Eliana Gonzales-Vigil

Principal Investigator

Joined: September 2018



Prospective researchers

Postdocs, graduate students, and undergrads interested in how plants interact with the environment, check for availability at e.gonzalesvigil@utoronto.ca

Mahbobeh Zamani-Babgohari

PhD student

Joined: September 2019

Project title: Investigating the role of terpenes in poplar

Hobbies: Watching soccer, playing tennis, cooking, and baking.

Jeff Chen

MSc student

Joined: September 2019

Project title: Identification and characterization of alkene biosynthetic enzymes in P. trichocarpa.

Funding: Joan M. Coleman Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)

Hobbies: Cooking, painting, reading, and writing.

Andreea Borosogan

MSc student

Joined: September 2020

Project title: Investigating the effects of plant-defense specialized metabolites on phyllosphere and insect-gut microbiota.

Hobbies: Running, Exploring new hiking trails, Plants, and Art

Aswini Kuruparan

MSc student

Joined: September 2020

Project title: Assessing the effect of drought stress on flag leaf epicuticular wax composition in Triticum aestivum

Hobbies: Archery, playing the guitar, and gardening

Christopher Kouyoumdjian

Undergraduate student

Joined: July 2019

Project title: The role of the microbiome on plant-insect interactions.

Major: Neuroscience – Biology

Hobbies: Rock climbing, chess, photography, and programming for fun

Quote: “The answer to everything is Acetyl CoA.”

Arishba Mumtaz

Undergraduate student

Joined: January 2020

Quote: “Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.” – Michael Scott

Major: Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

Hobbies: Painting, drawing, and sleeping

Vikash Gopal

Undergraduate student

Joined: September 2020

Major: Neuroscience

Hobbies: Playing the flute, hiking.


Yasamin Sadeghi

Undergraduate student

Joined: September 2020

Major: Biology

Alexandra Beltran

Undergraduate student

Joined: May 2021

Quote: “Biology is the only science where multiplication is the same thing as division”

Major: Human Biology

Hobbies:  Dancing salsa, Latin music, and play with my hamster.

Lab alumni

Megan Lall (BIOD98) – Clinical Psychology MSc – McMaster

Luxshi Sivakumar (BIOD98)

Amanda Yokingco (BIOB98 & BIOB99)