Student Name: Justin Lim
Supervisors: Dr. Sergio Grinstein, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto; Dr. Amira Klip, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto; Dr. Andrea Most, Professor, Department of English, University of Toronto
Justin is a biochemistry specialist and is expected to graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Science this spring. He has achieved academic excellence throughout the course of his undergraduate years, earning him a perfect CGPA. Thus, he has been an annual recipient of University of Toronto’s Dean’s List, and University of Toronto’s in-course scholarships, as well as Trinity College’s merit-based scholarships.
Justin has been actively involved in research since 2015 when he initiated a project investigating fatty acid polarization of macrophages under the supervision of Dr. Sergio Grinstein and Dr. Amira Klip. He studied the cytoskeletal and functional changes in macrophages exposed to palmitate, a saturated fatty acid, to elucidate the condition of the innate immune system in high fat diets. Simultaneously, Justin began a second project under the supervision of Dr. Grinstein in 2016 regarding the phagocytic inhibition of macrophages by granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GMCSF). Macrophages are exposed to GMCSF in the alveolar lumen of the lungs and at sites of acute inflammation. By studying the influence of GMSCF on macrophage phagocytosis, Justin hopes to scrutinize the role of macrophages in acute inflammatory events and inflammation resolution. In addition, Justin has recently completed and submitted a manuscript of a review article, detailing the diverse physiological roles of phagocytosis, as the primary author. His research has received funding from both the University of Toronto and the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This summer, Justin will be working with Dr. Andrea Most on ecocritical literature as a part of the Jackman Scholars-in-Residence program.
Outside of academics and research, Justin has been practicing martial arts for almost 8 years. He has also been a long-term volunteer at the University Health Network, acting as a guest ambassador and helping conduct recreational therapy sessions for geriatric psychiatry patients.
Justin strives for both an MD and a PhD as he aspires to work directly with patients, while also advancing the current state of medical research. He will be pursuing a Master of Science in Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto in September 2017.