Rageen Rajendram

​​​​​Alumnus, MSc (2014), Medical Science

I have a strong interest in the genomics of neurobehavioural disorders. As part of my graduate studies, I am investigating the genetics of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder using next generation sequencing technologies.

My research career began as an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus where I had the opportunity to work with a number of researchers and clinicians at Sick Children's Hospital. I decided to return to U of T for my graduate studies to continue with basic research and to make a positive difference in my field. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program offered at the Institute of Medical Science, I would have the opportunity to learn about multiple aspects of the disorder I was studying. I also knew the tremendous resources and the extensive collaboration between researchers would allow me to develop my own questions and work towards answering them. The possibilities are truly endless here.

The breadth of knowledge accessible to me, and the willingness of my mentors and colleagues to share their expertise have helped me grow exponentially as a researcher. The opportunities available outside of the academic setting have only enriched my experience. Being a part of the IMS Students' Association, co-chairing U of T's first TEDMED event, and being able to give back to my childhood community through the Parkdale Mentorship Program are only a few highlights.

Curiosity drives me forward and keeps me motivated. For the student considering a career in medical science research, I would say find a question you are passionate about and let that question guide you.

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