Marilyn Colaço

Undergraduate Program Assistant Contact About
Colacao, Marilyn t: 416-978-2395 f: 416-978-1610 e: Marilyn Colaço assists with the administration of the undergraduate program and supports the Chair and the Associate Chair. She has been with the University of Toronto both as a student and a staff member since 1995. She enjoys reading and community theatre.


Fereshteh Hashemi

Graduate Administrator Contact About

Hashemi, Fereshteh

t: 416-978-3057 f: 416-978-1610 e: Fereshteh Hashemi administers the graduate program and supports the Director of Graduate Studies. She has been with this Department since February 2007 and either a student or staff member at U of T (on and off) since 1989. After completing her Master’s in Environmental Studies and Botany in 1993 she spent the next 14 years employed in a variety of part-time jobs and volunteer positions while also raising 3 children. She loves to travel, read, and garden.

Irene Kao

Business Officer Contact About
Kao, Irene t: 416-978-7438 f: 416-978-1610 e: Irene Kao acts as the financial and administrative manager for the Department and attends to the financial, human resources, research and operational activities of the unit. She is an alumna of the University of Toronto. Irene enjoys being active and ran the Chicago marathon in 2013.


Arina Rusu

Financial and Payroll Officer Contact About
Photo of Arina Rusu t: 416-978-1376 f: 416-978-1610 e: Arina Rusu administers the department’s PI research grant portfolio and payroll for all non-appointed staff. She is a UofT alumna and is currently working on obtaining her Chartered Professional Accountant designation.