For Students

people in the outreach team with director and program manager

Get Involved!

The AMR Centre is excited to announce our Student Engagement team. This team will be spreading the word about antimicrobial resistance and related McGill initiatives and they want you to be involved! Do you have content you would like to contribute to the AMR Centre's outreach initiatives? Content related to antimicrobial resistance, in any form: photographs, art, videos, writing, etc. is welcome. amroutreach [at] (Submit it here)!

Become an AMRC Student Ambassador and help spread the word on campus about AMR Centre activities and events.  Send us an email at amroutreach [at]

2023 World Antimicrobial Resistance Week

One upcoming initiative is the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), November 18-24, 2023. This is an annual global campaign to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and encourage best practices among the public, One Health stakeholders and policymakers, who all play a critical role in reducing the emergence and spread of AMR. This year's theme is 'Preventing antimicrobial resistance together'. Canadian Antimicrobial Awareness Day Link | WHO WAAW Link

Follow the AMR Centre on Instagram and Twitter for ways to get involved during WAAW and throughout the year. Instagram: @mcgill_amr_centre  Twitter X: @McGillAMRCentre

Go Blue for AMR Awareness Challenge throughout the week!

Students, researchers, clinicians, professors and the public unite! Wear something blue (GoBlue) in honor of raising AMR awareness and post a photo of your blue attire on Instagram, (with friends, your class or lab partners) Tag us at @mcgill_amr_centre with the #GoBlueWithMcGill and #GoBlueForAMR. 

Adjust your social media profiles to a blue background, and share why you are 'Going Blue' with friends, colleagues and on social media!

Wednesday November 20th: Public Booth Pop-Up Event 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Locations: MUHC Glen Site, Roddick Gates, MacDonald Campus, and Bellini Complex
Visit our public booths at these locations to discover more about the grave threat AMR poses to humanity and receive your very own “Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance” pin (First come First Serve!).

Thursday November 23rd:
Join us as this year's Seminar + Social Series begins with a seminar by Dr Andrew Morris at the RI-MUHC with a panel discussion and networking reception afterwards. Find out more and register on our event's page.

Friday November 24th:

The Olympic Park Tower lights will be BLUE! Grab a photo with the blue-lit Olympic Tower in the background.  You can submit photos/videos for us to share by emailing amroutreach [at] or  using #GoBlueforAMR and tagging us on social media. 


Student Engagement Team Leaders

Headshot of Jasmin ChahalDr. Jasmin Chahal
Outreach Team Mentor
Jasmin is an Assistant Professor in the department of Microbiology & Immunology. She is the instructor for the MIMM 212: Laboratory in Microbiology course, which is part of the Tiny Earth Initiative. The goal of this course is to isolate antibiotic producing bacteria from soil samples. Dr. Chahal is organizing the outreach activities for AMR Awareness, which includes the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week and consulting on the exciting new MARCC program.


Headshot of Humza SalamHumza Salam
Outreach Team Leader
Humza is a Graduate Student in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology under the supervision of Dr. Marcel Behr. He is working on two main areas of research, developing a mouse model showing intestinal pathology for Crohn’s disease and antibiotic regimen optimization in mycobacteria. As the team leader of the AMR Outreach team, he is working with his team to come up with fresh and exciting new events to spread AMR awareness.


Headshot LindsayLindsay Burns
CO-VP Communications

Lindsay is a fourth year PhD student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology under the supervision of Samantha Gruenheid. She is working on characterizing proteins pathogenic bacteria use to cause infection to better understand host-microbe interactions in the human gastrointestinal tract. As a student editor for the communications division, Lindsay is working with the outreach team to bring awareness to the challenges of AMR and the innovative research happening in the Centre!


Headshot of BridgitBridget O’Brien
CO-VP Communications
Bridget is a PhD student in the department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, focusing her studies on Food Microbiology. Her project investigates Klebsiella pneumoniae in the context of bovine mastitis, with the goal of finding antibiotic alternatives to be used in dairy farming. She is very interested in scientific communication and is excited to be working with the AMR Centre!


Headshot of Arianna GiurleoArianna Giurleo
VP Social

Arianna is a 1st year masters student the department of pharmacology and therapeutics under the supervision of Dr. Bastien Castagner. Her project is focused on understanding the benefits of polyphenols on human health by exploring their effect on the gut microbiota and elucidating the key bacterial players in their metabolism. Arianna is interested in spreading awareness and informing the public about key scientific issues with an emphasis on AMR in hopes to bring more attention to this growing problem.


Headshot of Eszter FarkasEszter Farkas
VP Events
Eszter is a third year PhD student in the department of Microbiology and Immunology co-supervised by Dao Nguyen and Samantha Gruenheid. Her project is focused on the discovery of novel antibiotics from Arctic bacteria. Her passion for AMR began during her undergraduate Honour’s project which focused on antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.


Headshot of FathimaFathima Afsal
VP External Affairs
As a PhD student in the Department of Civil Engineering under the supervision of Prof.Dominic Frigon, I often get asked about my role as an engineer in the field of antimicrobial resistance. Our group at the Faculty of Engineering is developing tools to understand and track antimicrobial resistance in wastewater, and my study specifically focuses on the invasion of human gut by environmental antimicrobial resistant microbes. My passion towards science communication and outreach activities are what brought me to be associated with the McGill AMR Centre.

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