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Graduate Student

Toronto, ON, Canada
April 24, 2020

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Allan Tran

Telephone: 647-***-****



Master of Science (MSc); Microbiology and Immunology

McGill University, Montreal, QC April 2018 – April 2020

Thesis title: The role of estrogen-related receptor alpha (ERRα) in intestinal homeostasis and inflammatory bowel diseases

Supervisors: Dr. Maya Saleh, Dr. Michel L. Tremblay; Collaborator: Dr. Vincent Giguère

Awards: Graduate Excellence Award (2)

Coursework: The Human Microbiome, Clinical Trials and Research -1/-2/-3, attended Basic Business Skills Workshop

Learned programming skills in R; practiced through Datacamp for RNA-seq analysis

Skills acquired: Dextran sodium sulfate-induced colitis models, immunofluorescence, H&E histology, FITC-dextran, bone-marrow chimeras, flow cytometry, qPCR, PCR, genotyping, mice dissection, western blot, protein quantification, RNA/DNA-isolation, microscopy and imaging, intestinal epithelial cell isolation

Bachelor of Science (BSc); Honours Life Sciences 2013 – 2018

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Thesis Title: Identifying Biomarkers as a Prognostic Tool in Kidney Transplantation

Supervisor: Dr. Khalid Al-Nedawi

Research Practicum; Supervisors: Dr. Brian Lichty, Dr. Wang (McMaster Immunology Research Centre)

External Coursework: Writing in the Sciences Self-Paced (online); Stanford University

Golden Key International Honour Society (final year academics)


Allan Tran, Mario Songane, Claudia Champagne, Luc Galarneau, Nassima Fodil, Vincent Giguère, Maya Saleh.

The Protective Role of Estrogen-related receptor alpha (ERRα) in Experimental Colitis (Manuscript in process for submission to the Journal of Nature Mucosal Immunology)


Tran, A. Identifying Protein-biomarkers Contained in Microvesicles as a Prognostic Tool for Kidney Transplantation. Research Rounds. St. Josephs Healthcare Charlton Campus, Hamilton, Canada. July 2017.

Tran, A. The Role of ERRα and ERRγ in Intestinal Homeostasis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. 2nd

Montreal Symposium on the Immunogenetics of Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases: Building bridges

between medical and fundamental research. Hôtel ALT Montréal Griffintown, Montreal, Canada. May

11, 2018.

Tran, A. The Role of ERRα and ERRγ in Intestinal Homeostasis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

10th Anniversary Life Science Complex Symposium. Life Science Bellini Complex, Montreal Canada.

December 5, 2018.


Exam Invigilator December 2018 - Current

McGill University, Montreal, QC

Worked in a team environment to ensure academic regulations were followed, and all exams to be appropriately distributed

Research Assistant June 2015 – April 2018

St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton Centre for Kidney Research, Hamilton, ON

Principle Investigator: Dr. Khalid Al-Nedawi, Co-supervisor: Dr. Anil Kapoor

Conducted thorough literature searches in the field of microvesicles, renal transplantation, and cancer; summarized findings to facilitate the progression of research projects

Developed a professional working relationship with clinician; discussed with Dr. Anil Kapoor, a nephrologist regarding gaps in current clinical outcomes and to fulfil those unmet scientific needs via translational research

Developed up-to-date scientific knowledge within the field of microvesicles and renal disease; delivered this information to the nephrologist and other researchers in the form of lectures/ presentations

Presented research findings and the progression of my project in small and large group settings; facilitated discussion to gain new scientific perspectives, and the enhance understanding of the topic for the audience

Ensured laboratory supplies are sufficiently stocked weekly; responsible for requesting new deliveries including bi-weekly liquid nitrogen refill orders

Provided facility orientation to new laboratory members including volunteers, undergraduate thesis students, and graduate students; laboratory safety rules and policies, potential hazards, emergency procedures and evacuation, toxic products, and emergency contacts

Trained new members on laboratory skills, techniques: pipetting, ultra-/centrifugation, autoclave sterilization, cell/tissue culture, gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE and western blot), protein assay, cell lysis, DNA and RNA extraction, microvesicle isolation, compound microscope, pH meter

Revised and edited research manuscripts to ensure for correct grammar, and enhancement of paragraph unity and coherence

Attended weekly research rounds to obtain up-to-date knowledge pertaining to the field of nephrology (work presented by principle investigators, clinicians, graduate students, or medical residents)

Science Camp Counsellor/ Educator June 2016 – August 2017

The Boulevard Club, Toronto, ON

Supervised children from ages 5-12 with an average of 12 campers per week; provided an education on the fundamentals of science through mini-lectures, activities, and homework. This is balanced with outdoor-play, and sports to promote well-rounded characteristics among campers

Facilitated learning for campers by enhancing their comprehension through the utilization of demystifying methods and strategies on advanced scientific concepts; ensured various styles of teaching methods are implanted e.g. verbal, visual

Encouraged and motivated campers to be persistent in their learning capabilities by providing them strong moral support

Evaluated performance of each camper on a weekly basis on the following criterions: knowledge, depth of understanding, and thinking and communication skills

Recognized by parents and guardians for effective communication in providing daily feedback regarding academic performance and behavior of their children

Discussed and brought awareness to campers regarding cultural diversity, inclusivity, disabilities and language barriers to promote a sense of equality among campers


Lifesaving Instructor/ Lifeguard September 2012 – August 2014

City of Toronto, Trinity Bellwood’s CRC, Parkdale CRC, Sunnyside Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, Toronto, ON

Instructed CPR A-C and dry/ wet- land aquatic lifesaving skills to course registrants

Demonstrated effective pool supervision using observation skills and scanning techniques; ability to respond to an emergency as both a member and a leader of a lifeguard team

Involved in several intensive fast-pace rescues of drowning non-swimmers and provided effective management to distressed or injured victims; first aid response, filling out health/ medical forms, and providing recommendations to victims regarding appropriate treatment and care

Piano Instructor September 2013 – Summer 2014

City of Toronto, Parkdale CRC, Toronto ON

Instructed students of ages between 7-12 on piano techniques and music theory; integrated fun activities to further engage the students and to optimize full understanding of knowledge

Assigned students weekly take-home assignments and task; evaluated the progress of each student based on their performance with the provision of constructive feedback

Adventure Camp Counsellor Summer 2012

` Summer 2013

City of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Supervised groups of over 100 children; developed positive rapport with campers through interactive activities while enforcing rules and ensuring safety of all participants

Maintained accurate program record including minor-/major incidents reports, logbook documentation, and daily attendance


Emergency Medical First Responder September 2015 – June 2017

St. John Ambulance Hamilton Branch, Hamilton, ON

Provided medical emergency assistance with a collaborative team at the scene of incident; ensured victims are immobilized to prevent further injury prior to arrival of EMS

Screen the area of duty for abnormality in the well-being of individuals and participants at assigned events; observed for situations of danger to report to authoritative staff

Advised minor-injured victims without the need of EMS to seek appropriate medical treatment and care; ensured health forms and reports are filled for medical record

Senior Care Summer 2010 – Summer 2013

Chartwell Retirement Residence, Toronto, ON

Prepared and ran cognitive-stimulating activities with seniors to improve mood and to promote healthy well-being

Assisted coordinators and nursing staff with maneuvering senior on wheelchairs to requested location; delivering meals to assigned rooms

Front Desk Receptionist Summer 2013 – Summer 2014

St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto, ON

Directed patients and visitors to the locality of departments, and rooms within the hospital

Contacted the office of administration to retrieve room numbers for patient-visitors


McMaster–Certified Tutor, McMaster University

Good Clinical Practice (GCP), McMaster University

Chart Review Research Ethics Tutorial, McMaster University

Emergency Medical Responder, Canadian Red Cross

Lifesaving Instructor, Life Saving Society

CPR-C/ Health Care Provider & AED, Lifesaving Society

National Lifeguard, Lifesaving Society

Targeted AED Site Responder, Toronto Emergency Medical Services

Biosafety Awareness Training, McMaster University


English: Native language; Chinese (Cantonese): Professional working proficiency

Computer literacy; experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, ImageJ, Prism, Mendeley, and Endnote

Ability to work with Windows, and Mac OSX operating systems


World Travel: Iceland, USA, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia

Activities: Reading (Health and wellbeing, and relationships), piano, fitness (cycling, weight lifting), camping, and road trips

Sports: Baseball, basketball and flag football

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