|TAREQ YOUSEF BSc|
Med Neuro, 13th Floor, 5850 College Street
PO Box 15000 Halifax NS B3H 4R2
EDUCATION & CURRENT EMPLOYMENT
Dalhousie University – PhD Student, Medical Neuroscience 2016 – Present
Supervisor: Dr. William H. Baldridge, Thesis: “Neural adaptation in the vertebrate retina”
Dalhousie University – BSc First Class Honours in Neuroscience, Minor Biology 2011 – 2015
Supervisor: Dr. Kazue Semba, Thesis: “Examination of the effects of chronic sleep restriction on novel object recognition in rats”/ Certificate in Animal Behaviour; Certificate in Science Leadership and Communication/ Dean’s List: 2011-2015, International Baccalaureate Scholarship: $20 000
RECENT RESEARCH FUNDING
Mathers Vision Science Studentship, Doctoral 2018 – 2020
For PhD studies conducted under Dr. William H. Baldridge at Dalhousie University: $23 000
Faculty of Medicine Graduate Studentship 2018
For PhD level studies conducted under Dr. William H. Baldridge at Dalhousie University: $10 000
Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Scotia Scholar Award 2017
For Master’s level studies conducted under Dr. William H. Baldridge at Dalhousie University: $20 000
Mathers Vision Science Studentship, Masters 2017
For Master’s studies conducted under Dr. William H. Baldridge at Dalhousie University: $20 000
3MT Maritimes: 3rd Place 2021
Three Minute Thesis presentation: “Horizontal cells help us see from sunrise to sunset.”: $300
3MT Dalhousie: First Place and People’s Choice 2020
Three Minute Thesis presentation: “Horizontal cells help us see from sunrise to sunset.”: $2 500
OpenThink Scholar 2020
Awarded to PhD students contributing to public communication of research work. $1 500
Ian Mobbs Teaching Award 2019
Awarded to a graduate student for contributions to teaching: $100
Form and Function in Ocular Disease Trainee Travel Award 2018
Awarded to a trainee selected for a platform presentation: $1 500
PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
- Roach, S. P., Lockyer, A. C., Yousef, T., Mennill, D. J., & Phillmore, L. S. (2016). Vocal production and playback of altered song do not affect ZENK expression in black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). Behav Brain Res, 298, 91–99.
- (in progress) Yousef, T., & Baldridge, W. H. (2022). GABA-ergic, cholinergic, and dopaminergic melanopsin-immunoreactive interneurons in the zebrafish and goldfish retina.
- (in progress) Yousef, T., & Baldridge, W. H. (2022). Historical illustrations of the brain from outside of the western world.
PRESS AND ONLINE REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
- Yousef, T., (2020). There’s no evidence that blue-light blocking glasses help with sleep. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/theres-no-evidence-that-blue-light-blocking-glasses-help-with-sleep-143523
- Yousef, T., (2020). OpenThink Blog. https://blogs.dal.ca/openthink/author/tareq-yousef/
RECENT CONFERENCE & MEETING ATTENDANCE
Unique Platform Presentations & Abstracts
|4.||Ophthalmology Research Day, Dalhousie University – March 2021 Halifax, CAN: Yousef, T., Baldridge H. W. The contribution of nitric oxide to light adaptation of retinal horizontal cell gap junction coupling.|
|3.||Ophthalmology Research Day, Dalhousie University – April 2018 (Updated presentation in 2019) Halifax, CAN: Yousef, T., Baldridge H. W. Melanopsin immunoreactive neurons in the teleost retina.|
|2.||Form & Function in Ocular Disease, Dalhousie University – October 2018 Halifax, CAN: Yousef, T., Baldridge H. W. Melanopsin-immunoreactive neurons in the fish retina.|
|1.||PREP Graduate Student Research Day, Dalhousie University – May 2018 Halifax, CAN: Yousef, T., Baldridge H. W. Melanopsin immunoreactive neurons in the fish retina.|
Unique Poster Presentations & Abstracts
|6||Retinal Circuits Symposium, (Northwestern University and The University of Chicago) Virtual – July 2021 Yousef, T., Nitric oxide uncouples horizontal cells.|
|5||Neurosymposium (McGill University) Virtual – June 2021 Yousef, T., Nitric oxide promotes retinal horizontal cell uncoupling|
|4||Communicating Science Workshop for Graduate Students (ComSciConCAN), Virtual – May 2020 Yousef, T., The No BS Nutrition Podcast: Popular science communication and literacy.|
|3.||Canadian Association for Neuroscience Meeting – May 2019 Toronto, CAN: Yousef, T., Baldridge H. W. Melanopsin-immunoreactive neurons in the fish retina.|
|2.||Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting – April 2019Vancouver, CAN: Yousef, T., Baldridge H. W. Melanopsin-immunoreactive neurons in the fish retina.|
|1.||European Retina Meeting, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris – October 2017 |
Paris, France: Yousef, T., Baldridge H. W. Melanopsin immunoreactive neurons in goldfish retina.
ACADEMIC TEACHING EXPERIENCE at DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY
- NESC 3440/ANAT 5100X/Med Y2: Human Neuroanatomy Sept 2014 – ongoing
Lead teaching assistant for the laboratory component of undergraduate, graduate, medicine, dentistry, clinical vision science, and OT/PT students. Have also delivered the lectures on the human visual system since 2017.
- NESC 3775: Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory Jan 2016 – Apr 2016
Teaching assistant duties included laboratory instruction, assessment, with regard to behavioural and histological work in understanding the rat as a popular neuroscience model.
- PSYO 1010/NESC 3010: Intro Psych/Neuro & Advanced General Psych Sept 2015 – Apr 2017
Teaching assistant duties included laboratory instruction, student assessment, and curriculum development, managing both first-years and upper-year students working as lab instructors.
RECENT VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Canadian Communicating Science Workshop for Graduate Students: Atlantic, Co-founder & organizer 2020 – ongoing
Organized and lead a workshop for Atlantic Canadian graduate students on science communication.
Faculty of Medicine Anti-Oppression Curriculum Refresh Sub-committee; Anti-Racism Action Team; Equity Admissions Steering Committee 2020 – ongoing
Committee member in various adminitratory or consultatory roles contributing to equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts at Dalhousie.
Vision Science Journal Club, Organizer 2018 – 2021
A space for students and faculty to discuss recent developments in retinal and ophthalmic research.
Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia, Advisory Board 2016 – ongoing
Formerly VP, Supporting a brain injury survivor network through policy changes & community-building.
Dalhousie students for Healthcare Workers 2020
Volunteering administrative work with Dalhousie students organizing volunteers amidst COVID-19.
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Guide Jan – Apr 2018
Formerly at the Body Worlds RX exhibit, putting my knowledge translation skills to practice, informing the public about the human anatomy of disease.