"What makes my research lab unique is using a combination of computational, biochemistry analysis and evolutionary framework to answer complex research questions. I like that SFU offers a balance of academic exposure and activities outside of academic life."

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Student Profile: Mina Khoddami

March 18, 2022
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Molecular Biology and Biochemistry master's student in the Faculty of Science

I am a second-year MSc. student in Dr. Larijani’s Lab. I graduated in Pharm D. in 2015 and then I worked as a pharmacist for 4 years. I enjoy working in health care units; however, I realized the crucial need for basic science research in developing new treatments and reshaping clinical practice. Therefore, I followed my passion for research in molecular biology and biochemistry at SFU. I enjoy reading, swimming and hiking on a sunny day to appreciate the beauty of nature.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

SFU is one of the highly respected universities in Canada with world-renowned academic reputations in science which is appealing for graduate studies. Joining Dr. larijani’s lab at SFU was another step further toward applying diverse perspectives to approach scientific inquiries and solving therapeutic challenges.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

One of the mechanisms that help your body to defend against diverse pathogens is mediated by a group of proteins called AID/APOBECs. Although these proteins are expected to improve immune response, in some cases they cause cancer or exacerbate medical conditions. We are interested in the biochemical and structural properties of these proteins in human and other species as well as involving mechanisms.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

What makes my research lab unique is using a combination of computational, biochemistry analysis and evolutionary framework to answer complex research questions. Being part of a highly motivated team and supporting supervisor persuade me for further achievements. In addition, I like that SFU offers a balance of academic exposure and activities outside of academic life.

 

Contact : mka167@sfu.ca

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