Leila grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and moved to the East Coast for college to try out “seasons.” She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors from Johns Hopkins University with a BS in Neuroscience and minor in Entrepreneurship and Management. She then spent half a year conducting research on immunotherapy methods to treat aggressive brain tumors at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is currently an MD student at Harvard Medical School, interested in pursuing neurosurgery.
Leila has always had a passion for teaching and mentoring, and believes the two should go hand-in-hand. She enjoys finding what works for individual students and making the learning process engaging and straightforward. She has experience teaching in a range of subjects from foundational chemistry and statistics to more advanced neuroanatomy and electrophysiology. She served as a teaching assistant for the Neuroscience Laboratory course at Johns Hopkins where she led students through challenging anatomical dissections and electrical recordings from neurons. She also served as a teaching assistant for an applied course on entrepreneurship and led student teams through building competitive business plans to tackle social issues. At Cambridge Coaching, she focuses on academic mentoring and guiding applicants through the medical school admissions process.
Leila’s interests outside of medicine include social entrepreneurship, design, a good cup of coffee, as well as hiking and kayaking.