About the Author/Contributors

Isabella Buklarewicz


Adel Halawa


Justin Jarovi


Maryna Pilkiw


Supriya Saha


Max Shcherbina

I graduated from the University of Toronto where I specialized in Cells & Systems Biology and Health & Disease. As a graduate student at the department of Cells & Systems Biology, it has been an absolute joy working with the team to make this textbook a reality. Neuroscience has been a collaborative effort of many hours of researching, illustrating, editing and discussing. I hope that this will be an insightful and engaging window into neuroscience for current students and a reliable reference for all in the future.


Previous Edition Authors:

Amna Noor

I’m a fourth-year student studying Human Biology, Physiology, and Immunology at the University of Toronto. I am very passionate about the clinical applications of Science. Music is the primary medium of expression for me, so to be able to research and combine that with neuroscience for this textbook has been a delight. I hope that as you advance through this textbook, you will have as much appreciation for neuroscience as I do.

Hannan Algitami

I am a fourth-year student studying Neuroscience, Psychology and Physiology at the University of Toronto. I have a deep passion for scientific research and a secret love for writing. Contributing to this textbook has allowed me to work in both of these avenues. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and sincerely hope that this will be a useful resource for students.

Sunny Sanghee Baek

I am a first-year nursing student at the University of Toronto, and I have a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology, Cell Systems Biology, and Buddhism Psychology & Mental Health. My passion is to create a platform where mindfulness and neuroscience can produce synergy. I am glad to introduce how meditation and neuroscience can coexist, and I look forward to seeing how this textbook can enrich growing brains!

Rena Seeger

I’m a fourth-year student studying neuroscience, art history, and physiology at UofT. As someone who has strong interests in both medicine and the arts, I love learning about the possibilities of combining the two to help treat patients. After having worked with organizations like Dancing with Parkinson’s, it was particularly rewarding for me to learn more about recent neuroscience research in the field of dance therapy and potential future directions.

Bushra Ahmed

I am a recent graduate of the University of Toronto. I completed my Honors B.Sc degree with a major in Neuroscience, and a double minor in Physiology and Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health. I am excited to contribute to this textbook and help create an opportunity for readers to learn about exciting new ways neuroscience impacts us in our day-to-day lives.

Andrea Pinto

I’m a third-year undergraduate studying Neuroscience and Physiology at the University of Toronto. Collaborating on this textbook seemed to be the perfect opportunity to combine my passions for neuroscience and literature. Our team has worked diligently to produce an informative and engaging interface. I hope this textbook provides a broader perspective on neuroscience by exploring unconventional topics and its applications to numerous disciplines.

Omar Hassan

Buna! I’m a second-year studying Neuroscience from Romania/Canada/Iraq pursuing a specialist degree. I’m thankful for my role in question creation because it gave me a greater perspective on teaching and learning management. It has also been a wonderful excuse to catch up on the many papers that I’ve been meaning to read. I hope I highlighted the more practical aspects of research in neuroscience in a fun and engaging manner to give insight into lab life and current problems students may face soon.

Di (Andy) Wu

I’m a recent graduate from the University of Toronto with an Honors Bachelor of Science. I completed my degree with a major in Neuroscience and a double minor in Immunology and Physiology. I enjoy writing as well as teaching, so I was excited to take on this project. I hope this textbook serves as useful reference material for anyone with an interest in learning more about neuroscience!

Stefani Mihilli 

I am a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a double major in biochemistry and immunology. I have developed an interest in emerging research in neuroscience and the future applications of these findings. Working on this textbook has allowed me to investigate these fields and techniques while highlighting the importance of a multidisciplinary perspective.

Beatrix Yu

I am a fourth-year student pursuing a degree in Neuroscience, Immunology and Psychology at the University of Toronto. Having deep interests in both science and visual art, I hope to bring science into vibrant images to evoke curiosity as well as inspire others to engage in and learn more about emerging topics in Neuroscience. Being able to take part in this textbook was a great opportunity to work with like-minded peers and it was such a delightful experience!

Mira Chow

I am graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and physiology. I will be entering the Master of Teaching program with Biology and Social Sciences as my teachable subjects. I am particularly interested in making education more accessible and equitable. It is my hope that this textbook can be a useful resource for future students of neuroscience and physiology.

Further Acknowledgements

We would like to extend a thank-you to our other contributor, Dristhi Thakkar, without whom this edition would not have been possible.


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