Awards & accomplishments

2020 Graduates

Graduates and Matches!

Ayan Dey – UofT Psychiatry

Kyle Eastwood – Dalhousie Emergency Medicine

Amanda (Amy) Khan – University of Calgary Radiation Oncology

Jieun Kim – University of Alberta Orthopedic Surgery

Natasha Lane – UBC Internal Medicine

Curtis Woodfield – UCSF Vascular Surgery

You (Richard) Wu – UofT Internal Medicine

2020 Mid-Point Students

Aram Abbasian

Rob D’Cruz

Danielle Jeong

Hannah Kozlowski

Sivakami Mylvaganam

Hyun Seo (Robin) Oh

Kramay Patel

Anum Rahman

PhDs completed

Michael Atkins
Modeling the architecture of the developing human embryonic hematopoietic system using pluripotent stem cells

Supervisor(s): Prof. Gordon Keller
Graduate Unit: Department of Medical Biophysics
August 2020

Josh (Karan) Abraham
Control of Ribosomal DNA Loci by Nucleolar RNA Polymerase II and Its Intergenic R-loops

Supervisor(s): Prof. Karim Mekhail
Graduate Unit: Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
August 2020

Ben Ouyang
A Theory of Nanoparticle Dosing

Supervisor(s): Prof. Warren Chan
Graduate Unit: Institute of Biomedical Engineering
August 2020

Tina Binesh Marvasti
Aging and Heart Failure Alter the Bone Marrow Derived Inflammatory Response and Impair Cardiac Remodeling Following Myocardial Infarction
Supervisor(s): Prof. Ren-Ke Li
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
August 2020

Sara Mirali
Targeting the mitochondrial protease neurolysin in acute myeloid leukemia
Supervisor(s): Prof. Aaron Schimmer
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science

June 2020

Nicholas Light
Studies on the evolution of and mutational processes driving childhood cancer in the context of genetic predisposition

Supervisor(s): Prof. David Malkin
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
June 2020

Ayesh Kumar Seneviratne
Role of Taffazin in Hematopoiesis and Leukemogenesis.
Supervisor(s): Prof. Aaron Schimmer
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
January 2020

Patrick Steadman
Biological Network Tuning in Memory Systems Consolidation
Supervisor(s): Prof. Paul Frankland
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
January 2020

 

Shrey Sindhwani
Make Nanoparticles Great Again - By Understanding Biological Barriers
Supervisor(s): Prof. Warren Chan
Graduate Unit: Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering
July 2019

John Paul Soleas
Guided Self-Assembly of Human-Pluripotent-Stem- Cell-Derived-Lung-Progenitors into Simplified Developmentally Relevant Architecture
Supervisor(s): Prof. Alison McGuigan
Graduate Unit: Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering
August 2019

Matthew Carr
Dual Roles of Nerve-Derived Precursor Cells During Adult Mammalian Tissue Regeneration.
Supervisor(s): Prof. Freda Miller
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
October 2019

Siraj Zahr
Mechanisms of Post-Transcriptional Control in Mammalian Neural Stem Cells.
Supervisor(s): Prof. Freda Miller
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
June 2019

Amanda Khan, IBBME (Prof. James Drake) 2019

Ayan Dey, IMS (Prof. Brian Levine) 2019

Nicholas Howell, IHPME (Prof. Gillian Booth) 2019

Kyle Eastwood, IBBME (Prof. James Drake), Analysis and Design of Articulate Neuroendoscopic Instruments Using Contact-Aided Compliant Mechanisms. April 2018.

Jieun Kim, IBBME (Prof. Peter Zandstra), Human Umbilical Cord Blood is a Functionally and Developmentally Relevant Source of Macrophages With Therapeutic Potential. February 2018.

Richard You Wu, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, (Prof. Philip Sherman), Characterizing effects of prebiotics and human milk oligosaccharides on the intestinal epithelial barrier. July 2017.

Awards

2020-21

Bahar Behrozi - CANHEART SPOR Graduate Funding Award

Steven Botts - Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence HSBC Future Research Leaders Internship; QEII/Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology

Alexandra Florescu – CIHR CGS-M

Vinyas Harish – CIHR CGS-M

Danielle JeongPeterborough K.M. HUNTER Charitable Foundation Graduate Award, Faculty of Medicine

Hannah Kozlowski – Ruggles Innovation Award for her project, Developing a sensitive, point of care platform for diagnosing COVID-19.

Sachin Kumar - Adel Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award (part of the Awards of Excellence Program)

Jillian Macklin – CIHR Vanier

Felipe Morgado – 2020 Autism Scholars Award

Kramay Patel - Dr. Joe A. Connolly Memorial Award, Faculty of Medicine

Runjie (Bill) Shi – CIHR CGS-M

Patrick Steadman - 2020 Brain Star Award winner from the CAN-ACN

Glenn Walpole - Dr. Dina Gordon Malkin Prize for Medical Research, University of Toronto (Medical Student Research Day, 2020); Ontario Cell Biology Symposium, winner of top oral presentation: Cell biology of infection and immunity 

Matthaeus Ware – CIHR CGS-D

Yun Kim – 2020 Dean Catherine Whiteside Scholarship for Clinician Scientists

2019

Gavin Elias – CIHR CGS-D

Alex Dhaliwal - Centre for Pharmaceutical Oncology (CPO) Graduate Scholarship

Alainna Jamal - Top 30 Under 30 award from the European Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases; featured in pocast for the Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology to discuss her recent publication.

Amanda (Amy) Khan - U of T Libraries Graduate Student Exhibition Competition Award Winner, 2019 recipient of the Gordon Cressy Leadership Award. She is also shortlisted for the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards.

Natalie Landon-Brace – CIHR Vanier

Sydney McQueen – CIHR Vanier, CFMS Student Initiative Grant, The ASE Promising Medical Student Surgery Education Research Award

Swapna Mylabathula spoke to legislators on Parliament Hill about the need for a culture shift within sport and offered other recommendations to reduce concussions.

Sivakami Mylvaganam – CIHR Vanier

Ben Ouyang - Cressy Student Leadership Award

Kramay Patel – selected to attend the 2019 IEEE Brain Neurotech Entrepreneurship Workshop; won 3rd in business pitch competition for his team’s pitch around neurostimulation technology for people with mental illnesses.

Brian Tsang – Ruggles Innovation Award for his project “Using phase separation as an approach for targeting disease-associated protein regions that lack any defined protein structures.”

Anum Rahman – CIHR CGS-D

Ayesh K. Seneviratne won 2019 Paper of the Year Award from the Canadian Hematology Society.

Prajay Shah – CIHR Vanier; MITACS Globalink Award

Runjie (Bill) Shi – 2019 Dean Catherine Whiteside Scholarship for Clinician Scientists

Patrick Steadman - Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) and the Canadian Institutes of Health’s Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA) 2019 Brain Star Award

Glenn Walpole – CIHR Vanier

Matthaeus Ware – CIHR CGS-M, Best Poster Award at @CITAC_ACCFC

Andy GuanXiang Zeng – CIHR Vanier

2018

Nicholas Light is the 2018 recipient of the Mr. Robert and Ms. Francine Ruggles Innovation Award for his outstanding research productivity and innovation.

Aram Abbasian was awarded the Dean Catherine Whiteside Scholarship for Clinician Scientists.

Tina Binesh Marvasti, Irene Harmsen, Hannah Kozlowski, and Brian Tsang were awarded a CIHR Vanier Scholarship.

Sara Mirali and Siraj Zahr were both awarded a CIHR CGS-D Award.

Andy Zheng and Alex Dhaliwal were both awarded a CIHR CGS-M Award.

Brian Tsang and Glenn Walpole are winners of the SickKids Restracomp Award.

Kevin Wang is nominated to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Prize meeting. This is a very rare opportunity for young scientists to interact and learn with Nobel laureates in medicine.

Nicholas Howell's recent awards: Banting and Best Diabetes Centre Trainee Travel Award; Paul Dudley White International Scholar, American Heart Association Research Award; Best of American Heart Association Specialty Conferences--Top 10% of Submitted Abstracts; Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium Student Travel Award; Claire Bombardier Award for the Most Promising Student in the Clinical Epidemiology & Health Care Research Program; Robert Dugg Barron Award for the Best oral Presentation or Poster related to Public Health Policy at IHPME Research Day; IHPME Resaerch Day Award Winner for Best Oral Presentation in Patient Literacy & Provide Education.

Sydney McQueen was awarded the Pilari Scholarship for Significant Contributions to Medical Education.

2019 Graduates and Matches

Congratulations to our graduates:

Robyn Elphinstone - Paediatrics, University of Toronto

Jonathan Fuller - Academia

Florence Wu - Internal Medicine, University of British Columbia

Kirill Zaslavsky - Ophthalmology, University of Toronto

(L to R) Robyn Elphinstone, Kirill Zaslavky, Jonathan Fuller, Dr. Nicola Jones (Florence Wu, absent)

Congratulations to MD/PhD "MP" Students

These are current MD/PhD students receiving special recognition for having completed the first four years of the MD/PhD Program--they are part way through their MD studies, and part way through their PhD, hence "MP" students!

MP Students on front campus

(L TO R) SACHIN KUMAR, SARA MIRALI, TINA BINESH MARVASTI, SYDNEY MCQUEEN, DR. NICOLA JONES (ABSENT: PAYMON AZIZI, ROBERT CIVITARESE, GAVIN ELIAS, IRENE HARMSEN, BRIAN TSANG, GLENN WALPOLE)

2018 Graduates and Matches

Congratulations to our graduates:

Ashish Deshwar - University of Toronto Medical Genetics and Genomics

Ilya Mukovozov - University of British Columbia Dermatology

Enoch Ng - University of Toronto Psychiatry

Jennie Pouget - University of Toronto Psychiatry (not pictured)

Lianne Rotin - University of Toronto Internal Medicine

Nardin Samuel - University of Toronto Neurosurgery

Linda Vi - University of Toronto Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Kevin Wang - University of Toronto Internal Medicine (not pictured)

Graduates 2017

Congratulations to our graduates:

Susan Armstrong (Anatomical Pathology, University of Toronto)

Robert Vanner (Internal Medicine, University of Toronto)

Jared Wilcox (Neurosurgery, McGill)

     

    2017

    Sara Mirali is a 2017 recipient of a CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (Project Title: Investigating the Role and Therapeutic Potential of Neurolysin in Acute Myeloid Leukemia)

    K. Josh Abraham is the 2017 recipient of the  Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award.

    Irene Harmsen received a CIHR CGS-M award.

    Alainna Jamal was awarded the 2017 Mary Cassidy Award, in recognition of outstanding contribution to extracurricular activities in the Faculty of Medicine.

    Alainna Jamal received a 2017 CIHR Vanier Award.

    Amanda Khan is a 2017 recipient of the Mary Cassidy Award, in recognition of outstanding contribution to extra-curricular activities in the Faculty of Medicine.

    Amanda Khan is a 2017 recipient of the Dr. Robert and Sharon Francis Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award.

    Sydney McQueen was awarded the Mary Cassidy Award, in recognition of outstanding contribution to extra-curricular activities in the Faculty of Medicine.

    Hannah Kozlowski was awarded the Mildred Brown Memorial Award.

    Natalie Landon-Brace was awarded the Dean Catherine Whiteside Scholarship for Clinician Scientists.

    Sean Nestor was awarded the Siminovitch-Salter Award for his PhD Thesis.

    Maneesha Rajora is the 2017 recipient of the Mr. Robert and Ms. Francine Ruggles Innovation Award for her outstanding research productivity and innovation.

    Ayesh Seneviratne has been awarded a three year CIHR Doctoral Research Award for his project, "Role of Tafazzin in Hematopoiesis and Leukemogenesis."

    Patrick Steadman was awarded 'Graduate Scholar' by the University of Toronto Alumni Association.

    Glenn Walpole received an OGS award.

    Sydney McQueen has been awarded a CSCI-CITAC Poster Award.

    2016

    K. Josh Abraham is the 2016 recipient of the Mr. Robert and Ms. Francine Ruggles Innovation Award for his outstanding research productivity and innovation.

    K. Josh Abraham earned 1st place prize for top basic science abstract selected for oral presentation at UME's 2016 Medical School Research Day and the 1st place poster prize at Lab Medicine and Pathobiology (LMP) Graduate Research Conference, Toronto, ON.

    Caitlin Chrystoja is the recipient of a 2016 CIHR Vanier Aaward.

    Robert Civitarese received a 2017-17 Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

    Ayan Dey received the 2016 Dr. Harvey Moldofsky Scholarship ifor merit in psychiatric/neuroscience research. He also received the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery 2016 Trainee Award for the project "Functional Neuroimaging of vascular cognitive impairment due to Cerebral Small Vessel Disease.”

    Nicholas Howell received the 2016 Nishant J. Fozdar Memorial Award by the Faculty of Medicine.

    Amanda (Amy) Khan is the 2016 recipient of the Ankle Award, awarded to a medical student who has completed a project that represents creative, or “outside the box” thinking with an outcome or outcomes related to improved health systems, patient care, research results or new ways of completing tasks that enhance medical practice, for her project, "Defining the Safe Limits of Force in Laparoscopic Surgery."

    Amanda (Amy) Khan was awarded the 2016 Perioperative Services Innovation Grant from the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

    Amanda (Amy) Khan was selected as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).

    Hannah Kozlowski was awarded the inauguaral Dean Catherine Whiteside Scholarship for Clinician Scientists.

    Sachin Kumar received the Michael Gregg Memorial Award through the UME.

    Natasha Lane was awarded the 2016 Ted Goldberg Award for Academic Excellence and Promise in Health Services Research.

    Natasha Lane was awarded 1st Place in Oral Presentation Competition and 2nd Place in Poster Competition at the Four City Geriatric Research Day.

    Chris McFaul received an NSERC CGS-M.

    Sydney McQueen received "Best Poster Award" at the Medical Student Research Day (MSRD) at the University of Toronto.

    Ben Ouyang received a CIHR Vanier and a Cecil Yip Doctoral Research Award.

    Siraj Zahr received a CIHR CGS-M award, and a poster prize at Medicine By Design 2016 Inaugural Symposium.

    2015

    K. Josh Abraham was recognized as the student with highest academic standing in his department with the 2015 Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (LMP) Graduate award.

    Brian Ballios has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award.

    Caitlin Chrystoja was awarded the The Canadian Journal of Surgery Editor’s Choice Award for ranking as 1 of the 3 best surgery abstracts among 270 submissions from surgery residents at the Canadian Surgery Forum. She also received The Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS) Science Award at the Canadian Surgery Forum in recognition of submitting 1 of the 2 best surgery abstracts among 270 submissions from general surgery residents at the national conference.

    Ayan Dey was awarded the 2015 Finkler Graduate Student Fellowship for his research "functional pathoconnectomics of Cerebral Small Vessel Disease: a cognitive neuroscience based approach to understanding variability in vascular cognitive impairment." 

    Kyle Eastwood received a 2015 CIHR Vanier Award for his research, "Development and Efficacy of Procedure Specific Instruments for Neurosurgery."

    Kyle Eastwood was the 2015 recipient of the Mr. Robert and Ms. Francine Ruggles Innovation Award for his outstanding research productivity and innovation.

    Carlyn Figueiredo received a 2015 CIHR Vanier Award for his research, "Gold nanoparticles with surface enhanced Raman scattering capability for the detection and treatment of glioblastoma tumours."

    Nicholas Howell  received a 2015 CIHR Vanier Award for his research, " What are the effects and economic impacts of walkable neighbourhood design on type 2 diabetes care?"

    Amanda (Amy) Khan received a 2015 CIHR Vanier Award for her research, " The Development of Anthropomorphic Realistic Model "Phantoms" for Surgical and Medical Education."

    Patrick McVeigh is the 2015 recipient of the Ankle Award, awarded to a medical student who has completed a project that represents creative, or “outside the box” thinking with an outcome or outcomes related to improved health systems, patient care, research results or new ways of completing tasks that enhance medical practice.

    Maneesha Rojora received a 2015 CIHR Vanier Award for her research, "Delivery of traceable, multifunctional, biomimetic nanoparticles to the brain to treat Alzheimer's disease."

    Lianne Rotin is a 2015 recipient of a CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship for her project titled, "Investigating ibrutinib's off-target activity against acute myeloid leukemia cells."

    Graeme Schwindt received the Hendry Memorial Scholarship and won the Cody Silver Medal for placing second overall in the graduating MD class of 2015.

    Shrey Sindhwani received a 2015 Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering Graduate Student EndowmentFund (GSEF) Scholarship Award and a Wildcat Voyager Scholarship.

    Patrick Steadman received a 2015 CIHR Vanier Award for his research, " Investigating Memory Neuronal Networks For Regulating Behaviour In Healthy And Disease States."

    Ho Yee Wan received a 2015 CIHR Vanier Award for his research, "Microvascular alterations after experimental subarachnoid hemorrhage."

    2014

    Ayan Dey received the Canadian Partnership in Stroke Recovery Trainee Award  in 2013/2014 for his research "Investigating the phenotypic heterogeneity of Cerebral Small Vessel Disease using multimodal functional neuroimaging." 

    Robyn Elphinstone received a 2014 CIHR Vanier Award for her research “‘Pharmed’ Red Blood Cells as Novel Therapeutics for Life Threatening-Infections”.

    Natasha Lane is a 2014 CIHR Vanier Award recipient for her research “How should family physicians be paid to reduce socioeconomic disparities in heart failure outcomes?”

    Jennie Pouget was a 2014 Weston Fellow, travelling to the Netherlands to work on her project, "Using Big Genetic Data to Identify Immune Targets that will Advance Treatment Development in Schizophrenia."

    Jennie Pouget was also awarded a 2014-15 Fulbright Canadian Students Scholarship for her research into the biological underpinnings of mental health.

    Nardin Samuel received a 2014 CIHR Vanier Award for her research “Epigenetic analysis of Li-Fraumeni Syndrome cancers for identification of novel mechanisms of tumorigenesis in cancer susceptibility.”

    Shrey Sindhwani is a 2014 CIHR Vanier Award recipient for his research “Nanomaterial based enrichment of blood proteins for cancer detection and monitoring.”

    You (Richard) Wu received a 2014 CIHR Vanier Award for his research “Characterizing the effects of human milk oligosaccharides and prebiotics on the intestinal epithelial barrier in the setting of Necrotizing Enterocolitis.”

    Linda Vi is the 2014 recipient of the Mr. Robert and Ms. Francine Ruggles Innovation Award for his outstanding research productivity and innovation.

    2013

    Kirill Zaslavsky is the recipient of a 2013 CIHR Vanier Award for his research “Dissecting molecular phenotypes of SHANK2 mutations using patient-specific neurons from an autistic patient”

    Jonathan Fuller was awarded a CIHR Vanier Award in 2013 for his research “A Philosophical Analysis of the Current Chronic Disease Model and Implications for the Care of Complex Older Patients”.  Jonathon also received an inaugural Weston Fellowship to spend one year studying abroad.

    Jieun Kim received a 2013 CIHR Vanier Award for her research “Engineering interactions between the macrophage polarization and human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiac tissue to develop an in vitro myocardial infarction model to understand the early disease progression”

    Enoch Ng is the recipient of a 2013 CIHR Banting and Best Canada Graduate Scholarship for his research “Targeting Neuronal Calcium Sensor-1 to treat cognitive deficits in schizophrenia”

    Natasha Lane won First Prize for her poster “Does socioeconomic status moderate the effect of increasing chronic disease burden on three-year survival in a population-based cohort?” at the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference.  in May, 2014; a CIHR Institute Community Support Travel Award (May 2013), a UofT School of Graduate Studies Conference Grant (June 2013), and 2nd place poster prize in Health Services Research category at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) Research Day (May 2013) for her poster entitled “An Evaluation Framework for Complex Infection Control Interventions in Low-Resource Settings.”  Natasha is also Co-Principal Investigator on a $10,000 grant (Dec. 2012 – Dec. 2013) from the Health System Performance Research Network entitled “Activities of Care Transition Interventions: A Realist Review”

    Robin Elphintone received the Chinese-Canadian Medical Society (Ontario) Award in Anatomy, and an ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting Travel Award.

    Nardin Samuel won a “Scholar-in-Training Award” from the American Association for Cancer Research to attend an upcoming conference.

    Xin (Kevin) Wang is the 2013 recipient of the Mr. Robert and Ms. Francine Ruggles Innovation Award for his outstanding research productivity and innovation.

    2012

    Susan Armstrong received the Canadian Critical Care Forum 2012 Garner King Award, 1st Place – Trainee Oral presentation in October.  Susan also won an award for Best Oral Presentation at the Canadian National Medical Student Research Symposium in June in Winnipeg.

    Jennie Pouget has been awarded a Brain Canada Training Award in 2013 for her project entitled “Role of variants of the translocator protein (TSPO) gene in schizophrenia and antipsychotic-induced weight gain”.  She has also received an American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Travel Award to attend the International Summer School on Immunogenetics in Stintino, Italy (Sept 2013).

    Ashish Deshwar received a CIHR Vanier Award in 2012 for his project “Characterization of the pro-cardiac activity conferred by Gata5 and Smarcd3b in the zebrafish embryo: an approach to identify novel regulators of cardiac progenitor development

    Kevin Xin Wang received a CIHR Vanier Award in 2012 for his project, “Identifying driver mutations in childhood medulloblastoma by novel functional genomic approaches”

    Curtis Woodford received a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship from CIHR for his project “Enhancing human pluripotent stem cell differentiation to pancreatic progenitors by control of endogenous cell signalling”

    Ashish Deshwar won the Roman Pakula Award – Awarded to the best acclaimed all around M.Sc. student registered in the department of Molecular Genetics.

    2011

    Robert Vanner received a CIHR Vanier Scholarship in 2011 for his research on “Identification and characterization of quiscent brain tumor stem cells”.

    Florence Wu is a 2011 recipient of a CIHR Vanier Scholarship for her project “Angiopoietin-1 mimetics:  new therapeutic agents for cancer treatment”.

    Jonathan Fuller, John Zoberman Scholarship in Undergraduate Medical Education (2011), Mary L. Cassidy Award in Undergraduate Medical Education (2011), and CIHR Health Professional Student Research Award (2011)