First up we have Alastair, NYAD’s resident chemist. You can hear him in our first ever episode, which is on non-newtonian fluids! Hailing from Victoria, B.C. but a recent graduate of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Alastair loves exploring the wonderful world of chemistry. When he's not lighting stuff on fire in the lab (safely, of course!) Alastair can be found playing music, singing with the Linden Singers of Victoria, and getting people excited about science! Alastair has amazed audiences around the globe with spectacular chemistry demonstrations through Queen's University, Science Rendezvous, Let's Talk Science, and the British Geological Survey. He's excited to be a part of Not Yet a Dr. to share his love for cool chemistry concepts, and learn some fascinating facts about other sciences along the way.
Our resident neuroscientist, Sienna, is our source on all things biological, but with a definite aptitude for the neurological - check out episode two to listen to Sienna teach us how the nose knows! Just a small-town girl, she took a plane going anywhere: first Calgary for her undergraduate in cellular biology, then Lund (Sweden) for her year abroad, and now Montreal for her PhD at McGill University. When she’s not looking through a microscope adoringly at her neuronal cultures, she enjoys all manners of outdoor activities. Her bike, Stella, is a fixer-upper steel frame that takes her everywhere she wants to go; she also cares for two tomato plants on her balcony that are growing beautiful little tomatoes (follow her on Instagram at @siennasage for regular updates on their growth). Sienna is also a big fan of puzzled pint (look it up!) and pub quizzes. Oh, and she loves ice cream. Currently she’s enjoying the outdoors virtually on a beautiful island with her animal friends during quarantine (if u kno, u kno). Excited to put to use her editing skills gained from working in radio, Sienna is happy to bring fascinating science topics to your ears!