Who We Are

Rodney Au-Yeung

DNSAA Role: Communications Liaison

DNS degree: MSc 2016, PhD (in progress)

Rodney's story: A new inductee as one of DNSAA’s Communications Liaisons, Rodney will be assisting in advertising different activities and events held throughout the year. In addition to his new role on the 2017 DNSAA team, Rodney is continuing his studies in the DNS with a PhD with Dr. John Sievenpiper and is the Vice-President of the DNS graduate students association, the NSGSA. Some noteworthy points of Rodney: he loves playing volleyball, has a huge collection of board games, and has 4 years of experience in dramatic arts and improv. 

 

 

 

 

 

Chelsea Murray

DNSAA Role: Secretary

DNS Degree: MSc 2014

Chelseas's Story: Chelsea has been part of the  DNSAA Mentorship Program since 2015, where she has been both a mentee and a mentor. She joined the DNSAA in 2017.  She currently works as a Senior Policy and Program Advisor in the Population and Public Health Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Outside of work, Chelsea enjoys taking dance class, swimming, and travelling.

UofT Memory: Living in the Graduate House residence with students from all over the world

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Nishi

DNSAA Role: Communications Liaison

DNS degree: MSc 2014, PhD (in progress)

Stephanie's story: Stephanie is a registered dietitian and is currently working towards earning a PhD degree with the Department of Nutritional Sciences.  After completing the Combined Internship-Masters program with the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital Stephanie has continued to pursue merging her interests in research, dietetics, and knowledge dissemination as a clinical research dietitian and through volunteering and teaching.

UofT Memory: Meeting people from various walks of life via the preparation and sharing of a meal together with the Hart House Social Justice Committee Community Kitchens (though UofT memories are still being made!).

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Pasut

DNSAA Role: Vice President

DNS Degree: MSc, RD

Laura’s Story: Laura joined the DNS Alumni Association in 2015. In addition to her role on board, Laura has be a mentor to the University of Toronto undergrad and graduate students since its inception in 2011. Laura also loves to garden, hike, travel and spend time with family.  Laura is President of Nutridata Consulting Service, her consulting firm which focuses on project management, regulatory affairs, communications and research working with various stakeholders including, industry, non-government organizations, governments and academia.

U of T Memory: Hanging out with lab friends (the human ones not the rats which were housed in the basement of the Fitzgerald Building) in our small office in the Medical Sciences Building.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effie Viguiliouk 

DNSAA Role: Communications Liaison

DNS degree: M.Sc. 2015

Effie's story: Effie first joined the Department of Nutritional Sciences in 2012 as an undergraduate research student. She successfully completed her MSc with Drs. David Jenkins and John Sievenpiper and is currently working at St. Michael’s Hospital as a Research Coordinator and Assistant. Her main interests lie in gaining new knowledge and skills in the conduct of epidemiological studies and clinical trials and in her spare time she enjoys traveling, music, and hiking. 

UofT Memory: Grabbing lunch at Sammy’s and late night study sessions in the stacks at Robarts. 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashleigh Wiggins

DNSAA Role: President, Webmaster

DNS degree: MSc 2013

Ashleigh's story: Ashleigh has served on the board since 2014 and manages the alumni website, as well as assisting with a variety of alumni association activities. In addition to volunteering with the DNS Alumni Association, Ashleigh loves playing a variety of sports, listening to podcasts and playing her ukulele. Since graduating from UofT, Ashleigh has worked as the manager of the Program in Food Safety, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs and as a Science Program Associate for the International Life Science Institute. 

UofT Memory: Grabbing post-Thursday seminar snacks with the amazing UofT Nutrition gang.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Xu

DNSAA Role: Executive Member
DNS Degree: HBSc 2014

Maria's Story: Maria has been Secretary of the DNSAA for the past two years. She completed her HBSc in Nutritional Science and Human Biology at the University of Toronto in 2014.  Maria continued her interest in nutrition through the accredited dietetics program at Ryerson University completing her BASc with Distinction in 2016. She is currently in the PMDip Dietetics program and is a Dietetic Intern at NYGH. When not thinking about nutrition at a clinical level, Maria enjoys cooking, painting and catching up with friends.

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