2014 Equity Intern: Lubna Khan

Khan_Lubna_150Throughout her three years at Oregon State University (OSU), Lubna Khan has been very involved in both research and leadership, excelling academically in research labs as well as in civic and extracurricular arenas.

During her medical research, Lubna worked in an Environmental and Molecular Toxicology lab. She researched the potential uses of dioxin-like compounds such as immunosuppressants in a mouse model of Type I diabetes. "This knowledge will be useful in predicting the possible complications and side effects from the dioxin-like compounds that are being considered for clinical use," she says of her research.

Previously, Lubna worked in a Neuroscience research lab on an Institutional Review Board (IRB) certified project. Her academic advisor points out that it is rare for an undergraduate student to work in two research labs. Lubna is also a member of The University Honors College, which includes only the top 3% of all OSU students.

Besides her stellar academic career, Lubna also contributes greatly to her campus community. She has been a member of the Associated Students of Oregon State University Ethics and Oversight Committee, Senate, Student Government Committee, and Election's Committee. Further, she is civically involved, lobbying for affordable tuition with state legislators in Washington, D.C.

Another way Lubna has contributed to the OSU community is through the Ettihad Cultural Community, a center that bridges domestic and international students of Middle Eastern, South Asian and North African descent. Lubna serves as the President and Founder of the cultural center.  Through her work in crafting the mission, vision and budget of the Ettihad Cultural Community, the center is now a reality. She says that it's a place to "create mutual ties of respect and understanding between people of different cultural backgrounds."

This summer, Lubna is working at OHSU as one of 18 Summer Equity Research interns. She is working with Joseph El Youssef, M.D. in the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Center and will have the chance to shadow Erin Gilbert, M.D. of the Gastrointestinal and General Surgery department.

For more information about the Summer Equity Internship Program, email David Martinez, Manager of Student Recruitment and Retention.

Posted on July 8, 2014. Write-up by Jillian Toda. Photo by Maileen Hamto.