Where can you find some of our Porter Lab Alumni?

Mohammad Al Sorkhy, Associate professor at Al Ain University in the UAE (Dubai), completed his Ph.D. Thesis in 2010 in the Porter Lab.

“I was the first Ph.D. student at the porter lab, and with no doubt, it was my best days so far, it has been more than 10 years since I have graduated and left the lab but I still consider myself a porter Lab Rat.”

Jessica Sullivan (Vaisica) is a Manager of Research Operations at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) where she manages the external funding portfolio of the MaRS-based researchers at the OICR (~$80M in active projects from the Tri-Council, Genome Canada, NIH, and others). Jessica also oversees the Institute’s Research Ethics & Responsible Conduct of Research activities. Jessica completed her undergraduate thesis in Porter Lab from September 2005 to April 2006 and later was awarded her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2012 for her dissertation Mms1 & Mms22 Mediate Genome Stability in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, under the supervision of Dr. Grant Brown.

Jenna Ritchie Spasojevic, a professor at Humber College, completed her Masters after her work in Porter Lab from September 2006 to December 2008. Today, Jenna teaches Math, Chemistry, Biology and Research Methods in the General Arts and Sciences program to nursing students.

“Being in Dr. Porter’s lab provided me with the tools to help me establish myself in my profession. The lab was always full of hard working people willing to help and to laugh along side you. Dr. Porter is a great leader…”

Sylvie Tremblay is a Freelance Copywriter and Journalist who writes health, medical and lifestyle content for businesses and publications. Sylvie completed her undergraduate research project after her time in Porter Lab from September 2006 to May 2007, an experience she credits her ability to communicate and convey health research to her audience at

Farah Izbeki (Mohtadi) is a Senior Clinical Research Associate at QuintilesIMS whose role is to monitor clinical studies ensuring they are being conducted in compliance with ICH GCP guidelines. Farah works closely with the pharmaceutical company and the clinical site. After graduating from the University of Windsor with a B.Sc. in Biology and Biotechnology, Farah completed a graduate certificate program in Clinical Research at Humber College. She later worked at Sanofi Pasteur as a Clinical Trial Manager in Vaccine Research. Currenly at QuintlesIMS, she has been involved in oncology research on assignment at Roche.

“My love for research was sparked in the Porter Lab while completing my fourth year thesis project working on the Spy1 protein. I learned valuable skills from Dr. Porter and my lab mates that I continue to implement in my day to day work.”

Martin Crozier, a full-time lecturer at Wayne State University, completed his PhD in Porter Lab from September 2009 to June 2014. Martina now teaches full time for the Biological Sciences Department at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan. His position is focused on teaching undergraduate Molecular Cell Biology, Anatomy and Physiology in addition to other graduate courses. Martin also teaches part-time for the Biology department at the University of Windsor.

Brenna Ann Market Velker completed her undergraduate thesis in Porter Lab in June 2007 after working in the lab since September 2004. Currently, she is a Family Physician with the Kaizen Family Health Group and an Adjunct Professor for the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry where she performs clinical research and teaches. In addition to primary care, Brenna has special interests in dermatology, HIV, postpartum and infant care.

“The Porter lab was an absolutely incredible experience. I discovered a love for research, met some amazing people (especially Lisa!) and learned a ton!”

Ryan Craig finished his undergraduate thesis in Porter Lab in January 2012 after starting as a volunteer in January 2010 and becoming an NSERC recipient. Now a Family Physician and Adjunct Professor for The Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry (Windsor Campus), Ryan practises in Essex with his colleagues where he is the lead physician of their recently opened Essex Family Health Organization.

Jason Simmons volunteered as an undergraduate in Porter Lab from September 2006 to May 2007. Now currently enrolled as a Steamfitter and Instrumentation Technician Apprentice with the United Association Local 663, Jason’s work involves upgrading and maintaining the shops and refineries in the Chemical Valley region of the Sarnia area as he works to complete these 5 year apprenticeships of the Red Seal trades.

Kaitlin Martinello worked as an undergraduate in Porter Lab from September 2009 to May 2011. Currently, Kaitlin is a Naturopathic Doctor who graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Kaitlin has been working with patients to achieve their health goals since 2015.

Mariam Sameem is currently a First Year Doctor of Pharmacy Student in the PharmD program at the University of British Columbia who aspires to enter the Clinical/Hospital Pharmacy Sector upon completion of here studies. Mariam started as an undergraduate research assistant in Porter Lab in February 2014 where completed her undergraduate thesis in August 2016.

Marisa Market is an MD/PhD Student in her second year of study at the University of Ottawa. Marisa started as an undergraduate in Porter Lab in June 2012 where she completed her undergraduate thesis in July 2015.

Urvashi Katiyar is was an undergraduate volunteer in porterlab from August 2014 to October 2016 and is now a Medical Student at Wayne State School of Medicine.

Kaitlyn Matthews is a third year Medical Student at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Kaitlyn began as an undergraduate in Porter Lab in September 2007 where she was an outstanding scholar and completed both her undergraduate thesis in 2010 and was awarded her M.Sc. in 2012 following her work as a Research Assistant and Technician. Currently, in addition to her studies, Kaitlyn works as a Clinical Clerk at the London Health Sciences Centre.

Mitchell Elliot worked in Porter Lab as an undergraduate from August 2013 to August 2015 and is currently a Medical Student at the University of Toronto and a Research Associate under Dr. Tak Mak at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Carlee Stoyanovich is a MD Candidate currently in her first year of studies at the University of Toronto after working in Porter Lab as an undergraduate from May 2015 to May 2016.

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