National Graduate Course in Islet Biology

We are excited to announce that our for-credit online course for graduate students interested in islet biology is once again being offered by the University of Toronto in 2022.

This course consists of two modules:

Islet Biology I: Gene to Cell to Organ to Disease

Islet Biology II: Beyond Glucose Control: Molecular Targets, Diagnostics and Cutting-edge Technologies

Lectures in each module cover a wide array of islet biology topics and will be delivered by over 20 CIRTN-R2FIC members.

For more information, please visit the links above or contact course coordinators Rob Screaton and Erin Mulvihill.

Highlighted Trainees

Anfal Al-Mass

PhD Candidate, Marc Prentki Lab


Training: Biochemistry, Kuwait University

Awards: Kuwait University Scholarship (Department of Biochemistry)

Project: Role of glycerol-3-phosphate phosphatase (G3PP) in pancreatic ß-cells and liver

Techniques: Western blot, In vivo glucose and insulin tolerance tests, In vivo glucose infusion, rt-PCR, Seahorse assay, Glucose stimulated insulin secretion assay and Animal work

About: In my free time, I like to go to the movies or go fishing

Alexis Vivoli

PhD Candidate, Vincent Poitout Lab


Training: BSc (Life Sciences), MSc (Physiologie), Universté de Rouen Normandie

Awards: Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Scholarship (Université de Montréal)

Project: Investigate the mechanisms of nutrients-induced beta cell proliferation

Techniques: Bioinformatic analysis of scRNA-seq data (R), pancreatic islet isolation, cell culture, qPCR, immunostaining, flow cytometry

About: In my free time I’m playing guitar and spending time with friends, I also like cooking and I enjoy hiking and discovering new Canadian landscapes.