I graduated magna cum laude from The University of Rochester in Spring 2018 with distinction in the field of Neuroscience . I am currently attending medical school at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
How LE•O Helped:
With the help of LE•O I was able to achieve my goals and received a full scholarship to attend The University of Rochester. Rochester has a uniquely organized neuroscience major with a medley of advanced courses in molecular neuroscience that range from neuropharmacology to molecular neurophysiology. The latter courses prepared me for lab work in Professor Edward Brown’s lab. This opportunity to work allowed me to master the use of advanced laser scanning microscopy to study cancer development. I implemented these techniques to study transport through the blood brain barrier. After my long training, I want to become one of the major researchers in the field of brain cancer, thus longing for a future free of this disease.
I was born in Lebanon. Family life was very challenging ever since my father left us. I struggled to protect my family, and I fought to excel in my academics while also working as a volunteer teaching younger students in hopes to pursue a higher education on a scholarship. I won a scholarship with the help of ULYP (United Lebanon Youth Project) to study at AUB (American University of Beirut). I was interested in studying neuro-oncology, however due to the lack of facilities and research opportunities in the Biology department for this field I decided to apply as a transfer student to the University of Rochester with the support of LE.O.
In May, 2018 I graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. I am currently seeking work experience while volunteering with LEO as an Advisor. During my years at Lehigh, I worked on various catalysis-related research projects with Lehigh professors. My senior project was sponsored by Merck where my team and I worked on developing a model for downstream processing of protein drug substance of 400 L batch size. In addition, I spent a co-op semester, Fall 2016, at Infineum, where I worked on developing a series of tests for car lubricants’ aeration. I also worked in the Career Services office from summer of 2016 till graduation, where I helped students with resumes and other career related projects.
In the future, I plan to go back to school to pursue a masters degree and eventually a PhD in Chemical Engineering.
I was born and raised in the Bourj Al-Barajneh refugee camp in Lebanon. I went to UNRWA schools due to financial burdens. Because I was one of the high achievers, an organization reached out to me and encouraged me to apply to United World Colleges, a prestigious International Baccalaureate high schools chain around the world that offers scholarships for students from different countries and gives them a unique opportunity to live together and learn from each other’s very different backgrounds. I got accepted to UWC India in 2014 and I spent my 11th and 12th grades there.
After the amazing experience I had in India, I was accepted to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.The Leonard Education Organization were instrumental in backing my academic and personal development.Having such a strong support network in place in the US while I studied, enabled me to better navigate the many challenges I was to face, while studying abroad.