Careers Night: Figure out what to do with your degree on November 15th

Your degree. Your future. 

Your degree can pave the way for a unique career, but at this point in your life, how can you be sure of what you want to do with it? Listen to some amazing people talk about what they did with their biomedical sciences degree and have the opportunity to learn more about where your degree can lead you.

Event details:

Careers Night will be taking place on November 15th, 2016 in Health Sciences Centre 1A4 from 5:30 to 7 pm. Follow our event on Facebook for details.

Speaker list:

1. Dr. Eric Brown, PhD
Professor at McMaster University
Canada Research Chair in Chemical Biology

ric Brown is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and member of the M.G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University.  Dr. Brown has been the recipient of a number of awards including the Canadian Society of Microbiologists Murray Award for career achievement, the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences Merck Frosst Prize for new investigators and a Canada Research Chair in Microbial Chemical Biology.  He is a former department Chair (2008-2013) and has served on advisory boards for a variety of companies as well as national and international associations, including a term as President of the Canadian Society of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, member of the Medical Review Panel of the Gairdner Foundation and member of the Institute of Infection and Immunity of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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2. Ms. Joy Qu, MScBMC
Biomedical Communications Specialist
at Toronto General Hospital

Joy completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Toronto in immunology. She then combined her love of art and science in completing the masters program at UofT in Biomedical Communications. Now working at Toronto General Hospital, she helps make videos for the Toronto Video Atals of Surgery.

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3. Christopher Helsen, PhD
Director, R&D and Head, Platform
Development at Triumvira and
Postdoc. at McMaster University

Chris is a founding scientist of Triumvira and post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Jonathan Bramson’s laboratory. Chris brings to Triumvira a comprehensive background in protein chemistry, having worked with a variety of different proteins ranging from spider silk to chaperones and yeast prions. While working with prions, Chris developed novel assays for in vitro characterization of the chaperone catalyzed prion-fiber formation process. The development of these assays highlights Chris’s ability to think out of the box and use various seemingly unrelated tools to create innovative new ideas and designs. Chris combines creativity and a high level of initiative with an in-depth knowledge of protein chemistry and cell biology. He is currently applying this skillset in the development of novel T cell engineering technologies. Chris holds an MSc in biochemistry from the Technical University of Munich, Germany and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Toronto, Canada.