Graduate Students

Ben Tsang, HBSc, MSc, PhD.c, FRSA

Ben joined the lab in 2015 and completed his HBSc at the University of Toronto, and went on to obtain a MSc (Neuroscience) from Kings College London.

He has worked in both academic and hospital settings in administrative, research, and managerial roles, and has experience using zebrafish and mice in basic research. His primary focus with zebrafish is in behavioral neuroscience, and his expertise in mice is the middle cerebral arterial occlusion surgical procedure.

Ben has produced over 14 peer-reviewed publications in the field of zebrafish behavioral neuroscience and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Grant Co-Investigator for the effects of housing density and tank volume on the behavior, cortisol level and neurochemistry of zebrafish.

Amira Abozaid, HBSc, PhD.c

Amira joined the lab in 2017 and completed her HBSc at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She has undertaken multiple research courses including a Biology Thesis program in our lab during her final year of studies exploring the effects of embryonic alcohol exposure using the zebrafish as a model organism.

She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology, and has published 3 peer-reviewed papers.

Stephanie Shishis, HBSc, MSc.c

Stephanie joined the lab in 2019 and completed her HBSc at the University of Toronto Mississauga, with a double major in Biology for Health Science and Psychology. She will be pursuing a Master of Science at the University of Toronto in our lab as part of the Department of Cell & Systems Biology starting January 2022.

During her undergrad she was part of the Psychology Research Opportunity Program and Biology Thesis Program in our lab. She has been involved in many research projects and most recently has been interested in exploring what constitutes an optimal housing environment for zebrafish by measuring anxiety/stress-like behaviours. Stephanie also works as the Laboratory Coordinator for the Gerlai Lab. 

Zahra Siddiqi, HBSc, PhD.c

Zahra joined the lab in 2019 and completed her HBSc degree at the University of Toronto Mississauga, majoring in Psychology with double minors in Biology and Women & Gender Studies. 

She has done several research projects with Gerlai Lab during her undergrad focused mainly on learning and memory and numerosity in zebrafish. For her PhD in Fall 2021, she will  continue investigating zebrafish numerosity by manipulating levels of alcohol exposure at various developmental time points.

She is looking forward to collaborations to study aversive conditioning in zebrafish from a biological aspect.