Year of Entry: 2010
Year of Completion: 2017
Current Position: University of Montreal, Resident in Plastic Surgery
PhD Supervisor: Dr. Mary-Ellen Harper
Thesis: Defended August 19, 2016
I was born in Lebanon and raised in Ottawa from a very young age. I completed my Honours B.Sc. degree in Biomedical Sciences with a Minor in Business Administration at the University of Ottawa and subsequently joined the inaugural class of the MD/PhD program at the same university. I’ve participated in different research programs since high school and thoroughly enjoyed the variety of my experiences. I started off examining mechanisms involved in hypertension and soon thereafter worked on prostate cancer and breast cancer before beginning my M.Sc. graduate work in the field of chronobiology and circadian rhythms. I was on the executive committee of the Clinician Investigator Trainee Association of Canada (CITAC) for a few years as well as the Managing Editor for the University of Ottawa Journal of Medicine. In my free time, I like to keep busy playing soccer and squash.
My doctoral research interests were centered around obesity and diabetes and more specifically on molecular mechanisms involved in disease development and progression. It is well known that rates of weight loss vary greatly between individuals, and my research was aimed to identify mechanisms that explain this high degree of variability. My hopes were to improve strategies for personalized treatment approaches that would lead to greater weight loss in all affected patients. My other research interests involved the elucidation of cellular mechanisms that underlie metabolic differences observed in obese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
2013-2016 - CHIR Vanier Scholarship
2012-2013 - Ontario Graduate Scholarship