Dr. Steve Bryson, PhD

Research Scientist UHN, Formerly at Apotex Research Inc. and Glycodesign Inc.

Dr. Steve Bryson received his Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemisty at the University of Toronto. His thesis studied the structure and function of a validated drug target enzyme. He went on to work at Apotex Research Inc., followed by Glycodesign Inc., applying structure-based drug design methods to the discovery and development of potential medicines. Currently, he is a Senior Research Scientist at UHN, studying the structures of disease neutralizing antibodies.

Dr. Zayna Khayat, PhD

Director of Development, Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation

Dr. Zayna Khayat joined Ivey in 2013 after an 11-year career in strategy consulting, primarily in the health and life sciences sector. She was with the Boston Consulting Group (2001- 2010), and then was an Associate Principal with SECOR Consulting, a Canadian firm that was acquired by KPMG in 2012. Dr. Khayat is also an adjunct professor in the Health Sector stream at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto, and is a senior advisor to Endeavour Volunteer Consulting. Zayna holds PhD in biochemistry from the University of Toronto/Sickkids (2001). She resides in Toronto with her husband and 3 children.

Dr. Jonathan Steels, PhD

Dean of Students for Trinity College at the University of Toronto

Dr. Steels has held the role of Dean of Students at Trinity College, since April 2010, where he worked previously as Assistant Dean of Students and as an Academic Don. Trinity College is a small and highly academic undergraduate college that operates in Federation with the University of Toronto. Dr. Steels is responsible for the vision and leadership of the Dean’s office and managing the many facets of its operations. This includes such things as management of residence operations, creation and application of non-academic policy, constructive working relations with student governance, interfacing with College governance, programming and provision of student supports, and liaison with relevant groups and divisions at the University of Toronto. Dr. Steels earned a PhD from the University of Toronto’s Department of Biochemistry in 2008 and conducted his doctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. William Trimble at the Hospital for Sick Children’s Department of Cell Biology.

Dr. Cindy Yip, PhD

Scientist I at Luminex Corporation

Cindy Yip is a Scientist in the Research Department of Luminex. She contributes to the development of next generation molecular diagnostic assays. Prior to this role, she was a Project Manager who managed R&D to commercialization activities of Luminex products. She previously worked at Millennium Research Group as a Senior Marketing Analyst and also worked at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Cancer Research. She holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering, BSc in Life Sciences, MSc and PhD in Biomedical Engineering.

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