SSuRe Program - Career Night for Summer Students

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PGCRL Gallery (2nd Floor)

686 Bay Street

Toronto, ON M5G 0A4


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About Career Night:

Wondering what you might do with your science degree? Come to Career Night to meet and network with current and former SickKids Research Institute individuals who work in a variety of science careers. Learn about what they do, how they got there, and how they negotiate the balance between their work and home lives.

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

  • Come prepared with questions you'd like to ask our participants

  • Business casual dress is recommended

  • A light dinner will be provided


4:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Registration and light dinner

5:00 PM - 5:05 PM - Welcome and Introductions

5:05 PM - 5:30 PM - Round Table Discussion #1

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Table switch + Round Table Discussion #2

6:00 PM - 6:35 PM - Table switch + Round Table Discussion #3

6:35 PM - 7:00 PM - Networking Session

Who's coming:

Dhekra Al-Basha, MSc

PhD Student, Prescott Lab, Neurosciences & Mental Health

Bio - Prescott Lab website

Amy Tu, PhD

Research Technologist, Salter Lab, Neurosciences & Mental Health, SickKids

Bio - LinkedIn

Marie Bomba, MSc, MBA

Director, Foundation Relations, Corporate Strategy & Performance, SickKids

Bio - LinkedIn

Michelle den Hollander, MSc

Animal Care Committee Coordinator, Lab Animal Services, SickKids

Bio - LinkedIn

Rick Bagshaw, PhD

Research Scientist, Predictive Toxicology & Bioanalysis, Nucro-Technics Inc.

Bio - LinkedIn

Roman Melnyk, PhD

Scientist, Molecular Medicine

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, U of T

Bio - SickKids website

SickKids Researchers in Profile article

Adam Shlien, PhD

Scientist, Genetics & Genome Biology and Associate Director, Translational Genetics, Paediatric Laboratory Medicine, SickKids

Assistant Professor, Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, U of T

Bio - University of Toronto website

Valeria Giovanni, PhD

BioManager, Research Centre for Women’s and Infants’ Health, Mount Sinai Hospital

Bio - LinkedIn

Jodi Garner, MSc

Senior Manager, Science & Industry Relations, Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Bio - LinkedIn

Kim Lau, PhD

Core Facility Manager, Imaging Facility, SickKids


Kim Lau completed her undergraduate degree in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto and her PhD in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Jane McGlade at the Hospital for Sick Children where she studied the regulation of epithelial polarity. Following her PhD, Kim spent five years in the laboratory of Dr. Sevan Hopyan as a Research Associate where her work focused on the mechanical forces that govern tissue shape during development.

Nancy Silva-Gagliardi, PhD

Laboratory Operations Coordinator, Research Operations, SickKids

Nancy obtained her undergraduate degree and PhD in molecular biology at York University. She joined SickKids in 2003 as a post-doctoral fellow in Cell Biology, where she stayed on to become a Research Associate. Following a long career on the bench, she decided to change paths and pursue an alternate career path as a Laboratory Operations Coordinator within SickKids Research Operations. She brings valuable scientific knowledge and provides laboratory operations support to clinical research, Neurosciences & Mental Health, Translational Medicine, Child Health & Evaluative Sciences and Genetics & Genome Biology programs. As part of her portfolio, she provides support and leadership on building operations, renovation and construction projects, research safety, security and emergency preparedness, and research core facilities and services.

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