Second-Year Learning Communities: Pharmacology & Toxicology

By joining the Pharmacology & Toxicology Second-Year Learning Community (SLC) you will be surrounded by a small community of second-year students who are learning to navigate their academic and co-curricular pathways to make the most of their experiences as a Pharmacology & Toxicology student. The SLC program is designed to help you make the most out of your degree by engaging in various social, academic and professional development opportunities.

For more information about Pharmacology & Toxicology, visit the Pharmacology & Toxicology website

Apply to a Pharmacology & Toxicology SLC

SLC applications are currently closed for the 2023-24 academic year, and they will reopen in Summer 2024. 


To be eligible for the Pharmacology & Toxicology SLC you must be a second-year student enrolled in any of the following pharmacology & toxicology programs:

  • General Major in Pharmacology and Biomedical Toxicology
  • Joint Specialist in Pharmacology and Biomedical Toxicology
  • Environment & Toxicology Specialist

SLC Course Overview

Students in the Pharmacology & Toxicology SLC will meet at a welcome session during the first week of classes and then every other week starting September 18, 2023.

Time: Every other week on Thursdays 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Location: TBD

Your SLC Team

Headshot of Michelle Arnot, Pharmacology & Toxicology SLC Faculty Advisor

Department: Pharmacology and Toxicology

Title: Professor, Teaching Stream and Associate Chair, Undergraduate Education.

Years worked for your current department and/or U of T: 16

Undergraduate major/specialist and institution: Life Sciences at Queen’s University

Hometown: St. Albert, Alberta

Why you decided to serve as a faculty advisor: Building community plays a really important role in our department and during your tenure at the University. You may meet peers who become colleagues many years down the line or friends for life. If nothing else, we hope to create an opportunity for you to become more aware of the amazing opportunities within our program and our discipline overall.

One piece of advice for a second-year student: Remember the path to your career, whatever that will be, will not be straight so don't get caught up in the "I must do X, Y or Z." Take opportunities to follow your passion/interests and this will help guide you to your next steps towards your career and life after undergraduate studies.

Hobby or interest: I love downhill skiing and will take any opportunity to spend time in nature.

Headshot of Charlotte Pashley, Pharmacology & Toxicology SLC staff advisor

Department: Pharmacology & Toxicology

Title: Undergraduate Program Officer

Years worked for your current department and/or U of T: Five

Undergraduate major/specialist and institution: Higher Education, OISE

Hometown: Hopewell, NJ

Why you decided to serve as a staff advisor: The most fulfilling part of my role is having the opportunity to work with students, help solve problems, and welcome them into the department. SLC is a wonderful opportunity for our learners and it is my pleasure to be able to help support students through this program!

One piece of advice for a second-year student: Get involved! SLC is tailored to help students through all aspects of their academic experience. It's engaging, fun, and well worth it!

Hobby or interest: When I'm not working, I can be found spending time with my lazy english bulldog, Tigger.

Justin Carlos portrait in Ottawa

Title: Peer Mentor

Program: Pharmacology and Physiology major, Immunology minor

Year: Third Year

College: Trinity College

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

An interesting fact: I got to attend an in-person mass with Pope Francis in Vatican City! Very surreal experience.

Studies: I really enjoy seeing how my different science courses are connected by a lot of central concepts or mechanisms! It makes those concepts easier to understand and helps my studies feel like a whole experience!

Hobby or interest: Trying different coffee shops in Toronto, going to the Athletic Centre for a weekly swim, watching Twitch streams, and listening to my favourite musicians (Taylor Swift, keshi, Fujii Kaze, just to name a few)!

Eric Chiu standing in front of boats outdoors

Title: Peer Mentor

Program: Pharmacology & Toxicology Joint Specialist, Biochemistry Major, Immunology Minor

Year: Fourth Year

College: Woodsworth College

Hometown: Markham, Ontario

An interesting fact: I spent the summer travelling around Europe while doing an internship in Germany.

Studies: In pharmacology, I love how you get to learn about how drugs work while also getting the chance to problem solve when recommending certain cocktails medications which is unique from patient to patient. 

Hobby or interest: Outside of school, my friends and I spend my time exploring different food places downtown since there is so much to do. Recently, I have also started building terrariums to make my home more cozy.

Headshot of Emily Yuan

Title: Peer Mentor

Program: Pharmacology Major, Environmental Science Minor

Year: Third Year

College: New College

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

An interesting fact: I love to travel – this summer I did research abroad in Singapore and I was also was able to visit several surrounding countries in Southeast Asia. Ask me about how I got interviewed and was featured on the local Northern Thailand news!

Studies: I enjoy my studies because I am very interested in gaining a strong background that will allow me to think critically about drug development and research about therapeutic treatments for diseases.

Hobby or interest: Outside of the classroom I love to spend my time experimenting with cooking and baking to destress. In my free time, I enjoy yoga and pilates to stay active. You can also find me at the thrift store looking for hidden gems!