Date - 14/03/2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Medical Science Building, Room 3278, 1 King College's Circle, Toronto,

Careers Seminar Series



Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Medical Science Building – Room 3278

Think about starting your own or joining a biotech company? Our speakers will share their experience at BenchSci that would help you start or join a company

Guest for this seminar:

Dr. Maurice Shen, PhD, Head of Academic Relations at BenchSci.

Dr. Casandra Mangroo, PhD, Head of Science at BenchSci.

Dr. Simona Principe, PhD, Scientific Liaison at BenchSci.

***Note: Ticket for U of T students and trainees are free and available to logged in users.***


 Maurice Shen 

Maurice obtained his PhD. in Pharmacology from the University of Toronto in 2015. His thesis examined the physiological role of a novel dopamine receptor complex, the D1-D2 heteromer, in drug addiction and depression-related behaviors, as well as the associated neuroadaptations. Maurice believes that the current research process can be greatly complemented by the recent advance in machine learning technology. He is dedicated to building a digital research tool that can benefit the scientific community as a whole by speaking to researchers and incorporating their needs into BenchSci.Outside of work, Maurice is passionate about singing, particularly rock & roll. He has entered singing competitions twice. He also enjoys watching thriller and mystery movies. For outdoor activities, Maurice likes to go hiking and biking in the summer, while during winter he loves snowboarding.

 Casandra Mangroo 

Casandra is concluding her Ph.D. in Virology with the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. Her thesis examines the unique entry mechanism of human enteric adenoviruses, which is important for the future development of these viruses as vectors for gene therapy. Having been at the bench recently herself, Casandra appreciates the fact that sifting through the literature to find the appropriate reagents for experiments can be a rate-limiting step. She joined the BenchSci team because she believes in the enormous potential of this platform to accelerate research in the scientific community. In her spare time, Casandra likes to maintain an active lifestyle in the form of hiking, yoga and high-intensity interval training. She also loves to travel, learn about different cultures, and embark on photography adventures.

 Simona Principe

Simona has a Ph.D. in Immuno-Pharmacology from the University of Palermo in Italy. Prior to joining Benchsci, she worked as a Scientific Associate at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre where her research focused on advanced proteomic technologies for cancer biomarker discovery by using mass spectrometry. After spending 15 years at the bench, Simona is fascinated about exploring opportunities in science communications. She is passionate about accelerating biomedical research, drug discovery and enthusiastic about promoting BenchSci to the scientific community. Outside of work you can find her at the gym! She is a certified group fitness instructor and eager to teach new BodyCombat and Barre classes to her members.




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