Core Team

Academic Administrators

Mingyao Liu

Director

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

The Director reports in all academic matters to the Deans of SGS and the Temerty 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

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       
Dr. Lucy Osborne
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Graduate Coordinator and Lead, Strategic Priorities 

Dr. Lucy Osborne
Tel: 416-978-5012
Email: lucy.osborne@utoronto.ca                                                                

Isabella Caniggia

Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Isabella Caniggia
Tel: 416-978-5012                                                       
Email: caniggia@lunenfeld.ca

john vincent

Graduate Coordinator

Dr. John Vincent
Tel: 416-978-5012
Email: john.vincent@camh.ca                                                             

Eyal Grunebaum

Chair, Admissions Committee

Dr. Eyal Grunebaum
Email: eyal.grunebaum@sickkids.ca 

Dr. Grunebaum is the chair of the Admissions Committee, which reviews IMS graduate student applications, makes recommendations for admission, and oversees admission policies. 

Karen Gordon

Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee

Dr. Karen Gordon
Email: karen.gordon@utoronto.ca

Dr. Karen Gordon is the Chair of the Faculty Appointments 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.

Ted Brown

Director, SURP

Dr. Ted Brown
Email: ted.brown@utoronto.ca

The Director of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) 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.

Reinhart

Director, Professional Development and Alumni Engagement

Dr. 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.

Zhong-Ping Feng

Director, International Development

Dr. 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.

Nicole Harnett

Director, Curriculum

Prof. 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.

Jodie Jenkinson

Director, MScBMC Program

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

The Master of Science in Biomedical Communication (MScBMC), unique in Canada, is one of only four internationally accredited programs of its kind. The MScBMC Program engages students in the creation and evaluation of a range of visual tools, including medical illustration, media and user experience design, animation, and virtual simulations. 

Dr. Catharine Walsh

Director, Graduate Diploma in Health Research (GDipHR) Program

Dr. Catharine Walsh
Email catharine.walsh@utoronto.ca

GDipHR provides selected 1st-year medical students an opportunity to participate in the continuum of research – from idea creation to data collection to scientific publication and/or presentation at a scholarly meeting – via a consecutive 20-month longitudinal research program. Students are also exposed to course work in a broad range of research concepts, topics, methodologies, and applications to health care.

Sunit Das

Chair, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Dr. Sunit Das
Email: sunit.das@utoronto.ca

Dr. Das is leading efforts to improve the equity, diversity and inclusion of underrepresented and historically marginalized groups in the IMS and ensure diversity in all the IMS communities.

chung wai chow

Chair, Awards Committee

Dr. Chung-Wai Chow
Email: cw.chow@utoronto.ca

Dr. Chow's portfolio includes chairing the Awards committee, which establishes policies, reviews, and processes applications for student financial awards by the IMS. 

Samantha anthony

Chair, SAFE Committee

Dr. Samantha Anthony
Email: samantha.anthony@sickkids.ca

Dr. Anthony aims to increase engagement and connectivity between students, faculty and alumni. As the Chair of the Student, Staff, Alumni and Faculty Engagement (SAFE) Committee, she supports student groups, oversees student-led initiatives, and implements new tools and resources to support faculty and alumni engagement.

Administrative Staff

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

Kamila Lear

Kamila Lear

Business Officer
Tel: 416-978-8886
Email: kamila.lear@utoronto.ca

Human resources, finance, payroll, office management and special issues.

Hazel Pollard

Hazel Pollard

Admissions Officer
Tel: 416-978-5012
Email: adm.medscience@utoronto.ca

Student recruitment, admissions, registration and GEMS Agreement for incoming students.

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Sarah Topa

International Program & Partnerships Officer
Email: int.medscience@utoronto.ca


International programs and activities, International Visiting Graduate Students (IVGS), student group support, communications, website, Co-Chair SAFE Committee and International Development Committee, Career Mentorship Program Manager, alumni engagement and Temerty Medicine Connect.

Sobiga Vyravanathan

Sobiga Vyravanathan

Curriculum & Education Administrator
Email: cc.medscience@utoronto.ca

Course and program requirements, course enrollment, MSC1010-1011Y/H course coordination, Teaching Assistant recruitment, Curriculum Committee support, IMS Scientific Day and Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP).

Emilie DesRosiers

Emilie DesRosiers

Graduate Program Assistant, MSc
Tel: 416-978-6696
Email: msc.medscience@utoronto.ca

Program Advisory Committee (PAC), Registration and GEMS Agreement for continuing students, Leave of Absence, Program Extension, Transfer Examination, MSc Thesis Guidelines, MSc Final Oral Examination and Program Completion. 

Joanne Lee

Joanne Lee

Graduate Program & Awards Assistant, PhD
Email: phd.medscience@utoronto.ca

External Awards, Program Advisory Committee (PAC), Registration and GEMS Agreement for continuing students, Candidacy, Leave of Absence, Program Extension, Qualifying Examination, PhD Thesis Guidelines, PhD Final Oral Examination and Program Completion. 

Alicia Sam

Alicia Sam

Executive Assistant and Faculty Affairs Administrator
Email: sf.medscience@utoronto.ca

Executive Assistant to IMS Director, Faculty Appointments, Internal Awards, Executive Committee, Awards Committee and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee support.