• Ehsan Sarafraz-Yazdi, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the Founder and CEO of NomoCan Pharmaceutials, LLC.
• Dr. Yazdi spent a day at URMC, connected with faculty and students (link), and presented a seminar at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology (CMPP) highlighting a new microfluidic system to study anti-cancer drug responses ex-vivo.
• Dr. Yazdi also shared his vision and inspiration to start his own pharmaceutical company at a URBEST Career Story organized by Dr. Tracey Baas.
• Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (URBEST) is an NIH funded program that focuses on enhancing training opportunities for early career scientists and prepare them for a variety of career options in the dynamic biomedical workforce landscape.
• URBEST Program aims to increase the confidence and motivation of trainees to identify and pursue their career goals, and to reduce training time by enabling trainees to more efficiently direct their efforts.
• I received URBEST certification in January 2020 for participating in career activities such as workshops, retreats, and courses focused on leadership, team management, and career development during the period of my training.
• Work with Vice Dean for Research at the School of Medicine and Dentistry (Dr. Stephen Dewhurst) on a Mental Health project for the Psychiatric Department at the URMC.
• Refine my leadership and management skills by assisting in project execution.
• Presented to 8-12 graders the drive behind my passion to science, and how it started when I was at their age.
• Offered my perspective on how an interest in science transcends nationality with scientists from countries including (India, Portugal, and Rwanda) in a group discussion.
• Part of the series Productive Mentorship: Bringing Out the Best in Your Students.
• Offered my perspective on the mentor-mentee relationship in a research context.
• Facilitated small group sessions for first-year University of Rochester medical students.
• Carried two group discussions titled:
1- Factors Affecting Drug Dose.
2- Drug metabolism and drug interactions (Clinical Case).
• Attended a set of poster presentations, and reviewed the students' performances.• Judged posters based on format, introduction, abstract, methods, results, conclusions, and the ability of the students to discuss their work.• Recorded, and submitted my feedback that helped along with other judges' feedback in determining the winners of the contest.
• Helped struggling grad-students taking IND409 Cell Biology.• Assisted students by carrying series of one-on-one weekly sessions that focuses on improving their performance in class.
• Assisted students with the course material, answered their question, and addressed their course-related concerns.• Conducted review sessions prior to each exams in coordination with other teacher assistants.
• Provided adults with one on one tutoring in math and sciences.
Journal Clubs Involvement
Mentoring Up Workshop
University of Rochester Medical Center – Rochester, New York
• Tracey Baas talked about how to be an active participant in the mentoring relationships by shifting the emphasis from the mentors’ responsibilities in the mentor-mentee relationship to equal emphasis on the contributions of the mentee.
• URBEST Mentoring Up is led by Dr. Tracey Baas and is part of Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (URBEST).
• Took promotional pictures of finished tile projects using professional camera and retouch images using Adobe Photoshop.
- ATAC-seq data analysis
- Complete blood count
- Cell culture
- Confocal microscopy
- Flow cytometry - Designing flow panels
- Flow cytometry - Proficient in using
- BD™ LSR II
- BD Accuri™ C6
- Genomic Data Analysis using R Studio
- In-vivo, and in-vitro tissue fixation
- Isolation of DNA from blood/tissue
- Lab safety training
- Microtome to prepare tissue sections
- Polymerase chain reaction
- Protein purification
- Quantitate PCR
- Radioactive material handling
- Radionuclide labeling
- Reverse transcription reaction
- Southern blotting
- Western blotting
- Whole tissue staining
- Fluent in Arabic
- Basic conversational French