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Ali Kuraishy

How current FlexWeekend student Ali Kuraishy is leveraging his MBA to disrupt healthcare for oncology patients

Ali Kuraishy (FlexWeekend '17) is a Product Manager in the Oncology Department at Illumina, a life science company in San Diego. After receiving a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UC Berkley and Ph.D. from UCLA, Kuraishy was looking for a program that would allow him to enhance his knowledge and skills without interfering with his work schedule.

Kuraishy was referred to the Rady School by his college roommate and Rady School alum, Royan Kamyar (MBA '10). After meeting with the Rady School admissions department and auditing a class, Kuraishy found that the FlexWeekend program would be the perfect fit for him.

"I chose the Rady School because of the high caliber of teachers. I audited another class at another MBA program and it was not anywhere close to the intellectual environment at Rady," said Kuraishy.

Kuraishy joined the Illumina team in 2012 as a Scientist in the Translational and Consumer Genetics Department. He then moved to the New and Emerging Markets Business unit, where he managed projects aimed at catalyzing population scale sequencing around the world.

Now, as a Product Manager in the Oncology Department, Kuraishy works in the development and production of tumor profiling genetic products. The products that his team creates allow researchers and clinicians to identify causative mutations in cancer DNA in order to develop personalized medication and therapies for patients.

While Kuraishy had the technical and scientific knowledge to excel at his job, he sought more experience in management, marketing and product development. The Rady School's hands-on approach and strong connections with the local high tech and life sciences industries provide exactly what Kuraishy was looking for.

Already, Kuraishy says the skills and knowledge he has learned at the Rady School have helped him to excel in his current role.

"The skills I learned in my Quantitative Analysis course have helped me already at my job. Understanding how to take qualitative decisions and create some logic behind them have improved my effectiveness as a Project Manager," said Kuraishy.

After graduating from the Rady School, Kuraishy intends to continue his career in genetics and dedicate his life to disrupting healthcare with personalized medicine in order to significantly improve the outcomes of patients with life threatening diseases.

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