Academic Dons and Tutors

Academic Dons are graduate students or professional faculty students who live in residence and are available for academic counselling and tutoring for all Trinity College students, resident and non-resident. The Dons are selected so that their fields of expertise reflect the studies of students within the College. If you have a question or would like to make an appointment for academic counselling or tutoring, please contact any of the dons by using the contact information below.

Academic Dons

DAVE DEMARCO
Physics and Math Don
ddemarco@trinity.utoronto.ca  

Hello! This is my third year as one of the physics and mathematics dons here at Trin. I’m currently working on my Ph.D. in experimental particle physics, and I’m happy to help out with any academic questions related to math or physics, or just life as a student in general. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or any of the dons, it's our job to help make this year at Trin a happy and successful one!

 

DANIEL DIMITRAKOPOULOS
Life Sciences Don
ddimitrakopoulos@trinity.utoronto.ca

I am excited to be starting my second year as an Academic Don at Trinity and my clinical semester at Toronto General Hospital through the Michener Institute in Applied Health Sciences in their Diagnostic Cytology program.  Diagnostic Cytology refers to the diagnosis of malignancies from various body sites through microscopic means, playing a crucial role in dianostic process and overall care of patients.  I also received my BSc in Medical Sciences from Brock University, and as such, I've taken a role as one the Academic Dons in Life Sciences.  Don't be afraid to say hello!

 

IAN GARNER
Political Science Don
igarner@trinity.utoronto.ca

Hi! I'm the Political Science Don at Trinity this year.  I'm a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Russia, where I am researching the interrelation of war, culture and government in the late Soviet and post-Soviet periods.  I am a native Briton, so when I manage to escape the library you might find me playing cricket (badly), or drinking tea (well). Feel free to drop by during office hours or email me for a consultation for any help you need with politics and international relations topics.

 

ERIN GLEESON
Life Sciences Don
egleeson@trinity.utoronto.ca

I am very excited to join the Trinity team and meet you all! I am currently a second year student at the Lawrence S. Bloomsbert Faculty of Nursing. Prior to attending the University of Toronto, I studied biology and global studies at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo.  I was a Don at Laurier for two years and also coordinated a student leadership program. Originally, I am from Quispamsis, New Bruswick and I have also lived in France. I enjoy running, reading, cooking and, volunteering in the community.

 

BRIAN GOLBOURN
Chemistry Don
bgolbourn@trinity.utoronto.ca

Hi! I'll be your new Chemistry Don at Trinity College this year. I'm currently a Ph.D. student in the department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (LMP) at U of T where I'm working to develop novel therapies for the treatment of brain tumours. In my free time I like to catch live music when I can, eat strange new foods and in the cold months spend some time on the ski hill. Volleyball is one my favourite sports and I am always looking for people to play. I look forward to meeting you all. Cheers!

 

CHRIS PUGH
English and Literary Studies Don
cpugh@trinity.utoronto.ca  

Hi Trinity, this is my fourth year as a Don! I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English, and my research focuses on Medieval poetics, temporality, and loss. As the Literary Studies Don, I look forward to helping you navigate the world of texts. I also love film, comics and cooking. Find me hanging out in Strachan or in Stedman with a good book. Stop by and say hello!

 

MARLEE RUBEL
English and Literary Studies Don
mrubel@trinity.utoronto.ca

I'm thrilled to be a Don at Trinity this year! I completed my undergrad at McGill University, where I studied Cultural Studies and relished living in beautiful Montreal. Currently I'm entering my second year as a Masters of Counselling student at OISE. Aside from Academics, I teach yoga, explore Toronto's urban forests, and plan low-budget, high enthusiasm adventures.  I am looking forward to meeting you and perhaps sharing a chat about English, Psychology, or Yoga philosophy.

 

IGOR SHOIKHEDBROD
Roy McMurtry Community Outreach Don
shoikhedbrod@trinity.utoronto.ca

After graduating from Trinity with a B.A. in Ethics, Society, and Law, I decided to pursue my interest in politics at the Ph.D. level. One of the highlights of my undergraduate years was leading a student club that promoted awareness of, and responses to, pressing social issues by engaging and being engaged by the community. We have a number of exciting outreach and social justice-oriented events planned this year.  Feel free to contact me if you are interested in community outreach. I am an avid soccer player, please join me in the back field for weekly pickup games.

 

JASPREET SAHOTA
Physics and Math Don
jsahota@trinity.utoronto.ca

Jaspreet Sahota will not be available until January 2015, please see David DeMarco for any assistance required.

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the department of physcics and my research interests span from the theoritical concerns in quantum information processing to the application of this theory for engineering further technologies. My passion for physics and mathematics also extends to the teaching. It will be my great pleasure to assist you in overcoming any challenges that may arise in your study of physics and mathematics. I regularly partake in sporting activities, including weightlifting and basketball. 

 

ARIEL VEZINA
Writing Support Don
avezina@trinity.utoronto.ca  

I am excited to be back at Trinity for my second year, and I look forward to meeting you all! I did my undergraduate degree at McGill University, where I completed a B.Sc. in Biology. I am about to embark on the second and final year of my Master of Teaching program at OISE. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about your classes, the post-grad application process or about student life in general. I enjoy baking, reading and exploring new neighbourhoods in Toronto. I love meeting new people, so please say hi!

 

ANDREW WANG
Philosophy and Economics Don
awang@trinity.utoronto.ca  

Hi! I am your Philosophy and Economics Don this year. I am currently a second year student at U of T Law, and I hve a B.A. from McGill University in Philosophy, Economics, and Musical Applications  of Technology.
Aside from being a student, I am also a musician and an avid talker! Let me know if you have any academic inquiries, or if you want to chat about law, rad+queer politics, racial justice, music (in general), or Beyonce (specifically).

 

PAYAM ZARIN
Life Sciences Don
pzarin@trinity.utoronto.ca 

Hey Trinity! I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Immunology and one of your Life Sciences Dons this year. My laboratory work at Sunnybrook Research Institute focuses on the development and functional programming of T-lymphocyte subsets as instructed by environmental cues. I look forward to discussing your assignments, labs, and general inquiries. I'l also be happy to talk about summer research and post graduate opportunities, Finally, I'd be happy to discuss getting involved in various outreach initiatives organized through Trinity's own Beyond Sciences.

Academic Tutor

TINA PARK
Modern History Tutor
tpark@trinity.utoronto.ca 

Hi! I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department, specializing in Canadian-Korean relations. I'm a graduate of Trin One and specialized in IR at Trinity College. Please feel free to book an appointment with me for any questions you might have on your history/IR courses. You're welcome to see me for any Trin One courses as well. I look forward to meeting you in person.