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. Join us to explore and learn about different career options for PharmTox graduates!

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

Dr. Pieter Beerepoot

Scientist, Fog Pharma

Dr. Alexandra Long

Scientific Evaluator, Health Canada

Ms. Michelle Phung

Senior Digital Health Research Coordinator, Stanford School of Medicine

During his time at U of T, Pieter worked on the discovery of pharmacological chaperones that promote the folding of the dopamine transporter protein in the lab of Ali Salahpour. He then pursued a postdoc at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in the lab of Judith Steen, where he used mass-spectrometry-based proteomics approaches to characterize brain changes in Alzheimer’s Disease and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Currently, he is a scientist at the oncology peptide therapeutics company Fog Pharma, driving protein biomarker discovery for drug development programs heading towards the clinic, and developing proteomics-based target engagement assays.

Alexandra (Ali) completed her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Ottawa. She obtained her PhD in Biology, with a specialization in Chemical & Environmental Toxicology, from the University of Ottawa, while carrying out her research on the genetic toxicity of complex PAH mixtures at Health Canada. Following completion of her PhD, Ali worked as a Research Biologist in a genetic toxicology research lab at Health Canada. In 2019, she left to pursue post-doctoral studies in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Toronto in the Grant/Matthews lab. In January 2022, Ali returned to Health Canada as a Scientific Evaluator in the Emerging Approaches Unit.

Michelle completed her undergraduate studies at Western University and moved on to do her Master’s degree in Applied Clinical Pharmacology at UofT. With a passion for clinical research and a long-standing interest in skin health, she continued on to work in dermatology clinical trials after doing her mini-thesis on psoriasis patients and biologics. Michelle switched gears into health services research and joined the Center for Digital Health Evaluation at Women’s College Hospital, where she worked with the Ontario Ministry of Health on high-profile projects such as the largest primary care telemedicine pilot in Canada. About 2 years ago, Michelle moved to the Bay Area in California where she was able to combine her two interests – digital health and dermatology – at Stanford School of Medicine. Her current interests are in machine learning models that can detect skin cancer through smartphone photos. In her spare time, Michelle loves to bake birthday cakes and is on a dragon boat team in San Francisco!

Please see below for event details

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

6 PM – 7 PM

Zoom

(Link will be sent following registration)