McLaughlin Scholars - MD/PhD and CREMS

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Physician Scientist Training  at the University of Toronto recognizes the continued support of the McLaughlin Centre in the training of future Physician Scientists. The following MD/PhD students and CREMS Scholars have benefited from this generous support.

2017 MD/PhD McLaughlin Scholars

2016 MD/PhD McLaughlin Scholars

2015 MD/PhD McLaughlin Scholars

2017 CREMS McLaughlin Scholars

2016 CREMS McLaughlin Scholars

2015 CREMS McLaughlin Scholars

 

2018 MD/PhD McLaughlin Scholars


 

Eastwood, Kyle

Supervisor: Dr. James Drake at The Hospital for Sick Children (Department of Neurosurgery) and Dr. Hani E. Naguib at the University of Toronto (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering)
Graduate unit: Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering

Personal background

I completed my undergraduate training in Mechanical Engineering and Management at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. I officially joined the MD-PhD program at the University of Toronto in September 2013, and I am currently in the research phase of the program. I chose the University of Toronto because of the incredible research opportunities and networks that are offered both locally and globally.

Research interests

My research focuses on developing miniaturized, highly maneuverable tools for medical applications. In particular, investigating and developing new technologies for robotic devices in minimally invasive surgery (MIS). My career goal is to continue to develop MIS technology in parallel with my medical career while expanding and offering more personalized surgical treatment options for patients.

Macklin, Jillian

Personal background

I completed my undergraduate degree in clinical biochemistry at Western University and my Masters training in laboratory medicine and pathobiology at University of Toronto, focusing on cardiovascular immunology with Dr. Slava Epelman. Through both experiences, my focus became more and more translational. Working alongside clinician scientists in Toronto's stimulating environment, it was their inspiration and encouragement that ultimately led me to pursue this combined path. Outside of the program, I am a soccer player and a people-person – meeting new people, learning from them, and laughing with them is a favourite pass-time!

Research interests

I plan to make a switch from basic science to clinical research for my doctoral studies. My interests are two-fold. I have an interest in the quality of life of heart failure and heart transplant patients throughout their illness and finding ways to use patient-reported outcomes to inform care. I also have interests in inner city health - understanding social determinants of health and barriers to care for marginalized populations. The exciting part about a PhD is you can develop a passion and find ways for your two worlds to collide. I really want the patient population that I work with to inform my research questions and learn to be the most compassionate physician that I can be.

 

Mylabathula, Swapna

Supervisor: Dr. Charles Tator
Graduate unit: Institute of Medical Science

Personal background

I completed my undergraduate degree at U of T in Human Biology and Nutritional Science, followed by a non-degree year in Kinesiology. Outside of academics, I enjoy sports [any and all, but hockey and lacrosse, primarily!], music [violin and sitar], and engaging in the U of T community through student groups!

Research interests

Currently, I am working on evaluation of concussion policies in schools, with the aim of understanding barriers and enablers in implementation and assisting knowledge users by providing information on elements for inclusion in development and implementation. I am also studying female concussion in hockey, and characterizing this injury using a mixed-methods approach in women’s hockey in Ontario.

Publications

Oh, Robin

Supervisor: Prof. Daniel Schramek
Graduate unit: Molecular Genetics

Personal background

Research interests

Publications

Shah, Prajay

Supervisor: Dr. Taufik Valiante
Graduate unit: Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering

Personal background

I grew up in Calgary, and completed an Honors undergraduate BSc degree at the University of Calgary in 2017. Here I developed much of my interest in Neuroscience and Medicine, working with the neural stem cells under the supervision of Dr. Jo Stratton, Dr. Jeff Biernaskie, and Dr. Rajiv Midha. At the U of C, I was inspired by the scientific pursuit and drive of my mentors. I am now pursuing an MD/PhD at the University of Toronto to continue to develop my interest in neuroscience and medicine.

Research interests

Information flow and computation are two of the basic fundamental functions of the brain. The goal of my PhD research is to learn more about the mechanisms by which neural systems achieve and carry out these functions, and to use these insights to develop novel treatments for neural circuit disorders, such as epilepsy.

Publications

Wan, Ho Yee

Supervisor: Dr. Loch Macdonald
Graduate unit: Medical Biophysics

Personal background

I completed my undergraduate degree in neuroscience from the University of Toronto. I chose the MD/PhD program at University of Toronto because of the breadth of research opportunities and the collaborative nature of the research being conducted.

Research interests

I am interested in cerebral vasculature, stroke, novel experimental imaging technologies/techniques and therapeutic delivery systems.

Wu, Richard

Supervisor: Dr. Philip Sherman
Graduate unit: Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology

Personal background

Prior to entering the MD/PhD program, I obtained my Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from McMaster University. It was during my various undergraduate projects that I became intrigued with the scientific process. For one, I like to take a simple, creative idea and then build on it, tweak it and use it to continuously ask new questions; and two, the unknowns in science simply excite me. Before I knew it, I was fixed to the idea of becoming a physician who can ask the “right” questions and push frontiers in medicine. The MD/PhD program at Toronto offered a way for me to explore these interests. Besides my love for science and medicine, I love eating sushi, playing badminton, computer gaming, and working out.

Research interests

My research in undergrad investigated the therapeutic effects of gut probiotics on intestinal motility via computer imaging techniques. I’m interested in building novel technologies to better understand disease pathology and physiology.

Zeng, Andy

Supervisor: Prof. John Dick
Graduate unit: Molecular Genetics

Personal background

Research interests

 

2017 MD/PhD McLaughlin Scholars

Robert Civitarese (Prof. Milica Radisic)
Ashish Deshwar (Prof. Ian Scott)
Jieun Kim (Prof. Peter Zandstra)
Chris McFaul (Dr. Chris Yip)
Enoch Ng (Dr. John Roder and Dr. Albert Wong)
Linda Vi (Dr. Ben Alman)
Teja Voruganti (Dr. Eva Grunfeld)
Nicholas Light (Dr. David Malkin)
Siraj Zahr (Dr. Freda Miller)
Kirill Zaslavsky (Prof. James Ellis)

2016 MD/PhD McLaughlin Scholars

Susan Armstrong (Dr. Warren Lee)
Robert Civitarese (Dr. Milica Radisic)
Chris McFaul (Dr. Victor Yang)
Enoch Ng (Dr. John Roder and Dr. Albert Wong)
Ben Ouyang (Dr. Warren Chan)
Linda Vi (Dr. Ben Alman)
Teja Vorugantu (Prof. Eva Grunfeld)
Jared Wilcox (Dr. Michael Fehlings)
Siraj Zahr (Dr. Freda Miller)

2015 MD/PhD McLaughlin Scholars

 Michael Atkins (Dr. Gordon Keller)
 Susan Armstrong (Dr. Warren Lee)
 Chris McFaul (Dr. Victor Yang)
 Swapna Mylabathula (Dr. Charles Tator)
 Ben Ouyang (Dr. Warren Chan)
 Tim Rappon (TBD)
 Ayesh Seneviratne (Dr. Aaron Schimmer)
 Hoyee Wan (Dr. Kullervo Hynynen)
 Jared Wilcox (Dr. Michael Fehlings)
 Siraj Zahr (Dr. Freda Miller)

2017 CREMS McLaughlin Scholars

Min Joon Lee (Geoffrey Liu)

Cancer Personalized Medicine and the Patient: Patient-reported Knowledge, Preferences and Behaviours

Julia Woo (James Kennedy)

Pharmacogenetics of Medication Treatment in Neuropsychiatry

Shihab Sarwar (Phedias Diamandis)

Global Proteomic Interrogation of Neurodevelopment and Neuropathalogical Conditions

Calvin Diep (Nancy Baxter)

Initiative to Maximize Progress in Adolescent Cancer Therapy (IMPACT)

Olena Helen Genis (Thomas Forbes)

Development of a Fenestrated Stent Graft Planning Method to Reduce Device Misalignment Following Deployment

2016 CREMS McLaughlin Scholars 

Xiaohe (Diana) Sun (Dr. Marianne Koritzinsky)

The role of PRDX4 as a novel therapeutic target in breast cancer

Sarah Kanji (Dr. Daniel Mueller)

The role of the gut microbiome in schizophrenia and antipsychotic-induced metabolic side effects

Mendel Loewenthal (Dr. Andrea McCart)

Generation of novel tumor-specific vaccinia viruses

Mathew Hall (Dr. Brent Derry)

Regulation of oncogenic Ras signaling by alternative polyadenylation

Christopher Hue (Dr. Andrew Baker)

Effect of glutamate on blood brain barrier function following traumatic brain injury

2015 CREMS McLaughlin Scholars 

Anath Lionel (Dr. Stephen Scherer)

Molecular Diagnostic Yield of Chromosomal Microarry Analysis and Whole-Exome Sequencing in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. – JAMA 2015 Sep 1;314(9):895-903 doi: 10.1001/jama.2015.10078

Rageen Rajendram (Dr. Paul Arnold)

Uncovering obsessive-compulsive disorder risk genes in a pediatric cohort by high-resolution analysis of copy number variation – J Neurodev Disord. 2016 Oct 18;8:36 – PMIS: 27777633

Roman Zyla (Dr. Warren Lee)

Influenza Virus Infection Platelet-Endothelial Adhesion Which Contributes to Lung Injury  - J Viorl. 2015 Dec 4;90(4): 1812-23. Doi: 10.1128/JVI.02599-15

Weining Yang (Dr. Michael Fehlings)

Mechanistic insights and neuroprotective approaches to enhance recovery in age related degenerative spinal cord injury

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