People: SCC Volunteer Joe Minta
Professor Joe Minta obtained his BSc (Hons, Biochemistry) from the University of Ghana (1966), MSc (Biochemistry) from University of Guelph (1968) and PhD (Biochemistry) and MBA from University of Toronto in 1971 and 1994 respectively. He was an MRC (Canada) Post-doctoral Research Fellow in immunopathology at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington from 1971-1973. He was appointed Assistant Professor, in the Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, in 1973 and was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Molecular and Clinical Rheumatology, at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore in 1989-1990). Professor Minta served as the Coordinator of the graduate program in the Department of Pathology at U of T from 1991-1993 and designed and coordinated several undergraduate and advanced graduate courses and was the recipient of the JP Walter Teaching Award in 1995. Professor Minta has published extensively in peer-reviewed Journals, his research on the molecular basis of the regulation of the human complement system in health and disease and also on pathway analysis of oxidized cholesterol-induced human vascular smooth muscle cell phenotype transformation which is a pivotal step in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases. He retired in 2011 as Emeritus Professor and is currently a Fellow at the Senior College and an active volunteer at the Senior College Center at the University of Toronto and at the Anglican Cathedral Church of St. James, Toronto.