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Toronto, ON - Coming of Age

  • Tranzac 292 Brunswick Avenue Toronto Canada (map)

The Story Collider is returning to Toronto for another night of true, personal stories about science!  This January, we'll present five stories about coming of age in science.

Hosted by Vanessa Vakharia and Anthony Morgan.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Show begins at 7 pm. Please note: Venue is 19+

Stories by:


Margaret Ikape is a graduate student in the department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto. I was born in Nigeria, where I had my undergraduate degree in Physics and Astronomy. I completed a Masters degree in the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, AIMS, Cameroon before beginning graduate studies in Toronto. My interest in astronomy started at a very young age and that interest has been sustained by the numerous unknowns in the universe. My previous work tried to understand the nature of the early universe using simulated data.


Brian Levine is a senior scientist at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences, professor in the Departments of Psychology and Medicine (Neurology), University of Toronto, and a clinical neuropsychologist. He is interested in the function and dysfunction of large-scale neural systems as expressed in complex human behaviours, including episodic and autobiographical memory and executive functioning, in a variety of clinical conditions and in healthy adults. His research is focused on developing empirically supported measures of naturalistic mnemonic and executive processes and using these to inform both theory and clinical practice. Dr. Levine uses novel assessment techniques, coupled with multimodal neuroimaging (MRI, EEG, and MEG) in his research. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three children. He is @briantlevine and can be found at


Reeda Mahmood is a recent graduate form the Biomedical Sciences Program at Ryerson University. She has co-founded IdeaMosaic, a startup that creates immersive experiences to connect science to people in a unique way. Currently, she splits her time between IdeaMosaic and working as a Project Manager at the Science Discovery Zone at Ryerson University.


Sara Mazrouei Seidani is a PhD candidate in planetary geology at the University of Toronto. She’s also a science communicator with a passion for sharing the wonders of the universe with the public. Sara is a big advocate for women in STEM. One day she’ll go dancing on the Moon. 


Nicole Mideo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at U of T. Her research uses mathematical models to try to save the world. Well, that might be over-stating it. But, she definitely uses math to learn about the complicated lives of parasites, which might provide new insight that helps a small bit of the world.

Earlier Event: January 11
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Later Event: January 25
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