Student Name: Saif Hossain
Supervisors: Dr. Marc Meneghini, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics
Dr. Justin Nodwell, Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Dr. John Glover, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Saif graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science as a Biochemistry specialist and Health & Disease major.
He is currently working in Dr. Marc Meneghini’s lab as a summer student where he aims to elucidate how retrotransposons and endogenous double stranded RNA viruses are subjected to regulation during the gametogenesis phase of the yeast cycle. He has previously studied interaction between yeast priogenic proteins and chaperone proteins with Dr. John Glover. He has also worked with Dr. Justin Nodwell in investigating a signal transduction pathway that activates secondary metabolism in Streptomyces coelicolor.
He has received many scholarships and awards for his academic accomplishments and research. He received University of Toronto Excellence Award in Natural Sciences and Engineering, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Award, Woodsworth College Scholarship and University of Toronto Scholar Award. He currently holds a Graduate and Life Sciences Education Undergraduate Summer Research Project Studentship.
Outside of research Saif has been on the executive council of the Biochemistry Undergraduate Student Society (BUSS) for two years acting as a Year Representative and later Vice-President. He has also been the Vice-President of Bangladeshi Students’ Association (BSA) where he indisputably worked hard to showcase the Bangladeshi culture here at the University of Toronto.
Saif will be starting his Master of Science in the Department of Molecular Genetics in September 2016 at University of Toronto where he received a Merit Entrance Scholarship.