Negin was our research technician and lab manager in Vancouver. She now works with Dr Bob Hancock and his team at UBC. Her son Daniel is now five and she still does impressive work with the Vafa animal shelter and other humane society colleagues.
"I got my Masters in 2011 from Leiden University, The Netherlands. My Master of Science research is in Cellular and Molecular biology.
During my study in The Netherlands, I worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Biology (IBL) at Leiden University. The title of my thesis is "Involvement of Apoptosis-related genes during autolysis in Aspergillus niger". The aim of this project was to over-express three A. niger orthologues of candidate genes putatively involved in apoptosis-like processes (Pro-apoptotic protease, Apoptosis-inducing factor, and Inhibitor of apoptosis domain) in A. niger.
Currently, I am working at Dr. Perona-Wright’s lab as a research technician. I am responsible for maintaining the lab as well as participating in the projects that are running.
I live in Richmond with my husband, my two and a half year old son, Daniel and my dog Gismo.
Beside my professional career, I am an animal lover and I work as a volunteer with many animal rescue teams. Lately I have been closely involved in the formation and support of the very first animal shelter in Iran (Vafa Animal Shelter). Together with a couple of friends, we have managed to give shelter to more than 400 dogs and 200 cats and 2 donkeys. I believe that together, we can make the world a better place to live!"