Mahadeo A. Sukhai, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Science Background: Molecular Biology; Genetics; Cancer Research

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Summary Biosketch

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.

Diversity Experience

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