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The Healthy & Inclusive Labs Committee is focused on promoting wellness and inclusivity in the research community. This is a key part of Medicine by Design’s commitment to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion across our laboratories and programs. The Committee will hold several events each year.

Healthy & Inclusive Labs Events

About the Healthy & Inclusive Labs Committee

The Healthy & Inclusive Lab Committee’s work is a key part of Medicine by Design’s commitment to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment, which is critical to research excellence and our goal to strengthen the University of Toronto (U of T) and its affiliated hospitals as a world-leading centre for regenerative medicine. The Committee leads the educational component of Medicine by Design’s equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) plan, which aligns with U of T policies and priorities regarding the pursuit of equity and excellence.

The  Committee will include principal investigators, research/scientific associates, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, lab managers and research technicians from across the Medicine by Design community.

The Committee will create, organize and execute events and workshops that:

  • promote healthy lab environments, where all members feel supported and empowered to contribute in a meaningful way, and where open communication between lab members and supervisors ensure a common understanding of needs and expectations;
  • provide a forum for discussion and learning around systemic racism, unconscious bias and barriers to inclusion in academia; and
  • increase awareness of and promote the adoption of EDI best practices across Medicine by Design.

If you have any questions about the Healthy & Inclusive Labs Committee, please email

Healthy & Inclusive Committee Membership

Committee chair

University Professor Molly ShoichetMolly Shoichet, University Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at University of Toronto (U of T)

Maryam Faiz, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, U of T
Thomas Hurd, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, U of T
Sarah Nunes Vasconcelos, Scientist, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, University Health Network (UHN)
Sophie McGibbon-Gardner, PhD Candidate, Department of Physics, U of T
Alison McGuigan, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry & the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, U of T
Marios Mejdani, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, U of T
Arturo Ortín-Martínez, Scientific Associate, Krembil Research Institute, UHN
Ahmad Shakeri, Master’s student, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, U of T
Daniel Szulc, PhD Candidate, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, U of T