Leah Balter (she/her)
Hi everyone! My name is Leah and I am incredibly excited to be one of your SA’s this year! I am an academic junior/social senior (courtesy of a covid gap year!) from Baltimore, MD, concentrating in Trauma and Health in Conflict and Refugee Settings. I am also minoring in Middle Eastern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures on the Arabic track. I chose to major in Humbio because it allowed me the flexibility to combine my interests in health and human rights, in addition to the unmatched faculty and other resources and opportunities. I became a research assistant with the Stanford Project on Adaptation and Resilience in Kids through HB-REX and have since become interested in biomarkers of stress and their epigenetic implications. Like many people, I am not sure if I am pre-med, but I know that I want to work in the health sphere, focusing on refugee and asylee access to preferential, longitudinal care and medical forensic exams.
Outside of Humbio, I am pumped to be an RA in Meier this year! I also volunteer as a Bridge to Care coordinator with Cardinal Free Clinics and do research with the Human Rights in Trauma and Mental Health Laboratory. I spent my covid gap year working as a medical scribe and then spent two months working as a case manager for a torture treatment center. In my free time, I love to go to Izzy’s with friends, hike the dish, read historical fiction, and watch Schitt’s Creek. I can’t wait to meet you all!