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Life Sciences b2B Speed Networking (2019)

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wondering what to do with your degree in Life Sciences? We’ve got a b2B for that!

Alumni from Cell & Systems Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Human Biology, and Psychology will come to campus to discuss their U of T education, the value of their degree, and their pursuit of successful careers with current Arts and Science students.

Each speed networking round will last 5-10 minutes. After an announcement is made by the moderator, alumni will rotate to the next networking station. Light refreshments will be served afterwards, to give the alumni and students a chance to mingle in a less formal setting.

What you need to know:

  • Ensure you register!
  • Bring questions!
  • Arrive on time (or early).
  • Participation in the b2B program can be listed on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) if you complete all three required steps.



Students will be divided into groups. As a group, students will converse with an alumnus for 10 to 15 minutes. Once that time has expired, the alumnus will move to the next station.


Speed Networking events allow students to:

  • connect with successful alumni, faculty members and your peers;
  • ask questions, learn from each other and feel supported as you decide on your next steps;
  • hear the stories of alumni who have successfully transitioned from their academic to professional careers.

Speed Networking events allow alumni to:

  • connect with students of their corresponding sector and fellow alumni.
  • share stories of their successful transition from degree studies to their profession.
  • answer questions from students regarding their personal career path.


Time Activity
5.30pm Alumni are invited to arrive, register and mingle ahead of students’ arrival.

Refreshments will be available throughout the evening.

6:00pm Students arrive

Welcome remarks

Alumni guest introductions by moderator

6:20pm Speed Networking session begins (10 minutes per round).

Note: The event moderator will announce the end of each speed networking round and will ask alumni to move to the next table and begin networking. Students will remain at their stations

7:20pm Speed networking session ends / closing remarks.

Informal networking session

Refreshments will be provided

8:00pm Event concludes


b2B Speed Networking attendees include students and recent graduates at various stages of their education and career, as well as Arts & Science alumni, including:

  • U of T Arts & Science Alumni currently working in the industry
  • Undergraduate students who are considering a career in the industry and want to learn how their studies will support them beyond graduation
  • Graduate students (MA, MSc, PhD) who are interested in exploring careers in the industry
  • Recent graduates who are looking to continue to develop their networks, professional skills and industry knowledge

Alumni Biographies

Ty Agha, Physiotherapist, Trilogy Physiotherapy

Siliang Cui, PhD Candidate, U of T

I completed my undergraduate and master’s in the Department of Geography, University of Toronto. I am now pursuing my Ph.D. program here. I am interested in academic research on topics related to urban air pollution and air quality measurements in Ontario, Canada.

Vanessa Fan, Dual MSc (Occupational Therapy) and PhD (Rehabilitation Science) Candidate, McMaster University

Following my undergraduate study specializing in Health and Disease at the University of Toronto, I am currently doing the combined occupational therapy and PhD program at the McMaster University. During my undergraduate, I had been actively involved in cancer research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and volunteering at SickKids Hospital and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. With my great interest in cancer care, I have focused beyond the pathogenesis and treatments for colorectal cancer and now studying the rehabilitation needs for colorectal cancer survivors. I would love to pursue my goal of becoming a clinician-scientist to translate my research to advance current clinical practice and to support survivors more holistically.

Melisa Gumus, Graduate Student, Institute of Medical Science – Carmela Tartaglia

Melisa Gumus graduated from University of Toronto with HBSc in Mathematics and Neuroscience in 2018. She is now continuing her graduate education at the Institute of Medical Science (IMS) at UofT and working at the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative/Toronto Western Hospital. Her thesis is about identifying clinical subtypes of concussions using computational models as she believes that math can help us understand the complexity of the brain and its pathological states. She has been involved in various research projects since her undergraduate and has several manuscripts in preparation. She is also serving as a Teaching Assistant at the Human Biology Program and the IMS. Besides research, she is very passionate about mentoring and finds it as an opportunity to give back to the community. During her undergraduate studies, she mentored over 300 high school and undergraduate students in research and sciences.

Miran Kenk, Scientific Associate II, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – University Health Network

As a Scientific Associate IV at the Surgical oncology group at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (University Health Network), I oversee the conduct of multi-centre industry-sponsored oncological clinical trials. Following graduation with a HonBSc (dual specialist in pharmacology and toxicology), I have completed a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (Pharmacology) at University of Ottawa. My post-doctoral fellowship at the Research Imaging Centre at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto focused on the clinical testing and evaluation of novel imaging radiotracers for positron emission tomography. My past training and professional activities have applied the fundamentals of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics in animal models and clinical studies in diverse fields of inflammation, neuropsychopharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, and oncology.

Michael Lebenbaum, Epidemiologist, ICES

Michael Lebenbaum completed a HBSc in Toxicology at U of T and a MSc in Epidemiology at Western University. Michael currently works as an epidemiologist in the Mental Health and Addictions Program at ICES on research projects related to inpatient psychiatry, suicide/self-harm, and the social determinants of mental health. Michael is also a current PhD student at U of T in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation with a concentration in Health Economics.

Anindita Marwah, Masters of Public Health Candidate, Dalla Lana School of Public Health – U of T

Anindita graduated from UofT with a specialization in Human Biology: Health and Disease and a major in Biochemistry in 2018. She is continuing her graduate education at UofT, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health, specializing in Epidemiology, at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Her interests lie in infectious disease epidemiology, and she recently completed her placement at the Infection Prevention and Control department at St. Michael’s Hospital this summer. She has always been involved in extracurricular activities during her time at UofT, and continues to do so in her graduate program as well, with on campus clubs related to global health.

Kerry McCarten, Territory Manager, Dechra Veterinary Products

A senior sales professional, Kerry has thirty years experience in specialty sales in the areas of oncology, neurology, women’s health and veterinary sales.
Working for companies such as Berlex, Bayer, and BMS, she successfully launched novel products in the leukaemia, lymphoma, solid tumour, multiple sclerosis, cardiac and veterinary markets. Kerry has won numerous awards including both National and Regional sales awards throughout her career.
Kerry is currently working as a Territory Sales Manager at Dechra Veterinary Products where she is responsible for managing over 300 accounts in Central Ontario.

Alborz Noorani, Graduate Student, University of Toronto/Toronto Western Hospital


Ghazal Sondhi, Product Marketing Specialist, FundThrough

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Ghazal graduated from U of T in 2017 with a double major in Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Immunology, and a minor in Religion. In lieu of a traditional lab-based thesis project, Ghazal spent her final year of undergraduate study completing a biomedical engineering capstone project supervised by the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), where, as product manager, she led a team of engineers in the development of a mobile app designed to provide athletes with on-the-spot concussion diagnosis. Her capstone experience propelled her into the world of tech and entrepreneurship, where she now works to create meaningful product experiences for startups and, when time permits, her own ventures. She is currently working as a Product Marketing Specialist at Toronto-based financial technology company, FundThrough.

Oleksandr Udovyk, Health, Safety and Environmental Specialist, Mondelez International Inc.

My name is Oleksandr Udovyk and I have completed HBSc in 2014, majoring in Immunology and Psychology at the University of Toronto, St. George campus. Afterwards, I completed my MPH at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, specializing in Occupational and Environmental Health. Now I am employed as a Health and Safety Specialist at the Mondelez International Inc. The facility I work at produces Cadbury products for the Canadian market. I am responsible for promoting and implementing various policies and initiatives aimed at improving workplace safety at my workplace. It includes creating policies and working with different stakeholders to implement various safety-related materials and initiatives. I am also responsible for compliance to various provincial and federal legislation and applies to my facility. I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.


September 26
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm