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Samantha Yammine

University of Toronto
Science Communicator and PhD Candidate in the Department of Molecular Genetics

Samantha Yammine is a Science Communicator and PhD Candidate in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. Her research in Dr. van der Kooy’s laboratory focuses on stem cell lineages in the developing brain, and targeted approaches for activating stem cells in the adult brain. In addition to her thesis research, Samantha is part of a crowd-funded, international research study on the effects scientists sharing selfies on Instagram have on public perceptions of warmth, competence, and trustworthiness of scientists.

Samantha shares daily updates of her research on Instagram as @science.sam through short videos, descriptive captions, engaging pictures, and livestreams. She is passionate about making science more familiar, accessible, and inclusive through digital media, and her advocacy for these goals has helped inspire a community of science communicators on Instagram. Samantha has produced, scripted, and/or hosted videos for GE Canada, Lady Speedstick, and Seeker, and has appeared as a repeat guest expert on popular media shows airing on TVO Kids, Leads Nation Network, and CBC Radio. You can contact or find out more about her at samanthayammine.com.