About the Organizers

Janine Truong


Janine is a Master’s student in Dr. Craig Smibert’s lab at the University of Toronto. She is currently studying mechanisms of post-transcriptional regulation in the early Drosophila embryo. She is excited to be part of TREnD to bring together and meet people in the RNA community.

Sameen Ahmed


Sameen is a second year graduate student in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto in Dr. Philipp Maass’ lab. She is currently exploring the role of long non-coding RNAs in gene regulation and genome organization during human chondrogenesis. As a returning member of the TREnD organizing committee, Sameen is excited to continue to be involved in the RNA community for the fifth annual meeting.

Pallavi Pilaka


I am a graduate student in the department of Cell and Systems Biology in John Calarco’s lab at the University of Toronto. I am currently studying the tissue- and species-specific alternative splicing in C. elegans. I joined TREnD to learn more about RNA and to help build and stronger and more diverse RNA community in Toronto.

Lamisa Mizan


Lamisa is a second year graduate student in Dr. Ramalho-Santos’ lab at the University of Toronto. She is studying the role of LINE-1 transposon interaction networks during early embryonic development. As a new member of the committee, Lamisa is excited to get meet other trainees and discover cool RNA research at TREnD 2020.

Negin Khosraviani


Negin is a PhD candidate in Dr. Karim Mekhail’s lab at University of Toronto. Her project focuses on the regulation of R-loops at the ribosomal DNA repeats in mammalian cells. Negin joined the TREnD organizing committee in order to bring together researchers in the RNA community and use this opportunity to learn more about RNA.

Mathias Renaud


Mathias is a first year PhD student in the Department of Molecular Genetics at University of Toronto. He is working in Dr. Julie Claycomb’s lab toward the goal of understanding how small RNA pathways regulate fertility in C. elegans. Mathias is looking forward to participating in TREnD for the first time!


Amanda Charlesworth, Lauren Ostrowski, Marat Mufteev, Matthew Hildebrandt, Akashdeep Dhillon, Geraldine Seydoux, Eesha Sharma, Nevraj Kejiou, Amanda Hall, Julia Sobotka, Monica Wu, Miranda Wang, Chris Wedeles, Melissa Wong, Danielle Bilodeau, Ashrut Narula.


Dr. Julie Claycomb


Julie Claycomb is an Associate Professor in the Molecular Genetics Department at the University of Toronto. Work in the Claycomb lab focuses on understanding the mechanisms of germline small RNA pathways using the nematode C. elegans as a model system.

Dr. John Calarco


John Calarco is an Assistant Professor in the Cell and Systems Biology Department at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on understanding mechanisms governing post-transcriptional gene regulation in the nervous system, with a particular focus on alternative splicing. John is excited to be serving as a faculty mentor for TREnD.