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


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Sunnybrook: Tuesdays at 4:00 PM. 
Sunnybrook, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Rm M6-502 (Breast Clinic Theatre)

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   Reedijk
Tuesday, October 10 Reguera Nunez, Elaine   Kerbel
Feng, Shengrui   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   Hynynen
Atwi, Sarah   MacIntosh
Wednesday, October 18 Mazrooei, Parisa   Lupien
Sun, Yulong   Chakrabartty
Tuesday, October 24 McMahon, Dallan   Hynynen
Santos, Marc   Goertz
Wednesday, October 25 Paramathas, Sangeetha   Malkin
Quevedo, Rene   Pugh
Tuesday, October 31 Shirzadi, Zahra Enhancement of automated blood flow estimates MacIntosh
Croucher, Danielle   Trudel
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   Ross
Wednesday, November 08 Miyata, Tsukiko   Woodgett
Shi, Kelly (Ruoshi) Therapeutic targeting of the PI3K pathway in lung squamous cell carcinoma Tsao
Tuesday, November 14 Mouraviev, Andrei   Martel
Assimopoulos, Stephania   Sled
Wednesday, November 15 Houlahan, Kathleen Germline polymorphisms direct the somatic architecture of prostate cancer Boutros
Law, Jacqueline   F-F Liu
Tuesday, November 21 Coles, Brandon   Wright
Fletcher, Stecia   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   Jaffray
Gibson, Christopher   DaCosta
Wednesday, November 29 Walton, Joseph   Ailles
Chen, Sujun   He
Wednesday, December 06 Grant, Benjamin   Ikura
Nguyen, Francis Predicting genomic annotation from chromatin accessibility experiments Hoffman
Wednesday, December 13 Isaev, Karin

Discovery and characterization of clinically relevant lncRNAs in multiple cancer types

Kelly, Jacalyn

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

Wednesday, December 20 Othman, Kamal   McGlade
Hawley, James   Lupien
Winter 2018
Wednesday, January 03 Mahendralingam, Mathepan   Khokha
Ivanochko, Danton   Arrowsmith
Wednesday, January 10 Ladumor, Yagnesh   Irwin
Poon, Stephanie   Ailles
Wednesday, January 17 Psarianos, Pamela   Liu
Samuel, Timothy   DaCosta
Wednesday, January 24 Su, Peiran   He
Yang, Donghe   Keller