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Core Team

Academic Administrators


mingyaoDr. Mingyao Liu
Tel: 416-946-8286
Email: mingyao.liu@utoronto.ca

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

Dr. Vasu Venkateswaran

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

Richard HornerEmail: richard.horner@utoronto.ca

Dr. Richard Horner is the Chair of the Faculty Appointment Committee in IMS. He 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.

Co-Chair, IMS 50th Anniversary

Brenda Toner

Email: brenda.toner@utoronto.ca

Dr. Toner is the C0-Chair of the IMS 50th Anniversary Committee. The committee is working to celebrate the achievements of our faculty, students, alumni and staff.



Director, Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

Vasu Venkateswaran - Director SURPVasundara Venkateswaran
Tel: 416-946-8286
Email: vasundara.venkateswaran@sunnybrook.ca

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, Professional Development and Alumni Engagement

Reinhart Reithmeier 
Email: r.reithmeier@utoronto.ca

Dr. Reithmeier is leading on the development of graduate professional development (GPD) course modules. These modules will provide graduate students with transferable skills, professional network and experiential learning opportunities to facilitate their transition from school to work. He is also developing initiatives to expand alumni engagement in the IMS.



Director, International Development

Zhong-Ping Feng

Email: zp.feng@utoronto.ca

Dr. Feng’s portfolio includes promoting international experiences to IMS graduate students, leading on international recruitment initiatives and developing international programs and partnerships with leading academic institutions.

Director, Translational Research Program in Health Science

Joseph FerenbokJoseph Ferenbok
Tel: 416-978-4474
Email: joseph.ferenbok@utoronto.ca

Director, Master of Science in Biomedical Communications

Nick WoolridgeNick Woolridge
Tel: 905-569-4264
Email: n.woolridge@utoronto.ca

Administrative Staff

The Administrative Staff manage the day-to-day running of the IMS.

Kamila LearBusiness Officer: Kamila Lear
Tel: 416-978-8886
Email: kamila.lear@utoronto.ca
Human resources, finance, payroll, office management and special issues


Hazel PollardAdmissions Officer: Hazel Pollard
Tel: 416-978-5012
Email: adm.medscience@utoronto.ca
Admissions, registration, GEMs Agreement, candidacy and program extensions.


KakiStudent, Faculty Affairs and Awards Officer: Kaki Narh-Blackwood
Tel: 416-946-7143
Email: sf.medscience@utoronto.ca
Awards, faculty appointments and Program Advisory Committees (PACs).


Sarah Topa

International Program & Partnerships Officer: Sarah Topa
Tel: 416-946-0987
Email: cc.medscience@utoronto.ca
International program initiatives and partnerships, graduate professional development, alumni engagement, curriculum, courses, communications and website.


Departmental Assistant: Claudette Spence
Tel: 416-946-8286
Email: dir.medscience@utoronto.ca
Reception, general inquiries and announcements, room bookings and Summer Undergraduate Research Program administration



Thesis and Examination Officer: pa.medscience@utoronto.ca
Tel: 416-978-6696
Email: pa.medscience@utoronto.ca
Student qualifying, transfer, MSc and PhD defense examinations, thesis guidelines and program completion.