Previous Institution: Wesleyan University, CUNY Brooklyn College
I was born and raised in Sana’a, Yemen. When I was sixteen, I went to New Hampshire to finish high school. I did my bachelor’s at Wesleyan University, where I majored in Neuroscience and Behavior. My interest in research piqued while doing my master’s at Brooklyn College, where I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Amy Ikui.
In Dr. Ikui’s laboratory, I studied the role of a yeast GSK-3 kinase, Mck1, in preventing DNA re-replication. Mck1 promotes the degradation of the replication protein Cdc6. My work elucidated the mechanism by which Mck1 mediates Cdc6 degradation. Furthermore, my work showed that Mck1 involvement in Cdc6 degradation has a role in the alkylating-DNA damage response to preserve DNA integrity.
My research experience steered my interests towards the diverse aspects of genome maintenance, and broadly speaking, towards Cell and Molecular biology. However, I would also like to explore other areas of biology, including Systems and Computational biology. I am excited by the research options offered at Columbia through the Biological Sciences Department!
In my free time, I like to read, swim, explore and have picnics in the park. Riverside Park is one of my favorites in New York City and I am excited about its close proximity to campus. I also like to learn new things. Recently, I have been learning how to code using C, python and PHP.