Samantha Yammine, PhD (she/her) is a Neuroscientist, Science Communicator, and Digital Content Creator.
She earned her PhD from the University of Toronto researching how stem cells build the mammalian brain before birth and maintain it throughout adulthood. In addition to her doctoral research, Samantha co-authored a crowd-funded research study exploring the effects that scientists sharing selfies on Instagram can have on public perceptions of scientists.
Samantha is passionate about empowering people to explore science by making it more familiar, accessible, and inclusive. She does this in part by sharing interactive science commentary and research updates on Instagram as @science.sam through short videos, emoji-filled captions, and engaging pictures.
Samantha is a frequently requested Speaker who loves engaging folks with anything science, everywhere -– she's hosted a livestream with an astronaut aboard the ISS, presented her research on the streets at Toronto's busiest intersection, talked ringside with Muay Thai fighters about performance anxiety, and showed off model and real brains at 1am in a Yurt during an all-night art festival. She also runs science communication, personal branding, and social media training workshops.
She's produced, scripted, and hosted educational videos for companies like 3M, GE, Lady Speedstick, and Seeker, and regularly appears as a guest expert on popular media including features on TVO Kids, AsapSCIENCE, Leafs Nation Network, and CBC Radio.
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