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Ahmed Muhsin

1st Year Medical Sciences PhD Student - IBT Campus

Introducing Ahmed Muhsin, 1st Year Medical Sciences PhD Student - IBT Campus

Ahmed Muhsin

What degrees do you hold and from what institutions?

Almustansiryah, Baghdad/Iraq 2003.

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certified - 2009.

Australian Medical Council certified physician - 2011.

Masters of Public Health - Texas A&M School of Public Health, College Station/Texas - 2016.

Masters of Biomedical Science (Cancer biology) - University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston/Texas - Summer 2020.

What excites you about joining Texas A&M College of Medicine for your PhD studies?

  1. As a prior student at A&M, I enjoyed the unlimited support from faculty and administration and experienced the massive opportunities for growth and development to an independent researcher and scientist. 
  2. The wide range of expertise of the faculty would ensure the opportunity to study in the field you enjoy the most.
  3. Being a part of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world will provide you with one in a lifetime opportunity to study and learn in an integrative way.
  4. The translational nature of most research work at IBT.

If you could meet any scientist throughout history, who would you want to meet and why?

In biomedical sciences, my greatest interest is to study and develop novel ways to treat and prevent cancers, with an emphasis on our own immune system. Cancer Immunology and immunotherapy are the two promising fields here. I have an unbound passion to advance our understanding of immunology and to expand its utilization in the prevention of autoimmune diseases or the management of cancers. Immune checkpoints inhibitors were a huge boost to the field of immunotherapy. I am very lucky to receive my MS training in a department headed by a scientist who discovered these checkpoints and is a Nobel prize winner, Dr. James Allison. He is one of the scientists that I wanted to meet at least once, and instead, I had the chance to meet him quarterly in the department meetings and seminars in the past two years.

Tell us something you are passionate about apart from research.

I love traveling and outdoor nature. Road trips are on the top of my listing. I visited more than 30 countries, and Southeast Asia is next after defeating COVID19 (and passing the candidacy exam!).