Graduate Student Profiles


Chelsea McLeod

mcleodMy name is Chelsea McLeod and I am a 2nd year student in the Pathologists' Assistant program at Western University. I graduated from the University of Guelph in Human Kinetics. My passion for human anatomy started when I was enrolled in the undergraduate human anatomy course. Following graduation I worked in the human anatomy lab and this experience is what initially drew me towards the PA program. I have always found the human body so fascinating with its many intricacies and thought the PA program would be a perfect fit for me. The program offered at Western University has many unique hands-on opportunities, located in many different hospital settings. Currently I am completing my practical rotations in Toronto at Mt Sinai, Toronto Forensic Unit and SickKids. 

MClSc-Pathologists' Assistant Candidate 2016

Xusheng Zhang

zhangMy name is Xusheng Zhang, a current PA student. I graduated from Tianjin Medical University, China and proceeded to work in a hospital for several years. I came to Canada and joined a research lab at the University Hospital in London and I got a research based Master’s degree in Pathology at Western University in 2011. Having worked in a hospital, I fully understand the important role of pathologic findings plays in early detection, in diagnosis and in drawing up treatment plan. The PA works under the direct supervision of pathologists and provides the detailed gross description and tissues submission required for the pathologists' diagnosis. I am passionate about helping people improve their health and well-being, and have always pursued a career in which I can accomplish this. In the clinic, I worked to help patients recover from their diseases. In research, I investigated novel therapies for allograft rejection, cancer and autoimmune disease that may one day progress into the clinic. All of my clinical and scientific experiences make me want to pursue graduate studies in the PA program, to learn how to make use of pathology to improve patient care.

MClSc-Pathologists' Assistant Candidate 2016