Farhana Islam, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Farhana IslamFarhana Islam Year of Study - 4th
Student’s Name - Farhana Islam
Graduate Department - Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Country of Residence - Canada

Why Faculty of Medicine - Having completed my undergraduate studies at the St. George campus of the University of Toronto, it was a no brainer for me to return to the University of Toronto for graduate studies. I chose the Faculty of Medicine in particular because of its unique depth and breadth of impactful research it produces and the top scientists it attracts. Having the newest technologies and connections to top research hospitals in the country, there are numerous opportunities for students to seek collaborations, apply for funding, and acquire new skills and training.

Why this Department
- Before starting my Ph.D., I knew the research I wanted to do was in the field of genetics, mental health, and clinical trials. I chose the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology because it uniquely allowed me to combine all of my different research interests. Labs within the department focus on a range of research topics within the fields of molecular, behavioural, clinical and translational research. This diversity combined with the close-knit community of the department fosters collaborations and allows students to feel supported through their degrees.

Current Research Experience - For my doctoral thesis, I am studying how genetic variations contribute to differences in treatment outcomes in individuals with major depressive disorder or schizophrenia. My research is conducted at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in the Pharmacogenetics Research Clinic.

Future Education Plans and/or Career Goals - My graduate school journey has inspired me to pursue a career as an independent researcher in the field of psychiatric pharmacogenetics. I plan to continue to broaden my knowledge and skills, and expand my experiences in teaching.

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