BBDC Trainee Lab Virtual Seminar Series

2020-2021 Schedule

This online seminar series is intended to provide trainees (residents, fellows and graduate students) and junior faculty with an opportunity to present their proposals and unpublished basic science research to their peers in a moderated academic setting.

Attendance is open to University of Toronto faculty, trainees, and endocrine residents. Please contact Sanam Tajadod in the BBDC at to obtain the login information for the virtual seminars.

BBDC Investigators: If you would like your post-doctoral fellow or graduate student to present their research during the Trainee Lab Seminar Series, please contact Sanam Tajadod in the BBDC at

Thursday, October 22, 2020
12:00-1:00 pm


 Ketogenesis Before and After Short-Term Empagliflozin Use in Type 1 Diabetes
Daniel Scarr, MSc Student

Omega-3 nutrition therapy in diabetic neuropathy
Evan Lewis PhD, CIHR Post-Doctoral Fellow

Friday, November 27, 2020
12:00-1:00 pm


The role of microRNAs in the regulation of endothelial cell metabolism and its involvement in diabetic cardiac microvascular rarefaction.
Shawn Veitch, M.Sc., PhD Candidate

Small Particle, Big Picture: Understanding the Contribution of Extracellular Vesicles in Mediating Endothelial Permeability and Dysfunction During Type II Diabetes Mellitus
Dakota Gustafson, B.Sc.H. (Specialization in Biochemistry), PhD Candidate


Friday, December 11, 2020
12:00- 1:00 pm


Developing a Versatile Microfluidic Device to Treat and Image the Islets within a Pancreas Tissue Slice
Nafiseh Rafiei, PhD (Co-Supervisor: Dr. Herbert Gaisano)

Investigating NADPH dynamics in pancreatic beta cells
Cindy Bui, BASc, PhD Candidate


Friday, January 29, 2021
12:00-1:00 pm


FXR in the dorsal vagal complex is sufficient and necessary for upper small intestinal microbiome-mediated changes of TCDCA to alter insulin action in rats
Song-Yang Zhang, Post-Doctoral Fellow


Friday, February 12, 2021
12:00- 1:00 pm


Tankyrase inhibition promotes pancreas and β-cell lineage commitment in hPSC
Frankie Poon, PhD Candidate


Friday, February 26, 2021
12:00-1:00 pm


Serum soluble epoxide hydrolase related oxylipins and major depression in patients with type 2 diabetes: An exploratory lipidomic study
Natasha Anita, BSc, MSc Student

Relationships between memory decline and anti-diabetic medications in people with type 2 diabetes
Che-Yuan (Joey) Wu, BSc, PhD Student


Friday, March 26, 2021
12:00-1:00 pm


Harnessing innate lymphoid cells in new approaches for T1D
Sarah Colpitts, MSc

Friday, April 30, 2021
12:00-1:00 pm


 Investigating the Metabolic Effects of PTEN in parasympathetic PHOX2B neurons
Yu Zhe (Andy) Li, Msc

Friday, May 28, 2021
12:00-1:00 pm


The Impact of the Proposed Front-of-Pack Warning Label Policy on the Food System, Dietary Intakes, and Purchasing Behaviours of At-risk Canadians
Jennifer Lee, MPH, RD, PhD Student