SBME Interfaces

SBME Interfaces with Maryam Tayyab and Emily Bliven

October 27, 2021 UBC School of Biomedical Engineering Season 2 Episode 8
SBME Interfaces
SBME Interfaces with Maryam Tayyab and Emily Bliven
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On this episode recorded at the end of May 2021, we caught up with SBME Grad Students Maryam Tayyab and Emily Bliven on the Graduate experience at SBME, the role of student leadership, the SBME Graduate Association, and more.

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Maryam Tayyab
MASc Student, Tam Lab, SBME

Maryam is a Master's student at the School of biomedical engineering, president of BMEGA and co-chair of BMEGA REDI subcommittee. Her research is on developing machine learning methods to predict clinical outcomes in populations with neurological disorders like Multiple Sclerosis. Maryam is a strong advocate of respect, equity, inclusion and diversity in the workplace and graduate school. In her free time, she loves to hike, hit the beaches and explore Vancouver every chance she can get.

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Emily Bliven
PhD Student, Cripton Lab, SBME
Emily hails from the island of Alameda, California and studied Mechanical Engineering (B.Sc.) and Biomedical Engineering (M.Eng.) at the University of Portland in Oregon. She worked in industry researching fracture fixation plates, WaveCel helmet technology, and at a German biomechanics laboratory before moving to British Columbia. Her work at UBC concerns strengthening the femur with an orthopaedic implant to prevent fracture.

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Strategic Planning & Operations Director, SBME

Payam is a born problem solver and dot connector who believes that real impact only occurs when everyone is given the means to chase it. He's the Director of Strategic Planning and Operations at UBC's School of Biomedical Engineering and holds a BASc in Biomedical Engineering and an MSc and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, from the University of Toronto. He believes we are better together and is an advocate for equity and inclusivity. In his spare time, when he's not chasing his two sons around, he's experimenting in the kitchen, reading crime fiction and untangling the mechanisms of effective leadership.

Communications & Engagement Manager, SBME

Miguel is an unflinching optimist. He is a communicator and writer whose work has appeared in literary magazines and on stages around the world. His most recent publications include Harpur Palate, the Literary Review of Canada, Plainsongs Magazine, and Soliloquies Anthology. He believes in authenticity; in doing and saying what you actually believe, and he is an obsessive student of leadership from the biological and anthropological perspectives. You've likely heard him rant about it, and he's not sorry.

SBME Interfaces with Maryam Tayyab and Emily Bliven
On the pandemic's impact on the graduate experience
On BMEGA, the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Association
On what excites each about the field of Biomedical Engineering
The biggest surprises at SBME
On what makes SBME special
Emily on her research and what it could mean for the future
Maryam on her research in Imaging and Machine Learning and what that could mean for earlier and more accurate diagnosis.
Advice to new grad students coming into SBME
Maryam to new students: bring an open mind
Maryam on binge-watching Netflix and exercising to recharge
Emily on mindfulness and friends to recharge
Emily on #shutdownstem talks
Maryam on REDI subcommittee