ lab, he is working on the structure-guided design of inhibitors for antibiotic resistance proteins. Outside of the lab he enjoys swimming, cycling, and running.

corbin black

vp social

I am Corbin Black (, a PhD student in Khanh Huy Bui’s lab in the department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University. My PhD thesis is focused on the molecular assembly of cilia/flagella using cryogenic electron microscopy complemented by mass spectrometry. Before I joined Dr. Bui’s lab in 2019, I studied Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BSc and MSc) at the University of Northern British Columbia in Stephen Rader’s lab. During my Master’s, I studied pre-mRNA splicing in the thermophilic alga C. merolae using Xray crystallography and biochemistry. The incredible spliceosomal structurespublished by groups such as the Lührmann, Nagai, and Shi labs inspired me to do a PhD in structural biology.

ali behvarmanesh

vp external

Ali is a third-year Ph.D. student at Dr. Gehring’s lab. He is studying the interactions of proteins using Deep Mutational Scanning (DMS) and next-generation sequencing. Ali graduated from the University of Birmingham, UK, with an M.Sc. degree in molecular biotechnology, where he did fragment-based drug discovery using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). Ali is the VP-external in the CRBS council, in which he works alongside other members to expand CRBS research to the broader scientific community. If you are an undergraduate student reading this interested in structural biology, do not hesitate to contact me at

tianxiao peter yang

advisor emeritus

Peter was born in China, lived for a bit in Montreal, but grew up mostly in Seattle. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at UCLA, Peter returned to Montreal to continue studying biochemistry at McGill University. As a PhD student in the lab of Dr. Alba Guarné, he is focused on harnessing the therapeutic potential of defects in DNA repair pathways and DNA nanostructures. Outside of research, Peter loves basketball, art, comedy, and life in general.

Le CRBS a plusieurs initiatives en cours pour aider ses membres, ses étudiants et la communauté scientifique en général à développer leurs projets de recherche grâce à la biologie structurale et à la biophysique.

Bourses d'étude du CRBS

Les bourses d’études du CRBS sont des allocations offertes aux étudiants à la maîtrise et au doctorat qui effectuent présentement des travaux de recherche dans le laboratoire d’un membre régulier du CRBS. Il existe une catégorie distincte pour les étudiants co-supervisés par deux membres du CRBS.

Les bourses, d'un montant de 10 000$,  sont décernées pour une période de 12 mois (du 1er septembre au 31 août) et ne sont pas renouvelables. La date limite du prochain concours sera en mai 2023.    


Félicitations aux lauréats 2022-2023 et à Andrew Bayne, récipiendaire de la deuxième bourse d'études  en mémoire de Maximilian Eivaskhani.

Bourses de voyage du CRBS

Les étudiants du CRBS seront soutenus financièrement afin de participer à des activités de formation et de transfert de connaissance d'envergure internationale. Les bourses de voyage du CRBS permettront de couvrir les coûts reliés à la participation des étudiants à des formations externes spécialisées, à des conférences et à des ateliers. Les demandes de bourses seront évaluées par le Comité Bourses et Formation afin de garantir que les étudiants choisis retireront tous les avantages d'un cours ou d'une conférence, et seront en mesure de transférer les connaissances acquises aux membres et étudiants du CRBS. Afin d'être éligible à une bourse pour assister à une conférence, les étudiants devront y présenter des travaux de recherche originaux sous forme de présentation orale ou d’affiche.


Le CRBS offrira chaque année 15 bourses de voyage d'un montant de 500$ à 1 000$ chacune. Lors d’une session de fin d’été de « débriefing de conférence/cours », les étudiants exposeront  les travaux de recherche les plus passionnants présentés à la conférence à laquelle ils auront participée, ou les derniers développements méthodologiques discutés lors d'un cours. Ainsi, l'ensemble des étudiants du CRBS pourra bénéficier de ce transfert de connaissance par d'autres étudiants. 

La date limite du prochain concours sera en mai 2023.


Félicitations aux lauréats 2022-2023.   


Bourses de mobilité du CRBS et GPS

La bourse de mobilité du CRBS, en partenariat avec le GPS (bureau des études supérieures et post-doctorales),  permet aux étudiants des cycles supérieurs d'étudier et de mener des travaux de recherche à l’étranger, dans le cadre de leur programme d'études à l'université McGill, en défrayant une partie des coûts associés à cette expérience internationale. Cette bourse, financée par le gouvernement du Québec, est offerte à tous les étudiants inscrits à un programme d’études supérieures à l'université McGill et effectuant une thèse à temps plein. Plusieurs bourses sont réservées aux étudiants du CRBS afin qu'ils bénéficient d'opportunités d'étudier à l'étranger.  La bourse de mobilité fait partie intégrante du plan d'étude de l'étudiant et contribue à l’achèvement de sa thèse.


Les étudiants du CRBS peuvent soumettre une demande de Bourse de mobilité en suivant la procédure indiquée sur le site internet du GPS : Les étudiants doivent indiquer CRBS dans la section Programme de la demande. Le directeur ou le directeur associé du CRBS signe le formulaire à la place du directeur des études supérieures et du doyen associé (l’espace pour la signature du doyen associé peut être laissé vide).


Le traitement des demandes peut prendre jusqu’à 4 semaines et les paiements sont versés un mois avant la date de début du voyage. 

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