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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

Dr. Lucy Osborne

Tel: 416-978-5012




Dr. Vasundara Venkateswaran

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

Faculty Appointments

Karen Gordon

Karen Gordon
Email: karen.gordon@utoronto.ca

Dr. Karen Gordon is the Chair of the 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.


Director, Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

Vasu Venkateswaran - Director SURPVasundara Venkateswaran
Tel: 416-978-5012
Email: vasundara.venkateswaran@utoronto.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, Curriculum

Nicole Harnett
Email: Nicole.Harnett@rmp.uhn.ca

Prof. Harnett’s portfolio includes chairing the IMS Curriculum Committee, overseeing curriculum development and evaluation and working with course directors and instructors.

Director, Master of Science in Biomedical Communications


Jodie Jenkinson
Tel: 905-569-4263
Email: j.jenkinson@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.


International Program & Partnerships Officer (Acting): Carol Lam
Tel: 416-946-0987
Email: int.medscience@utoronto.ca
International program initiatives and partnerships, international delegation visits, graduate professional development, alumni engagement, communications and website.



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).



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

Curriculum & Office Administrator: TBA
Email: cc.medscience@utoronto.ca
Curriculum, courses, Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Director’s calendar, special events, general inquiries and announcements