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

Applications are open until July 14, 2024. 

Apply here


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 week of September 9, 2024, and then every other week starting the week of September 16, 2024.


  • Every other week on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • Every other week on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Location: TBD

Your SLC Team

Headshot of Michelle Arnot, Pharmacology & Toxicology SLC Faculty Advisor

Department: Pharmacology & 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: Psychology, University of Ottawa

Hometown: Hopewell, New Jersey, U.S.A.

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.

April Lu photographed in front of a cherry blossom tree

Program: Pharmacology & toxicology specialist, physiology major

Year: Four

College: New College

Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

An interesting fact: I have a food account on Instagram with my friend where we share all of the best food spots in Toronto!

Studies: I enjoy the smaller class sizes in upper years so I get an opportunity to get to know most of my peers. The program also offers so many opportunities for research and industry work so it helps students gain a better understanding of future options after graduation.

Hobby or interest: Going to the gym, cooking, writing a bullet journal, dancing and snowboarding.  

Selfie of Aaron Guan

Program: Pharmacology major (in the process of transferring to the specialist), health & disease major

Year: Three

College: University College

Hometown: Toronto, ON

An interesting fact: I once hiked up to the summit of a dormant volcano in British Columbia and watched the sunrise. 

Studies: I enjoy learning how things works and are connected and I think that is a large portion of the pharmacology program which involves integrating and applying concepts. 

Hobby or interest: When outside the classroom, I like to take long walks while listening to music. I also enjoy cooking.

Selfie of Selen at Victoria College

Program: Pharmacology and biomedical toxicology specialist, immunology minor

Year: Three

College: Victoria College

Hometown: Istanbul, Turkiye

An interesting fact: I travelled alone to Costa Rica in 2022 for a conference right after my graduation ball and was awake for around 46 hours. I love to travel, both with a group and alone! I have been to 10 countries outside of Turkiye and Canada, most of them for science fairs, dance or choir festivals. Feel free to ask me about my travels!

Studies: I love how everything I learn in the pharmacology & toxicology program feels so close to daily life. Not only do you learn about the fundamentals behind what drugs are and how they work, but also how they can be affected by things we do everyday without even realizing the connection. 

Hobby or interest: I love coffee and music! I enjoy coming up with new combinations while I volunteer as a barista at Caffiends and find new coffee shops to try around the city. I love singing with Vic Chorus and having concerts twice a year.

Ira in front of Niagara Falls

Program: Pharmacology major

Year: Four

College: University College

Hometown: Bangalore, India

An interesting fact: I love animals a lot. I have a four year old English cocker spaniel.

Studies: I love learning about new drugs and the way they work. It's always very interesting for me to understand how innovative these creations are and how there is so much room for more innovation.

Hobby or interest: I love reading! I'm a big reader and I enjoy reading fiction books. I also love painting, although I do not get enough time to get around to it during the semester. Otherwise, after classes, I work and I usually end up spending my evenings reading or watching Netflix.