IPN Student Representatives


McGill IPN's Student Representatives are current students who serve as points of resource and support for our applicants. If you are thinking about applying to the IPN and have questions regarding our programs, lab-life balance, student life, or about starting at McGill as an international student, our Student Representatives are available to answer your questions and share their insights with you.

Interested in communicating with one of our Student Representatives? Send an projects.ipn [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Question%2FInquiry%20for%20IPN%20Student%20Rep) (e-mail)


Meet our Student Representatives for 2021-22


Nancy Mugisha

Degree: M.Sc.

About: I grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and did my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in Neuroscience, Physiology and Spanish. I choose to continue my graduate studies in the IPN program because I wanted to do more patient-oriented research. In the past year, I have been involved in our student association GSAN, the IPN student led BrainInfo/cerveau platform and I also sit on McGill’s Subcommittee on Racialized and Ethnic Persons to support ongoing initiatives. 


Maisha Igbal

Degree: M.Sc.. 

About: I completed my Honors Specialization in Neuroscience from Western University in London, ON, and continued my love for neuroscience here at McGill’s IPN. I am currently doing my masters with Dr. Marco Leyton where we are trying to identify factors that can predict which participants have mental illnesses. In my free time I love hiking on Mont Royal and walking along the St. Lawrence River. 


Aliyah Zaman

Degree: M.Sc. 

About: I’m from the Canadian prairies and moved to Montreal in 2016 to attend university. I completed a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill. During my final year of undergraduate studies, I did an Honours research project in the field of neuroscience, motivating me to pursue graduate studies in the IPN. I’m currently a second-year master’s student studying microRNAs and their dysregulation in neurodegenerative disorders. 

Ranjini Garani

Degree: Ph.D. 

About: I completed my masters in Psychology at Bangalore University and worked as a research assistant at Centre for Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science. I am currently a PhD student with Dr. Romina Mizrahi and work on understanding brain endocannabinoid system in psychosis using molecular neuroimaging.




Frederic St-Onge

Degree: Ph.D. 

About: I am a third year PhD candidate in the IPN and I work mostly from the Research Center of the Douglas Institute. I completed my BA in psychology and my MSc in neuroscience at Laval University (Quebec City). For my PhD, I am working primarily on brain imaging in pre-symptomatic Alzheimer’s disease. I chose McGill for the high caliber of the research, the multiple opportunities to participate in student and academic life and the liveliness of Montreal.


Haruka Mitsuhashi

Degree: Ph.D. 

About: I completed my undergraduate degree in Japan. Through my undergraduate project, I became interested in psychiatric disorders and moved to Canada to study the epigenetics of depression under Dr. Gustavo Turecki. I am currently a Ph.D. student in the IPN program, and my research project uses postmortem brains to dissect the impact of environmental factors on the development of depression. 


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