MBP 1015Y Graduate Student Seminars

*Note: Please provide your seminar titles as soon as possible to Daphne Sears (daphne.sears@utoronto.ca). Titles need to be available at least 6 weeks prior to your seminar date so it is desirable to have them available at the start of the seminar series.

The primary goals of the MBP Student Seminar Series (course MBP1015Y) are to provide the student with practical experience and guidance for clear and concise oral communication of research results to an audience of educated non-specialists. This is an essential skill for anyone seeking a career in scientific research and beyond.  This emphasis differs from that of a group meeting or conference style talk given to an audience of specialists; here, the student presents to a diverse interdisciplinary group of peers, so familiarity with the field, its details, its specialized terms and abbreviations CANNOT be assumed.  This may be more analogous to a job talks or a teaching situation, where getting the essential points across and engaging the audience are key.  In this year's seminars, all speakers should expect a particularly broad audience with the mixture and uptown and downtown physics and biology talks.

A secondary important goal of the series is to give each student a broad knowledge of all aspects of research undertaken in MBP. At any oral examination and committee meeting, a student can be asked to demonstrate some familiarity with research in the Department not related to his/her own area. Attendance at the Student Seminars is the principal means of acquiring this familiarity.

An engaged, interested, interactive audience is essential to the success of MBP1015Y, hence ask questions. We will note attendance at both sites through the seminar evaluation forms each attending student fills out.  Non-participating students can face marks deduction at the end of the academic year.

It is very important to get regular attendance from a significant number of faculty members, to ensure consistent and fair evaluations. Please attend and interact with colleagues whenever possible (ideally every week). There is compelling evidence that the mark a student receives in this course is correlated with the attendance record of the supervisor.  So please lead by example!  

Following the seminars, the faculty members remain in the seminar room for a brief evaluation period that provides direct feedback to the presenters.  The discussion is led by the course coordinators, Drs. Alex Vitkin and Michael Hoffman for the downtown location and Dr. Brad MacIntosh at Sunnybrook.  2nd year MSc and PhD students will receive a mark providing the basis for the grade on their transcript. As mentioned above, good faculty participation, comprising in and out of stream members, is important to ensure a fair and robust evaluation process.

For information on the preparation of seminars, please consult the guidelines posted on the MBP website: Seminar Guidelines

Miscellaneous points of note:

  • Both auditoria are available half an hour before the start of the seminar onwards to provide ample time for presenters to test computer equipment and presentation material prior to going live.
  • First year MSc students will give a practice seminar towards the end of the winter term; the schedule for these will be posted in early 2018.  Also a training session will be announced at that time. 
  • Post-docs, technicians, clinical collaborators and other interested staff are welcome to take part
  • It is extremely rude and disruptive for any attendee to enter late and/or leave early. Please remain for the entire session (two to three speakers) if possible

Seminar Guidelines

Abstract Submission:
Concise abstracts (~ 250 words) should be provided similar to an abstract for a poster at a scientific conference. The name of the supervisor should be included on the abstract. All speakers should Email their abstracts to Daphne Sears (daphne.sears@utoronto.ca) on the Friday before your seminar. All students are asked to use the templates below when preparing their abstracts. Abstracts should not be over 1 page long.

***Please note that abstracts received after the deadline will NOT be circulated***

Abstract Template - Sunnybrook

Abstract Template - Downtown

Shuttle Bus Schedule

Evaluation form to be used by faculty

Evaluation form to be used by students


September | October | November | December | January | February | March | April | May | June|

Sunnybrook: Tuesdays at 4:00 PM. 
Sunnybrook, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Jenkin Auditorium, Rm TB-21*

Downtown: Wednesdays at 4:00 PM. 
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Auditorium, 610 University Avenue, Room 6-604

Schedule - 2017-18

Fall 2017
Wednesday, September 27 Introductory session
Tuesday, October 3 Introductory session
Date Student Title Supervisor
Wednesday, October 04 Hua, Tony (Jun Jie) Regulation and function of lncRNA PCAT19 in prostate cancer He
Jaiswal, Arushi Therapeutic targeting of TRB3 and USP9x in basal-like breast cancer Reedijk
Tuesday, October 10 Reguera Nunez, Elaine Impact of high dose intermittent pazopanib treatment on intrinsically pazopanib resistant tumors Kerbel
Feng, Shengrui Characterization of the Anti-Tumour Effects of EZH2 Inhibition in Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumours de Carvalho
Wednesday, October 11 Kubli, Shawn

Deciphering the role of Toso (Fcmr) in regulating the immune response during oncogenesis

Longo, Joseph Exploiting statins as anti-cancer agents Penn
Tuesday, October 17 Wan, Ho Yee Evaluating microvascular dysfunction after experimental subarachnoid hemorrhage Hynynen
Atwi, Sarah Advanced applications of fMRI for the study of cerebral small vessel disease MacIntosh
Wednesday, October 18 Mazrooei, Parisa   Lupien
Sun, Yulong Modulation of TDP-43 phase separation Chakrabartty
Tuesday, October 24 McMahon, Dallan Exploring the impact of focused ultrasound and microbubbles on brain microvasculature Hynynen
Santos, Marc   Goertz
Wednesday, October 25 Paramathas, Sangeetha   Malkin
Quevedo, Rene

Shallow whole genome copy number profiling to authenticate genomic identity

Tuesday, October 31 Shirzadi, Zahra Enhancement of automated blood flow estimates MacIntosh
Croucher, Danielle Single Cell Transcriptional Analysis of the Bone Marrow Microenvironment in Multiple Myeloma Trudel/Pugh
Wednesday, November 01 Resetca, Diana Characterizing the Interactomes of the Myc Family of Oncoproteins Penn/Raught
Zhang, Alice (Yangjing) Understanding the isoform specific functions of Numb in tumour and normal development McGlade
Tuesday, November 07 Salcedo, Adriana   Boutros
Dobri, Simon

Measuring GABA concentration in the human auditory cortex using in vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Wednesday, November 08 Miyata, Tsukiko Investigation of the role of GSK3 in synaptic plasticity Woodgett
Shi, Kelly (Ruoshi) Therapeutic targeting of the PI3K pathway in lung squamous cell carcinoma Tsao

Tuesday, November 14*
*(change of location: Dembo Auditorium,Room TB62)

Coles, Brandon Increasing the RF safety of Cardiovascular Interventional Devices during MRI using Parallel Radiofrequency Transmission Wright
Assimopoulos, Stephania Advanced MRI Methods for Assessment of Placental Dysfunction and Fetal Distress Sled
Wednesday, November 15 Houlahan, Kathleen Germline polymorphisms direct the somatic architecture of prostate cancer Boutros
Law, Jacqueline An Orthotopic CRISPR Screen for Determinants of Head and Neck Cancer Metastasis F-F Liu
Tuesday, November 21 Mouraviev, Andrei Automated Detection and Segmentation of Brain Metastases Martel
Fletcher, Stecia Multi-frequency Ultrasound Strategies for Creating a Controlled Focus for Blood-Spinal Cord Barrier (BSCB) Opening O'Reilly
Wednesday, November 22 Karimzadeh Reghbati, Mehran

Virtual ChIP-seq: predicting transcription factor binding by learning from the transcriptome

Loo Yau, Helen Transcriptional programs linking IRF7 signalling to enhanced cytolytic activity are modulated by 5-AZA-CdR in CD8+ T cells de Carvalho
Tuesday, November 28 Geady, Caryn Combining Physiological and Imaging Biomarkers for Targeted Cancer Therapy Jaffray
Gibson, Christopher

Development and clinical translation of a new handheld imaging device for 5-ALA fluorescence guided breast conserving surgery

Wednesday, November 29 Walton, Joseph Targeting Epigenetic Regulation in Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma (ccRCC) Ailles
Chen, Sujun Transcriptome landscape and circRNA functional annotation in prostate cancer He
Tuesday, December 05 Oglesby, Ryan CEST MRI: A Phantom Investigation into the Biosynthesis Pathway of Serotonin Stanisz
Riberdy, Vlora

Hyperpolarized 129Xe MRI of Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles in the Rat Lung: A Novel Approach for Tracking Stem Cells for Treatment of Chronic Lung Diseases

Wednesday, December 06 Isaev, Karin Discovery and characterization of clinically relevant lncRNAs in multiple cancer types Reimand
Nguyen, Francis Predicting genomic annotation from chromatin accessibility experiments Hoffman
Tuesday, December 12 Seth, Nikhil Automatic DCIS Segmentation Using a Multi Resolution Approach Martel
Toma, Jonathan   Wright
Wednesday, December 13 Grant, Benjamin

Biophysical characterization of KRas regulation by the calcium binding protein calmodulin

Kelly, Jacalyn

Investigating a functional assay and single-cell mutation load detection for reliable diagnosis of Biallelic Mismatch Repair Deficiency Syndrome

Tuesday, December 19 Wei, Luxi (Lucy) Direct measurement of placental blood flow by ultrasound Burns
Xu, Rui   O'Reilly
Wednesday, December 20 Othman, Kamal Identifying signaling pathways associated with the misregulation of Numb isoform expression in cancer McGlade
Hawley, James Epigenomic heterogeneity in leukemia Lupien
Winter 2018
Wednesday, January 03 Mahendralingam, Mathepan

Metabolic vulnerabilities of the mammary epithelial subsets

Ivanochko, Danton Structural and functional elucidation of the PRDM protein family Arrowsmith
Tuesday, January 9 Yang, Jing Array-based Dual Frequency Ultrasound Imaging for Acoustic Angiography Demore
Zhao, Xiaoxiao

Investigating ultrasound mediated vascular disruption in tumors

Wednesday, January 10 Ladumor, Yagnesh Investigating the Role of Vitamin D Receptor in Metastatic Neuroblastoma Irwin
Poon, Stephanie Characterizing the role of carcinoma-associated fibroblasts in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cell invasion Ailles
Wednesday, January 17 Psarianos, Pamela The Regulation of Metabolism in the Reversal of Radiation Fibrosis Liu
Samuel, Timothy

Improving our understanding of the in vivo effects of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) on the perivascular microenvironment of pancreatic tumors

Wednesday, January 24 Su, Peiran

Functional genomic screening with lung cancer patient-derived xenograft models

Yang, Donghe

Modeling the development of human ventricular cardiomyocyte lineages using human embryonic stem cells