Moe Mahjoub, PhD 2007

Melissa supervises the Veterinary Virology Lab at the BC Provincial Animal Health Centre.

Her son must be almost 18 months by now. We are hoping that she’ll soon post some pictures on The Quarmby Lab Facebook Community page.

 
Rip is a civil litigator in Silicon Valley who represents up-start and established life sciences and biotechnology companies in patent and trade secret matters. He is an associate in the Litigation/Regulatory Dept. of Weil, anemia  Gotshal & Manges Silicon Valley Office.
I was a graduate student at the Quarmby lab from 2000 to 2002, click obtaining a M.Sc. in Cell and Molecular Biology. My thesis title was Characterization of the fa1-2 allele and four new members of the NIMA Kinase family from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.

Following my thesis I went into law school at the University of British Columbia. Given my background in science I was able to obtain work in intellectual property (IP) law, where I worked with other scientist, engineers, and lawyers, to help clients protect their ideas and brands through patent and trade-mark work. After seven years at a national IP law firm, I launched my own firm.

My clients over the years have been in a number of technical fields, from pharmaceuticals, wireless communication to software development. While few of the technical skills I developed working in the Quarmby lab have been applied since my graduation (no more pipetting!), the general knowledge and life skills I developed under Lynne’s supervision have proved invaluable.

My wife Betty and I enjoy travelling with our daughter Ayma, who by the age of two has managed 3 continents and 7 countries. Our family spent much of the last year in Nottingham  while my wife studied at the University of Nottingham, enjoying the local culture and the travel opportunities that provided. I have developed an interest in cooking over the years, and find it similar to lab work in many ways, with the advantage that the ingredients I work with now are neither toxic (generally) or radioactive.
I was a graduate student at the Quarmby lab from 2000 to 2002, click obtaining a M.Sc. in Cell and Molecular Biology. My thesis title was Characterization of the fa1-2 allele and four new members of the NIMA Kinase family from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.

Following my thesis I went into law school at the University of British Columbia. Given my background in science I was able to obtain work in intellectual property (IP) law, where I worked with other scientist, engineers, and lawyers, to help clients protect their ideas and brands through patent and trade-mark work. After seven years at a national IP law firm, I launched my own firm.

My clients over the years have been in a number of technical fields, from pharmaceuticals, wireless communication to software development. While few of the technical skills I developed working in the Quarmby lab have been applied since my graduation (no more pipetting!), the general knowledge and life skills I developed under Lynne’s supervision have proved invaluable.

My wife Betty and I enjoy travelling with our daughter Ayma, who by the age of two has managed 3 continents and 7 countries. Our family spent much of the last year in Nottingham  while my wife studied at the University of Nottingham, enjoying the local culture and the travel opportunities that provided. I have developed an interest in cooking over the years, and find it similar to lab work in many ways, with the advantage that the ingredients I work with now are neither toxic (generally) or radioactive.

I am proud to have been one of the first members of the SFU incarnation of the Quarmby lab. I joined the lab as an undergraduate volunteer in the fall of 2000, visit
working in the lab part-time while trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. It’s not an exaggeration to say that joining the lab changed my life in a dramatic way, prostate and science (research) became my passion. I instantly fell in love with my project, and decided to stay on as a graduate student and completed my Ph.D. dissertation in 2007. The focus of my Ph.D. thesis was to determine the role of a NIMA-family kinase, Fa2p, in regulating ciliary disassembly and mitotic progression using our favorite little green algae, Chlamydomonas, as a model organism.

My graduate training in the Quarmby lab really whet my appetite, and I wanted to further understand the relationship between centrosomes-cilia, cell division and differentiation in mammalian cells, particularly as it relates to problems in human health. I moved to California to pursue my postdoctoral studies in Tim Stearns’ lab at Stanford. In the Stearns lab my postdoctoral research is focused on: (1) Identifying regulators of centrosome and cilium assembly, this time using an innovative mouse tracheal epithelial cell culture system, and (2) Determining the consequences of abnormal centrosome and cilium function in human disease, particularly cancer. I am currently applying for faculty positions, and hope to one day follow in the footsteps of my wonderful mentor Lynne!

[UPDATE: Moe has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Washington University Renal Division of the School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. Congratulations, Moe!]