Research Team

Gurkamal Grewal

Lotus STEMM offers a support system that I wish I had during my high school, and undergraduate career. 

Suffia Malik

I support Lotus STEMM because I want to help grow a network of South Asian women leaders and encourage young women to pursue their dreams in STEMM.

Hafsa Omer

By fostering an environment that allows for young female students to be introduced to science communication and research, Lotus STEMM will only give those individuals that much more of a reason to pursue rewarding opportunities.

Baraneza Pirabagarah

I believe Lotus STEMM is an incredibly important resource for South Asian women to discover and connect with each other and I can’t wait to see how it evolves.

Sowmithree Ragothaman

I joined Lotus STEMM initially as a confused third-year university student seeking a mentor within the South Asian community. As an immigrant, I've often found navigating the post-secondary system difficult, especially as my family has little knowledge about my field of study. I was hoping to find someone who had been in my shoes before, and would be willing to both guide and challenge me. I was lucky to find that in Dr. Chaudhary, who's been a hugely positive influence in my life. I'm looking forward to helping this organization grow so that other South Asian girls in my situation can find a safe, welcoming space!

Communications Team

Priya Iyer

Strategic Communicator

Priya Iyer is a public health professional, a freelance writer, and a proud feminist. She was born in India and lived in the middle East before immigrating to Canada. She is excited to bring her skills in project management, stakeholder engagement and communications to bring greater visibility to diverse women in STEMM.

Bonnie Kung

I joined Lotus STEMM because I am passionate about mentorship and creating new opportunities for women in/entering the STEMM fields. Working with Dr Chaudhary and Lotus STEMM teaches me more about the diverse profile of Canada and the challenges that South Asian women face in health care, community and educational development.

C M Manasvi

I'm a curious lover of all things science and I'm delighted to be a part of lotus stemm. Lotus stemm is a wonderful platform that encourages females to go beyond their limits with the support of South Asian female mentors. Let's grow together !

Nida Rehmani

Content Editor

I am a proud woman in STEMM. I am currently a mentor for the 1000girls1000futures program under the Global STEM alliance. I am an avid reader, blogger, science communicator, youtuber and a mother. I like networking and socializing with like minded, creative individuals, striving to make the world a better place.

Guntash Sandhu

Hi Everyone! My name is Guntash Sandhu. I am a grade 12 student hoping to pursue medicine in the future. Lotus STEMM is a great initiative which hopes to empower South-Asian Women in STEMM. Being born and raised in India, I am well aware of the difficulties women face in this field. This is why I decided to join this organization, but their mission is something that particularly resonates with me. I look forward to growing with Lotus STEMM! 

Catherine Crawford-Brown


As an undergraduate researcher, I was privileged to work in a lab filled with intelligent and diverse women. I joined Lotus STEMM to help increase the visibility and appreciation for these incredible women who helped shape me as a researcher. 

Mathura Karunanithy

Mathura is interested in promoting women in STEMM. With her interest in labour and gender, Mathura knows it is important to see how racialized women navigate spaces of STEMM and decent work. Mathura has a background in public policy and currently works at the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians. Mathura has an interest in gender-based issues/feminism and is hoping to bring her significant skills in project management, project evaluation, advocacy, and education to Lotus STEMM.

Jovita Pinto

I joined Lotus STEMM because I believe in its mission and vision. Being a south asian myself and a minority in my profession, I can relate to the struggles of an immigrant woman trying to aspire professionally. I have a Master's and Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering

Program Development Team

Poorva Dhakar

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