Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati (MD, PhD, FRCPC) is a Staff Neuropathologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in the Department of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine, and is an Associate Scientist at SickKids Research Institute. She obtained a PhD in neurobiology at Laval University, under the supervision of Dr. Andre Parent, followed by postdoctoral training at Yale University under the supervision of Dr. Goldman-Rakic and at the University of Montreal with Dr. Richard Robitaille. Afterwards, she obtained her medical degree from University of Montreal with residency training at University of Toronto in neuropathology.
The focus of Dr. Hazrati’s research is identifying molecular mechanisms driving neurodegeneration and various brain diseases induced by brain trauma, the hypotheses for which are generated from observations made in human brains. These hypotheses are explored in various animal models of concussion, in vitro cell culture experiments. Using these techniques, Dr. Hazrati’s lab has identified DNA damage-induced cellular senescence as a potential driver of the chronic effects of brain trauma, and have identified potential treatment strategies for personalized therapy approaches. Dr. Hazrati has received funding from both the Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR) and National Institute of Health (NIH) for this research project.