S.M.A.R.T. Committee

Students Making Actual Research Together Committee

 

S M A R T group picture

We are a group of MD/PhD students willing to mentor any medical student interested in research. We have an extensive and diverse array of experiences in different research fields and we will work with each student to help them reach their research goals. Our group is composed of students at various paths along the MD/PhD career. If you have any questions about starting research, approaching supervisors, picking the right lab, choosing a project, choosing one of the current research programs and/or a cool research idea you would like to start, you can contact us at: smartcommitteeuwo@gmail.com. Here is a little bit about our team:

 

Tavis Apramian

Tavis Apramian

MD/PhD Candidate 2019

My initial training was in English literature and literary theory. Since then, I've done graduate work in narrative theory, qualitative sociological research, educational assessment, surgical education, and workplace learning. I'm happy to chat with any medical students looking to do non-basic science research including medical humanities, medical education, health policy, health systems research and many others.

Jessica Blom

Jessica Blom

MD/PhD Candidate 2019

My research interests stemmed from a family cardiac history, and a really engaging Professor in cardiac physiology during my undergraduate degree. Since then I have completed Master’s in cardiovascular biology with projects investigating angiogenesis and cancer, preeclampsia, and drug eluting stents. My PhD was in Physiology and Pharmacology, with a focus on cardiac repair after MI. During my PhD, I helped develop a microsurgical technique for MI and completed comprehensive exams in the additional area of wound healing. Very happy to guide any medical student with interests in these and/or other areas.

Adrienne Elbert

Adrienne Elbert

MD/PhD Candidate 2018

I have always been interested in neurodevelopment and how its perturbation leads to human disorders. The brain has incredible cell diversity and organization. I seek to understand the role of epigenetics and gene regulation in the generation and organization of cellular diversity in the brain, and how abnormalities can lead to diseases such as intellectual disability. Currently, I work at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute with mouse models both at the embryonic and adult stages, analyzing molecular and structural outcomes, and behaviour. I’m happy to help anyone with their research pursuits.  

Julieta Lazarte

Julieta Lazarte

MD/PhD Candidate 2023

My first exposure to research was in my undergrad where I did a clinical research project with COPD patients. Knowing that I loved to work with human subjects, I did my Masters in the field of Cardiology, Immunology and Genetics in which I genotyped around 200 heart transplant patients and compared various outcomes over time. This research experience led me to my current lab where I will continue expanding my knowledge in the field of genetics and cardiovascular diseases, this time looking more into whole exome sequencing and other fun stuff.

Cory Lefebvre

Cory Lefebvre

MD/PhD Candidate 2022

My research career started with working in a biophysical manipulation discovery-based lab where I worked on three-dimensional tissue culture, microenvironmental effects on cytoskeleton and cell motility, and nanoforce manipulation of mammalian cells. Currently, my research is more translationally focused where I’m investigating the effects of tyrosine kinase inhibitors on the kinome in triple negative breast cancer cells using a mass-spectroscopic based proteomic approach.

Theodore Wigle

Theodore Wigle

MD/PhD Candidate 2023

I did my undergrad at the University of Winnipeg in Biochemistry. Throughout undergrad I participated In a variety of summer research positions first in cardiovascular research, later in developmental biology, and then in immunology. Next my fourth year thesis was with a molecular geneticist dissecting testicles from fruit flies to investigate mechanisms of sterility. Now I have come to Schulich to purse my MD/PhD within the department of physiology and pharmacology, working on personalized medicine with Dr. Richard Kim. I’ve studied in a variety of fields and very different research environments and enjoyed aspects of them all.

Charles Yin

Charles Yin

MD/PhD Candidate 2021

I completed by undergraduate degree in Integrated Science at McMaster and have maintained a strong interest in translational and transdisciplinary research. My current work focuses on the role of macrophages in atherosclerosis and heart disease, and spans basic science, translational research and clinical research. I also have an interest in advocating for increasing exposure to research during medical training and building bridges between clinical and research trainees.