Student Name: Mandy Yuen
Supervisor: Dr. Padmaja Subbarao, Department of Translational Medicine, SickKids Research Institute, Division of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, and Department of Physiology, University of Toronto
Mandy completed her Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction in 2018, as a Physiology Specialist and Human Biology Major from the University of Toronto. She has received multiple awards recognizing her academic achievements and university involvements, such as the Bernice Hines for Physiology Student Achievement Award, Physiology Community Involvement Award, Dean’s list, and various Victoria College in-course scholarships.
Interested in the mechanisms and the interrelationships of the human body systems, Mandy has gained experiences in multiple areas of physiology. Beginning her research journey abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Mandy worked with Prof. Ng Tzi Bun to investigate anti-proliferative mechanisms of colorectal and breast cancer cells in response to tea and fungi extracts. She then pursued a clinical research position under gastroenterologist Dr. Samir Grover as a Keenan Research Summer Student at St. Michael’s Hospital/Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She helped to conduct a training course for gastroenterology residents, gathering and analyzing endoscopic performance data, to study the utility of gamification in training novice endoscopists. For her 4th year research project in translational medicine, she worked under Dr. Padmaja Subbarao at the Hospital for Sick Children to investigate the utility of pulmonary function testing in preschool children with asthma. Her analyses and comparison of different measures of ventilation inhomogeneity in preschool asthma will be incorporated in future papers regarding the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development study.
Outside of research and academics, Mandy also proudly represented the Physiology department as an avid member of the Undergraduate Physiology Students’ Association (UPSA). Beginning as the second-year representative, then the external affairs director, and finally the co-president of UPSA, she organized events to bridge together faculty and students, provided learning resources for the students, and fostered a greater sense of community within the Physiology department. Wishing to contribute to an even greater community, she was also involved with the Centre of Community Partnerships as a devoted Alternative Reading Week project leader and participant for 4 years.
She is currently working as a curriculum mapping assistant at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and ultimately hopes to use her multifaceted passions for science and mentorship to become a healthcare professional and an advocate for scientific education and research.