Faculty and Staff
Nick Woolridge,BFA, BScBMC, MSc, CMI
Program Director/Associate Professor
Room 314, Health Sciences Complex
Nicholas Woolridge conducted his graduate work in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. SPAR Aerospace funded his research on the development and formative evaluation of a semi-immersive clinical simulation for medical students. Professor Woolridge conducts research in risk visualization, cell and molecular modelling, and mobile applications in health. He co-authored with Michael J. Wiley Anatomy 300/303 Interactive Lab Companion, and co-authored with Jason Sharpe and Charles Lumsden In Silico: 3D Animation and Simulation of Cell Biology with Maya and MEL, a book on 3D graphics programming in biological visualization. Currently, he is a tenured associate professor and the Director of the Master of Science in Biomedical Communications.
Courses: MSC2003Y, MSC2015H
Michael Corrin, BFA, BA, Hons BSc, MScBMC, CMI
Assistant Professor Teaching Stream
Room 328, Health Sciences Complex
Michael Corrin graduated from Concordia University with a BFA in 2002, and then went on to complete a BA and Hons BSc at the University of Winnipeg in 2004. Following his undergraduate studies, he went on to receive a Master of Science in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto. He currently teaches foundation courses in digital media production and illustration, including the surgical illustration subsection of MSC2001Y.
Courses: MSC2001H, MSC2006H, MSC2007H, MSC2011H
Graduate Program Administrator
Room 308, Health Sciences Complex
Maeve joined the Master of Science in Biomedical Communications Program in 2010. She manages administration, graduate recruitment and marketing, and liaises with the program’s very active alumni community.
Maeve studies Professional Writing and Communications at the University of Toronto, has a strong interest in online media and was the Social Media Lead for the highly successful Marshall McLuhan Centenary Celebrations.
Maeve tweets as @MScBMC.
Visit Maeve’s website at maevedoyle.ca.
Caricature courtesy of Natalie Cormier, MScBMC 1T5
Marc Dryer,Hons BA, MSc, MScBMC
Associate Director/Associate Professor Teaching Stream
Room 310, Health Sciences Complex
Marc Dryer is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Biomedical Communications professional Masters degree program. His teaching and research is in the area of 3D biomedical visualization and animation. In addition, he is cross-appointed to the Forensic Science faculty at the University of Toronto where he engages in practical research concerning 3D forensic facial reconstruction and the visual communication of this unique type of data to the public.
Courses: MSC2016H, MSC2017H
Jodie Jenkinson, BA, MScBMC, PhD
Room 324, Health Sciences Complex
Jodie teaches courses in research methods for visual communication, interactive media design, and information and data visualization. Her education includes a BA in Art History and French from McMaster University, an MScBMC in Biomedical Communications from University of Toronto, and a PhD in Education from University of Toronto. Her research is concerned with the role that visual complexity plays in learning.
Courses: MSC2003Y, MSC2008H, MSC2019H
Leila Lax, BA, BScAAM, MEd, PhD
Room 308, Health Sciences Complex
Leila teaches and conducts research in the Master of Science program in Biomedical Communications. She teaches a 2nd year graduate course called Sequential Medical Communication: Demonstrative evidence for the courtroom. Leila supervises student research and conducts design research in Visual Knowledge Building & Translation (vKBT). Her research interests include visual media, pedagogic design, socio/cognition, and assessment of face-to-face, blended, and eLearning environments for health professions and interprofessional education.
Margot Mackay is a tenured Professor who taught the surgical illustration component of the Biomedical Communications program. Her illustrations have been widely published in surgical textbooks, peer-reviewed medical journals and many of the images have been used extensively in projection media. Her research interests lie in development of educational visuals material pertaining to surgery for surgeons, residents, allied health professionals and lay audiences.
Dave Mazierski, BScAAM, MSc, CMI
Room 326, Health Sciences Complex
Dave Mazierski graduated from the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at U of T in 1982. His first project was to illustrate the world’s first atlas of camel anatomy, and he has contributed to many other medical and scientific books, including Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy. He currently teaches foundation courses in digital media production and illustration, as well as undergraduate courses in scientific visualization, while also maintaining a freelance illustration studio. Recently, he completed an MSc in vertebrate paleontology, supervised by Prof. Robert Reisz at the U of T Mississauga campus.
Courses: MSC1001Y, MSC2005H, MSC2012Y
Derek Ng, BSc, MScBMC, PhD
Room 322, Health Sciences Complex
Derek teaches courses on web-based health and science communication, interactive media design and development, and biomolecular visualization. His education includes a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta, a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto, and a MScBMC in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto. His current research focuses on developing and evaluating novel data visualization and interaction methods and tools for knowledge discovery, interpretation, and communication in molecular biology.
Courses: HSC401H5, MSC2020H, MSC2008H
Brian Sutherland, MEd
Room 328, Health Sciences Complex
You might say science communication was a strongly formed interest from an early age: Brian Sutherland graduated from the Ontario Science Centre Science School museum, worked at Deep River Science Academy and spent three years in Engineering Science at U of T where he co-founded Science Outreach with Debbie Chachra in 1990. Brian also holds primary and elementary teacher’s certifications in Montessori and a Master’s Degree in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
Currently, Brian teaches “HSC402H5: E-Learning Environments in Health Care”, which he co-developed with Meaghan Brierley and Leila Lax. He also is co-instructor in the Media Design Field graduate course “MSC2006H Advanced Media Design Technologies” with Michael Corrin.
Shelley Wall, AOCAD, MScBMC, PhD
Room 312, Health Sciences Complex
Shelley teaches courses in pathological and bioscientific illustration, research methods in biomedical communication, and writing for healthcare. She is a faculty mentor with the Collaborative Graduate Program in Women’s Health at the University of Toronto, and a member of the Coalition for Research in Women’s Health at the Women’s College Research Institute.
Courses: MSC2004H, MSC2005H, MSC2007H, MSC2018H