Faculty Spotlight

See an overview of our Faculty researchers at MBiotech (listed alphabetically).

Ningyuan Chen 


Ningyuan Chen is an assistant professor with the Department of Management at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He is also cross-appointed at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

In research, he is interested in various approaches to making data-driven decisions in the context of revenue management, including online learning and machine learning. His research interest includes revenue management and dynamic pricing, networks, and statistics.

Publications: Click here for Prof. Chen’s publications.



Mark Currie

Mark Currie

Mark Currie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Prof. Currie’s lab employs structural biology, biochemistry and cellular model systems to answer both fundamental and translational questions related to genome organisation and epigenetic gene regulation. The team seeks to understand the mechanisms that govern genome organisation, epigenetic gene regulation, and genome stability in health and disease.

Publications: Click here for Prof. Currie’s publications.



Jayson Parker

Jayson Parker

Jayson Parker is Faculty Lead for Digital Health Technologies for the Master of Biotechnology Program. He is also an Associate Professor (Teaching Stream) in the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga and is cross-appointed to the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) at the University of Toronto. In addition, he lectures in the Faculty of Law. He is currrently a medical advisor to the hedge fund Burlington Capital.

Prof. Parker’s research is focused on Digital Health, where he is looking at predictive power of biometric data for health & wellness. His current research focuses on clinical trial failure rates, medical device/software regulation & patents in biotechnology.

Publications: Click here for Prof. Parker’s publications.



Scott Prosser

Scott Prosser

Scott Prosser, who became Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Biotechnology Program in August 2007, has been involved with the MBiotech since 2002 when he joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto.

Prof. Prosser’s lab conducts research focused on dynamics and mechanism of complex biological processes such as: 1) protein folding, 2) protein misfolding and amyloidosis, 3) enzyme functional dynamics, 4) GPCR functional dynamics, and 5) Direct molecular imaging of proteins and nanoparticles by MRI. Their current projects include protein imaging, protein folding, mechanisms of amyloidosis, GPCR mechanisms of activation, and protein enzymology. Their main interest and emphasis is on key systems that relate fundamentally to disease and health – hence the projects that link to misfolding, amyloidosis, and GPCR action with a connection to how drugs activate GPCRs. While useful to organic and protein chemists, Prof. Prosser sees great potential for growth in NMR and MRI spectroscopy applications in metabolomics, diagnostic, and personalized medicine. The team’s recent research is centred on perfecting expression in yeast which has created new opportunities for the study of conformational equilibria, dynamics, activation mechanisms, and functional pathways of complex proteins.

Publications: Click here for Prof. Prosser’s publications.