Welcome to our list of WIT mentors.  The mentors are shown by TTS region (i.e., Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, North America and finally Oceania).

 

We suggest that you read the biographies of any of the mentors you are interested in (click on the bio tab next to their picture and you will be taken to their information) and when you are ready to select your mentors, return to your mentee application form (go to the Mentoring Scheme menu and choose 'become a mentee') and choose your mentors from the drop down boxes in the form.

 

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Dr. Zhang is a Professor in the Departments of, Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and Immunology at the University of Toronto. She holds a Maria H. Bacardi Chair in Transplantation and is also the Research Director of the University of Toronto Transplantation Institute. Professor Zhang’s research, supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Canadian Cancer Society, has been focused on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in immune tolerance and its applications in various diseases such as graft rejection, graft versus host disease, autoimmune diseases and cancer. Dr. Zhang’s laboratory, located at the Toronto General Research Institute, University Health Network where she is a Senior Scientist, was the first to discover and characterize a subset of T lymphocytes termed double negative (DN) T cells. Her group and other laboratories have demonstrated that DN T cells can prevent transplant rejection, inhibit graft versus host disease and autoimmune disease, and eliminating cancer cells. Dr. Zhang is currently building a critical bridge between new concepts originating from her laboratory and novel immunotherapy for cancer patients by producing clinical-grade DN T cells, and conducting clinical trials in cancer patients.