The Department of Molecular Genetics is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! We celebrate our great history, engage with the MoGen community, and inspire the next generation of Molecular Genetics graduates!

Symposium: May 31 2019 at the Carlu, Toronto

Message from Leah Cowen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics


Keynote speakers

(read more here)

Lap-Chee Tsui  President, Hong Kong Academy of Sciences

Lap-Chee Tsui
President, Hong Kong Academy of Sciences

Roderick R. McInnes  Director, Lady Davis Institute McGill University

Roderick R. McInnes
Director, Lady Davis Institute
McGill University




A full program with talk titles can be downloaded here.

8:00 am       Registration (pick up name tags)

8:30 am         Leah Cowen, Professor & Chair
8:45 am         James Friesen, Professor Emeritus
8:55 am         Keynote Presentation: Lap-Chee Tsui
(Hong Kong Academy of Sciences)
9:25 am         Liz Patton (University of Edinburgh)
9:50 am         Cheryl Birmingham (Sanofi-Pasteur)

10:15 am       Coffee break

10:45 am       Stephen Scherer, University Professor
10:55 am       Anastasia Baryshnikova (Calico Labs)
11:20 am       Angela Andersen (Life Science Editors)
11:45 am       Scott Dixon (Stanford University)

12:10 pm       Box lunch
12:15 pm       Trainee-Alumni Mentorship Workshop (organized by graduate students)  

1:45 pm         Brenda Andrews, University Professor
1:55 pm         Keynote Presentation: Roderick McInnes (McGill University)
2:25 pm         Christopher Koth (Genentech)
2:50 pm         Kristin Hope (McMaster University)
3:15 pm         Arvin Dar (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY) 

3:40 pm          Coffee break 

4:10 pm          Pleasantine Mill (University of Edinburgh)
4:35 pm          Tina McDivitt (Spindle)
5:00 pm         Joe Bondy-Denomy (University of California, San Francisco)
5:25 pm          Leah Cowen, Professor & Chair 

5:30 pm          Reception, Dinner, and Entertainment


Career Development Lunch

As part of our day of science and celebrations, we held a Career Development Networking Session over the lunch period. This event was organized by MoGen students, and was a wonderful networking opportunity for members of the department. More information about this event is available here.


MoGen Stories

Read all the stories about what alumni and current members of the department have to say to celebrate the anniversary.

Do you want to share an experience you had when studying or working at the department? Do you have a story to tell to give us insights into your corners of the MSB, the heights of MaRS tower, the life behind glass at the Donnelly, or the hidden corridors in a hospital? We are looking forward to reading your story, and putting it here on the website for others to read!

We will post a selection of the stories on this website.

More information about the history of the department can be found here.

A special story is the one of Dr. Louis “Lou” Siminovitch, who founded MoGen in 1969, which was then named Medical Cell Biology. Lou is 99 years young, and we are extremely fortunate and pleased that he will join our 50th anniversary celebration on May 31. Laura Hergott and Sabrina Hyde, MoGen graduate students, had the opportunity to interview Lou recently and they share their experience here.


The symposium was a big success with 500 attendees. See a selection of photos here.
Thank you to the organizers and sponsors of this event!