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Undergrad Project Students

Simi Dhanota

Simi is a 3rd year Honours Life Science student who joined the lab in September 2018 as a project student. She is working alongside Nick to explore the impact challenging environments have on offspring development.

Melissa Muzzatti

Melissa Muzzatti is a fourth year student in Psychology, Neuroscience, and
Behaviour (PNB). Melissa is working as a Research Assistant for her first
time for ABEL. She is responsible for population monitoring round gobies
(Neogobius melanostomus) in Hamilton Harbour. Melissa is also working on a
summer project seeking information about the sex ratios of the round gobies
looking at data over the past 16 years of our research.

Avani Pathak

Avani is a second year BioPsych student that joined the lab in April 2018. She is completing a summer project that explores the relationship between different capture methods and the personalities of the fish caught by them. She also helps out with the population monitoring of round gobies in Hamilton Harbour. 

Amir Pishva

Amir is a third year Life Science (honours) student that joined the lab in December 2017. Currently, he is completing a project that explores the types of benthic organisms in wastewater treatment plants in the Hamilton Harbour; with a hope to provide new insights on having a more beneficial and ecosystem-friendly methods of wastewater treatment. Additionally, he also assists in population monitoring of round gobies in Hamilton Harbour.

Maha Siddiqui

Maha is a third year student in the Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour program. She joined the lab in September 2018 as a project student, and her work focuses on how environmental factors affect the reproductive quality of plainfin midshipman fish. 

Eliza Wu


Eliza is a third year Chemistry student and joined the lab in April 2018. Eliza has a keen interest for water contamination and sustainability. In the fall, she will be conducting a project on how the contaminants in treated wastewater influence fish biology. As well, she will assist in monitoring the population of round gobies in Hamilton Harbour.