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Our Mission

We provide University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine graduate students with mental health and wellness support and resources via educational seminars and peer mentorship. There are three pillars to our mission:

1. Peer Mentorship: GPSN aims to provide graduate students (mentees) with mental wellness-oriented, on-demand peer mentorship to help mentees navigate their wellness concerns and relevant mental health resources available at the University of Toronto. GPSN recruits and trains a directory of volunteer graduate students equipped to provide safe, reliable and non-judgemental support. Mentors are matched with mentees on the basis of mentor areas of expertise/training and mentee requests submitted through a secure intake website. It should be noted that peer mentors are not counsellors or health care providers, but are a source of emotional support for mentees and a bridge to gaining professional and academic support when needed.

2. Graduate Student Life Seminar Series: GPSN aims to provide graduate students with perspectives and tools to overcome tentative challenges through a formal seminar series. The series comprises of monthly seminars in which the foci will alternate between (i) graduate life and (ii) physical exercise.

3. Research and Advocacy: GPSN collaborates with University of Toronto Faculty, academic programs and non-academic groups to survey the mental health and wellness needs of graduate students and advocate for any associated changes at the administrative level. GPSN will also disseminate mental health and wellness resources widely to Faculty of Medicine graduate students un-contingent on student participation in the GPSN Peer Mentorship or Seminar Series programming.

Our Team

Our leadership team features Master’s and PhD students from across 7 Temerty Faculty of Medicine departments. We also could not do our work without our 21 volunteer peer-mentors and departmental liaisons. For those interested in joining us, please see the link below and keep an eye out for our annual fall elections.

Rehnuma Islam Rehnuma Islam
Program Co-Coordinator

Department
Institute of Medical Science

Research Topic
Stem cells for stroke repair

Bio
A large part of being a graduate student involves many hours within the laboratory space, pipetting cells or running behaviour studies. I sometimes partake in journalism through the Varsity and IMS magazine. In my endeavor to learn something new, I have picked up swimming, skating, piano and painting. I like engaging with my fellow graduate students, and therefore will find me sitting in on various meet and greet coffee/tea chats.

Rehnuma Islam
Program Co-Coordinator

Maneesha Rajora Maneesha Rajora
Program Co-Coordinator

Department
Institute of Biomedical Engineering, MD/PhD Program

Research Topic
Drug delivery to brain tumours

Bio
I am an MD/PhD candidate, originally from the East Coast, in the final year of my PhD program in the Zheng lab. When I’m not in the lab or studying, I enjoy dancing, choreographing and exploring the city with friends.

Maneesha Rajora
Program Co-Coordinator

Meghan Lambie

Meghan Lambie

Mentorship Co-Lead, Treasurer

 

Department

Medical Biophysics

 

Research Topic

Drug + Radiation combinations

 

Bio

Meghan Lambie is a PhD candidate in her final year with the department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Her research involves using preclinical models to assess drug and radiation combinations to improve outcomes in head and neck cancer patients. When not in the lab, she likes to hang out with friends and explore the city by bike.

Meghan Lambie
Mentorship Co-Lead, Treasurer

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Elana Sefton

Mentorship Co-Lead

 

Department

Institute of Biomedical Engineering

 

Research Topic

Liver Proteomics and Nano Delivery

 

Bio

BME grad student. Outside the lab I like reading, spending time in the great outdoors, and playing with my black cat Sammy.

Elana Sefton
Mentorship Co-Lead

Anthony Wong Anthony Wong
Graduate Life Seminar Co-Lead

Anthony Wong
Graduate Life Seminar Co-Lead

Ling Ling T

Siu Ling Tai

Graduate Life Seminar Co-Lead

 

Department

Immunology

 

Research Topic

Crohn's disease

 

Bio

Ling Ling is a first year PhD student in the Immunology department, studying autoantibodies in Crohn's disease. When not running around the lab, you can find her biking, looking up recipes (but rarely making them), or binging TV shows.

Siu Ling Tai
Graduate Life Seminar Co-Lead

Jenny Lou

Jenny Lou

External Affairs Lead

 

Department

Medical Biophysics

 

Research Topic

Improving Cancer Immunotherapies with Nanotechnology

 

Bio

I'm a PhD candidate in Medical Biophysics, with an insatiable curiosity. Throughout grad school, I've been fortunate to conduct interdisciplinary research investigating how we can leverage advantageous properties of nanoparticles to improve cancer immunotherapies, and learn from amazing mentors and collaborators. Beyond the bench, I enjoy learning about investing, trying out new recipes, going for runs, and dreaming about the next mountain to hike up.

Jenny Lou
External Affairs Lead

Dylan Archer Dylan Archer Dingwell
Website Administrator

Dylan Archer Dingwell
Website Administrator

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Linsey Gong

Linsey Gong

Robbie Jin

Robbie Jin

External Affairs Committee Member

 

Department

Immunology

 

Research Topic

Cancer Immunology

 

Bio

I am a first year PhD Student studying Immunology at the University of Toronto. My work primarily focusses on understanding how specific immune cells contribute to the progression of pancreatic cancer. Apart from research, I enjoy contributing to organizations with inspiring underlying goals (like GPSN!).

Robbie Jin
External Affairs Committee Member

Mashiat Mimosa

Mashiat Mimosa

Research and Advocacy Co-Lead

 

Department

Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

 

Research Topic

Neuro-Oncology and Genomics

 

Bio

I am a first-generation immigrant from Bangladesh and currently a 1st year master’s student at University of Toronto Laboratory medicine and Pathobiology dept. My research is focused on neuro-oncology and genomics. I joined GPSN as a research and advocacy co-lead to help improving mental health of graduate students bridging the gap between graduate students and faculty. Outside of academics and community involvement, I also enjoy baking, solving math and word puzzles.

Mashiat Mimosa
Research and Advocacy Co-Lead

Benjamin Gharachorloo

Benjamin Gharachorloo

Research and Advocacy Co-Lead

 

Department

Institute of Biomedical Engineering

 

Research Topic

Neural Engineering

 

Bio

I am an MEng in biomedical engineering, I love sci-fi and long distance running.

Benjamin Gharachorloo
Research and Advocacy Co-Lead

Yan Wong

Yuen Yan Wong (Yan)

Sunnybrook Lead, Research and Advocacy Ambassador

 

Department

Pharmacology and Toxicology

 

Research Topic

Genetic and Imaging Biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease

 

Bio

I'm a third-year PhD student in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, based in Sunnybrook (Bayview Campus). I study genetic and imaging biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease patients, and I have a strong passion for neuroscience. On my own time, I enjoy listening to music, trying new food, learning languages, and spending quality time with my family and friends.

Yuen Yan Wong (Yan)
Sunnybrook Lead, Research and Advocacy Ambassador

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Claire Mazzia

Representative of the Sunnybrook Student Network

 

Department

Immunology

 

Research Topic

Genetic mechanisms of T-cell leukemia

 

Bio

I'm working at Sunnybrook as a Research Assistant for the Women and Babies program. I love to see friends, cook, run and do yoga in my spare time 🙂

Claire Mazzia
Representative of the Sunnybrook Student Network

Join our Team!

We are looking for creative and dedicated candidates to join our team for the following positions:

  • Ambassadors to support our Research & Advocacy efforts, and our Mentorship Program
  • Treasurer

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply here!