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CDC: Career Night

SickKids Research Training Centre

Thursday, 23 November 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

CDC: Career Night

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About Career Night:

The Career Development Committee's Career Night event is a unique opportunity for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates to meet and network with individuals who have transitioned from academia to exciting careers in government, pharma, consulting, biotech and more!

Good to Know:

  • You'll have the chance to speak with three of our guests in a small, round-table setting about their backgrounds, career transitions, and day-to-day lives 
  • You'll also have a chance for some informal networking after the roundtables
  • A light dinner will be provided
  • Business casual dress is recommended
  • Come prepared with questions you'd like to ask our participants 


5-530pm - Registration and Light Dinner

530-540pm - Welcome and Opening Remarks

540-610pm - Round 1

615-645pm - Round 2

645-7pm - Break

7-730pm - Round 3

730-8pm - Networking and Refreshments

Who's coming: 


Anastasiia Aleksandrova

Advanced Imaging Specialist, Instruments Division, Nikon Canada

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Anastasiia Aleksandrova obtained her PhD in Cell Biology and Anatomy from the University of Kansas in 2012. She completed her postdoctoral work at the Hospital for Sick Children in 2016 with Dr. Ian Scott. Following her postdoctoral work, she joined Nikon Cana Inc. Microscopy solutions first as a Bioscience Sales Specialist and then moved into her current role as an Advanced Imaging Specialist.  Anastasiia’s graduate and postdoctoral training provided her with a unique skill set in the field of microscopy.


 Chris Elder

Full Stack Developer, Swift Medical

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Chris Elder obtained his Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering in 2014 and his Masters of Health Science in Clinical Engineering in 2016 both at the University of Toronto. During his graduate training, Chris gained important transferable skills for making the shift into software development, including computational neuroscience research. After the completion of his Masters, Chris worked as a hardware designer at Magniware, a start-up company located in Toronto.He moved on to co-found a start-up called Consult Conduit, an e-consultation platform for doctors, where he also acted as lead mobile developer. This role allowed him to spend a great deal of time learning software development which he was able to translate into his current role as Full Stack Developer at Swift Medical.


Debra Soh

Freelance Sex Writer, Columnist for Playboy & the Globe and Mail

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Debra W. Soh received her PhD in Neuroscience from York University in 2017, with a specialization in brain imaging and sexology.  While she was wrapping up her PhD, she began writing for fun about her experiences as a sex researcher. An editor, impressed by one of her pieces, ran her article Harper’s Magazine. From there, various editors began to get in touch with her for freelance work, which eventually led to Debra making the transition from research into science journalism. In her current position, Debra writes about the science and politics of sex. She is a columnist for and the Globe and Mail. Her writing also appears in Harper's, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Scientific American,, the Chicago Tribune, the Independent, New York Magazine, Men's Health, Quillette, Newsday, the Weekend Australian, and Pacific Standard, among others.



Derek Charchuk

Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Medtronic

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Derek Charchuk completed two Honours Bachelor degrees from McMaster University:  Biology in 2009 and Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour in 2010. He received his Master’s in Psychology – Neuroendocrinology from the University of Toronto in 2011. Following graduate school, Derek took a break from research to think about what kind of work he was interested in pursuing. He eventually decided to return to school for Regulatory Affairs program and obtained his Regulatory Affairs Certificate from Humber College in 2014. He completed an internship at Boston Scientific (Medical Devices) in 2014 and was hired on as a Regulatory Affairs Specialist. In 2015, Derek moved to Klick, Inc. as a Medical Editor where he gained experience with FDA (US) regulatory environment in pharmaceutical advertising. Derek has been in his current position as a Regulatory Affairs Specialist (Medical Devices) at Medtronic for over a year. 



Jinke Xu

Consultant, IQVIA Consulting

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 Jinke Xu received his PhD in 2016 in Materials Engineering from McGill University, where he specialized in biomaterials and drug delivery. During his PhD, Jinke attended a mini-MBA program to learn about consulting. He joined and led a consulting club at McGill University and also participated in multiple pro bono consulting projects. In 2016 he joined IQVIA (formerly QuintilesIMS). 



 Joel Drewy

Senior Associate, Blueline Bioscience

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Joel Drewy received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Toronto in 2012. Following his PhD, Joel completed a post-doctoral fellowship in a small discovery unit of a biotechnology company focused on radiopharmaceuticals. In 2014, Joel joined Blueline Bioscience in a 6-month internship role. His role was to help diligence early-stage investments for Versant, an investment firm that backs Blueline Bioscience. The role was extended for a second 6 month period, followed by a shift into a full-time role. Joel is a now a Senior Associate with Blueline Bioscience. 




Lucia Kwan

Operations Lead, Ontario Brain Institute

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Lucia Kwan obtained her PhD in Evolutionary Biology in 2015 from the University of Toronto. During her PhD, Lucia took a series of professional development workshops from Mitacs and completed the Graduate Management Consulting Association mini-MBA Program, which played a significant role in her transition into a non-academic career. After Lucia completed her PhD, she took some time off to actively explore her career options, which included doing a dozen or so informational interviews with people from all different sectors. While doing this, she came to the realization that she was interested in a career in research administration in the public sector. She transitioned into a non-academic career at the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI), where she started as an intern for the Research Programs. Halfway through her internship, she was hired to be the Operations, Program Lead to support the Research Programs and Informatics. In her current role, she is responsible for streamlining and strengthening internal processes for the Research Programs and Informatics Teams at OBI. This includes taking a lead role in government and financial reporting, program evaluation, performance metrics, risk mitigation, and event planning.



Mandy Lo

Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate, Janssen Inc.

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 Sara Sultanee

Senior Grants Officer, SickKids

Sara Sultanee completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and she joined The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute in 2012 as an Administrative Assistant. She then joined the Grants Management Office as a Grants Officer in 2016 and then moved into her current role of Senior Grants Officer. In this role, she leads the coordination and review of all operating grant applications, including large multi-million competitions.



 Srdjana Filipovic

Knowledge Translation Program Manager, SickKids

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Srdjana Filipovic currently holds the position of Program Manager, Knowledge Translation in the Learning Institute at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. Her work focuses on building capacity for knowledge translation (KT) and supporting KT initiatives across research, clinical, education, and corporate projects hospital-wide. Srdjana has been working at SickKids for approximately 1.5 years, having started a few months after her PhD convocation. She holds a HonBSc in Human Biology from University of Toronto, an MSc in Physiology from Western University, and a PhD in Molecular Genetics from University of Toronto. During her PhD, Srdjana investigated how the interaction of an atypical cadherin Fat and a polarity protein Bazooka regulate tissue growth, using fruit flies as a model organism. While completing her graduate training, she was involved with various science outreach initiatives where she discovered her passion for science communication and use of clear language, skills which she uses heavily in her current position. To prepare for a career in knowledge translation, Srdjana completed the Scientist Knowledge Translation Training (SKTT) workshop offered through her current program at SickKids.  Her previous positions in accounts payable of a small company and as an event manager, provided her with skills required in her current position where she runs several courses and manages program finances. Her professional interests include patient education, clear language communication, and innovation.


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PGCRL Gallery (Second Floor)
686 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M5T 0A4

Thursday, 23 November 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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