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Sherin Al-Safadi

2014, PhD Biology (Neurobiology) (Supervisor: Shimon Amir)

Medical Advisor, Oncology (Bayer Canada)
Sherin Al-Safadi

1.     How are you applying your degree in Psychology from Concordia?

I am actively pursuing my passion for translational medicine in Oncology. My learnings from the PhD program support my daily mandate to create value-driven innovation in the pharmaceutical industry by bridging the gap between R&D, product commercialization and, most importantly, patient-centric healthcare.

2.     What do you value most from your experience in the Psychology program?

The academic, professional and personal development opportunities thanks to the guidance, leadership and mentorship of my supervisor, Shimon Amir. He was a beacon of light that helped me navigate the murky waters of PhD research, but also taught me to give back, never give up and pursue life outside of the lab.

3.     Is there a particular memory that stands out from your time at Concordia?

The annual holiday potluck hosted by the Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology and the Department of Psychology. Not only is this a fantastic opportunity to connect and network with students and staff from across several departments, it is a great reflection of Concordia as a melting pot of cultures, values, perspectives and identities.

4.     What advice would you give to someone considering graduate studies in a Psychology program?  

As you go through the application process, take the time to meet with different faculty members based on your areas of research interests. Graduate school will be the biggest part of your life for the next 2 to 5 years, so you want to make sure that there is a good fit between you, your future supervisor and the lab.

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