29 years old 🇺🇸 and I’ve got some news for all of you here on IG…
I’m moving to America 😍✌🏼.
I have accepted a position at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Keck School of Medicine, based in Los Angeles ☺️ #gotrojans
I’ll be working on different projects, including CAR T cells for childhood leukaemia. My dream to move into cancer research has come true ✨🔬
18 months ago, I went for our “one walk a day” during Lockdown.
I was on the phone to my friend and I said to her “Well only God knows where He’ll take me when my PhD ends….”
I look up and immediately see the flag of California ☀️ draping from someone’s bedroom window off a random street I happened to be walking down.
Safe to say that was my first sign God had plans for me to relocate to CA. I won’t bore you with the details but as time went on more and more signs became clear this was my direction.
In May, I had a message on LinkedIn from a Professor based at USC who is someone who I hugely looked up to asking for a Zoom call.
He’s published in The Lancet journal, contributed to a huge clinical trial that my PhD group was apart of, and has an MBA from Harvard to top it off.
His paper on CAR Tregs basically shaped my Chapter VII of my PhD thesis.
What he has offered me is… unbelievable 🥺. I’m confident in myself but I blurted out to him “I’m too junior and unqualified for this position.” He dismissed it and said “we will get you ready.”
Contract signed, H-1B visa approved, scheduled departure date is end of January once I get the US Embassy stamp 🥳🥳🥳.
Once again, God has shown me He is faithful. I didn’t seek this job out, I didn’t search for the opportunity. I worked my ass off for my PhD, published my papers and it just came my way.
But most importantly I prayed daily to God “I don’t understand where you’re taking me, but I trust You”
🕊 Jeremiah 29:11
29 years living in the U.K., let’s try this SoCal life out.
And I expect you all to visit me in Los Angeles / Tehrangeles. The land of the Persians 🤣🤣🤣
This morning one of our nation’s heroes passed away peacefully in his sleep. Although his passing has been expected, this has hit me very hard. Senator Robert Dole of Russell, Kansas sacrificed more for this country than most people will ever realize.
I met Bob way back in 2002 when I was a young man and will be his loyal friend until my last day here on earth.
I can write several paragraphs about his life and accomplishments but there’s no way I could ever capture the pure goodness of this hero’s soul and his extreme love for his country and fellow human beings.
I’m absolutely heartbroken because I will never again know another gentleman and patriot like him in my lifetime again.
To my dear friend…. It was an HONOR of several lifetimes to share this world with you. You truly made it a better place.
Until we meet again in Valhalla — sleep in peace!