Rana was born in New York City but spent most of her childhood growing up in Springfield, VA. She attended Brown University for college to study cell and molecular biology with a focus on cancer biology. While there, she conducted research into the effect of immunotherapy on inhibiting ovarian cancer stem cells. After graduation, Rana spent two years as a research technician in an ovarian cancer lab at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is currently pursuing an MD degree at Harvard Medical School and is looking forward to combining her passion for education and medicine in her future.
As an undergraduate student, Rana was a teaching assistant for introductory and intermediate biology courses. She also worked professionally as an academic coach, helping students to gauge their learning styles, leverage their strengths, and develop time-management, test-taking, and problem-solving skills in the context of STEM courses. Rana also has experience working with students on medical school and college admissions. She strategizes with her students to help them choose schools, determine the best experiences to write about for their essays, and practice interviewing. Her students have gone on to be accepted at prestigious schools, including Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, UCSF, and UCLA.
In her spare time, Rana loves watching Netflix when she’s at the gym, sewing felt dolls, and listening to True Crime podcasts.