Ziyaan Harji (Class of 2013) is currently doing groundbreaking research on Lou Gehrig’s Disease at the Montreal Neurological Institute.
After finishing my B.Sc at McGill University in Montreal, I began my Master’s Degree in Neuroscience, working out of the Montreal Neurological Institute. This institution was founded by one of the world’s most renowned neuroscientists, Wilder Penfield, in 1934.
My research project is looking at the pathophysiology of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease) using gene editing in Zebrafish. With the state of the art research we are doing in our lab, we hope to find new means of treating patients who have been diagnosed with this dismal neurodegenerative disease – a grim prognosis that typically leads to death within 2-5 years.
As scientists, we often come upon new findings and, in this role, it is important to remain curious and to continue asking questions for the benefit of humankind. I hope to embrace this perpetual curiosity throughout the remainder of my career in order to constantly and consistently advance my field of study.