Pharmacology Graduate Students Association (PGSA)

Welcome! We are the Pharmacology Graduate Students’ Association (PGSA). We are a student-run association that organizes philanthropic, research-related, and social events throughout the year. Our events are a great way to connect with graduate students and faculty within the department.


We host a number of events each year including our annual Pharmacology BBQ, student-faculty softball game, student-faculty debate, philanthropic drives and the Visions in Pharmacology (VIP) annual research day. We also organize pub nights, games nights, escape room excursions, tickets to sports games, and other events.

Visions in Pharmacology (VIP)

VIP is our largest event, which features a keynote speech from a prominent pharmacologist and gives students the opportunity to present their work to the department, with awards to the best presentations. Please see our list of past VIP keynote speakers:

  • 1995   John Polanyi2015 PGSA President Shirley Poon with VIP Keynote Speaker Dr. Linda DwoskinS. Poon and L. Dwoskin
  • 1996   Daniel Nebert
  • 1997   Lee Limbird
  • 1998   Frank Gonzalez
  • 1999   Ferid Murad
  • 2000   Marc Caron
  • 2001   Karen Duff
  • 2002   Ronald Estabrook
  • 2003   Donald Ingram
  • 2004   Etienne-Emile Baulieu
  • 2005   Lee Limbird    
  • 2006   Richard Weinshilboum           
  • 2007   Edward Morgan
  • 2008   Michael Salter     
  • 2009   Christopher Bradfield           
  • 2010   Sue Piper Duckles
  • 2011   Richard Aster 
  • 2012   Roger Sunahara
  • 2013   Henry Kranzler           
  • 2014   J. Steven Leeder
  • 2015   Linda Dwoskin
  • 2016   Terry Kenakin
  • 2017   Peter Van Loo
  • 2018   Edyth London   
  • 2019   Laura Bohn
  • 2020   Aled Edwards  


2020-2021 PGSA Executive

Co-Presidents: Alison Jee and Haidy Giratallah
VP Academic: Setayesh Yazdani
VP Finance: Kathy Lee
VP Social: Keyue Chen
Director of Philanthropy: Sasha Marakhovskaia
Director of External: Daniel Lee
Director of Internal: Alaa Alsaafin

GSU Rep: Farhana Islam
GEC Rep: Jonathan Chow
Social Reps: Martino Gabra, Erin Sellars
First year rep, ACP: Edward Ellazar
First year rep, thesis: Evianne Rovers
Site Rep, MSB: Alec Langlois
Site rep, Sunnybrook: Ella Bing Xin Song
Site rep, CAMH: Alexandra Malinowski
Site rep, Mount Sinai: Ambuja Banerjee

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