Arianne Pusung

Arianne Pusung

Where did you grow up and what’s your background?
I spent the first six years of my life living in Manila, Philippines. When I was six and a half I moved to Canada and have been living in Scarborough ever since.

What is your program of study?
Double major in Biology and Psychology.

What is your main research project?
My main research project aims to look at the distribution of parvalbumin (a calcium binding protein) in the superior colliculus and how it colocalizes with another molecule, glutamic acid (GAD67) within this respective region.

Why science? If not science, then what?
Simply put, I wouldn’t be able to make sense of, nor appreciate, the world around me if it weren’t for science. If not science, I would probably be an aspiring singer joining those prime time cable singing shows like American Idol or The Voice. If that hypothetical singing career doesn’t pan out, then I would probably be a radio talk show host.

The best restaurant in Scarborough is...?
If I had to choose one place, I’d say Hakka No. 1 ( They have incredible (and generously portioned!) food for very affordable prices. Bonus is that they have a location close to campus.

Your favourite place in Toronto is…?
High Park.

Your favourite place on the inter tubes?
It would definitely be YouTube. It has everything!

Best song of all time?
This is such a difficult question! But, if I were to choose one, it would be September by Earth, Wind & Fire.