Hena is a third year M.D. candidate at HMS. Born in North Carolina, Hena moved frequently and lived in eight different states and another country (Italy). She attended Indiana University on full scholarship and graduated with highest distinction and Phi Beta Kappa in 2012 with a B.S. in Neuroscience (Honors) and a B.A. in Chemistry. As an undergraduate, Hena founded the largest global health organization on a university campus, studied Huntington’s Disease with a national scholarship from the Beckman Foundation, served as a representative to the university president on a board of the twelve top students on campus, led several health brigades to Honduras, and volunteered at a domestic abuse shelter as a children’s group facilitator and police report reviewer. She was named one of the Top 10 Student Leaders and honored as a Stahr Award recipient (top graduating senior) at Indiana. Hena is interested in alleviating suffering from neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases. Selected as a recipient of a fellowship from Harvard Medical School and the Bertarelli Foundation, Hena conducted translational neuroscience research in the summer of 2013 at the EPFL Brain Mind Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is currently conducting a yearlong collaborative project between the MIT Picower Institute of Learning and Memory and Brigham and Women’s Hospital to study a potential therapy for Autism. Hena is also a practicing Muslim and serves as a leader of the HMS Muslim Students Association. In the future, Hena is interested in studying and developing effective treatments for adults with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and children with Autism. She hopes to be involved with leadership in the Islamic community. Hena is fluent in English, Spanish, and Urdu. She enjoys yoga and flag football and is passionate about nutrition and wellness.