My name is Julian Surdi (He/Him) and I am in my 1st year of my master’s degree in the Kinesiology department doing a thesis on Exercise Physiology. I completed my undergraduate degree here at the University of Waterloo and decided to pursue a master’s as well. My research focuses on the effect of biological sex on the insulin response and regulation in obese, sedentary individuals. We are currently looking at how sex hormones differ between males and females and their effects on the insulin response.
Professionally, I have been actively involved in the governance at the University of Waterloo throughout my time on the Science Society. I have held many different positions within the society including the position of President for 4 terms. One big accomplishment in this role was the successful planning, organization and execution the first Science Peer Mentorship program involving over 150 incoming science students in September 2020. Through this commitment, I also engaged with the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) and I sat on a variety of committees at the university.
In my free time, I like to hike trails across Ontario as well as doing backcountry camping. I am also an avid cook and love to seeking out new restaurants to try in the KW region. When I’m not doing my research or other work, I am most likely watching all things Rupaul’s Drag Race as a self-proclaimed super fan.
I value the sense of community, especially following a period of time where we have been separated from our friends and family. I hope to assist fellow graduate students in meeting new people as well as providing support and assistance when needed, through the use our services. I would love to meet fellow graduate students so please feel free to come by the GSA office space in SLC 3222 to say hello and chat.