Mini Networking Night on Research & Development

Event details
Join us on Tuesday, May 16th for an evening of networking for research trainees interested in Careers in Research & Development. With a guest to student ratio of 1:5, students can participate in engaging conversations in an relaxed atmosphere. Great way to build long-lasting connections with professionals that have successfully transitioned from academia to industry!
Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: 2nd floor of Prenup Pub (191 College St, Toronto), near Queen’s Park Subway Station
Event program 
6:00 – 6:10 p.m. Registration
6:10 – 6:20 p.m. Welcome remarks & Guest introduction
6:20 – 7:20 p.m. Structured Networking (students are organized into groups, which rotate every 20 minutes)
7:20 – 8:00 p.m. Open Networking
*Appetizers & cash bar are provided.
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Very limited space available. Registered individuals who do not show up will be prevented from registering for future events.

The Mini Networking Series is free for all students, post-docs and other research trainees at the University of Toronto or the affiliated research institutions. External participants must pay a $5 fee to register.

Have more questions about registration? Visit our FAQ page.


Angela Li, Ph.D.

Scientist, Sanofi Pasteur

Angela is a development scientist in the downstream bioprocessing platform of Sanofi Pasteur, where she works on the purification of vaccine antigens from bacterial or other expression systems. Her main responsibilities include planning and supervising experimental execution, as well as other product development activities such as process optimization, scale-up and providing materials for pre-clinical and clinical trials.

She obtained doctorate in Biochemistry from UofT in 2015. With background in structural biology and experience in protein purification, she went on to obtain her current position as a purification scientist at Sanofi Pasteur.
Her other interests include traveling, taking photographs and hiking.

Gillian Mackey, Ph.D.

Associate Research Chemist, Interface Biologics

Gillian is currently working as an Associate Research Chemist at Interface Biologics Inc. in Toronto. Her role is primarily research and development, with the goal of producing new materials for drug delivery and hemocompatibility in medical applications. Gillian’s work is mainly in the characterization of new materials by both chemical and biological methods.
Gillian completed her PhD in chemistry in 2016 under the supervision of Dr. R. Stephen Brown. Her research focused on the modification of a polymer surface with antibodies for application in an optical sensor for pathogenic contamination of drinking water.
Outside of the lab, Gillian enjoys hiking and camping, as well as various styles of dance.

Jordan Silver, Ph.D.

Scientific Leader, Apobiologix

Jordan is an R&D Scientist working to develop biological therapeutics for oncology and hematology related diseases at Apobiologix. He works out of a virtual lab, where he designs experiments, analyzes data, and manages the technical professional teams who conduct the bench work.

Jordan’s PhD focused on fly genetics and epithelial polarity. During his PhD, Jordan found a new cancer gene that he named Cysts (for the cyst-like tumours it causes). Jordan’s PhD was conducted under Dr Ulrich Tepass, Department of Cell and Systems Biology and Department of Developmental Biology at the University of Toronto. Jordan also holds an MSc in physiology where he studied the role of survival gene Heat shock protein 70 in exercise.

In his free time, Jordan enjoys long hikes through the woods.

Gillian Vanderlee, M.A.Sc.    

Process Engineer, Therapure Biopharma Inc.

Gill has been working at Therapure Biopharma Inc for just over three years now, having been hired specifically to work on the development of an internal project purifying plasma proteins using novel technologies. She is currently a Process Engineer acting as the bridge between scales: process development at laboratory scale, clinical manufacturing at pilot scale, and the design of commercial manufacturing at industrial scale. Gill completed her Bachelor of Engineering in Biologics Engineering from Dalhousie Univeristy in Halifax and her Masters of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering from University of Toronto.

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