About Us

Mission Statement

The Biochemistry Undergraduate Society of McGill, or BUGS, is an organization of elected student leaders responsible for providing all students in the department with opportunities for intellectual, professional, and social development. We believe that there is more to being a part of the Biochemistry department than just a shared academic fervor, and that students with common goals and ideas should interact with one another as a means of forming friendships and peer networks that will stay with them long after their undergraduate experience. We are here to support our students through mentorship programs, opportunities to meet professors and other professionals with a biochemistry background, and a variety of social events. It is our goal to continue reaching out to McGill biochemists and involving them in this dynamic community.

 

Who We Are

President – Sean Jiang

Year of Study: U3
Where are you from?: Burnaby, BC
What is your secret talent?: Eating scones
What is at the top of your bucket list?: Camping in Yosemite
Favourite amino acid: Tryptophan, duh
Hobby (not Biochemistry related): Singing!
Celebrity crush: Steve Carell

About yourself: Hello biochemistry and IHI! I’m Sean, and I’m your BUGS President for the year~~ I’m so excited to get started and see all your faces at our events! I’m always happy to hear your suggestions/comments for BUGS so feel free to shoot me a message   anytime! If you see me around, don’t hesitate to say hi! Let’s have our friendship inoculate

 

VP Internal – Esther Nam

Year of Study: U3
Where are you from?: Seoul and NYC!
What is your secret talent?: I can eat 6 samosas while walking up McMed 😉
What is at the top of your bucket list?: Adopting a doggo~
Favourite amino acid: Glycine (gotta keep it simple~)
Hobby (not Biochemistry related): browsing r/TuckedInPuppies
Celebrity crush: Yeeeeezy

About yourself: Ello there biochemmies! I’m Esther and BUGS VP Internal for this school year. It’s such a pleasure to be serving as VP Internal for BUGS and I’m really looking forward to this year. As you may have already noticed, I love dogs so if you have any cute dog pictures svp share it with me. Also, please don’t be shy to message me on FB or talk to me in real life, I would love to get to know y’all better! 🙂

 

VP External – Cynthia Feng

Year of Study: U2 IHI
Where are you from?: Mississauga, Ontario
Secret talent: sleeping through alarms (I seriously have to set them every 5 minutes an hour in advance to actually make it to class in the morning)
Favourite amino acid: methionine, maybe?
Hobby: singing and playing music with friends!

About yourself: young, scrappy and hungry

 

 

 

VP Finance – Jessica Karaguesian

Year of Study: U2
Where are you from?: Haliburton, Ontario
What is at the top of your bucket list? Travelling to Space
Favourite amino acid: Tyrosine
Hobby (not Biochemistry related): Camping Adventures
Celebrity crush: Benedict Cumberbatch

About yourself: Hey Biochemists! I am Jessica and am thrilled to be the VP of Finance this year! I enjoy dessert, exploring, and proteins of course!! I am excited to meet all of you at the amazing BUGS events!

 

 

VP Social – Chris Wong

Year of Study: U2
Where are you from?: Vancouver
What is your secret talent?: Can down three In-N-Out double-double’s in one sitting
What is at the top of your bucket list?: Learn how to pipette.
Favourite amino acid:  Proline, kinky
Spirit animal: C. elegans

About yourself: Hey everyone! I’m this year’s BUGS VP Social. Hope to see everyone at future BUGS events! 🙂

 

 

 

VP Communications – Yael Ripstein

Year of Study: U2
Where are you from?: Winnipeg, MB
What is your secret talent?: Devouring cinnamon raisin bagels
What is at the top of your bucket list?: Hiking the PCT
Favourite amino acid:  Tryptophan of course
Hobby (not Biochemistry related): Camping/canoeing/anything outside
Celebrity crush: Emma Watson

About yourself: Hey biochem friends! I’m your VP Communications for this year so check out the really awesome emails I send you 🙂 Looking forward to having a great year with everyone!

 

Director of Student Affairs – Leo Shen

Year of Study:U3
Where are you from?: Vancouver
What is your secret talent?: Starting fires
What is at the top of your bucket list?: Doing a food tour of Asia
Favourite amino acid: Proline
Hobby (not Biochemistry related): Swimming, water polo, long walks on the beach
Celebrity crush: IU

About yourself: Hey biochem! My name is Leo Shen and I’m the Director of Student Affairs. I look forward to meeting you all if we haven’t met already 🙂

 

 

Director of Academic Affairs – Riley Bowker

Year of Study:U2
Where are you from?: The Annapolis Valley
What is your secret talent?: Child care
What is at the top of your bucket list?: Road trip across Canada
Favourite amino acid: Arginine
Hobby (not Biochemistry related): Fantasy Football
Celebrity crush: Ellen Page

About yourself: Hi BIOC! My name’s Riley and I’m the DAA for BUGS this year. I love biochemistry, going for late night drives, and ice cream.

 

 

Director of Charity and Fundraising – Kathy Li

Year of Study: U3
Where are you from?: the 6
Secret talent: Holding 5 cats in my arms at once
What is at the top of your bucket list?: Lying in a room surrounded by baby kittens 😻
Favourite amino acid: Taurine
Hobby: Napping (with my cats)

About yourself: Now people will think I am crazy about cats. But little do they know… I also love dogs 🐶 😍

 

 

 

IHI Rep – Audrey Kassardjian

Year of Study: U3
Where are you from? Montreal
What is your secret talent? Listening to All Star on repeat for multiple days
What is at the top of your bucket list? Graduating lol I’m coming 4 u diploma
Favourite amino acid: Tryptophan – I really liked it so I put TWO rings on it 😉 😉
Hobby (not Biochemistry related): Gert’s, blues pub, wholesome memes
Celebrity crush: Eli Metchnikoff <3

About yourself: Hello Biochem/IHI ~
I’m super psyched to be the IHI representative on BUGS for another year! About me: I love cajun fries from Five Guys, pretty Western Blots and, OF COURSE, Despacito (what a banger). I’m excited to meet you all throughout the year 🙂

 

U3 Rep – Alessandro Pisaturo

Year of Study: U3
Where are you from? Montreal
What is your secret talent? Making the perfect over easy eggs
What is at the top of your bucket list? Knowing enough to be able to hold a conversation about anything with anybody
Favourite amino acid: Glutamine (the Q-test)
Hobby (not Biochemistry related): Skiing, working out early in the morning, YouTube

About yourself: Hey everyone, my name is Alessandro and I am U3 Representative for the 2017-2018 year. With the help of our hard working council and input from other U3 students, we hope to make all U3 biochemistry student’s final year one to remember!I remember when I was in U1 and always hesitated to join clubs/organizations, and even participate in events. What brought me to become part of BUGS council was how inclusive and welcoming it was. With this background, I hope I can help more U3 biochemistry students take part in U3 events during what will be our final and most memorable year!

 

U3 Rep – Lovyck Juteau-Mercier

Year of Study: U3
Where are you from?: Montreal
Secret talent: Bass guitar
What is at the top of your bucket list?: Skydiving
Favourite amino acid: Definitely arginine
Hobby: Archery
Celebrity Crush: None really…

 

 

 

U2 Rep – Trevor Dean

Year of Study: U2
Where are you from? Saugacity (Mississauga)
What is your secret talent? Can eat a two bite brownie in one bite
What is at the top of your bucket list? Recreate flood girl
Favourite amino acid:  Leucine for the gainz
Hobby (not Biochemistry related): Huge Hockey Fan (can also play a few chords on the guitar)
Celebrity crush: Can it be myself?

About yourself: Hey Biochem! My name’s Trevor and I’m super excited to be one of your U2 reps this year! If you see me on campus feel free to hit me up with biochem and non-biochem inquiries (I even give dating advice  ). Can’t wait to meet all of you this year and help make your U2 year great

 

U2 Rep – Brock Jenken

Year of Study: U2
Where are you from? Denfield, ON
What is your secret talent? I have played piano for 16 years!
What is at the top of your bucket list? Buying a milkshake in every major US city
Favourite amino acid: Tryptophan
Hobby (not Biochemistry related): I love taking pictures with 35mm film!
Celebrity crush: Natalie Dormer

 

 

 

U1 Rep – Megan Zhou

Year of Study: U1
Where are you from? North Bay, ON
Favourite amino acid:  lysine
Hobby (not Biochemistry related): hanging out with dogs at parks
Celebrity crush: Justin Trudeau <3

About yourself: Hey biochem 🙂 I’m Megan and I’m super excited to be your U1 rep this year! Super excited to meet you all at all the ~amazing~ BUGS events so hit me up y’all 😀

 

 

 

U1 Rep – Philippe Carle

Year of Study: U1
Where are you from? Montreal
What is your secret talent? Running half-marathons
What is at the top of your bucket list? Going camping in the rainforest
Favourite amino acid: Cysteine (get those strong disulfide bonds)
Hobby (not Biochemistry related): French Literature (ongoing project: reading Albert Camus’ whole work)
Celebrity crush: Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine)

About yourself: Hi biochem! My name is Phil and I am more than happy to be your U1 representative at BUGS. Here are a few facts about me: I am fascinated by genetics, my perfume is chlorine (in other words, I hang out a lot around pools), I have a huge french accent and my english is still a bit clumsy, so feel free to come and talk to me when you see me around campus: I need to practice 🙂

 

Constitution & Minutes

The official Constitution of the Biochemistry Undergraduate Department can be found here:

Minutes to the weekly BUGS Council Meetings are available here. For meeting minutes from past semesters, contact comm.bugs@gmail.com

 

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