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Ian Beamish is originally from a small farming village outside of Ottawa, Ontario and has spent the last 6 years living in Montreal. He completed his undergrad at McGill in Anatomy and Cell Biology before taking two years off to travel around Asia and the Pacific. He also fulfilled a childhood dream of planting trees in the Rocky Mountains of British Colombia. Now back in Montreal, he feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in neuroscience at McGill University as it boasts such a rich history of discovery in neurology and neurosurgery.  He studies mechanisms of synaptic plasticity under the supervision of Dr. Timothy E. Kennedy at the Montreal Neurological Institute. ian [dot] beamish2 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (He welcomes questions from prospective applicants).

Specialties: MSc, MSc-to-PhD transfer


Yvonne Yau is a PhD student in the IPN Rotation Program.  She has lived in Vancouver, Hong Kong, the U.K., and the U.S.  Yvonne received a B.Sc. at the University of Bristol, where she double-majored in Psychology and Zoology, and holds a M.Sc. in Neuroscience from University College London and Yale University.  Since arriving at McGill, Yvonne has rotated through labs at several IPN affiliated research sites including the Montreal Neurological Institute, McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, and Ludmer Psychiatry Research & Training Building. yvonne [dot] yau [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (She welcomes questions from prospective applicants).

Specialties: international students, rotation program.


Ricardo Alchini is a PhD student in the IPN.  Originally from Brazil, he received a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, and holds a M.Sc. in Frontier Biosciences from Osaka University, in Japan.  Ricardo has been working at the Montreal Neurological Institute since 2011, where he studies the molecular mechanisms that regulate axon guidance. He is a recipient of the Vanier Graduate Scholarship, a prestigious Canadian prize that awards $150,000 over three years of study. In addition to his research, Ricardo is one of the IPN's Student Admissions Representative working on recruitment and outreach.
ricardo [dot] alchini [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (He welcomes questions from prospective applicants).

Specialties: international students, Brazilian students, Science without Borders.