Pharmacology and Toxicology

Hayley FrenchHayley French Student Name: Hayley French
Supervisors: Dr. Denis Grant, Dr. Karin Lundin, Dr. Edvard Smith

Hayley graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science as a Pharmacology specialist in 2018. For her academic achievements, she received multiple awards and scholarships, including the Howard Ferguson Provincial Scholarship and the Dr. James A. & Connie P. Dickson Scholarship in Science and Math.
Hayley first became interested in research after learning numerous molecular biology techniques through the laboratory courses offered by the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology. She was presented the Dezso Kadar Pharmacology Student Achievement Award to recognize her accomplishment as the highest achieving student in these laboratory courses in 2016-2017.

Hayley travelled to Stockholm, Sweden to complete her first major research project at Karolinska Institute, as part of the Research Abroad in Pharmacology and Toxicology course (PCL397). Under the supervision of Dr. Karin Lundin and Dr. Edvard Smith, she investigated the efficacy of therapeutic oligonucleotides for the treatment of spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 and type 3.  After returning to Toronto, Hayley completed her fourth-year research project in Dr. Denis Grant’s lab within the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology. She developed and applied a novel method of quantifying collagen levels as a biomarker for the progression of liver fibrosis in a transgenic mouse model of chronic hepatitis.

In addition to her involvement in research, Hayley was a peer mentor for the PTSA Mentorship Program for two years and the Events Coordinator of Pride of the Month. She has also been practicing violin for eleven years and has mentored other violin students since 2012.

Hayley strives to become a biomedical researcher to help advance the current state of medical research and contribute to the global improvement of medicine. She will be pursuing a Master of Science in Medical Science at Karolinska Institute in September 2018. She has received the Karolinska Institute Global Master's Scholarship on the basis of her academic, extracurricular, and research accomplishments.