Mohammad H. Asadi Lari is currently in his fourth year and graduating from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver in the honours Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences (CAPS) program and also an alumni of the Science One program. He aspires to pursue a career as a clinician–researcher and will be starting the MD-PhD combined training at the University of Toronto from the fall of 2018.
Mohammad spent his childhood in Nottingham, UK and then moved back to his home country, Iran. During his high school years, he participated and won awards in multiple competitions and conferences, including the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO), the Iranian National Chemistry Olympiad and the Iranian Nano Olympiad. He has also been dedicated to research from grade 9, obtaining a patent as a result. After moving to Canada for grade 12, he received the Governor General Academic award at his high school.
Mohammad is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at STEM Fellowship and co-director of the student editorial board for STEM Fellowship Journal (SFJ), a peer-reviewed scientific journal sponsored by Canadian Science Publishing (CSP). He was awarded the CSP 2015 young scholar award, the Society for Scholalrly Publishing (SSP) 2016 Fellowship and the Journal of the American Medical Association's Sponsored Scholar Award. He has also been a finalist for RBC's Top25 Immigrant Award and UBC's Faces of Today Leadership Award, the UBC Science Undergraduate Society Achievement Award and the Dean of Science Award.
He founded and chaired the ambassador program of the Gene Researcher for a Week (GRFAW) for three year. He currently serves on the Youth Advisory Group for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Youth Advisory Committee for the Canadian Red Cross, the Millennial Advisory for Science World BC and is a connect for Hootsuite's League of Innovators.
Mohammad's research track has included organic chemistry, nano chemistry, cancer immunology, neurosurgery clinical research and neuroscience (neurodegenerative pathology and recovery). His undergraduate honours thesis from UBC focused on axonal damage following demyelination in multiple sclerosis and it's relationship to the development of epileptic seizures.
Mohammad is passionate about international affairs, especially in the field of public health, hoping to work with the WHO on a youth based global initiative. In his spare time he enjoys weight lifting, basketball and swimming as sports alongside watching movies and spending quality family time. He hopes to serve a positive and engaging role as a National Young Leader (NYL) for NSN!