Dr. Mahsa Alizadeh is a MITACS funded Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Analytical and Pre-Formulation Division at CDRD. Mahsa obtained her PhD in 2016 in Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her thesis was focused on designing a polymeric nanocarrier to deliver Progesterone to the brain for treatment of Traumatic Brian Injury (TBI). During her PhD, Mahsa conducted extensive research on synthesizing a library of polymeric bases to encapsulate hydrophobic drugs such as Progesterone for a proper delivery to the target cells. She studied stability and release of the drug from the nanocarriers as well as blood compatibility and in vitro studies on brain cells with the designed formulation. She also developed her skills in a variety range of analytical methods such as GPC, HPLC and Confocal Microscopy.
Mahsa obtained her BSc in Applied Chemistry at the University of Tehran in 2005, followed by an internship at Daru-Pakhsh Pharmaceuticals. She completed her MSc in Organic Chemistry at the University of Tehran in 2007, during which she mastered synthesizing organic molecules for drug cores, and characterization methods such as NMR and Mass Spectroscopy.
During her time at CDRD, Mahsa intends to extend her knowledge and expertise by exploring the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment in diverse projects. She hopes to be able to contribute her skills and acquire new skills in the area of drug delivery.