Faculty & Staff

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Jodie Jenkinson

Director /Associate Professor

Room 324, Health Sciences Complex

Dr. Jenkinson 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.

Visit Jodie Jenkinson’s Research website

Courses: MSC2003Y, MSC2008H, MSC2019H

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Michael CorriN

Associate Director / Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Room 328, Health Sciences Complex

Prof. Corrin did a BFA at Concordia University, a BA and HonsBSc at the University of Winnipeg, and a MScBMC at the University of Toronto. Following graduation, Michael developed educational media at SickKids Hospital as part of the About Kids Health group. Later, he developed and evaluated educational Web media for medical professionals at Toronto General Hospital as part of the Perioperative Interactive Education group.

Prof. Corrin is currently conducting research that aims to improve the quality and quantity of formative feedback that visual communication students receive, and is also leading a team developing visual literacy instructional tools for undergraduate biology education.

In the Masters program, he teaches a foundation course in visual narrative design (MSC2001Y), a course on advanced interactive media design (MSC2006H), and a course on programming for visual communication students (MSC2014H).

Courses: MSC2001Y, MSC2006H, MSC2014H

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Marc Dryer

Hons BA, MSc, MScBMC
Associate Chair—Undergraduate, Department of Biology/
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Room 310, Health Sciences Complex

Prof. Dryer is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Biomedical Communications program and the Department of Biology at UTM. His teaching and research is in the area of 3D biomedical visualization and animation. He brings together an expertise in 3D animation, a fluency in the language of cinematography, and the purpose of pedagogy to create compelling and complex science educational media. In addition to supervising graduate students in the creation of such media, and the development and delivery of courses on related topics, he is also directly involved in the creation of visual media focused on undergraduate education in Biology.

Prof. Dryer is cross-appointed to the UTM 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. He is also currently serving as the Associate Chair, Undergraduate for the Department of Biology at UTM. Prof. Dryer is a past Governor on the Association of Medical Illustrators Board of Governors.

At the graduate level, Prof. Dryer teaches MSC2016 - Visualization Methods, and MSC2017 - Visualization Technology. These are core courses in the MScBMC Biomedical Visualization field. At the undergraduate level he teaches HSC404 - Advanced Visual Media for Anthropological Data, and HSC405 - Digital Forensic Facial reconstruction. Both of these courses draw on his past academic work in the area of paleoanthropology. Prof. Dryer maintains a key interest in this area, and in particular the visual representation of hominid ancestors in popular media and peer-reviewed publications.

Visit Marc Dryer’s Research website

Courses: MSC2016H, MSC2017H, HSC404, HSC405


Leila Lax

Assistant Professor

Room 308, Health Sciences Complex

Dr. Lax has made a life long commitment to teaching and learning, receiving 4 degrees from the University of Toronto: a BA in 1979, a BSc in Art as Applied to Medicine in 1983 (where upon her graduation she was awarded with a part-time appointment as an assistant professor); she continued her academic studies, receiving a MEd in Higher Education with a specialization in health professions education in 1997 and a PhD in Higher Education in the health professions with a focus on computer applications and collaborative learning in 2012. She served 2 terms as Commissioner to the Association of Medical Illustrators and 8 years as a member of the Accreditation Review Committee for the Medical Illustrator.

Dr. Lax supervises student research and conducts design research in Visual Knowledge Building & Translation (vKBT). Her research interests include pedagogic design of visual media for individual and socio/cognition, co-design, and the assessment of face-to-face, blended, and eLearning environments for health professions and interprofessional education.

Currently, she teaches, supervises, 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’ that explores medical legal visualization.  

Visit Leila Lax’s Research website

Courses: MSC2002H

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Margot Mackay

Professor Emerita


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. She also has specific interest in the evolution of medical and surgical illustration.

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Dave Mazierski

Associate Professor

Room 326, Health Sciences Complex

Prof. Mazierski obtained a BSc in Art as Applied to Medicine in 1982, and an MSc in vertebrate paleontology in 2008. His first professional assignment was to illustrate the world’s first, last, and only atlas of camel anatomy, and he has contributed to many other anatomical, medical and scientific publications, including Grant’s Atlas. He is a certified medical illustrator and a Fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators.

His research interests include the evolution of early terrestrial vertebrates and the history of scientific and medical illustration. Prof Mazierski is also a Departmental Associate in Paleobiology at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Prof. Mazierski currently teaches foundation courses in anatomy and digital media production and illustration, as well as undergraduate courses in scientific visualization.

Courses: MSC1001Y, MSC2005H, MSC2012Y

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Derek Ng

Assistant Professor

Room 322, Health Sciences Complex

Dr. Ng’s 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.

Dr. Ng teaches courses on web-based health and science communication, interactive media design and development, and biomolecular visualization.

Visit Derek Ng’s Research website

Courses: HSC401H5, MSC2020H, MSC2008H


Anjeza (Anya) Rexha

HBA, MEd (in progress)
Graduate Program Administrator

Room 308, Health Sciences Complex

Ms. Rexha* joined the MScBMC team in August 2017. Prior to BMC, she held various administrative positions at the Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI), University of Toronto Mississauga, as a Program Coordinator for the Master of Biotechnology Program and as the Marketing Liaison Officer for the MMPA program. 

She is also a proud UTM alumna who graduated with High Distinction—Honours BA, Specialist: French and Italian. As a native Albanian who has lived and studied in four countries, Ms. Rexha has experienced firsthand that there is more to a language than the ability to speak it. There are always cultures and traditions that accompany it.

She considers herself very fortunate to have been recognized through the nearly one dozen academic awards for merit that she has received, such as The City of Toronto International Students Award, The Principal’s Involvement Award at UTM, The Gordon Cressy Award and others.

Ms. Rexha is currently completing her Master’s of Education (MEd) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at University of Toronto.

*pronounced “REH-juh”

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Brian Sutherland

MEd, PhD (C)
Sessional Instructor

Room 326, Health Sciences Complex

Currently, Prof. Sutherland teaches “HSC402H5: Digital Learning Environments in Biology and Health Science”. He also assists graduate students with evaluating instructional designs, and in developing advanced server, mobile, augmented reality and IoT-type healthcare communications applications.

Visit Brian Sutherland’s website

Courses: MSC2006

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Shelley Wall

Associate Professor

Room 312, Health Sciences Complex

Dr. Wall’s education includes a PhD in English literature from McMaster University, a four-year diploma in drawing and painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design, and a Master of Science in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto. She is a certified medical illustrator and a Fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators.

Her research interests include graphic medicine, patient education, the visual construction of gender in medical discourse, the history of medical and bioscientific illustration, and the socio-cultural dimensions of medical visualization.

Dr. Wall teaches courses in bioscientific, pathological, and neuroanatomical illustration, and in graphic medicine. As Illustrator-in-Residence in the Faculty of Medicine, she conducts elective workshops in the visual medical humanities and the use of comics to build empathy and reflective capacity in the training of healthcare professionals.

Visit Shelley Wall’s website

Courses: MSC2012Y, MSC2018H, MSC2022H Wall


Linda Wilson-Pauwels

Professor Emerita


Dr. Wilson-Pauwels educational background includes a four-year diploma in sculpture from OCAD, as well as a BScAAM, MEd, and EdD from the University of Toronto. She was the Director of the BScAAM and MScBMC programs from 1986-2008. Dr. Wilson-Pauwels retired in 2014. She is a past President of the AMI and is the recipient of the Brödel Award for Excellence in Education and the Outstanding Service Award.

One of her academic accomplishments is first author and illustrator of Cranial Nerves (coauthored with Patricia Stewart, Betty Akesson, and Dr. Siân Spacey).The textbook has been published in 3 editions and has been translated into five languages.

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Associate Professor

Room 314, Health Sciences Complex

Prof. Woolridge did a BFA at Mount Allison University, and a BScBMC at the University of Toronto, before completing his MSc in the Institute of Medical Science. He is a certified medical illustrator and a Fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators.

Prof. 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. From 2008-2019 he was the Director of the Master of Science in Biomedical Communications program.

In the Masters program, he teaches this first half of MSC2003Y (Biomedical Communications technology), which focusses on introductory organic modelling, and MSC2015H (Interpretive Visualization: Cinematic Design and Preproduction), in which students develop scripts storyboards and animatics, in order to design cinematic stories.

Courses: MSC2003Y, MSC2015H