Leena Hamad

Leena HamadLeena Hamad concentrated in Molecular and Cellular Biology along with a Government secondary and a citation in Arabic. Leena graduated summa cum laude, and she was elected early to Phi Beta Kappa in her senior fall. Hailing from the beautiful state of New Hampshire, she was a proud resident of Adams House while at Harvard. Leena's Sudanese heritage has colored her longstanding passion for biomedical science with a dedication to harnessing those tools for global social good. At Harvard, she developed a keen interest in microbiology and received a Herchel Smith award in support of her undergraduate thesis. Her research with the Balskus Lab has explored and developed diverse biochemical and computational approaches to characterizing the complex dynamics of the human microbiome. Beyond the lab, Leena worked with healthcare access initiatives at Massachusetts General Hospital and abroad in under-resourced communities in Khartoum, Sudan. Alongside these projects, Leena served as President of the Society of Arab Students, mentored first-year students as a Peer Advising Fellow, and wrote for the Harvard International Review. At Cambridge, Leena looks forward to synthesizing her interests in science, medicine, and politics to complete meaningful research on the ethics and history of global health. As the Lt. Charles H. Fiske III Scholar at Trinity College, Leena is pursuing an MPhil in Health, Medicine, and Society.