Helen received a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering with high distinction classification, subsequently holding technical and leadership positions in multinational companies. Fascinated by human intelligence and first Lebanese citizen to receive the International Fulbright Science and Technology Award, Helen is currently delving in brain research as part of her PhD studies in the Department of Bioengineering at UCSD. In Gabriel Silva’s laboratory, Helen aims, through theoretical work guided by experimental findings, to better elucidate how brain structure and connectivity, synaptic strength, and neuronal excitability are regulated in concert to optimize the performance of neuronal circuits and shape intelligence. As the COO of the UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge organization, Helen has been actively involved in mentoring future entrepreneurs and organizing the $100k Business Plan Competition, mainly focusing on bringing to market Bioengineering solutions to health problems. She led the organization of a Start-Up Job Fair and a Women in Entrepreneurship event at UCSD. Helen is also an Advisory Board member for an organization that helps challenged readers and dyslexics. As part of her efforts to instill interest in Science and Engineering and International collaboration, Helen served as the Graduate Student Representative for the California University-wide Committee for International Education. Helen’s aim is to establish a Bioengineering Research Center in her home country. She believes that, by incorporating aspects of her cross-cultural expertise into Lebanon, she will contribute to broadening the horizons of her community and help her country transcend local and political boundaries, thus contributing to the resolution of conflicts.