Rayan Mahmoud


Biographical Sketch

Rayan is a medical doctor with a master’s degree in cellular Pathology, diploma of clinical Research and experience in renal disease management. At the nephrology department in Soba University hospital in Sudan, she gained housemanship experience in patient treatment plan implementation and follow-up. Developing an interest in Nephrology, she decided to continue as a senior house officer at the renal dialysis unit. Her duties included monitoring of the dialysis process, central venous catheter installation, patient preparation for tissue biopsy and multi-disciplinary team meetings.

Upon undertaking the United States Medical License Exam, Rayan became interested in disease pathology and pathophysiology. She admired the concept of bridging basic sciences to the clinical practice and how “pathology” solved the gaps in most clinical questions. Subsequently, she took a turn into academia and research by teaching basic sciences to medical students and attaining a diploma in clinical research methodology. In 2018, she was selected for the British Foreign Commonwealth Office “Chevening” award for academic leadership to attain a post-graduate degree in the UK. She received her master’s degree in Cellular Pathology from the University of Westminster in London. During her thesis, she studied the effect of Peptidyl arginine deiminases enzymes (PAD) on target proteins, miRNA and extracellular vesicles in glioblastoma Multiforme IV cancer. Her thesis provided insight into the pathophysiologic mechanism of action of two PAD isozymes in two GBM cell lines. The results furthermore facilitated recommendations for a third isozyme study that proved to be successful.

Rayan aspires to become a consultant Nephro-histopathologist and a research group leader “My project perfectly connects the elements of my past with my future career goals. I believe that my topic mirrors the future direction of routine histopathology practice in the expanding role of molecular targets into the diagnostic process“. 

Apart from science, Rayan is interested in volunteer work, traveling and reading books.