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School of Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry
Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology,
Seneca@York Campus,
70 The Pond Road,
Toronto, Ontario, M3J 3M6
Phone: 416-491-5050
Fax: 416-661-4807

School of Biological Sciences
and Applied Chemistry

Our Faculty and Administration



ANGELO, Peter (B.A.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng.)

Office: 3053, Ext. 33762

Dr. Peter Angelo received his B.A.Sc. (2007) and Ph.D. (2012) in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry from the University of Toronto. Peter's graduate research during his doctorate was focused on the development of nanomaterial-laden inks and coatings for liquid-phase deposition of thin-film electronics on both conventional and novel substrates, including paper. Peter served as both an instructor and an assistant for numerous senior Chemical Engineering courses during this time, developing and delivering curriculum in subjects such as Separation Processes and Mathematical Modeling. Peter has utilized his expertise in coating technologies both before and after graduation within the coating industry, where he has worked on product research and development, failure analysis, degradation modeling, and risk assessment of polymeric and composite materials and coatings. Recently, Peter's work has been extensively focused on risk and consequence assessment of hazardous liquid and gas pipelines, on subjects ranging from failure mechanism modeling to regulatory compliance. Peter is a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.

BASTIANUTTO, Carlo (B.Sc., Ph.D.)

Office: 3039, Ext. 33246

Dr. Carlo Bastianutto obtained his B.Sc. (1993) and Ph.D. (1998) in biochemistry from the University of Padua in Italy. During his Ph.D., Dr. Bastianutto worked on the development of a new technique designed to measure the calcium concentration and its effects in specific intracellular location, particularly in mitochondria. Dr. Bastianutto moved to Canada in 1998, to work first as a post-doctoral fellow and then as a Scientific Associate at the Ontario Cancer Institute (Princess Margaret Hospital, UHN). Since 1998 Dr. Bastianutto`s research as a scientist and consultant centered on the regulatory mechanism of the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy gene, the mechanism of radiation induced leukemia, the genetics of head and neck cancers and the development of novel cancer therapeutics. During his research career, Dr. Bastianutto has been the author of 35 scientific articles and book chapters, as well as the recipient of two research grants from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance. Dr. Bastianutto has been teaching various courses at Seneca College since 2003.

BATTISTON, Paola (B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Ed.)

Office: 3046, Ext. 33760

After receiving her B.Sc. (U of T), Paola worked in various positions in the Environmental and Pharmaceutical industries. She spent a number of years working in the areas of lab analysis, data reviewing, validation and regulatory affairs. She then turned her sights on the training of technical skills. She completed her B.Ed (U of T) and then her M.Ed. (Brock). She applied her skills and knowledge of training at Seneca College in the development and coordination of the RAQ (Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs and Quality Operations) Program. As the Manager of Quality Training and Communication at Sanofi Pasteur, she was instrumental in the development of an extensive GMP training program, the implementation of online training courses and the validation and implementation of an electronic training tracking database. She has been teaching courses in the areas of Chemistry, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance. Paola is currently the Acting Chair of the School.

CARRUTHERS, Carol (B.Sc., M.Sc.)

Office: 3045, Ext. 33625

Carol Carruthers obtained her BSc (Hon) and MSc in Insect Physiology from York University. She has worked at many of Senecaís campuses: Technology at Newnham, Health Sciences at Leslie and Continuing Education at Newmarket. In addition, she taught full time in the Math and Science division at George Brown College. For the past 20 years, she has operated a private tutoring service, focusing on high school math and sciences. Carol joined the faculty at Seneca@York full time in Sept 2005 and specializes in teaching mathematics.

CLARK, George (B.Sc., M.A.)

Office: 3048, Ext. 33249

George obtained his M.A. (2003) in Anthropology from the University of Manitoba following his B.Sc. (1995) from the University of Waterloo. His graduate research focused on chemically characterizing an important lithic raw material source utilized in ancient Ontario using induced neutron activation analysis (INAA). George brings a unique perspective on the application of chemical instrumental analyses to Seneca's School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry. Since his undergraduate studies, George, a professionally licensed archaeologist, has specialized in the instrumental chemical analysis of archaeological material from all over the world and on the application of geophysical sensing techniques to archaeological surveys. He has worked in the environmental consulting industry for a number of years and has directed the excavation of hundreds of archaeological sites throughout Ontario and beyond. George teaches a number of first year courses and laboratories in the school, including chemistry and math, alongside upper semester chemical instrumental laboratories.

COLLOP, Andrew (H.B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.)

Office: 3038, Ext. 33580

Andrew Collop received an H.B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physiology from the University of Western Ontario and a B.Ed. in Science Education from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Seneca College, he has worked as a research assistant at the Lawson Health Research Institute, a teaching assistant at U.W.O. and a research associate in the biopharmaceutical industry at Cytochroma Inc. During his tenure at Cytochroma he examined many modified vitamin D molecules developed at Johns Hopkins University, one of which was Lunacalcipol (CTA018). His research focused on examining the dual enhancements of the Lunacalcipol molecule for both enhanced VDRE stimulation and reduced catabolism by the CYP24 enzyme. Pre-clinical work on Lunacalcipol was followed by clinical trials for treatment of psoriasis and secondary hyperparathyroidism. Andrew's scientific publications include the effects of retinoic acid on the development of the heart (Developmental Biology), the localization of the expression of a novel cytochrome CYP2U1 (Journal of Biological Chemistry) and vitamin D analogues targeting CYP24 inhibition in chronic kidney disease (Journal of Steroid Biochemistry & Molecular Biology). Andrew also holds a US Patent for a monoclonal antibody for CYP24. Andrew joined Seneca College in 2007, and has been teaching various courses in the biological sciences, chemistry and mathematics. Andrew is currently the academic coordinator for first year students.

CÔTÉ, Jamie (B.Sc., Ph.D.)

Office: 3053, Ext. 33767

Jamie began his undergraduate studies at Red Deer College in Alberta and completed his B.Sc. (honours) Biochemistry at Carleton University in Ottawa. He then moved back to Alberta to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Alberta in Edmonton under the guidance of Professor John C. Vederas. His Ph.D. thesis focused on the biosynthesis of Lovastatin (a fungal polyketide). After completing his Ph.D. he traveled to Strasbourg, France to study terpene biosynthesis with Professor Michel Rohmer. After just under a year of study in France, he secured a position as Senior Medicinal Chemist with Dalton Medicinal Chemistry in Toronto in 2008. At Dalton he worked on contract research projects in the therapeutic areas of degenerative eye diseases, cancer and HIV. This involved the rational design and synthesis of small molecules to interact with molecular targets (G-Protein Coupled Receptors, riboswitches and enzymes). In 2011, he became a Laboratory Manager with a company now known as Clear Chem Solutions Inc. that specialized in solvent purification and blending.

DITTA, Stephanie (B.Sc., M.B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.)

Office: 3039, Ext. 33778

Stephanie Ditta received a B.Sc. in Life Sciences and a M.B.A. from Queen's University. She then went on to complete a M.Sc. in Zoology (molecular genetics) at the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto. Stephanie has also worked as a research grant administrator for the Human Frontier Science Program, an international granting agency. She is currently teaching courses in the biological sciences, mathematics and physics.

DOOLEY, Brynn (B.Sc., Ph.D.)

Office: 3053, Ext. N.A.

Dr. Brynn Dooley received a B.Sc. in environmental chemistry from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. During her undergraduate research she completed a multi-step synthesis of a deuterium-labeled natural product and developed an analytical technique to measure the naturally occurring compound in different wine varietals. Brynn received a Ph.D. in materials chemistry from the University of Victoria in 2010. Her graduate research focused on the synthesis and characterization of organic magnetoelectronic materials for use in next-gen computing components. During her graduate studies Brynn taught a variety of lab and tutorial courses with a focus on spectroscopy and organic chemistry. Brynn joined the Xerox Research Center of Canada (XRCC) in 2010 as a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Fellow where she focused on developing non-stick coatings for xerographic components. The exploration of new coating materials led her to invent tunable surfaces for future direct marking applications. More recently she managed XRCC's Electronic Materials business where she was responsible for the business development and sales of Xerox electronic materials, such as silver nanoparticle inks, to external clients. Brynn holds over 25 US patents and has co-authored five peer-reviewed articles.

FACCHINI, Linda (B.Sc., Ph.D.)

Office: 3056, Ext. 33243

Dr. Linda Facchini completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology at the University of Toronto. She then continued graduate work at U. of T., studying the regulation of cancer genes., and received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Medical Genetics in 1997. Linda worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children prior to arriving at Seneca College. She is currently teaching microbiology, cell culture, and immunology.

FIELDHOUSE, Dan (B.Sc., Ph.D.)

Office: 3058, Ext. 33321

Dan received a B.Sc. in Biology from York University in 1990 followed by a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from McMaster University in 1996. Dan then worked for five years for a start-up bioinformatics company in Mississauga, Base4 Bioinformatics Inc., first as an industrial post-doctoral fellow and then as an Applications Scientist. From there Dan moved on to work for a Toronto-based DNA diagnostics company, Tm Bioscience Corporation, for five years as Manager of Bioinformatics. During that time he was a member and chairman of the Seneca Bioinformatics Advisory board. Dan joined Seneca in the fall of 2006, and currently teaches bioinformatics and other courses in the biological sciences.

GADSDEN, Michael (Ph.D., B.Ed.)

Office: 3042, Ext. 33247

Dr. Michael Gadsden obtained his B.Sc. and Ph.D in biology (molecular genetics) from York University. Mike received his B.Ed. from the University of Toronto and has worked as a research assistant, teaching assistant, part time professor at University of Toronto, and a consultant. Dr. Gadsden's most recent research interests include the characterization of proteins, and their genes, that are involved in DNA metabolism. Using biochemical and recombinant DNA techniques, this research is directed toward identifying potential chemotherapeutic sites. Mike has been with Seneca since 1992 and is involved in teaching biology labs and lectures.

HENRY, Courtney (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., CChem, MRSC (UK))

Office: 3054, Ext. 33242

Dr. Courtney Henry obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Guyana, M.Sc. in analytical chemistry from the University of Bristol (UK) and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from McMaster University. He has been accredited a Chartered Chemist and is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). Prior to joining Seneca College, Courtney worked as an analytical scientist at the Toxicology Laboratory of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture (OMAFRA) and an analytical research chemist at the Analytical Research Laboratories of Novopharm. Courtney currently teaches within the Pharmaceutical Technology diploma program and BSc Tech (joint Guelph University-Seneca College; Applied Pharmaceutical Chemistry) program. In addition he delivers gas chromatography, liquid chromatography and GC-mass spectrometry courses using Agilent GC 6890, HPLC 1200 and GCMS 5973 instruments, respectively, and the ChemStation platform to continuing education students.

KELLY, Lauren (B.Med.Sci., M.Sc., Ph.D., C.C.R.P)

Office: 3048, Ext. N.A.

Dr. Kelly has received her Bachelor's of Medical Sciences (2008; University of Western Ontario), Master's of Science in Toxicology (2009; University of Birmingham, UK) and Doctorate of Philosophy in Pharmacology (2014; University of Western Ontario). She also completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Hospital for Sick Children and Mount Sinai in Toronto. Laurens area of expertise includes pharmacology, clinical trials, systematic reviews and pediatric research. Lauren's graduate research evaluated clinical and genetic variability in the response of children to opioids and she has published several clinical trials, literature reviews, cohort studies, and retrospective studies in leading pediatric journals. Lauren is a Certified Clinical Research Professional and has been an invited speaker at the FDA, EMA, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Society of Clinical Research Associates and the Canadian Pediatric Society. Currently, Laurens research interests are in neonatal drug development, drug exposure during breastfeeding and she is a contributing author to the Cochrane Neonatology group.

KIST, Marion (B.Sc., Ph.D., B.Ed.)

Office: 3056, Ext. 33244

Dr. Kist obtained her B.Sc. from the University of Toronto in 1980 followed by a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Western Ontario in 1986 and a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto in 1993. She has research and teaching experience in microbiology, biology and biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario; University of Toronto and the Toronto Hospital. Marion teaches first year biology, introductory microbiology and advanced microbiology subjects. She is a member of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists, the American Society for Microbiology and the Science Teacher's Association of Ontario.

LI, Xiaomao (Ph.D.)

Office: 3050, Ext. 33148

Xiaomao Li obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto in 1990. After a post-doctoral fellowship in Immunology, she worked on vaccine development in a multinational company, in particular, a DNA-based vaccination strategy against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). In this field, she is an internationally recognized expert with granted and pending patents and significant publications. More recently, Dr. Li joined the cutting edge field of proteomics where her work contributed to the discovery of an earlier diagnostic marker for type I diabetes. Dr. Li gained teaching experience at Ryerson Polytechnic University prior to joining the faculty at Seneca in 2001. She is currently teaching biology and virology. Xiaomao is also cross-appointed to the University of Toronto.

McCONNELL, Andrew (B.Sc., M.Sc.)

Office: 3051, Ext. 33770

After completing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, Andrew conducted research for his PhD at the University of Toronto. His investigation into the uptake of metals and their subsequent biomagnification in aquatic vertebrates led to work as an independent consultant for environmental hazards. Since joining Seneca College in 1986 Andrew has taught biology, mathematics, physics, chemistry and water analysis.

McLERIE, Thomas (B.Sc., Dip.Bact.)

Office: 3035, Ext. 33245

Tom received a B.Sc. in molecular biology from the University of Toronto in 1970 and subsequently completed his Diploma in Bacteriology from the University of Toronto School of Medicine in 1971. He worked for 13 years in Quality Control and Regulatory Affairs for the Connaught Laboratories (currently Sanofi Pasteur) followed by 9 years with Heath Canada as a Senior Drug Inspector. In his role with Health Canada he lectured in the Quality area to inspectors in Europe and the Caribbean. He served on the government committee on validation and the Science Committee for inspection planning and enforcement.
He has run his own consulting organization doing international audits and developing compliance programs for pharmaceutical and Natural Health Product companies. He also worked as a Quality Assurance Director and a Vice President of Quality in generic pharmaceutical organizations. He has been accredited in Ontario as an expert in the areas of Manufacturing and GMP by the Superior Court of Justice.
He has taught in the regulatory science field since 1988 with Seneca College and was one of the originators of the Regulatory Affairs program. He joined the full time faculty in 2006 and currently is both the Program Coordinator and Regulatory Affairs lecturer.

MERANTE, Frank (B.Sc, M.Sc., Ph.D.)

Office: 3049, Ext. N.A.

Dr. Frank Merante received his BSc (1988), MSc (1990), PhD (1995) degrees from the University of Toronto, traversing various disciplines including biochemistry, molecular biology and human genetics. His Masters research investigated the mechanisms of differential gene regulation by extracellular signalling molecules, and utilized techniques and methodologies which would manifest in modern day molecular microarrays for gene expression profiling. Subsequently, an interdisciplinary approach to investigating the biochemical basis of inherited metabolic disorders allowed for the identification of novel mitochondrial DNA mutations presenting clinically as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and a spectrum of neurological disorders. The clinical profiling of mutations and microarray experience lead to the industrial development of novel multiplexed paradigms for investigating complex diseases by bead arrays. This facet of research and product development produced additional multiplexed arrays for infectious disease testing, ushering a new approach to pathogen testing. Currently Frank continues his research interests and Industrial collaborations, and is passionate about education and the sharing of knowledge. Recent collaborations include projects in molecular diagnostics, rapid lateral flow immuno-detection, production of athletic performance supplements, and high throughput screening of drug metabolites and natural products. He has published over thirty publications in peer reviewed journals and holds ten issued patents with several additional pending patents.

PORUMB, Tudor (B.Sc, Ph.D.)

Office: 3058, Ext. 33379

Prof. Tudor Porumb graduated from University of London's King’s College, England (First Class Honours, Alan Flower Memorial Prize, Sambrooke Exhibition Award) and obtained his PhD from the University of Keele, England . Has taught in several universities in England, Romania, Belgium and Canada, and performed research in the chemistry of large molecules and structural biology, in the respective universities and in the Ontario Cancer Institute, Toronto. Industrial experience in the research and development departments of Novopharm and Taro Pharmaceuticals, Canada (1994- 2008), with special interests in the analytical technology and regulatory compliance. Member of Pharmaceutical Sciences Group (Canada) and of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

POWER, Nicole (B.Sc., Ph.D.)

Office: 3048, Ext. 33248

Dr. Power completed a Bachelor of Science degree and Honours equivalency at both Mount Saint Vincent University and Saint Maryís University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her undergraduate research focused on the areas of supramolecular chemistry and crystal engineering. Nicole's doctoral studies at the University of Toronto involved the synthesis, characterization and properties of water-soluble polyferrocenylsilanes as well as the anionic polymerization and self-assembly of water-soluble polyferrocene-based block copolymers. Nicole has been at Seneca since 2004 and teaches introductory, organic and polymer chemistry for the school.

RUTLEDGE, Lesley (B.Sc., Ph.D., B.Ed.)

Office: 3048, Ext. 33257

Lesley completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours chemistry and minor in mathematics) at Mount Allison University. Her undergraduate research experiences drove her to complete her Ph.D. studies in Biomolecular Science (Biophysical Chemistry major) at the University of Lethbridge. Lesley's doctoral work concentrated on using computational chemistry to understand the mechanism-of-action of a human base excision repair enzyme, Alkyladenine DNA glycosylase (AAG). Lesley returned to the Maritimes to complete her Bachelor of Education degree from Mount Saint Vincent University. While in Halifax, Lesley also worked at Dalhousie University as a research associate in a flexible solar cell laboratory, as well as a faculty coordinator and instructor for the first-year Concepts in Chemistry program.

WASSENAAR-FABER, Margot (B.Sc., B.Ed.)

Office: 3047, Ext. 33248

Margot Wassenaar-Faber obtained her B.Sc. from York University and her B.Ed. from the University of Western Ontario. Margot has worked as a laboratory instructor, a high school teacher and has been a professor at Seneca since 1992. She was a member of the Chemistry team which prepared the new Science Secondary Curriculum for the Ministry of Education and Training. Her responsibilities at Seneca include being a professor, a team leader in Introductory Biology and the School Coordinator.

 Updated by Carlo Bastianutto on Aug 21, 2016