Dr. Behrouz Moemeni is the founder and CEO here at SortSmart. He is compelled by a vision to change the education system. He believes everyone deserves access to higher education. He is driven by a mission to create the next generation of admissions screening tools that are more fair, free of socioeconomic, culturural and racial bias, while technologically and scientifically light years ahead of current admissions screening tools out there to select top-performing applicants.
Dr. Moemeni is meticulous about scientifically proven programs, services and products created here at SortSmart. He blames this on his training as a scientist and he holds a Ph.D. in the field of Immunology from the University of Toronto. He is the recipient of 19 awards for his work during his undergraduate and graduate years, including the Prize in Biology. He has delivered several presentations at international scientific conferences and his scientific work in the areas of cancer biology and immunology, has culminated in several discoveries and the publication of three peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Moemeni has also taught a course at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and an undergraduate level course at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Moemeni has delivered thought-provoking presentations to an international audience on the topics of admissions, and candidate selection and is regularly invited to present at university and corporate settings.
When he is not obsessing over the quality and scientific validity of our products and services, he's training for Krav Maga, reading, writing, volunteering his time for an educational cause, or walking his cat (his cat doesn't really cooperate).
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Behrouz Moemeni, Why I became an advocate for change in university admissions & employee selection (and why you should too). BSI International Conference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irDvhC7CE_k
Behrouz Moemeni, Vacaresse, N. , Vainder, M. , Wortzman, M. , Watts, T. , Veillette, A. , Gajewski, T. and Julius, M. Fyn Expression Predicates Both Protective Immunity and Onset of Autoimmunity. Open Journal of Immunology, 5, 244-259. doi: 10.4236/oji.2015.55020.
Behrouz Moemeni*, D.F.*, et al. Lck-dependent Fyn activation requires C-terminus-dependent targeting of kinase-active Lck to lipid rafts. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 238(39): 26409-26422. (*Equal contributions)
P.Y.B.A., N.M., H.C., Behrouz Moemeni, et al. The oncogene PDGF-B provides a key switch from cell death to survival induced by TNF. Oncogene, 24(19): 3196-3205.
Andrej completed his PhD in molecular Biology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington he studied the dynamic nature of chromatin and the importance of cis-regulatory regions in shaping an organisms response to biotic and abiotic stimuli. He has spent time at the University of British Columbia, and Agriculture Canada where he received a prestigious NSERC fellowship to develop virus resistant varieties of peach and soybean. He is currently back at the University of Washington developing and teaching upper level molecular biology courses and studying how plants respond to increasing CO2 levels.
Throughout his graduate and post graduate work Andrej has been a passionate mentor and teacher focusing on increasing science accessibility and improving diversity in the sciences. He is a firm believer that a population derives its vigor and vitality from heterogeneity, and diversity is beneficial at every level of society, whether academia, healthcare, or business.
As a senior scientist, his work at SortSmart aims to increase transparency and fairness and eliminate the intrinsic biases of current applicant screening practices. He believes that the tools he has helped develop at SortSmart will increase the talent pool from which professional schools and business draw from, ultimately leading to diverse workplaces with happier, more productive members. He currently lives in Seattle with his partner and their two young children. They are thinking of getting a dog, but Andrej is worried he will get stuck doing morning walks in the rain.
Ronza's vested interest in languages and world politics was driven by her family's pursuit for safety. Originally born in Iraq, her family fled war to seek refuge in Turkey and eventually immigrating to Canada. Settling in Canada, Ronza knew she wanted to give back to the community and build awareness for those displaced and affected by war. She partnered with War Child Canada, and created One Army, a committee of her own that acts as a catalyst and generates awareness and support. She went on to obtain an MA at York University where she studied International Relations with a focus in International Security. Ronza continues utilizing her voice and platform to advocate for families displaced, and strives to advocate for social justice. With over 5 years of experience, Ronza's professional background is primarily focused on candidate selection and ensuring an effective and fair screening process. Additionally, she believes that everyone needs a creative outlet for continued growth, which for her is writing music and poetry.
Dr. Liam Kelly is passionate about helping talented people to achieve their dreams. An accomplished researcher, he holds a PhD from the Queen’s University of Belfast, where he studied modern history, and a Masters’ degree from the University of Oxford. He has worked in all kinds of institutions – from modern universities to a 12th-century castle. Working as a university lecturer and researcher, Liam has had the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world and learning what makes them tick. Liam has also worked in the heritage industry in the UK, bringing public history to life for people of all ages and backgrounds. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed helping to match people with roles in which they can shine and make sure that the organization thrives. Outside of work, Liam is active in campaigns to enhance social justice and the rights of Indigenous peoples. He believes that a person’s career and life should allow them to express themselves and their deep-held values, and he loves supporting others as they make this happen. Most importantly, Liam is the proud co-parent of five beautiful cats.
Matty Mehrabi has multiple degrees and certifications in the health care sector and has been practicing in this field for 20 years. She holds a bachelor of science in midwifery, masters of education in health care, registered nurse status, as well as a clinical research certification.
Matty received her bachelor of science in the field of midwifery in 1993. Upon graduation, she enrolled in post-graduate studies and received her Masters of Education in the area of health and healthcare.
Her combined practical experience and graduate level degree in education naturally led Matty towards her passion of teaching. Over the next several years, she taught nursing and midwifery to undergraduate and graduate students at various academic institutions.
In 2004, Ms. Mehrabi successfully completed the Canadian Registered Nurse examination and has since been practicing as a registered nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital. Moreover, as a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP), she has taken the lead in coordinating various research projects at the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre.