Zhala Tawfiq, 25, emigrated from the Middle East to the U.S. as a fifth grader and spoke no English. Today Zhala is enjoying life in Los Angeles, and she’s eager to serve as a mentor for other girls and young women.
Her approach to science research is no different than her approach to life: the most effective path isn't always the most common. Inspired to find a cure for ALS, one student-turned-researcher found her calling, and later found herself, working for Astellas.
As a teenager growing up in Great Britain, Alison Hayles was torn between two passions: music and science. She chose to follow her inner voice and pursue science, a decision for which she will be forever grateful.
While conducting cancer research, Angela Kwiatek made an important personal discovery: She didn’t like doing experiments. Today she loves her new career as a medical writer.
Armed with a high comfort level for the East Coast, Jennifer Poulakos pursued her academic degrees on both sides of the Hudson River. Today her career and her life are flourishing in southern California.