Experimental Surgery Graduate Student Society

Experimental Surgery Graduate Student Society (ESGSS) is a student-run organization representing all graduate students registered in the Department of Experimental Surgery at McGill University.

We are here to work for, represent, and support you, the graduate students, residents, and post-docs. We will be hosting various events throughout the year, both academic and social, and we'll use Facebook to keep you all connected. We are here to provide you with information and answer any questions, so feel free to post in the Facebook forum or to contact any of the exec members at any time. We hope to get to know each of you, here's to a great year! 

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Name: Ida Derish MSc 2

Supervisor: Dr. Renzo Cecere

Program: Division of Cardiac Surgery

Project title: Angiogenic effect of secretome derived from amniotic mesenchymal stem cell-derived spheroids in cardiac regeneration

E-mail address: ida.derish [at] mail.mcgill.ca

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Welcome to Experimental Surgery and McGill! As your VP Academic, I aim to organize academic workshops and events tailored to help you get the most out of your academic experience. Never hesitate to reach out with any academic issues you might experience as a student, and I hope to see you at our upcoming events!

VP Finance


Name: David Bertrand, PhD 3

Supervisor: Dr. Bettina Willie

Program: Division of Orthopaedics (MSc Student)

Project title: The effect of mechanical environment on bone healing in osteogenesis imperfecta

E-mail address: david.bertrand [at] mail.mcgill.ca

Hometown: Montreal, Canada

As your VP Finance my main interest is to manage our money, and ensure that it is used in the best way possible to benefit our fellow EXSU students. I hope we can enjoy great activities together, and that as a Student Society Executive, I can help and support you!


VP Internal 


Name: Chrisanne Dsouza PhD 3

Supervisor: Dr. Svetlana Komarova

Program: Division of Orthopedic Surgery

Project title: Aging associated changes in purinergic signalling and bone mechanoadaptation

E-mail address: chrisanne.dsouza [at] mail.mcgill.ca

Hometown: Mumbai, India

As the VP Internal, my goal is to plan and organize events throughout the year. For this year, I am hoping that we can plan as many events as we can virtually and not let the pandemic ruin the fun. If you have any ideas for future events, feel free to reach out to me. Hoping to meet you all soon!



VP Academic




Name: Meera Kanagalingham

Program: Non-thesis Experimental Surgery

E-mail address: meera.kanagalingham [at] mail.mcgill.ca

Hometown: Montreal, Canada

As Ombudsperson, my role is to provide students with confidential support, advice and guide them towards the appropriate resources for their situation. I am a mediator at heart and want to help create a stress-free environment for thesis and non-thesis students to the best of my abilities. Please feel free to contact me for support at esgss.ombudsman.med [at] mail.mcgill.ca. Welcome to McGill and to the Division of Experimental Surgery!


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