Virginia Yini is currently a MSc student at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, in Dr. Robert P. Bonin’s lab. She received her Bachelor of Science Honours Degree from the University of Toronto in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. She is currently studying how the experience of pain can be modulated through touch-induced emotional contagion in rodents. Her project specifically aims to determine if prior physical contact and the presence of a conspecific has an effect on the perception of pain and to determine if mouse model of autism demonstrates altered emotional contagion of pain through physical interaction.