News at Medicine - June 2016 - Human Genetics graduate program celebrates student accomplishments at Convocation 2016


Human Genetics graduate program celebrates student accomplishments at Convocation 2016
June 9, 2016
On June 2, 2016 the Discipline of Genetics had three students graduate during Memorial University's 2016 Convocation – Dr. Erfan Aref-Eshghi, Ms. Amy Powell and Mr. Salem Werdyani. The discipline would like to wish them the best of luck in their new endeavors and thanks them for their hard work and dedication to the field of human genetics. 
 
Dr. Erfan Aref-Eshghi received a Ph.D. (Medicine) and was supervised by Dr. Guangju Zhai. The title of his thesis is Understanding the role of Transforming Growth Factor Beta signalling and Epigenomics in Osteoarthritis.

Ms. Powell and Mr. Werdyani both received M.Sc. degrees and were supervised by Drs. Michael Woods and Sevtap Savas, respectively. The thesis of Ms. Powell is entitled Whole Exome Sequencing Analysis of Intracranial Aneurysm in Multiplex Families from Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Werdyani studied the Characteristics of the germ-line copy number variations (CNVs) in colorectal cancer patients.

Currently, both Mr. Werdyani and Amy remain at Memorial at the discipline. Mr. Werdyani is a PhD candidate with Dr. Terry-Lynn Young and Ms. Powell is a research assistant with Dr. Michael Woods. Dr. Aref-Eshghi will be undertaking a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario.

The faculty and staff in the Discipline of Genetics would like to wish them the best of luck in their new endeavors and thanks them for their hard work and dedication to the field of human genetics. 


From left: Amy Powell, Salem Werdyani, and Erfan Aref-Eshghi