Dr. Raha is the Director of the McMaster Children and Youth University and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. Following his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Toronto, he trained at the Hospital for Sick Children in the area of metabolic disorders and transitioned into the biotechnology sector leading a research group focused on developing point of care devices. Since 2007, Dr. Raha has been a Principal investigator in the department of Pediatrics where his research has focused on understanding the role of the endocannabinoid system in pregnancy and fetal development.
In 2011, Dr. Raha cofounded the McMaster Children and Youth University (MCYU), a community engagement initiative which strives to demonstrate that discovery and creativity can be powerful allies in breaking down the barriers between community youth and post-secondary educational institutions. Based on his mentorship expertise and novelty of the MCYU program, Dr. Raha has been awarded a number of awards such as the Health Sciences Graduate Student award for outstanding Graduate teaching in 2010, the CIHR synapse award in 2013 for his community engagement and mentorship, McMaster’s top teaching award in 2017, the Presidents award for Outstanding contributions to Teaching and Learning, as well as the Ronald G. Calhoun Science Ambassador Award in 2019 which recognizes community members who show leadership in promoting research.