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Human Biology Mentorship Meal – Winter 2018
February 1 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Note: this event is only open to current students registered within the Human Biology Program
Human Biology students — please email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration details.
- Alaina Ballantyne, Operations Manager, MD Consultants
- Gerhard Dashi, Physician Resident – Emergency Medicine, University of Toronto
- Lauren Della Mora, Senior Analyst, Cancer Care Ontario
- Shanna Stanley-Hasnain, Research Assistant and Clinical Coordinator, Dr. Phyllis Billia / Ted Rogers Center for Heart Research
- Tommy Tam, Senior Methodologist, Health Quality Ontario
- Joel Tan, SickKids Hospital Research Institute
Alaina Ballantyne, Operations Manager, MD Consultants
During my final year of my HBSc, like many students, I was frantically seeking guidance on how to start my career after graduation. After months of networking with peers and professionals, I found a niche between medicine and consulting. Currently I am managing a start-up medical consulting company, working with physicians and medical professionals. I believe the most important steps to entering a field you are interested in are the ones right after graduation.
Gerhard Dashi, Physician Resident – Emergency Medicine, University of Toronto
2007-2012 – Undergraduate: University of Toronto – Majors in Physiology and Human Biology, Minor in Sociology
2012-2013 – Year off: Research and regular employment
2013-2017 – Medical School: Queen’s University
2017-2022 – Medical Residency: University of Toronto (Emergency Medicine FRCPS)
Lauren Della Mora, Senior Analyst, Cancer Care Ontario
Lauren was excited to pursue an Honours BSc at the University of Toronto, specializing in Human Biology: Health & Disease and minoring in Sociology. After graduating in 2012, Lauren worked on research projects in the departments of Anesthesia, Urology and Trauma at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Time spent in the operating room inspired her to pursue a career where disease prevention and healthcare quality improvement would be a priority. She completed the professional Master of Public Health program in Epidemiology at UofT’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health in 2015. Her practicum placement at Toronto Western Hospital focused on characterizing Ontario’s low back pain population, and another at Public Health Ontario involved applying a diabetes risk prediction model to neighbourhood walkability scenarios.
As a Senior Analyst at Cancer Care Ontario, Lauren leads a project that aims to improve access to quality palliative care services in Ontario through evidence-based resource planning. Her team collaborates with stakeholders from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Local Health Integration Networks, hospitals, hospices and other organizations involved in palliative care.
Shanna Stanley-Hasnain, Research Assistant and Clinical Coordinator, Dr. Phyllis Billia / Ted Rogers Center for Heart Research
Following my Master’s degree at the Institute of Medical Science at UofT, I was presented with the opportunity to continue to work in my lab as a research assistant, where I help to analyze data and publish our research. However, I wanted to expand my horizons further than the lab, and as my PI is a clinician scientist, I actively sought out opportunities on the clinical side. I now coordinate the Peter Munk Cardiac Center / Ted Rogers Center for Heart Research Cardiac Biobank, where I consent patients to be a part of the biobank in multiple cardiac clinics at the Toronto General Hospital as well as maintain the Biobank database. I also participate in an NIH stem cell research trial as the unblinded study technician, which has given me experience in the operating room as well as an opportunity to be part of a multi-center international research project.
Tommy Tam, Senior Methodologist, Health Quality Ontario
Tommy Tam is a Senior Methodologist at Health Quality Ontario (HQO), the provincial advisor on the quality of health care in Ontario. He conducts quantitative and qualitative analyses of clinical, administrative or survey data to support the development of reports, studies and online reporting. In addition, he manages assigned and specific ad hoc requests for analysis (e.g. annual updates to analysis/indicators) in long-term care and assists with the preparation of technical notes/definitions, drafting written text for reports or analytic projects within agreed outlines. He is also heavily involved with the indicator selection and review process, prioritization and development in different sectors.
Prior to HQO, he completed an Honours Bachelors of Science (HBSc) at the University of Toronto in 2011, specializing in Human Biology: Health and Disease. During his undergraduate studies, he was an active student and member of the University of Toronto and surrounding communities by acting as a participant of the Reading Week of Service and a volunteer for hospitals and health-related charities.
In his spare time, your host enjoys volunteering for health-related organizations (e.g., Heart and Stroke Foundation), playing basketball and tennis, and exploring the outdoors.
Joel Tan, SickKids Hospital Research Institute
Joel graduated from the University of Toronto in 2014 with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree, Neuroscience Specialist. He is currently working at SickKids Hospital Research Institute in a cell biology lab studying host-pathogen interactions. His work mainly involves examining the effects of bacterial pathogens such as Salmonella and Listeria on mammalian host cells.
Joel’s interest in health science began after first year while working as a research assistant in the surgical oncology clinic at Toronto General Hospital. In the summer after second year, he joined the lab of Dr. John Yeomans at the University of Toronto, where he spent the remaining 2 years of his undergraduate studies completing 2 thesis projects with the departments of Human Biology and Cell and Systems Biology. In his final year, Joel was able to get training and perform stereotaxic brain surgeries on rodents during his research. His experience with animal models was a great asset to his current lab, where he spearheaded the setup and establishment of a histopathology core in the department. He is also the imaging specialist in the lab, developing new tools and methods to perform confocal and live-cell microscopy on pathogenically infected cells and animals.
Apart from work, Joel had been actively volunteering at Toronto General Hospital for the past 4 years. He returned to the University of Toronto to pursue a Masters degree at the Institute of Medical Science in 2016.