Graduate Students


SallyAbdallah

Sally Abdallah – MSc student

Sally completed her Bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and is pursuing a Master’s degree in the Senatore lab. Her research focuses on voltage-gated calcium channels in the basal animal Trichoplax Adhaerens. Sally enjoys good food, hanging out with family and friends, and cooking.


Yan Wong

Yuen Yan Wong – MSc student

Yan completed her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto St. George Campus, and will be pursuing a Master’s degree in the Senatore lab. She loves neuroscience, and her research will focus on comparing nervous system gene homologues from Trichoplax adhaerens with genes from humans and other well-studied animal model systems. She enjoys drawing, learning Japanese and playing the guitar. Her favorite quotation is:

“The best way to predict the future is to create it” – by Abraham Lincoln & Peter Drucker.


Alicia Harracksingh – MSc student

Alicia worked in the lab as an undergraduate student, and is joining us for her MSc. Welcome to the team Alicia! Alicia is going to study the role of voltage-gated calcium channels in the most early-diverging synapse of ctenophores.


Wassim Elkhatib – MSc student

Wassim is also a veteran undergrad from the Senatore lab, who is joining us for his MSc this September. Wassim will be studying peptidergic signaling between cell types of Trichoplax adhaerens, an animal that lacks neurons and synapses.