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Core Team and Administration

Academic Administrators


mingyaoMingyao Liu
Tel: 416-946-8286

The Director reports in all academic matters to the Deans of the SGS and the Faculty of Medicine.  The Director is ultimately responsible for all academic and administrative aspects of the IMS graduate program (including faculty and students), in accordance with University of Toronto policies and procedures. He is assisted by the Graduate Coordinators, IMS Committees, and the administrative staff, each of whom have special designated responsibilities.

Graduate Coordinators

Howard Mount
Dr. Howard Mount
Lucy Osborne
Dr. Lucy Osborne

Vasu Venkateswaran - Director SURP

Dr. Vasu Venkateswaran

Richard Horner
Dr. Richard Horner

Tel: 416-978-5012

The Graduate Coordinators are responsible for administration of the graduate program, including:

  • applications, admissions and enrollment procedures
  • approval of faculty on program and defense committees
  • nomination of students for awards, maintenance of current student award status and notification of award opportunities
  • dissemination of policy and procedures to students and faculty
  • meet with students as required on request

 Graduate Coordinator – Faculty Appointments

Dr. Toner is the Chair of Faculty Appointment Committee in IMS. She is responsible for the review and processing of all applications for graduate faculty appointments and re-appointments to the Institute, making recommendations to the IMS Executive Committee and the Director.

Tel: 416-946-3002

Director, Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

Vasu Venkateswaran - Director SURPVasundara Venkateswaran
Tel: 416-946-8286

The Director of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program is responsible for the development and implementation of the program.  In collaboration with members of the IMS faculty, the summer research program provides both domestic and international undergraduate students with the opportunity to experience a summer in a laboratory, working on a project in biomedical research.

Director, Translational Research Program in Health Science

Joseph FerenbokJoseph Ferenbok
Tel: 416-978-4474

Director, Master of Science in Biomedical Communications (MScBMC)

Nick Woolridge
Nick Woolridge
Tel: 905-569-4264

Program Director, Master of Health Science in Medical Radiation Science

Nicole Harnett
Nicole Harnett
Tel: (416) 946-4501

Administrative Staff

The Administrative Staff assist in the administration of the graduate program and the day-to-day running of the IMS.

Kamila LearBusiness Officer: Kamila Lear
Tel: 416-978-8886
IMS Business Officer, human resources, finance, payroll, office administration, special issues


Hazel PollardAdmissions Officer: Hazel Pollard
Tel: 416-978-5012
Admissions and enrollment issues


Kaki Narh-BlackwoodStudent, Faculty Affairs and Awards Officer: Kaki Narh-Blackwood
Tel: 416-946-7143
Awards, faculty appointments, PACS

Michelle Rosen Curriculum, Web and Communications Officer: Michelle Rosen
Tel: 416-946-0987
Curriculum, Courses, Website Development and Social Media

Danny FeeThesis and Examination Officer: Danny Fee (Interim)
Sarah Topa (on leave)
Tel: 416-978-6696
Student defense examinations, program progress and completion


Elena GessasReception and SURP Administrator: Elena Gessas
Tel: 416-946-8286
Reception, general inquiries, room bookings, Summer Undergraduate Program