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Student Spotlight - Quais Hassan

Quais Hassan 

Quais Hassan
Biomedical sciences (cancer biology)
Miami, FL








Research interests:

Cancer biology, immunology, translational therapeutics, drug discovery and development

​Awards, honors, publications:

  • University Fellowship
  • Candy Apple Award (Humanism in Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine)
  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi

Long term goals/ aspirations:

  • Take a research idea from the bedside to the bench, and take a drug or therapy from the bench to the bedside.
  • Open up a restaurant fundamentally inspired by food chemistry and biology

​Post MSTP Training dream job:

The academic medicine “triple threat”: teach, do research, and continue to practice medicine, at a large medical center.



What you enjoy outside of school:

Cooking, rock climbing, watching people speedrun video games online, amateur art appreciation.

A talent you have always wanted:

Be able to fall asleep whenever, wherever. Or, more realistically, to not spend all of my money on fancy cooking tools.

Favorite book:

Three very different books in varied genres:

  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
  • The Professional Chef by The Culinary Institute of America

Favorite quote:

“Success is never owned. Success is only rented, and the rent is due every day.”

Can't live without:

Electronic dance music.

If you weren't in MSTP, what would you be doing now?

I would probably be training as a pilot or scientist in the military to eventually become an astronaut. But if that didn’t work out, I would most likely be pursuing a PhD in Food Science... ​​​​