Elena Pizzamiglio, M.Ed

Career Counsellor at the University of Toronto

With over 10 years of counselling experience in educational settings, Elena thrives on assisting students and recent graduates launch successful careers. Elena holds a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from OISE/UT. Prior to counselling, she worked in the field of Second Language Acquisition.

Dr. Adam Rosebrock, PhD

Adam Rosebrock is the C.H. Best Research Fellow at the University of Toronto, Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research. The Rosebrock lab is interested in understanding the genetic and biochemical processes underlying cellular growth and division using a synthesis of high-throughput technologies and classic genetic, molecular biology, and biochemical tools. Dr. Rosebrock earned his B.S. in Microbiology from Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN). He entered into the chemical engineering program, but quickly found a calling in basic science. The engineer’s mindset of tool design and implementation have followed him throughout his career. Adam wrote his PhD thesis in the labs of Bruce Futcher and Janet Leatherwood at Stony Brook University on transcriptional regulation of the fission yeast cell cycle. During this time, he developed a number of hardware and software tools for microarray manufacture and analysis, providing a move into high-throughput biology. Prior to joining the U of T, Adam was a postdoctoral trainee in Greg Hannon’s group at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. There, he developed next-generation sequencing-based tools to examine tumour-host interaction and identify genetic susceptibilities of cancer cells. The Rosebrock lab continues to develop new technologies as needed to pursue the scientific projects in the lab, where engineering and biology students are trained in an interdisciplinary fashion.

Dr. David Williams, PhD

Professor in the Dept of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto

David Williams did his doctoral work at the University of Toronto in the area of glycoprotein biogenesis followed by postdoctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University with Bill Lennarz and Gerald Hart where he developed an interest in protein folding and quality control in the mammalian secretory pathway. As a principal investigator he discovered the calnexin chaperone system and has characterized it extensively. He has also made important contributions to the field of antigen presentation by class I histocompatibility molecules, particularly in how these molecules assemble with antigenic peptides in the endoplasmic reticulum. Current research focuses on the roles of molecular chaperones, protein disulfide isomerases and peptidyl prolyl isomerases in protein folding as well as in the quality control triage system of the endoplasmic reticulum. He was a Medical Research Council Scholar from 1986-1991, received the Merck Frosst Prize in 1994 for outstanding initial independent research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Canada, was awarded the University of Toronto Dales Award in 2000 for sustained excellence in medical research, and was elected President of the Canadian Society of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2009.

Dr. Paul Yip, PhD

Clinical Biochemist, Laboratory Medicine Program, University Health Network, Assistant Professor, Dept of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Toronto

Dr. Paul Yip is a graduate of the University of Toronto completing both his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry. After completing the Postdoctoral Training Program in Clinical Chemistry, he continued with a fellowship in the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Since 2005, he has been with the University Health Network as a Clinical Biochemist, and cross-appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology of the University of Toronto. He is certified by the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry and the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Yip’s professional interests are in the areas of laboratory informatics and point-of-care testing. He is highly engaged in educational activities which span undergraduate to post-graduate teaching and also science outreach in the community.