YASIR S. RAOUF
Originally from Iraq, yet spent most of his life in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Yasir pursued his passion for the sciences by completing an HBSc. (with Distinction) at the University of Toronto in 2016 as a double major in Chemistry & Biology (Health Sciences) . Over the course of his undergraduate career, he completed a Research Opportunity Program along with a 4th year Honour's thesis under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Gunning, where he specifically worked on the synthesis and biophysical in vitro interrogation of small molecule inhibitors to a proto-oncogene receptor tyrosine kinase known as ROS1, which upon constitutive activation has been shown to be heavily implicated in the incidence of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).
Yasir has since gained admittance into the graduate school of chemistry at the University of Toronto, as a doctoral student (PhD direct-entry) where he is continuing his exploration of potential avenues of molecular intervention against ROS1. His research and academic interests lie at the cross roads of synthetic, physical, organic and analytical chemistries within the realm of medicinal chemistry, all towards the goal of of contributing to the development of potent yet selective molecular inhibitors as novel therapeutic drug candidates against aberrant disease states, oncogenic or otherwise.
Outside of academia and research, Yasir is an avid soccer player who enjoys music, science history/trivia and national geographic documentaries.