CURRENT DIRECTORS 2017-2018 Meet Serena (Senior Director) Serena is a veteran to this program with this being her 11th year. She started as a tutor back in 2005 when she was doing her undergrad in Biology and Physiology. Soon later she moved on to being a core volunteer for a year. She then became the Director of Core Volunteers for 4 years and now this is her fifth year being a Director of the Saturday Program. She is currently working as an Medical Administratror in many diagnostic clinics. In her free time she helps people plan weddings. She enjoys hiking when given the chance to get away from the city. Winter hiking in the cold is preferred as bugs in the summer can get on her nerves. Meet Sarah (Co-Director) Sarah is a PhD student in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. She carries out her research at The Hospital for Sick Children where she is studying the mechanism of an anti-diabetic hormone. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, practicing yoga, and singing in a music group. After volunteering as a tutor for the Saturday Program for two years, she is excited to return this year as a co-director! Meet Hisham (Co-Director) Hisham completed his Master’s degree at the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. His research focused on mechanisms involved in leukocyte recruitment in inflammation. Hisham currently works at the Toronto General Research Institute (University Health Network). He has been an active member of the Saturday Program since 2014 as a volunteer mentor. His hobbies include watching sports, reading, and cooking. Meet Tarek (Co-Director) Tarek recently completed his MSc. at the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on identifying treatment strategies for Alzheimer’s/Parkinson’s disease and he is currently based at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. In his downtime, he enjoys listening to music, working out and loves to cook. He has been a member of the Saturday Program for the past two years, volunteering mainly as a tutor before becoming a co-director this year. Meet Emily (Co-Director) Emily is a medical student at the University of Toronto and joined the Faculty of Medicine after completing her Masters degree in Metabolism and Nutrition at McMaster University. She has been actively working as a tutor and mentor with The Saturday Program for the past year. Outside of her studies and her volunteer work, Emily continues to pursue her research interests in diabetes at the Toronto General Research Institute. She also loves to travel and hike, practice yoga, and read. She is super excited to be continuing her work with The Saturday Program as a co-director this year! Meet Celine (Co-Director) Celine is an undergraduate student completing a Physiology and Fundamental Genetics and its Applications double major at the University of Toronto. Outside of school, she enjoys playing rugby, taking naps, playing with her dog, and biking. She has been part of the Saturday Program since 2016, splitting her time between being a core volunteer and tutor, and is excited to be part of the directing team in her third year. Meet Dario(Co-Director) Dario is a graduate student at the University of Toronto. He completed his undergraduate degree at UofT studying physiology and immunology. He is now working on his masters with the department of immunology studying how changes in the function of the immune system lead to the development of systemic lupus erythematosus. Dario has been a tutor with the Saturday Program for the last two years. Outside of research and tutoring, he enjoys running and playing board games with friends. Meet Sharon (Photographer) Sharon is a second year medical student at the University of Toronto who is passionate about the intersection of education and health. Outside of medicine, she enjoys playing badminton, baking, and taking naps. Although she is new to the Saturday Program, she has been involved in numerous educational initiatives in the past, and is thrilled to be part of the team this year!