Tyrel Olton is currently completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at Ryerson University. His previous experience includes working for the Science council, and the UNICEF club at UOIT. Tyrel also organized and coordinated events for staff and patients at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. His role at the Biomedical Zone focuses on social media outreach and clinical engagement with clinicians at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Michael is a fourth year Business Management student at Ryerson University, majoring in Marketing. A creative problem solver and strategic thinker, Michael has experience in marketing research and digital marketing initiatives building B2B client lists for large and small companies alike. His interests include UX design, social media marketing, and SEO tools. Michael sees the capacity of digital marketing and looks to create compelling online identities.
Carlos Santana is a Biomedical Engineering student, completing his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering at Ryerson University. This tech guru is vastly skilled in HTML, CSS, C++, and Embedded Microprocessors coding languages, with expertise designing and working with electrical devices such as amplifiers, filters, and sensors. With a passion for designing websites, Carlos is creating blog content, assisting with social media, and optimizing the Biomedical Zone website.
Binh is a third year honours student in Biomedical Engineering at Ryerson University. He is fluent in Vietnamese and English, and wows with his public speaking talents. His passion for health care has led to his involvement in multiple health-related groups at Ryerson University, where he is working towards a career in the medical field. Binh’s eagerness to champion health care has him coordinating clinical engagement at St. Michael’s Hospital, promoting Biomedical Zone events, as well as redesigning our Website.
Brigitte Dreger-Smylie is a knowledge translation specialist with a background in science, engineering, and research communications. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria in 2013 and completed her Master of Professional Communication with Ryerson University in 2015. Her research interests include the communication of uncertainty and risk in technical data within media and public-facing channels. Brigitte has previously worked with such projects and organizations as hitchBOT, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, The Swim Guide, Ryerson University, and Parks Canada. Brigitte is also a freelance communications consultant, editor, and digital strategist.
Sally Bockler is a candidate in the Master of Professional Communication at Ryerson University. Sally’s professional background in is the Arts industry, where she worked in a technical capacity in post-production film, television, and photography. Her interests are in strategic communication, brand positioning, design, and content strategy. She is working on marketing, communication, and event and user experience with the Biomedical Zone.
Emma Wood is a social media savvy Management Information Systems Major at the University of Arizona. Aside from her thorough knowledge of the digital landscape, she is a polished public speaker fluent in Spanish, with an aptitude and passion for technology. As part of a global internship program through the University of California at Berkeley, Emma will be applying her numerous skills assisting with operations at the Biomedical Zone.
Andreea Mihai is a candidate for the Master of Professional Communication program at Ryerson University. She studied Professional Writing & Communication and French at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include knowledge translation and she has published a book about the factors contributing to the bumblebee population decline. With Biomedical Zone, Andreea specializes in content creation and social media strategy.
Kathleen Babin designed the logo and colour scheme for Biomedical Zone. She is currently a Designer at Shopify. She was the Cofounder and Creative Director of Kids Health Record, and received her Bachelor of Design from Ryerson University in 2010.
Keifer Wiseman created the Biomedical Zone explainer video. He is currently the videographer at the DMZ at Ryerson University. He received his Bachelor of fine arts from Ryerson University in 2014.
Luis Daniel Araiza is a well-travelled second year student, majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. A native Spanish speaker with excellent public speaking skills, he became deeply interested in sustainable business practices after taking a course at Berkeley. Luis has been placed at the Biomedical Zone through the UC Berkeley Global Internship program, where he will be working on business development, Sales Force, and programming.
Lakshmi is a third year student at Ryerson University, majoring in Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Health Services Management. Her interests lie at the intersection of innovation and progress in business and the medical sciences. Lakshmi’s dynamic skill set are an invaluable asset to various Biomedical Zone initiatives, where she contributes towards startup business development, clinical program development and content curation for social media.
Vilirsa Rajadurai is a fourth year student at Ryerson University, majoring in Global Management. She is passionate in leading student run initiatives, assisting startups with marketing expertise, and leaving a positive impact among all her peers. In the next five years Vilirsa sees herself excelling in social entrepreneurship and making the necessary footprint to leave a huge difference.
Anne-Sophie Alarie is a candidate of the Master of Professional Communication program at Ryerson University. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Communications (co-op) at the University of Ottawa. Anne-Sophie’s ambition to pursue a career in the field of healthcare communication is inspired by her creative, hardworking, and passionate personality.
Warsan Amin is a candidate of the Master of Professional Communication program at Ryerson University. Before beginning her Masters, Warsan spent eight years working as a Personal Attendant with physically and mentally disabled individuals. Her research interests include the delineation between oral and literal cultures, and she has previously contributed SEO and LinkedIn lead generation strategies for freelancers. With Biomedical Zone, Warsan specializes in content creation, social media strategy, and web analytics.
Sumit Dey is a Biomedical Engineering student at Ryerson University and Technical Advisor for the Biomedical Zone. His interest in biomedical and healthcare innovations has led to numerous leadership roles. He currently serves as technical advisor to the students for the Biomedical Zone Co-Development Lab, and was also the Web Development Lead for Team Toronto Solar Decathlon. Sumit is involved with many business ventures and participates in Biomedical Zone related activities.