Professional Development

About the Alumni Panel Series

The Alumni Panel Series invites PharmTox alumni to share their career paths with current students in the department. We have the pleasure of the following 3 alumni joining us as panelists:

  • Ms. Nisan Kavak – Data Operations Manager, BenchSci
  • Ms. Melissa Russo – Program Manager, Brain Canada
  • Dr. Kangbin Zhou – Senior Medical Science Liaison, Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.

Registration is required! The first 20 PharmTox student registrants who attend the event will each be reimbursed with a $5 Starbucks gift card.

Ms. Nisan Kavak

Data Operations Manager, BenchSci

Ms. Melissa Russo

Program Manager, Brain Canada

Dr. Kangbin Zhou

Senior Medical Science Liasion, Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.

Nisan completed her Master’s degree in Applied Clinical Pharmacology at UofT. Interested in oncology and genetic disorders, she went on to complete a research year working on the McGill Interactive Pediatric OncoGenetic Guidelines (MIPOGG) application. She started working at PMH managing clinical trials and operationalizing life-saving research. Working with large databases, she cultivated an interest in machine learning, and its ability to assist scientists and patients. Following this passion, she is currently working as a Scientific and Data Operations Manager at BenchSci where she works with engineers, scientists, and product leaders to enable scientists to bring novel medicines to patients.

Melissa comes from an educational background in Behavioral Neuroscience and Pharmacology & Toxicology and brings career experience from the industry with knowledge of clinical research ethics and the management of medical education program development. As a Program Manager at Brain Canada, Melissa takes advantage of her passion for learning about the brain, her desire to make a positive impact on the research community, and the skills from her combined academic and professional history to support the organization’s vision and mission. In her free time, Melissa loves to hike with her dog, read books on true crime, and plan her next travel adventures!

Kangbin is a clinical pharmacologist (specializing in cardiovascular medicine) and an amateur salsa and Hip-hop dancer by training. He is also a comic nerd with a biased love for DC (sorry but sorry Marvel fans). When he is at work, he is a senior medical science Liasion trying to bring the science and knowledge to cardiologists, endocrinologists, general internists, and hepatologists. When he is not at work, you can find him grooving in a Hip-hop class, walking his 98lb goofy golden retriever, or watching various TV shows and movies. Occasionally, he is at a coffee shop or in front of a computer imparting his wisdom to students who try to get into the pharma industry. His dream is to own a dance studio in his city so he doesn’t have to drive 30 mins to take a class (how simultaneously ambitious and lazy he is!). Overall, he lives a balanced life (well, he is trying).

Please see below for event details

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022

6 PM – 7 PM


(Link will be sent following registration)