Basma grew up predominantly in the Middle East having lived in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Lebanon before moving to the United States to attend Wellesley College for her undergraduate degree.
She graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in both Neuroscience and Political Science. Throughout her time at Wellesley, she spent some time doing research with the Bear Lab at MIT and worked for a summer with the National Democratic Institute's Gender, Women and Democracy team.
Right after her graduation, she moved to Jordan, as a research assistant for Beyond Conflict, to work on a research project evaluating psychoeducation as a tool for mitigating PTSD symptoms in Syrian Refugees who are residing in the Za'atari refugee camp.
Basma then relocated to London to complete her Master's Degree in Computational Cognitive Neuroscience where she completed her dissertation titled "Evaluating the resonate-and-fire neuron: Computational ability and biological plausibility".
Basma is really interested in the interdisciplinarity of neuroscience, specifically how neuroscience research can benefit a wide variety of fields and how research in various disciplines can help grow neuroscientific knowledge!
1. I speak three languages; Arabic, French and English
2. My cat is named after me
3. I only recently got used to using only one language when having a conversation with someone!