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Mohammad R. Akbari, MD, PhD

Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Institute of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Mohammad R. Akbari is a scientist who focuses on the study of genetic susceptibility to breast, ovarian, esophageal, pancreatic and prostate cancers. Dr. Akbari focuses on identifying new genes responsible for different hereditary cancers, and on defining both the role and impact that known cancer genes have on risk. Dr. Akbari's recent work resulted in identification of a new breast cancer susceptibility gene named RECQL. Ultimately, Dr. Akbari is working to develop evidence-based cancer treatments that are personalized to patients who carry a mutation. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers in his relatively short career; some of them are in prestigious journals such as Nature Genetics, Journal of National Cancer Institute (JNCI) and JAMA Oncology.

Select Awards

  • Salary Award in Cancer Prevention from Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI) (2014)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2009)
  • Union of International Cancer Control (UICC) International Cancer Technology Transfer Fellowship (2005)
  • Bronze Medal, 25th International Chemistry Olympiad (Italy) (1993)
  • Gold Medal, National Chemistry Olympiad (1993)


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PhD, Molecular Human Genetics, University of Toronto, 2010

M.D., Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran, 2001

Areas of Interest


  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)