Administrative Directory

Graduate and Life Sciences Education
Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Medical Sciences Building, 1 King’s College Circle, Rm. 2360
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A8
Tel: (416) 946-7617 Fax: (416) 946-5963

Justin R. Nodwell, PhD

Vice Dean, Research and Health Science Education
Department of Biochemistry

Sara Sharifpoor, PhD Director

  • Oversight of the strategic, administrative, financial and operational processes of the graduate heath science education unit
  • Development of processes to enhance award distributions, student payments and allocation of funding programs

Elena Gessas, Administrative Assistant

Tel: (416) 946-7617

  • Administrative support for the Vice Dean
  • Organizing graduate administrator meetings
  • Graduate award assistance

Natasha Lowe, Administrative Coordinator, Life Sciences Education

Tel: (416) 978-2281

  • Undergraduate recruitment to Life Sciences
  • Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Awards, GLSE Undergraduate Student Leadership Awards
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities (e.g., UTEA, UROP, GLSE Undergraduate Summer Research Project Studentships)
  • Renewing postdoctoral fellowship appointments
  • Communications (website, social medial channels)

Yasman Mohammadzadeh, Project Coordinator 

  • Graduate Supervisory Experience Survey
  • Graduate Education Management System (GEMS)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (Banting & Provost)

Diane Tang, Awards & Data Officer


  • OSOTF and other endowed Faculty of Medicine graduate student awards, QEII GSST, Doctoral Completion Award, and external studentships
  • Graduate student services (e.g., ROSI award entries, payment enquiries)
  • Graduate Education Management System (GEMS)
  • Graduate faculty teaching and supervision awards

Rita Seto, Business and Awards Officer

Tel: (416) 946-7616

  • Management of GLSE operating budget and award accounts
  • Graduate student award endowment funds (OSOTF, GSEF, PPEF)
  • Graduate student services (e.g., ROSI award entries, payment enquiries)
  • Annual funding allocations for University of Toronto Open Fellowships, the Professional Master’s Bursary; Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships for the clinician-scientists trainee streams; Undergraduate UROP Awards.

Rachel Zulla, Graduate Affairs Officer

Tel: (416) 946-0412

  • Graduate academic change, such as introducing new degree programs and graduate courses or changing graduate admission and program requirements
  • Graduate enrolment, graduate expansion funding, graduate policy and procedures, recruitment