Zeba HussainiZeba Hussaini, 2014

Reading, Pa.
Major: Biology
Graduation Plans: Medical School

“I am not sure whether I would like to specialize or do family medicine,” says Hussaini.  “I do know I hope to participate in a public health/medical volunteering program. I plan to work in a clinic or hospital setting, open my own practice, volunteer, get involved in non-profits, do research, write, travel, be an advocate, and much more. ”

Current Work and Research Project:

In the summer of 2011, Hussaini volunteered in the clinics of impoverished neighborhoods in India.  She helped physicians treat their patients and distributed medication and vaccinations.

“Although it was difficult at times, especially with the heat and the cultural and language barriers, it was an amazing experience that I will not forget,” Hussaini says.  “I would like to continue do this type of volunteer work more in future, whether abroad or in the United States.”

Additionally, Hussaini has worked as a research assistant in Dr. Beth Bailey’s Biology lab since September 2011 doing research on cardiac function and dysfunction. She works with mice to study how males and female hearts respond differently to calcium. Calcium is necessary to cardiac contraction, but too much calcium can cause damage.  She is now also working as a research assistant in Dr. Rebecca Kohn’s lab on the C. elegans worm.

Plans to promote the common good:

Hussaini plans to work with Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.

“My passion is to one day be involved in global public health projects,” she says.  “I want to be the type of leader in the health care world that helps people of all different backgrounds. I hope to touch other peoples’ lives as a physician, scientist, American, or as just another human being.”

Most interesting leadership experience so far:

Hussaini was chosen from the UC Ambassadors to attend the National Center for Student Leadership Conference in Miami, Fla. In fall, 2011. “I learned my fundamental leadership concept: the Golden Circle” she says. “The Golden Circle states that to be a successful leader, you must first know why you are doing what you are doing, rather than what or how you are doing it.”  Additionally, Hussaini is the Competitions Chair of the Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST) where she coordinates the competition in Philadelphia. She is also one of three facilitators for the UC United Society of Leaders —a group that attempts to bridge the gap between students, faculty and staff through organizations and events on campus. She has been President of the Muslim Student Association at Ursinus since September 2010, and sponsors the education for a child in India.  Every month, Hussaini sends 500 rupees (approximately 11 dollars) to pay for a young boy’s school tuition and plans to continue to do so as long as he continues his education until he is 18. 

“Education is the most important social issue to me and I am very passionate about it, she says. “I hope to influence others in doing something for their own passions.”