Alaa Mohamed is a Master of Science Candidate in the Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases program at Georgetown University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University, where she majored in Cell and Molecular Biology, and minored in Bioinformatics and Biochemistry. As an undergraduate student, Alaa conducted research in a Molecular Biology Laboratory. This research consisted of using a series of laboratory tests and techniques, and Bioinformatics, to evaluate a specific short open reading frame (sORF) found on an E. coli chromosome. The sORF was then further evaluated to determine whether or not it encoded the expression of small proteins.
Alaa is currently a Graduate Student Research Assistant at the Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security, focusing her research efforts on Health Systems in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA Region) along with Dr. Rebecca Katz and Dr. Erin Sorrell.