Garrett received his BSc from McMaster University with an honours specialization in Molecular Biology and Genetics. There, he began recognizing his keen interest in cancer research through an undergraduate thesis with Dr Jon Draper. His project focused on the canonical and non-canonical roles of TP53 in breast cancer. Currently, Garrett is pursuing his PhD in Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto, working in the lab of Dr Peter Dirks. His project is focused on glioblastoma, which is the most common primary, malignant brain tumour. Specifically, he looks at how brain cancer cells are able to evade differentiation signals in order to sustain their uncontrolled cell division. Garrett is passionate about sharing his expertise in cancer biology and mentoring young people interested in science. As such, Garrett has taken on the role of High School Talks lead for the 2019-2020 academic year. Outside of the lab Garrett enjoys hiking, hockey, and following the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ian received his Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree from Western University with an Honours Specialization in Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology. He is currently working towards his Master of Science degree in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. His research in Dr. Shraddha Pai’s lab at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research uses computational methods to understand the uniquely human cell populations in the developing cerebellum that give rise to medulloblastoma. He hopes that his research will lead to improved models to study medulloblastoma and novel treatment options for this disease. In his spare time, Ian enjoys biking, travelling, and practicing the organ.
Rachel di iorio
I am a recent graduate from York University and have earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology. I am currently working as a Research Clerk with the University Health Network, specifically at Toronto General Hospital, where I collaborate with a team on a research project aiming to create a Canadian policy model for bladder cancer. I am passionate about both cancer research and knowledge translation and hope to help others become excited about the future of cancer research. In my spare time I volunteer at a local hospital, and I enjoy both reading and spending time outdoors.