Umme Habiba​
Research And Programme Coordination Intern

Umme Habiba is currently enrolled at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, for her undergraduate degree, majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior and on the pre-health track. For the past two years, she has worked in a biological sciences lab at her university, designing experiments on various factors affecting the survival and reproduction of Uca pugnax, a species of fiddler crab that lives on the north-western shores of the Atlantic Ocean. 

During her upcoming school year, she will join another lab in the Neuroscience department focusing on drug-seeking behaviour, specifically the molecular mechanisms that underlie cocaine-associated behaviours in mice. Currently, at AKU-BMI, she is doing research-oriented work with her mentor, Dr Kendi Muchungi, collecting data on mental health interventions to address the stigma around stress and trauma, depression and anxiety and suicide ideation and supporting the goals set by BMI.​