Melody Salehzadeh

Ph.D. student

Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Kiran Soma investigating the regulation of glucocorticoid production in immune tissues.

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    Cell and Developmental Biology, Comparative Physiology
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  • History

    Ph.D., Zoology                                                               Sep 2018* - Present
    University of British Columbia
    *Transferred from M.Sc. to Ph.D. program in May 2020
    Advisor: Dr. Kiran K. Soma
    Concentration: Local regulation of glucocorticoids in the immune system/Immunologic endocrinology


    B.Sc., Combined Major in Science                           Sep 2013 - Jan 2018
    University of British Columbia
    Concentration: Chemistry, Life Sciences, Statistics

Melody completed her B.Sc. in Combined Major in Science, combining Life Sciences, Chemistry and Statistics at UBC in 2017, working in the lab of Prof. Soma. As an undergraduate, Melody received the Quinn Research Assistantship and the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award. She also received undergraduate travel awards to present her data at the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology conference.

Melody’s thesis is focused on local glucocorticoid production in immune tissues, particularly the regulation of corticosterone production in the thymus. Melody earned an NSERC CGS-M fellowship and an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship to conduct this novel research.


For Research

NSERC - Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral
May 2020 - April 2024


For Research

NSERC - Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program