Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University Of Ottawa Heart Institute
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Dr. Mohammad Al-Khalaf is a graduate from the University of Ottawa, with a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine. He also holds a Bachelors’ and Masters’ in Science in the field of Biochemistry from Concordia University (Montreal, QC), where he gained a distinction. Dr. Al-Khalaf’s early research centered on skeletal muscle development and composition, from stems cells to adult tissue fibers, focusing on the various effects of DNA damage and response mechanisms in determining muscle biology. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute on Dr. Peter Liu’s research team, Chief Scientific Officer and VP Research of the Heart Institute, and Professor of Medicine and Physiology at the University of Toronto, whom amassed career accomplishments and vast knowledge of medical science are truly sources of global benefit to the health of all populations. Dr. Al-Khalaf’s research with Dr. Liu aims to shed new light on the connections between cardiac specific causes of DNA damage response, and the activation of innate immune pathways, leading to accelerated aging and organ failure. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop novel therapeutic strategies to reduce the increasing burden of heart disease on Canadian and global populations. In addition to his ongoing biomedical research, Mo’s interests in advocacy and support for fellow trainees are reflected in his role as Chair of the Heart Institute Trainee Committee. He also currently communicates all aspects of professional career development and research within the wider cardiovascular science community as an American Heart Association Early Career Blogger.
Thursday, October 24
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM