Leyla and I met on our first night at Georgia Tech. We became friends but we didn't know how close we would become over the next four years. During that first year in college Leyla found a passion for cancer research and started working in a cancer research lab on campus, conducting experiments and building an understanding of the science behind it. I spent that first year fumbling through majors trying to find something that felt right when I learned about industrial design and almost immediately fell in love.
Since then we have both been pursuing our passions in our fields of study all the while knowing that for us, a career wasn't just a job that paid the bills so that we can pursue our hobbies passionately, but rather that our career would be our passion.
Having learned this among some other lessons in college, we decided to study abroad in New Zealand learning lots about ourselves and about the world. Studying subjects we hadn't studied before and taking some classes purely for fun we were living in an emotional high taking in all of the knowledge that we could while we were there. While working on a paper for an anthropology class, Leyla learned about the surprisingly high rate of death caused by cervical cancer in the indigenous people in New Zealand. Struck by this and the diagnosis of her mother with breast cancer, she decided to dive deeply into the world of cancer diagnostics, realizing that the key to stopping cancer is early detection.
Armed with a reason to solve a problem, Leyla approached me with the idea knowing about my enthusiasm to improve the quality of life for women around the world. Knowing that our skills complimented one another, we decided to think about what we could do to try to solve such a large problem.
After coming back to Georgia Tech we began to think seriously about pursuing this project with our time and started looking into the resources we had around us and how to use them to make this work. In November of 2017 we began to seriously pursue our idea to improve cancer detection in low-middle income countries.
Our focus is on gynecologic cancers because of our passions to help women who lack resources to adequate testing. We are deepening our understanding of the problem, developing our solution, and trying to improve education on the topic of women's health.
We would love to talk to you, feel free to reach out to us about our project!