Sherin Al-Safadi: Neuroscience in D.C.
Sherin Al-Safadi's PhD research focuses on how stress affects human circadian rhythms. The doctoral winner of this year's Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) received two financial awards.
The first was an all-expenses-paid trip to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, last month. There, as Concordia’s representative, Al-Safadi placed second at the Eastern Regional Canadian Association of Graduate Studies Competition.
Al-Safadi was also awarded $750 to travel to a conference of her choice. She plans on attending the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C. later this year.
“It’s one of the world’s largest neuroscience conferences,” she says. “I’ll be able to learn about the most up-to-date research and present my own data.”
Now that she has defended her thesis, Al-Safadi hopes her interest in translational research — turning laboratory molecules into market-ready products — leads to a job in the pharmaceutical or biotech sectors.
“I want to bring my work from the lab to the corporate world.”