Mourning the Loss of our Student

Friday, March 19, 2021 - 4:28pm

With deep sadness, the Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga, announces the death of Biology undergrad student Philo (Philopater) El-Sunbaty, who passed away after a valiant battle with cancer on March 17, 2021.

Philo started his undergrad studies at UTM as a Life Sciences student but his interests were broad and he eventually pursued a double minor in Visual Culture and Philosophy along with his Biology major. He was a valued classmate and an important part of our program.

Our thoughts are with Philo’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time. Please join us in wishing consolation and healing for our student’s loved ones:

Death can be difficult for us to understand. Many of us may be confronted with a variety of emotions, which might include shock, sadness and confusion. If you are grieving and need support, please reach out to any of the following resources for help:
For Students:

  • My SSP for U of T Students 1-844-451-9700. Immediate counselling support is available in 35 languages and ongoing support in 146 languages.  

Faculty and staff have access to support through:

Additional support information can be found at: