PhD (Mechatronics), 2011
Dr. Mohsen Akbari is a great example of an SFU graduate who followed his dreams and made great achievements. He joined my research lab [Laboratory for Alternative Energy Conversion (LAEC)] at SFU in 2008 as a PhD student. He was enthusiastic, hardworking, and was a wonderful role model for other members of my group.
Shortly after graduating from SFU, he went to Harvard medical school to follow his goal of improving people's quality of life. There, he made a number of significant scientific contributions which have solidified his position as a highly regarded scientist. He is well-known for his innovative ideas in engineering tissues for organ replacement and drug studies.
Mohsen has received several prestigious awards including the NSERC postdoctoral fellowship, BC Innovation Council award, and Kaiser Foundation graduate scholarship in engineering. Recently, he was recognized as a Canadian Rising Star in Global Health for his bold idea on the diagnosis of tuberculosis in low-income countries. He has published 22 high impact articles, authored 2 research highlights, and 2 book chapters so far.
He has now returned to British Columbia as a professor at University of Victoria. His current research is focused on using micro-technologies for creating artificial tissues for organ transplantation and drug studies. Mohsen possesses the background and dedication to continue being an outstanding researcher and a great mentor in the near future.
Submitted by: Majid Bahrami