Mahadeo A. Sukhai, Ph.D.
Science Background: Molecular Biology; Genetics; Cancer Research
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- Diversity Experience
- Ph.D., Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, 2007
Thesis: Characterization of the Transcriptional and Sequestration Effects of the Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia Variant Fusion Protein NuMA-RARalpha using the hCG-NuMA-RARalpha Transgenic Mouse Model
Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Kamel-Reid
- M.Sc., Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toronto, 2001
- B.S. (Honours), Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto, 1998
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Ontario Cancer Institute, Toronto, Canada, 2007 to present
- Associate Researcher, Centre for the Study of Students in Post-Secondary Education Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 2008 to present
Selected Fellowships, Honors, and Awards
- Canadian Hematology Society Research Award for Trainees, 2010
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2009 - 2012
- Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation Post-Doctoral Award, 2009 - 2011
- Helena Lam Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2007 - 2009
- University of Toronto Accessibility Award (Student Leadership), 2007
- Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award, University of Toronto, 2006
- Lions Clubs International President Certificate of Appreciation, 2002-2003
Selected Research Publications
- (from a total of 20+ publications)
- Sukhai MA, et al (2013) Lysosomal disruption preferentially targets acute myeloid leukemia cells and progenitors.
J Clin Invest 123: 315-328
- Sukhai MA, Spagnuolo PA, Weir S, Kasper J, Patton L, Schimmer AD (2011) New sources of drugs for hematologic malignancies.
- Sukhai MA, Thomas M, Hamadanizadeh SA, Xuan Y, Wells RA, Kamel-Reid S (2011) Correlation among nuclear localization of NuMA-RARalpha, deregulation of gene expression and leukemic phenotype of hCG-NuMA-RARalpha transgenic mice.
Leukemia Research 35: 670-6
- Sukhai MA, Thomas M, Xuan Y, Chan LS, Hamadanizadeh SA, Zhang T, Bharadwaj RR, Schuh AC, Wells RA, Kamel-Reid S (2008) Evidence of functional interaction between NuMA-RARalpha and RXRalpha in an in vivo model of acute promyelocytic leukemia.
Oncogene 27: 4666-77
Selected Affiliations & Memberships
- Board Member; Meetings Chair; National Postdoctoral Association, 2010 - 2011
- Past President and Senior Advisor (Governance and Leadership Development),
National Educational Association of Disabled Students, 2004 to present
Selected Features and Press Profiles
- Success in STEM: Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai. National Educational Association of Disabled Students, 2010
- N. Faba. Profile: Mahadeo Sukhai, Medical Researcher and Student. National Educational Association of Disabled Students, 2004
- L. McKarney. Biologist With a Vision. ScienceCareers, 2003
- MA Sukhai. A Life Worth Living. Able Ezine, 2000
Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai, Ph.D., is a senior postdoctoral fellow in translational leukemia biology at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto and an associate researcher at the Centre for the Study of Students (CSS) in post-secondary education at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. His primary academic interests are hematopoiesis, leukemia biology and drug development, and he is secondarily interested in the quality of the student and trainee experience, particularly as it relates to mentorship and professional development. His postdoctoral research is funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Ministry of Research and Innovation in the province of Ontario, and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. He has substantial leadership and governance experience from his days as a student leader at the University of Toronto, and has served in several executive capacities, including President, with the National Educational Association of Disabled Students, a Canadian NGO that supports the access and participation of students with disabilities in post-secondary education. Dr. Sukhai has received numerous awards for his scientific, community, and leadership achievements, and has multiple publications to his credit.
Excerpt of a 2010 interview from
Accessibility in the Workplace: Support, Advocacy, and Empowerment
How do you see a disability as a strength/asset to a workplace?:
In an ideal world, disability doesn’t matter. In an ideal world, a disabled person wouldn’t have to put him or herself out there, campaign for, and sometimes actively fight for, something that others, at least in the developed world, take for granted. Unfortunately (or, maybe, fortunately!), we don’t live in an ideal world. Disability does matter – people have their own preconceptions about what a disabled person can or can’t do, and in order to succeed, a disabled individual has to often overcome those preconceptions and the barriers people put in place as a result. We do have to put ourselves out there, we do have to campaign and fight for things that others take for granted. The best of us do so without coming across as strident or as having a sense of entitlement. The best of us, in fact, use those experiences to our advantage – because we have to do things that others don’t usually think about, we can develop skills and characteristics that will make us stand out from the crowd, and will enable us to work better and be assets to our employers. As disabled individuals, we can’t rest on our laurels – this is the strength that disability lends us in the workplace.
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last updated 7-Oct-2013