Lab Personnel


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Maydianne Andrade
Principal Investigator

BSc SFU, MSc U Toronto, PhD Cornell
E-mail: mandrade@utsc.utoronto.ca
ORCID Professional Profile: 0000-0002-2931-5378CV Sept. 2016

Lab Management

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Undergraduate Researchers

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Lab Assistants


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  Lab Management

Luciana Baruffaldi

Dr. Luciana Baruffaldi
(PhD 2015)

Lab Director

Dr. Baruffaldi is our Lab Director, in charge of overseeing all lab operations and research. She will use her vast knowledge of large-scale invertebrate rearing and her management skills to ensure equitable balancing of research needs, population maintenance, and personnel development and morale, all of which are essential to the ongoing success of the lab. Luciana also provides advice on experimental design for new projects. Overall then, Luciana is responsible for all high-level management of lab rearing operations and reports directly to Maydianne.

Ariela Kong

Ariela Kong

Lab Manager

Ariela is our lab manager, and in this role, oversees, trains, and schedules all laboratory assistants. She also manages laboratory supplies and ensures we all have what we need to get out work done! Ariela was  a lab assistant for a year prior to starting as lab manager. She has excellent skills at the bench, a strong work-ethic, and a good grounding in the various tasks required for a successful lab manager.  In addition, she brings to the role  impressive management skills acquired in other contexts.


Lab assistants

Current Assistants

Archives: Past Assistants

Undergraduate Lab Assistants: 2018 Summer

Senior Lab & Research Assistants.

Senior lab assistants are students who have been working in the lab for at least one year, show an outstanding work ethic, a strong understanding of the challenges of maintaining laboratory populations, and skilled ‘hands’ for all tasks related to spider rearing.  Senior Lab & Research Assistants will provide support to the rearing operation, and act as a source of  valuable information and consultation for new lab assistants.

Shabitha Arumugarajah

Anamaria Mihai

Amira Namasivayam

Amira Namasivayam

Sharunan Ragunathan

Sharunan Ragunathan

Lab Assistants

Welcome to our newest lab assistants!

Naomi Akanmori

 Hossain Anayet

Jose Arriola

 Katherine Datuin
 Aminah Khan

Florence Kwan

 Jady Liang

Sharanja Premachandran

Roinza Sawh

Anupriya Singh

Jeshan Sivakumar

Nanziba Tasneem

Archive

 The Archives…Past assistants:

  Archive: Undergraduate Researchers & Research Assistants (2015-2017)

Vighnesh Sukhu

Vighnesh Sukhu

Vighnesh was in the lab for a year, starting as a research assistant. He completed a one-term research course (BIOD95) in summer 2017, examining development and performance in widow spiders, and  in the fall 2017, engaged in a continuation of this project, in a collaborative effort with Yousef and Laini, led by Luciana.

Laini

Laini Taylor

Laini has been in the lab for over three years, she started as a lab assistant, then acted as a research assistant to PhD student Catherine Scott (working with one of three L. hesperus populations).  Last year, Laini completed a full-year independent research project, BIOD98, examining how sperm load of male Phidippus clarus jumping spiders is related to morphological traits, and performance. She presented her work in an outstanding talk at the Animal Behavior meeting, held summer 2017 at UTSC. Although Laini has now graduated, she continues to do research in the lab (collaboration with Yousef and Vighnesh, led by Luciana).

Alexandra Dorison

Alexandra Dorison

Alexandra has been in the lab for 3 years. She completed a BioB98 project, ‘shadowing’ PhD student Monica Mowery, during which she learned how female redback spiders show repeateable behaviours. Over the past 1.5 years, she completed a major research project with Monica , examining how cool temperatures affect spider development and behaviour in invasive and native populations. She presented her work in a poster at the Animal behaviour Conference in 2017 and was awarded an honourable mention in the student poster competition.  Congrats Alexandra! Alexandra has now graduated and will be heading to graduate school in the Fall.

Justin Andrew

Justin Andrew

Research Assistant

Justin has been in the lab for over two years, first as a lab assistant, then completing a BIOB98 ‘research shadowing’ course with Monica.  For the past 1.5 years he has been acting as a research assistant for Monica and Nishant. His help in acquiring life history data, running behavioural assays  and making phenotypic measures of spiders has been invaluable.

Undergraduate Lab Assistants: 2017 Fall / 2018 Spring

 

Yousef Safar

Yousef Safar

Former Lab Manager

Yousef was in the lab for three years. He started as a volunteer assistant and quickly distinguished himself through his excellent ‘hands’, outstanding work ethic, and excellent eye for collecting spiders in the field. He helped with local field research, completed research projects with Luciana and, along with undergraduate collaborators (Laini and Vighnesh) complete an ambitious project on fitness effects of plasticity in a Japanese population of redback spiders (L. hasselti). He has presented his research at local and international conferences. Yousef has resigned as lab manager to pursue other experiences more aligned with his ultimate career goals. We wish him well, but will miss him in the lab!

Shabitha Arumugarajah

Aneesah Bari

Emmanuel Chan

Emmanuel Chan

Ravin Dyal

Ajay David

Ajay David

Mariaelena Guarrasi

Ariela Kong

Ariela Kong

Christopher Mahler

Anamaria Mihai

Mashiat Mimosa

Mashiat Mimosa

 Azeezah Jaffry

Azeezah Jaffry

Rabea Nadeem

Rabea Nadeem

Mahak Rajawat

Mahak Rajawat

Allison Rupnaraine

Allison Rupnaraine

Vishal Sharma

Vishal Sharma

Amira Namasivayam

Amira Namasivayam

Mecheala Pienczykowski

High School Co-Op Students

 Rayyan Wehbe

Rayyan Wehbe

Tiffany Kazakis

Tiffany Kazakis

Priya Thomas

Priya Thomas

Sakeenah Sulaiman

Sakeenah Sulaiman

Undergraduate Lab Assistants: 2017 Summer

Amira Abozaid

Ridda Ahmed

 

Shabitha Arumugarajah

Aneesah Bari

Aneesah Bari

Mecheala Pienczykowski

Sharunan Ragunathan

Emmanuel Chan

Emmanuel Chan

Abel Delbalkew

Abel Delbalkew

Ravin Dyal

Ravin Dyal

Mariaelena Guarrasi

Vishal Sharma

Mahak Rajawat

Lynn Bui

Azeezah Jafry

Christopher Mahler

Ishara Mudiyansela

Heba Saleh

allison-rupnaraine

Allison Rupnarain

High School Volunteer

 

Noor Hussain

Noor Hussain