Jowana Obeid

Jowana Obeid

Precision Health Program Certificate Student
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) Master's Student

Biography

Jowana Obeid is a second year master’s student in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB). Her interests in science began early on as she has always been intrigued in understanding the building blocks of living things and the processes occurring beyond the naked eye. She has diverse lab experience in bacteriology, parasitology and clinical chemistry which she acquired while working at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. She started her master’s in MCDB hoping to gain more experience through coursework and research to apply to a PhD program. She is currently working on a project to study the oncogene KRAS and see if its activation is causing DNA damage and test possible inhibitors targeting this gene. This has increased her interest in the cancer biology field as well as her desire to further study this gene and contribute to the scientific community. Losing her grandparents to cancer and seeing how widespread it is, is what made her interested in this field. Her hope is to broaden her knowledge and understanding about it through the precision health courses, seminars and faculty mentorship. She believes that this certificate will be a bridge between her academic background, clinical experience and future career goals and help her comprehend how precision health can contribute to clinical studies to improve the patients’ overall health.