Nardin Nabil Samuel, BScPhm (Hon.), MSc, PhD
MD/PhD Student, Department of Medical Biophysics
University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
While taking an undergraduate pharmacy course in personalized medicine, I became interested in how genetic differences affect drug metabolism and kinetics, and soon realized that I am fascinated by genetics. My interest in cancer arose through various undergraduate research positions, where I had the opportunity to apply molecular and genetic approaches to understand how normal cells undergo malignant transformation. Around this time, the field of cancer genomics was steadily thriving, with the advent of next-generation sequencing technologies. Using genomics as a tool to understand cancer become the logical next step for my research studies and I am currently studying the genetic and epigenetic factors that contribute to cancer predisposition. I also have a passion for patient care, and hope to ultimately translate my research as a clinician-scientist.
I am honored to have been elected to the AACR Associate Member Council beginning in 2015. I have attended numerous AACR meetings in the past and am astounded by the breadth and quality of cancer research at these conferences. I am eager to work diligently with the other members of the Associate Member Council to serve our generation and the next generation of cancer researchers by advancing professional development and enabling early-career scientists to help evolve cancer research to new frontiers.