Tina Avolio

Name Tina M. Avolio
School School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Engineering - Building Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering - Mechanical Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering - Power Systems Engineering
Academic and Professional Designations
  • ​PhD. Molecular and Medical Genetics, University of Toronto
  • MSc. Medical Sciences, McMaster University
  • B.Ed. Queen’s University (Math, Science /Biology; member in good standing of the Ontario College of Teachers)
Title ​Professor
Courses Taught
  • SCIE71000 - Introduction to Natural Sciences
  • SCIE74020 - Assessing Emerging Technologies
  • COLLAB4H03 - Introduction to Concepts in Global Health
Areas of Expertise & Interest
  • ​DNA Technology
  • Medical Genetics
  • Cancer Research
Industry Experience, Professional Currency Activities
  • ​Five (5) years of experience working as a Research Scientist and group leader in a biopharmaceutical company exploring anti-cancer therapeutics, specifically RNA interference strategies to downregulate expression of genes involved in cell proliferation
Major Research Projects, Scholarly Activities, and/or Publications


  • 2009 - International Journal of Oncology. 34 (1): 33-42
  • GTI-2040, displays cooperative antitumor activity, when combined with interferon alpha against human renal carcinoma xenografts.
  • 2006 - AntiCancer Drugs. 18 (4): 377-388
  • RNA interference targeting the R2 subunit of ribonucleotide reductase inhibits growth of tumour cells in vitro and in vivo.

Conference presentations:

  • 9th International Conference on Screening for Lung Cancer, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami Florida
Additional Information Tina enjoys teaching science and math courses and sharing her enthusiasm for medical genetics and cancer research among other interesting topics in the field. She encourages her students to also explore and share their own interests in science through group discussion and informal presentations.