Graduate Student Seminar: Michael Wong & Basma Ahmed

modr student presentations-BA, MW


Start 19 December, 2019, 12 PM

End 1 PM






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The design and fabrication of microphysiological in vitro systems to model the human placenta

Speaker: Micheal Wong, PhD. Candidate

Michael Wong is a PhD candidate in Medical Sciences at McMaster University in the lab of Dr. Sandeep Raha. His research focused on building and characterizing novel cell-based platforms to emulate various aspects of the human placenta. Previously, he completed his undergraduate and Masters degrees at Western University in Physiology and Pharmacology, where he studied the impact of maternal drug exposure on placental development. Michael was a recipient of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and founded Industry Link, an organization focused on providing graduate students with first-hand experiences in the life sciences industry.


  1. Importance of placental research and preclinical modeling
  2. Formation of placental trophoblast spheroids and potential for drug screening
  3. Establishment of a multi-layered placental barrier model cultured under physiologically-low oxygen levels

Investigating the relationship of brown adipose tissue, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and gut microbiota in human adults

Speaker: Basma Ahmed, PhD. Candidate

Dr. Ahmed completed her medical degree in Egypt where she joined the clinical biochemistry department. She earned master’s degree in Physiology at Université de Montréal. She is currently 4th year PhD Candidate at the Biochemistry department under supervision of Dr. G. Steinberg. She works on clinical studies led by Dr.K. Morrison that involves discovering the relationship of brown adipose tissue BAT), Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFDL), serotonin and gut microbiome in human adults and children.


  1. Introduce the use of magnetic resonance imaging in evaluating BAT and NAFLD.
  2. Revise the current knowledge regarding the relationship of gut microbiome, BAT and NAFLD.
  3. Explore the relationship between BAT, NAFLD and gut microbiota