Mentorship Committee

  • Posted on: 10 October 2017
  • By: admin

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We are a group of MD-PhD students willing to mentor any medical student interested in research. We have extensive and diverse 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 stages of their 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: mdphdmentorshipcommitteeuwo@gmail.com.  

Here is a little bit about our team:

 

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.

 

PeterZeng

Peter Zeng

MD/PhD Candidate 2026

My research interest lies in elucidating how genetic changes ultimately lead to human diseases through the lens of molecular genetics and functional genomics. Using techniques such as RNA-seq and other applications of next-gen sequencing, I hope to translate the valuable insights I gain at the bench to directly benefit patient-care. In the past, I have extensive research experiences in both the basic sciences including virology, immunolgy, molecular genetics, and synthetic biology and clinical sciences including epidemiological analyses of disease. I would be happy to chat about science, research, or the latest episode of MasterChef