About Malika

Malika is a PhD student in the Human Genetics department at UCLA. She likes life filled with humor, compassion, and curiosity about the natural world. Currently, she is working on using whole-genome sequence data to find genetic diagnoses for patients with rare genetic disease. To learn more about what we are doing for these patients, check out the Undiagnosed Diseases Network website (


Malika earned a bachelor's in Human Biology from Stanford University where she developed her passion for learning and sharing science through teaching and art. Though she misses her past life as high school science teacher, Malika keeps herself busy as a violinist and graphic designer, and looks forward to teaching higher-ed and practicing medical genetics after her graduate career. She believes strongly in the power of good teaching to make science broadly accessible, and in the power of art to facilitate personal connection with science and the natural world.

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