Sara Ahmed Receives 2023 Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award

Originally by Qin Dai

Sara Ahmed is the recipient of the 2023 Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award, part of the University of Toronto’s Awards of Excellence program.

The award provides a fellowship of up to $25,000 annually to a doctoral student who demonstrates outstanding academic and extracurricular leadership. Ahmed was recognized for her exceptional achievements and dedication to academic pursuits, research and outreach initiatives.

Ahmed is completing her PhD through U of T’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, and she is also a student in the MD/PhD Program at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

Her doctoral work is focused on investigating the applications of nanomedicine in cancer treatment. Her research aims to enhance drug delivery to tumours, with the goal of improving patient outcomes and quality of life. 

In addition to her academic pursuits, Ahmed has shown a deep commitment to outreach initiatives that aim to increase underrepresented student demographics in medicine and academia.