I graduated from Skidmore in 2010 with a double major in mathematics and (self-determined) computational neuroscience. I was always intrigued by the beautiful machinery of the brain but also had a strong interest in mathematics. To pursue my passion further, I started my PhD in computational neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon after Skidmore. During my PhD, I worked on building computational models of the brain to model schizophrenia, employing my strong background in mathematics and neuroscience from my Skidmore education. After completing my PhD, I moved to the United Arab Emirates to do postdoctoral research at New York University Abu Dhabi.
In 2015, I decided to shift from academia to the industry and joined the National Health Insurance Company of Abu Dhabi. There I focused on health economics and value-based healthcare infrastructures to tackle rising healthcare expenditure. Recently, I joined Medtronic as the regional clinical research manager for Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, and Turkey. I lead clinical teams across my geography, focusing on clinical trial execution, evidence dissemination, and value-based healthcare.
I was privileged to receive Porter Scholarship for math and science to attend Skidmore College, which gave me excellent opportunities including a truly interdisciplinary education experience and privilege to study abroad at a world-renowned university. I would encourage all of you to make the best out of your Skidmore experience and reach out to us for help and a little push!