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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Connie Thurber

Associate Teaching Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC) - Room 2029
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 2827

Research topics

  • cardiac marker testing
  • clinical biochemistry

Research and expertise

  • Background and Interests

    Connie Thurber holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Specialist Certification in Clinical Chemistry with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. She has worked as a medical technologist both in the United States and Canada and is currently registered with the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science and the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario.

    Prior to joining Ontario Tech University in 2006, Connie worked as a Registered Medical Laboratory Technologist, Point-of-care Co-ordinator, Charge Technologist of Clinical Biochemistry, Quality Manager, and Corporate Laboratory Manager.

    She is responsible for the formal proposal to Ontario Tech University indicating the professional need to implement an honours program in Medical Laboratory Science. She currently teaches in the university's Medical Laboratory Science program across disciplines but with a focus in Clinical Biochemistry. She created the Clinical Biochemistry website to enhance student learning through online audio, image and video files created to demonstrate and reinforce pre-analytical and biochemical principles of laboratory testing. This includes a mobile version of the site for use on the iPhone and other smartphone devices. 

  • Education
    Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Courses taught

    Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

    • Clinical Biochemistry I
    • Clinical Biochemistry II
    • Introduction to Medical Laboratory Lab Practice
    • Medical Laboratory Lab Biochemistry
    • Practice of Effective Leadership and Quality Management
  • Publications
    • Several publications in Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Chemistry on cardiac marker testing and triaging patients with chest pain.
    • Publications on salicylate and acetaminophen interferences in chloride testing.