Tomas Tokar

Research Associate, University Health Network

Tomas Tokar obtained his PhD in Biophysics from P. J. Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia. His thesis focused on mathematical modelling and computational simulations of molecular signalling pathways of apoptosis, biological phenomenon often referred to as programmed cell death or, more colloquially, “cellular suicide.” Dr. Tokar spent more than a two years working as a quantitative financial analyst, developing and backtesting novel strategies for algorithmic trading. He also worked as a data scientist, analyzing agrobotanical and meteorological data in order to develop algorithms for optimization of farmers’ irrigation and fertilization practices. He finished a four-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, ON, the largest cancer research and treatment facility in Canada and one of the top five cancer research centres in the world. Dr. Tokar is currently a research associate in Jurisica Lab at Krembil Research Institute. His research interests include mathematical modelling and analysis of the microRNA-mediated regulatory networks, integration of various types of large-scale (“omics”) biological data and application of machine learning techniques in clinical bioinformatics.