Layan Ibrahim

Academic Mentor, University Guidance Coach

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Layan Ibrahim

Academic Mentor, University Guidance Coach

Layan is extremely passionate about mentorship – particularly, mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds.

As a current 2023-2024 Luce Scholar based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Layan Ibrahim has beenworking towards destigmatizing epilepsy in the Asia/Oceania region. As an epilepsy researcher at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM (HUKM), Layan is involved in multiple epilepsy based research studies.

Layan graduated with her Master of Public Health (MPH) on the Global Health track as a David Satcher Public Health Scholar at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in May 2023. Her academic journey began with earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB) from Emory University in December 2020.

Fueled by a powerful vision, Layan aspires to merge her interest in medicine and research. Her ambition is to secure an MD-PhD in Epidemiology, stepping into the role of a physician-scientist dedicated to obliterating global health disparities, particularly within neurology.

Beyond her scholarly pursuits, Layan harbors a profound passion for mentorship, with a specialfocus on students from underrepresented backgrounds. Boasting over five years of diverse experience, her mentoring roles span from serving as a TA in various college courses to tutoring high school students in math, science, and English. Her mentorship extends to guiding students on their research paths.

With a rich multicultural background, Layan's own academic journey took her across continents. She completed her high school education at the International School of Kenya and the International Community School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, graduating with a full IB Diploma.

Fueled by her experiences, Layan eagerly looks forward to giving back to the community, empowering students to achieve academic excellence and opening doors to their dream colleges!


Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Emory University


English, Amharic, French, Malay