The Council

BUGS Shoot-14

 

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President – Esther Nam

Where are you from?
Seoul/NYC

What is on the top of your Bucket List?
Adopting a dog!
What is your secret talent?
I can fit my fist in my mouth?

Hobby (aside from pipetting):
I like to rearrange furnitures in my house until it looks jussssst right
Celebrity Crush:
Mats Zuccarello

If you were an enzyme, which one would you be and why?
MAP4K: MAP Kinase Kinase Kinase Kinase; haha ha h a h a, wait this isn’t funny?

Hey there! My name is Esther! I’m a big fan of dogs (esp. long bois, floofers, splooters n corgos) and I love catching some beautiful sunsets while walking down from McMed. I know it’s a little late in the year but I’m very excited to kick off an another awesome year in BUGS and to get to meet more people in Biochemistry and IHI! please don’t be shy to say hello or to throw some ideas for BUGS! I don’t bite!!!

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Vice President Internal  –  Yael Ripstein

Where are you from?
Winnipeg, Manitoba

What is on the top of your Bucket List?
Write a bu
cket list so that I will have a good answer the next time someone asks me “What is on the top of your Bucket List”

What is your secret talent?
I can tie a bowline with one hand in under 3 seconds

Hobby (aside from pipetting):
Pipetting by mouth….JUST KIDDING (NEVER PIPETTE W/YOUR MOUTH KIDS! Stay in school).

If you were an enzyme, which one would you be and why?
Maybe Hsp70? When its protein friends are all stressed and ~denatured~ it just gives the
m lots of ~hugs~ that prevent aggregation and helps them escape kinetic traps to refold into their happy, functional selves. I like to give my friends hugs when they are stressed? Yeah, let’s go with that.

Hey BIOC! My name is Yael and I am *super excited* to be your VP Internal for the upcoming year. Catch me in the BUGS Lounge, in lab, or on Schu 5 at any hour of the day. Can’t wait for a great year!

10-1.jpgVice President External – Cynthia Feng

Where are you from?
saugacity (Mississauga, ON)

What is on the top of your Bucket List?
Become fluent in as many languages as possible

What is your secret talent?
Writing lab reports in one night 

Hobby (aside from pipetting):
Singing and playing music

If you were an enzyme, which one would you be and why?
Honestly I’d love to be Rubisco because it has a cool name and does good important work removing CO2 from our atmosphere. Also it’s the most abundant enzyme so statistically I probably have a good chance

Hi, I’m Cynthia! I’m in U3 IHI and this is my second year as VP External on BUGS! I’m responsible for coordinating clothing orders, getting sponsorships, connecting with external groups and liaising with the SUS. Catch me on campus running late during the day or on Schu5 after 9pm. 🙃

12-1.jpgVice President Communications – Philippe Carle

Where are you from?
Montréal 

What is on the top of your Bucket List?
Don’t really have a Bucket List, I feel like little things matter most

What is your secret talent?
Cooking, Maybe?

Hobby (aside from pipetting):
Reading Literature or Philosophy
Celebrity Crush:
Albert Camus

If you were an enzyme, which one would you be and why?
Ras-GTP because I love to pass on messages

Hi Biochem! I’m this year’s VP Communications and have a ton of exciting projects coming up to keep you updated on everything BUGS related. You can always send me a message via the Bugs McGill Facebook account.

14-1.jpgVice President Social – Megan Zhou

Where are you from?
North Bay, ON

What is on the top of your Bucket List?
actually graduating in 4 years lol

What is your secret talent?
mouth pipetting

Hobby (aside from pipetting):
watching those hour long rip vine compilations at all times of the day


If you were an enzyme, which one would you be and why?
i love all enzymes 

hello friendos, i’m super hyped to be your VP Social this year!!!!!!

13-1.jpgVice President Finances – Jessica Karaguesian

Where are you from?
Haliburton, Ontario

What is on the top of your Bucket List?
Travelling to Space

Hobby (aside from pipetting):
Board Games

Celebrity Crush:
Alicia Vikander

If you were an enzyme, which one would you be and why?
I would be a transposase because I love to jump around!

Hey Biochemists, I am Jessica and am thrilled to be the VP of Finance this year! I enjoy dessert, learning new things, and proteins of course!! I am excited to meet all of you at the upcoming BUGS events!

17-1.jpgDirector of Student Affairs – Trevor Dean

Where are you from?
Sauga City

What is on the top of your Bucket List?
To get a response from a Nature editor

What is your secret talent?
I am actually a better mathematician than biochemist


Hobby (aside from pipetting):
Hockey, Playing Guitar, Gel Running
Celebrity Crush:
Jennifer Doudna

If you were an enzyme, which one would you be and why?
Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) because I have a tendency to raise people’s blood pressure

Hey y’all! I’m really excited to be the Director of Student Affairs of BUGS for this upcoming year. There isn’t much more to tell you about me than what was mentioned above (I know, I’m pretty lame) but if you have any questions relating to BUGS, your degree or even just life as a biochemist please don’t be shy! I’m always happy to chat and meet new people 

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Director of Charity and Fundraising – Chris Wong

Where are you from?
Vancouver

Hobby (aside from pipetting):
C. elegans

If you were an enzyme, which one would you be and why?
AMP-activated protein kinase

Hi everyone, I am the Director of Charity and Fundraising this academic year. See you at BUGS events!

15-1.jpgDirector of Academic Affairs – Riley Bowker

Where are you from?
Coldbrook

What is on the top of your Bucket List?
Graduating

What is your secret talent?
Child care

Hobby (aside from pipetting):
Sports

Celebrity Crush:
Ellen Page

If you were an enzyme, which one would you be and why?
PRL-2 because I  phosphatases

Hi everyone! My name is Riley and I’m your Director of Academic Affairs for the 2018-2019 school year. I coordinate BUMP and several other academic initiatives. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about BUGS, biochem, or anything else.

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Interdepartmental Honours in Immunology Representatitive – Nick Kieran

Where are you from?
Boston, Massachusetts

What is on the top of your Bucket List?
Having a perfect Western Blot

What is your secret talent?
I can do the wave with my tummy


Hobby (aside from pipetting):
Anything to do with a dog or many dogs

Celebrity Crush:
Steve Carell (peep my fb profile from 9 years ago)

If you were an enzyme, which one would you be and why?
Telomerase because living forever is kinda cool

HELLO! My name is Nick and I’m the Interdepartmental Honours Immunology (IHI) Representative for BUGS. Even though I’m officially a part of IHI, Biochem was my home for a year of my undergrad, and now I get to live vicariously through everyone else on the BUGS Council and through the other students I meet! I work in a NeuroImmunology lab at the MNI, so if you have any questions about IHI or research or dogs let me know 

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U3 Representative – Brock Jenken

Where are you from?
Denfield, ON

What is on the top of your Bucket List?
Just being able to take a few months and travel around the world

What is your secret talent?
I can write backwards (as in a mirror image) really quickly??

Hobby (aside from pipetting):
Singing in an cappella group and eating way too much ice cream

Celebrity Crush:
Emma Stone

If you were an enzyme, which one would you be and why?
Alcohol Dehydrogenase, because I wouldn’t survive without it

I’m the guy in fourth year that knows too much about cows and not enough about important life skills. You win some, you lose some.

 7-1.jpgU3 Representative – Josie Nabarro

Where are you from?
Geneva,Switzerland and Oxford,UK

What is on the top of your Bucket List?
Eating my weight in all you can eat sushi

What is your secret talent?
Getting lost in McMed floor 9 (circular floors are still tricky!)

Hobby (aside from pipetting):
Lifting large weights off the floor
Celebrity Crush:
Andrew Stanley Wallbridge #dreamboat

If you were an enzyme, which one would you be and why?
Pepsin A- I’m all about them gains

Hi biochemmies/IHI. My name is Josie and I’m one of you’re amazing u3 reps this year. Come chit chat with me when you have time 

5-1.jpgU2 Representative – Joyce Zhang

Where are you from?
RHill

What is on the top of your Bucket List?
Eating agarose gel.

What is your secret talent?
I can go several days without sleeping.

Hobby (aside from pipetting):
drinking water


Celebrity Crush:
Kanye West

If you were an enzyme, which one would you be and why?
papain, don’t ask.

Hi yalls! I’m super excited to be one of the two U2 reps on BUGS this year! I’m looking forward to a great year of events and I can’t wait to meet everyone. Slide into my DMs if you want to make some agarose jello with me while drinking water and listening to Kanye at 4:30 in the morning (or if you share a spirit enzyme with me). Cheers 

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Where are you from?
Montreal

What is on the top of your Bucket List?
Change a life for good

What is your secret talent?
I can recite glycolysis and the citric acid cycle in 3 different languages

Hobby (aside from pipetting):
Playing Guitar

Celebrity Crush:
Gal Gadot 

If you were an enzyme, which one would you be and why?
ATP synthase, so I can have energy for the rest of my degree

Hello people!
I’m probably the most transparent person you’ll meet.. there’s not much that comes through my head that you won’t notice! If you wanna talk about proteins, cats, or both, I’m the right person for that!

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U1 Representative – Paul McKay

Where are you from?
North Vancouver

What is on the top of your Bucket List?
Travel to Antarctica

What is your secret talent?
baking

Hobby (aside from pipetting):
getting blackout

Celebrity Crush:
Theo James

If you were an enzyme, which one would you be and why?
Lactase so I could enjoy cheese again 

My name is Paul and I am in U1 biochemistry. I am from North Vancouver and came to McGill to study science, work on my French, and make friends from all over the world. I love to have fun and get shit done!!

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U1 Representative – Lisa Shin

Where are you from?
Winnipeg! Originally from Korea

What is on the top of your Bucket List?
Getting a degree other than -30 degree weather

What is your secret talent?
~ I never hide my talent ~

Hobby (aside from pipetting): Drawing! Let’s go to model drawing sessions goiz!
Celebrity Crush:
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO (both young and old)

If you were an enzyme, which one would you be and why?
Lipase – So I can burn my fat (plz)

Hi! I am Lisa and I’m the U1 Representative for this year! I am super excited to meet you guys! If you guys ever see me on campus (most likely in Schulich) or elsewhere, feel free to talk to me! I am always down for having a chit-chat and making new friends 😊