Growing up in Cairo, in the midst of the overwhelming inequalities in the healthcare system, I wanted nothing more than to become a practicing physician focused on improving healthcare quality for all. As I became integrated in the science behind the medical field, I was hooked. During my undergraduate studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, I have become fascinated by the field of cancer biology and its vast molecular processes. For my senior thesis at Harvard Medical School, I chose to focus on stem cell biology and cancer using the genetically-tractable zebrafish model of T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Since then, my passion is to understand the molecular underpinnings governing the genesis of tumors and be able to relate my studies in human patients. I am very honored to become part of the Gates community and I hope to one day contribute to the growth of translational research and become a leader in the Oncology field.

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