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Seminar Series




Wednesday, February 1st @ 1:00 PM

Location: School of Medicine, Room 132A

Dr. Eve Tsai
Eve C. Tsai, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Suruchi Bhargava Chair in Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Regeneration Repair
Associate Professor, University of Ottawa


Translating basic science advances to human

Eve Tsai is the Suruchi Bhargava Chair in Spinal Cord and Brain Regeneration Research at The Ottawa Hospital, University of Ottawa.  In addition to being a practicing subspecialty neurosurgeon, her research work involves the entire research pipeline and has focused on translating promising basic science advances such as nanoparticles, stem cells, biomaterials, and novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques to the clinical realm.  She is also the site principal investigator for several clinical trials and patient registries.  Dr. Tsai obtained her medical degree and completed her residency in neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. During her residency, she completed a PhD on spinal cord repair at the University of Toronto. She then obtained subspecialty fellowship training in spine surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.  She has won numerous awards, including the Presidential Award from the Republic of China, Nano Ontario Mid-Career Outstanding Achievement Award for Nanomedicine, Clinician Investigator Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Top 25 Women of Influence. 


Wednesday, February 8th @ 1:00 PM

Location: School of Medicine, Room 132A

Jen Gommerman, PhD
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Tissue-specific Immunity
Department of Immunology, Temerty Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto

Jen received her Ph.D. (Immunology) at the University of Toronto in 1998. She went on to do a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School studying the complement pathway and then joined Biogen Inc. as a Staff Scientist in 2000. During her tenure at Biogen, she became interested in B cells, Multiple Sclerosis and the TNF superfamily of molecules. After 3 years in Industry, she returned to Academia as an Assistant Professor (Immunology) at the University of Toronto in 2003, in 2015 was promoted to full Professor, and in 2020 was awarded a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Tissue Specific Immunity. Jen's basic research continues to focus on how members of the TNF superfamily of molecules regulate immunity and autoimmunity. Her team has uncovered a novel gut-brain axis that regulates neuroinflammation. With respect to translational work, Dr. Gommerman has been examining the role of B lymphocytes in Multiple Sclerosis patients and in animal models of MS. More recently she has been studying the antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 in saliva samples from patients with COVID-19.

BMED 897 MSc Seminars

Tuesday January 31, 2023

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Botterell Hall, Room B139


Richard Nauman

Microbes, Immunity and Inflammation Field

1:00 – 1:30 pm

Investigating the Role of Trained Immunity in Bladder Cancer Progression                

Supervisor – Dr. Charles Graham


Julia Barilo

Microbes, Immunity and Inflammation Field

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Characterizing the Innate Immune Response of Alternatively Activated Macrophages to LCMV Infection                      

Supervisor – Dr. Sam Basta



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BMED 897 MSc Seminars

Daniella Gilmour

Experimental Medicine Field

Supervisor – Drs. Alan Lomax and Stephen Vanner

Synergistic Effects of Histamine and Proteases in Visceral Hypersensitivity

Tuesday January 24, 2023

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Botterell Hall, Room B139



BMED 897 Student Symposium                                                                       

1st Seminars

Tuesday December 13th, 2022

12:30 – 2:10 pm    Botterell Room B143




Seminar Title






Vina Li



The Role of Circadian Rhythm in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis


Nader Ghasemlou





Chinmay Potdar


Computational Approaches to Inflammatory Bowel Disease Evaluation: Improving Diagnosis and Identifying New Mechanistic Disease Classifications


Daniel Mulder





Golnar Taheri



Identifying a Novel Antagonist for the CCR4 Receptor


Nader Ghasemlou














Kimberley Siwak



Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycans are Conserved Attachment Factors for Betacoronaviruses


Che Colpitts





Kirsten Lehotsky



The Polyfunctional Effects of Polyphosphate on Poly-Histidine Proteins


Zongchao Jia


1:55 pm




Andrea Petkovic



The Role of Amyloids in C. Albicans Adhesion


John Allingham