Core Team

Academic Administrators

Director

 

Dr. 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 and Co-Leads, Strategic Priorities

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                                                                    Dr. Vasundara Venkateswaran

Tel: 416-978-5012                                                                    Tel: 416-978-5012
Email: lucy.osborne@utoronto.ca                                           Email: vasundara.venkateswaran@utoronto.ca

 

Chair, Faculty Appointments Commitee

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.

 

 

Director, Summer Undergraduate Reasearch Program (SURP)

Dr. Ted Brown
Email: ted.brown@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

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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 Program

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

 

 

 

 

Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

 

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

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

 

 

Chair, Awards Committee 

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

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

 

Chair, Graduate Admissions Committee

Dr. Andrew Dimitrijevic
Email: andrew.dimitrijevic@sunnybrook.ca

Chair, SAFE Committee 

Dr. Samantha Anthony aims to increase engagement and connectivity between students, faculty and alumni. As the Chair of the 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, Business Officer
Tel: 416-978-8886
Email: kamila.lear@utoronto.ca
Human resources, finance, payroll, office management and special issues.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Kaki Narh Blackwood, Student, Faculty Affairs and Awards Officer
Tel: 416-946-7143
Email: sf.medscience@utoronto.ca
Awards, faculty appointments, Program Advisory Committees (PACs) and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee. 

 

 


 

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

 

 

 

Sarah Topa, International Program & Partnerships Officer
Email: int.medscience@utoronto.ca
International programs and activities, international student support, communications, website, student group support, SAFE Committee, alumni engagement and Temerty Medicine Connect.