Teaching Faculty #82

General Information

Academic History

BSc (biology), MSc and PhD in Medicine from University of British Columbia

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Teaching Interests

As an instructor in biology I aim to engage, intrigue, and help my students critically observe life around us. I strive to create an inclusive environment, where students feel comfortable to think out loud, engage in problem solving, and be actively involved in the process of their own learning. My hope is that my students leave my class armed with a set of tools that will help them to better evaluate biological data and to communicate their findings through logical scientific arguments. To meet these goals, I take a scholarly approach to my teaching and also utilize my own experiences (both as an educator and as a student).

The core principles that guide my teaching are: positive classroom climate, learning through active engagement, encouraging scientific communication, and maintaining a reflective practice.

Courses Taught/Teaching

BIOL 112- Biology of the cell 
BIOL 121- Genetics, Evolution and Ecology 
BIOL 140- Laboratory Investigations in Life Science
BIOL 204- Vertebrate Structure and Function
BIOL 200- Fundamentals of Cell Biology
BIOL 340- Introductory Cell Biology Laboratory
BIOL 341- Introductory Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOL 342- Integrative Biology Laboratory

Selected Publications

Moussavi M, Tearle H, Fazli L, Bell JC, Jia W, Rennie PS. Targeting and killing of metastatic cells in the transgenic adenocarcinoma of mouse prostate model with vesicular stomatitis virus. Molecular Therapy. 2013 Apr;21(4):842-8.

Moussavi M, Moshkabadi N, Jia W, Rennie PS. Using 5’UTR derived from fibroblast growth factor and ornithine decarboxylase for targeting eIF4E in prostate cancer cells and PTEN-/- mice. Cancer Gene Therapy. 2012 Jan;19(1):19-29.

Moussavi M, Fazli L, Tearle H, Guo Y, Cox M, Bell J, Ong C, Jia W, Rennie PS. Oncolysis of Prostate Cancers Induced by Vesicular Stomatitis Virus in PTEN knockout mice. Cancer Research. 2010 Feb 15;70(4):1367-76.