CRISPR to Gairdner Seminar & Board Games Night!

In collaboration with the Biochemistry Undergraduate Student Society (BUSS), we had the pleasure of inviting Gairdner Award recipient, Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou to speak about his path from working with CRISPR to winning the prestigious Gairdner award. Dr. Barrangou shared many tips on searching for the path that’s right for us and spoke about ways to achieve success and satisfaction in building our careers – ranging from setting goals to drawing out venn diagrams and writing tweets!

In succession was Board Games Night! Pizza, sandwiches and fries were served and there were so many board games to choose from. Kevin’s favourite game was definitely an old time, classic, Twister. Funny how the twister board seemed to be much larger when we were younger. Many LMP students came out to enjoy some great classics such as Scrabble, Yahtzee and Cards Against Humanity. You can never be too old for any of these games.

Since there were so many good photos to choose from, please enjoy this slideshow of pics from the seminar and board games night!

Some extra fun ones:

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2016-2017 General Meeting, Mentorship Launch and Pub Night!

It was a cool and windy Tuesday afternoon and the med sci room begins to fill with eager LMP students. As they sit, they chatted amongst themselves, IMG_7282
meeting their mentors/mentees for the first time and the conversations buzzed on. As the execs are busy setting up the projector, we were joined by Dr. Templeton and Dr. Gotlieb.

IMG_7266We jumped right into exec introductions followed by a warm welcoming to the LMP program from both Dr. Templeton and Dr. Gotlieb. Remember guys: LMP is the name but pathobiology is the game.

This year, it was great to see many second year students attending the meeting and also running for an exec position. Each candidate had 2 minutes to introduce themselves and tell us what they hope to bring to the LMPSU this year. We began with the candidates for the 2nd year reps, who were all very eloquent and enthusiastic speakers. Next up were the graphic designers and the competition was tough. All candidates were very well prepared whether it was showing us their previous graphic design work or a short speech on their philosophy and approach to design.IMG_7278

Candidates for 3rd year rep and social committee member were also quite fierce. Each candidate was well equipped with previous experiences in connecting students through event organization. Even when asked difficult two-part questions from Sudarshan (our co-pres), all candidates responded confidently with a multitude of well thought out answers. It is safe to say that there will be some hard decisions to make when casting our ballots this year!IMG_7291

As the elections forum came to an end, we all headed over the Regal Beagle for Pub Night! The food was great, but what made it a stellar night was the people. Everyone was having a great time hanging out with old friends while making new friends, and getting to know their mentors/mentees. All in all, it was a splendid night.


If you missed pub night or the general meeting, don’t fret. There will be more great activities throughout the year hosted by your very own LMPSU – so be sure to come out then!

Yours truly,

Tsz Ying

LMPSU Summer BBQ 2016

As school is slowly creeping up on us again, let us reminisce and celebrate the great memories we’ve made at the 2016 LMPSU Summer BBQ.

As the warm smell of freshly grilled patties filled the air, eager faces (both old and new) lined the grass slopes of the UTSU quad in hungry anticipation of the LMPSU’s freshly made, home-cooked burgers (from Costco)


DSC_0272-minGrilled by our very own Internal Affairs Officer, veteran BBQ chef, and all-round awesome guy, Alan Huynh, the annual LMPSU BBQ burgers were the perfect way to welcome in the new academic year, and of course, our incoming 2nd year LMP students (welcome!).
The tight-knit LMP spirit was apparent from the very beginning, with faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students alike mingling and making easy conversation with each other. A game of badminton was quickly initiated, with three people to a team as the rules were overthrown in favor of inclusivity.DSC_0348-min


Finally, as the sun dipped lower towards the horizon, a great day came to a great end with a communal Campfire-Song song singalong (featuring the guest appearance of a guitar and the absence of a campfire). As we come outDSC_0267-min of the summer haze and head into the school year, one thing remains certain: this will be another amazing year to be in LMP!


~Summary Courtesy of Sudarshan Bala

LMPSU Summer BBQ 2015


Another year, another grill. A bright, warm day rich with the hues of summer flooded Hart House Circle. Air was filled with the brilliant whirls of BBQ smoke which harmoniously accompanied the laughter of all those who attended. The patterned shapes cast by the lush of idle trees danced across the sun tanned skins of current and new LMP students, grads and undergrads alike. And with that, a new year was welcomed.


After much anticipation, especially from the unforeseen weather conditions, LMPSU’s annual summer BBQ day was finally happening. With a great deal of careful planning, the exec team was ready to deliver mounds of free food. Literally. Handmade beef burgers crowded the grill, so fat that they had to be cut in half to ergonomically fit in to the bun and in our mouths. Both burgers and hotdogs were paired with bakery fresh buns, really making the occasion feel even more special. The grill was fearlessly handled by our External Affairs Officer, Frank Hyun, and Co-president Charles Lee (with the help from the ladies of the exec team of course 😉 ). Together, all meat proteins were safely denatured (wooho!).



The most exciting part of the event rolled around when our lovely, eager and fresh faced (soon to be stress filled, sleep deprived) incoming second years arrived! Naïve, relaxed and innocent, they reflected what we senior students once were. Enjoy it while it lasts, kids. Upper year LMP students flocked about and helped welcome the incoming LMPers to the family. Some great bonding moments were fantastically captured by our super pro Internal Affairs Officer, Ashley Zhang.



11928711_593088310831753_66460431824199202_oWith the foreboding fall semester approaching, we encourage all LMP students to enjoy and appreciate what is left of the summer. Relax! Breath it all in while the air isn’t stabbing your lungs and giving you pneumonia. Oh wait that’s winter. But let’s be honest, fall lasts like maybe 2 months. Maybe.

11953409_593086787498572_640486048193997339_o11896412_593086050831979_2859623784378599456_oWe hope to see you all, especially new faces, at all our upcoming events. Stay tuned!

AND YES I, YOUR WEBMASTER, IS BACK. *puts shades on*


Till next time,


End of Year Social

Last thing I could recount – it was September; the trees had leaves (wow, such rarity), the grass was greener, my sleep cycle was normal, any my academic hopes were higher. Fast forward 6 months and here we all are at the End of Year LMP Social! In all metaphorical sense, it was the calm before the storm. The massive (for LMP standards) turnout of second, third and fourth years lend itself to great company and many memories. Pogue Mahone was once again the host of LMP’s world domination meeting…oh, did I say world domination meeting? I meant community building efforts. 


Ah, -5 degrees outside, islands of ice clinging for life  – it must be February right? NO. It’s March. Literally the end of March. Exams are looming ahead and still a week of assignments left to go. But we all need an excuse for an official break, not just the ones we take every hour on the internet.


Thanks to the ever so enthusiastic advertising by current VP social, Michael Nguyen, many attendees including myself were eagerly excited about 20 lbs of chicken wings! Fortunately for arriving early, there was plenty honey garlic, and hot and spicy to go around. Other food items included meatballs, vegetarian quesadillas (which were actually quite good), spring rolls and nachos. There was no doubt that we had sticky fingers by the end of it.



The food was accompanied by games of “Never have I ever” and despite the apparent targeting, it was all in good fun. The night also followed up with a series of arm wrestling matches! Much was learned about each other and it felt like it facilitated some great bonding among the third and second years. This is not the end, just the beginning of something beautiful!

Here’s to my last blog of the academic year,

Your webmaster, Lisa


Mental Health Seminar

A couple dozen LMP students gathered to what became an extremely engaging, interesting and open discussion of mental health among U of T students. Dr. Andrea Levinson and Janine Robb, psychiatrist in chief and executive director respectively of Health and Wellness U of T, gave a talk on the importance of discussing mental health, the different forms that mental illnesses can take on and the opportunities available for students seeking help. 

Accompanied by a plethora of pizza and soda, Dr. Levinson opened with addressing the different forms of mental illnesses including bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and depression. She introduced the premise that current undergraduate students are at a transitional stage, facing many changes in major events of their lives (ie. living on your own, university classes, new relationships etc.). Basically, for many, this time of our lives is like the more serious, more subtle second round of those cringe-worthy teenage years some of us may have gone through.

IMG_20150324_180110IMG_20150324_181927Whether it may seem like it or not, it’s an important time to erase stigma associated with poor mental health and openly acknowledge when there’s something not quite right. Fortunately, both speakers agreed that U of T students did exceptionally well in regards to mental health and overall well being despite the added amount of extra stress we face. However, the seminar touched on an important concept: even though an individual may be flourishing, they may still suffer mental illness regardless of how outwardly invisible it may be. Many such things may be difficult to treat but in general, Janine suggests that a daily dose of mindfulness in a quiet setting, devoid of technology (I know, the thought of leaving your phones/computers at bay must already by giving some of you anxiety) is critical in diluting stress and mental illness symptoms.

IMG_20150324_175429The health and wellness centre is attempting to reform their programs to accommodate more students and undertake a wider variety of issues. They offer many services for counselling, therapy and workshops. Visit their website at


Till next time,

Your webmaster, Lisa

2015-2016 LMPSU Elections

Now that the 2014-2015 academic year is coming to a close, we will be hosting general elections for the next generation of LMPSU executive members. Come join the forum on our facebook event page! There you will find all candidates’ personal statements and their responses to your questions. This year we’ve got a lot of qualified candidates and tough competition. Make sure to exercise your right to vote on March 26 and March 28-30!



Academic Seminar with Dr. Pollanen

Many LMP students and alumni joined Dr. Pollanen on a seminar discussing the features of forensic pathology. With a nearly packed house, it was one of the most highly attended academic seminars we’ve had yet! After all, who doesn’t love a good mystery crime session? Dr. Pollanen walked us through a real life Canadian case titled “R vs Noseworthy” (Yes, that is google-ble).

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IMG_3322IMG_3339What began as a seemingly natural description of an elderly woman’s death, ended with a criminal case of manslaughter. He started by presenting us an image of an elderly woman, who was noted to have suffered dementia, and described how a pathologist would assess her key autopsy features, everything from her clothing to the colour of her skin. Her unkempt appearance, apparent stench and multicoloured skin spots indicated neglect and abuse. It was really starting to feel like I was in an episode of “Criminal Minds”! The evidence pointed out to an unnatural cause of death despite her apparent congestive heart disease. After much discussion, it was resolved that the son of the elderly woman had been physically abusing her and had been depriving her the necessities of life! Crazy turn of events, eh?


The case brought light to the mind of a forensic pathologist and insight onto what a career in forensic pathology may be like. For anyone who is interested and would like to learn more, take Dr. Pollanen’s LMP415: Forensic Pathobiology next year!


Till next time,

Your webmaster, Lisa

LMPSU Pub Night

“The snow floated in the air, gently suspended in time as we made our way through the dark streets. Only the glow of the streetlights and our phone screens illuminated our way. With the cold, harsh wind piercing through our winter coats, we huddled closer and shuffled our way to Pogue Mahone. We were led to a round table eagerly waiting for the feast to begin. Little did we know that we would have to wait another agonizing 30 minutes before our hunger would be quenched. Let the games begin. ”

– Ashley Zhang, 1T6 


Shots were taken and yes, the alcoholic kind! The first big LMPSU social night was started with a bang. LMPers from all years alike joined for a night of laughter, good conversation and best of all, free food! First we dominated Museum Tavern back in August, and now we’ve conquered Pogue Mahone like the majestic Emperor Penguins we are. That’s right, Emperor Penguins are incredibly attractive and social (I looked it up).

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The night was met with 16 pounds of chicken wings. Of course, that’s more than any one person can finish so it found its way to each of our hands leaving a scrumptious finger licking sauce behind. Grilled cheese sandwiches, loads of nachos, spring rolls and meatballs were also served. Food was delicious and really encouraged mingling between LMP students.

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10815749_10152932785617722_325550316_nIt was a prime opportunity for second year LMP students to get to meet the upper years in a casual environment and bond with other second year students. For the upper years, this was a good way to let loose before a crazy last week of tests, reports and assignments. It definitely led way to many Snapchat exchanges, selfies and creeper shots. Overall, the night ended with a blast (and a few missing items – but who needs a hat anyways?). I can’t wait for our next big event: Healing and the Heart Conference next semester so stay tuned!


P.s. did I mention how majestic we are?

Till next time,

Your webmaster, Lisa

Research Seminar #1

Interested in research?

Join the LMPSU for an evening with Dr. Avrum Gotlieb for an opportunity to learn how to look for and find research positions that interest you, whether for the summer or graduate school. Dr. Gotlieb is a professor of laboratory medicine and pathobiology. He is the founding chair of the department. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered and get a head start into looking for positions. Some topics to be discussed include obtaining summer research positions and selecting a research supervisor for graduate school. Refreshments will be provided.