Jalina Bielaska Da Silva
Graduate student at University of Toronto
Jalina is embarking on a Master of Teaching degree this fall at the University of Toronto. She previously completed her MSc in Biology at Western University where she studied speciation in various Drosophila fruit fly species to understand what genes contribute to behavioural differences between species. She pursued similar research in a PhD program at the University of Toronto where she used Caenorhabditis nematodes to understand how gametic interactions influence reproductive barriers between species. As a PhD student, Jalina was able to explore many science communication initiatives and co-organize a Science Communication Workshop Series for graduate students, leading to her decision to put a hold on her scientific research to explore secondary school teaching. Outside of school and outreach, Jalina tutors students in science and math at The Math Guru and is the Data Manager for the Science Teachers Association of Ontario Conference.