Nora Marzouqa

Nora Marzouqa

Nora Marzouqa
Nora graduated from Harvard college in 2022 with a joint B.A. in neuroscience and the history of science with a secondary in global health and health policy. During her time as an undergraduate Nora was involved in research on both depression and development at the Laboratory for Translational and Affective Neuroscience, as well as the Stress and Development lab. She also conducted historical research as a Radcliffe Research Fellow on the reconstruction of modern attributions and definitions of science.Nora conducted her honors thesis under the supervision of Dr. Mclaughlin in conjunction with the college’s History of Science department’s Anne Harrington. Her research focused on using methods of neuroscience data analysis and historical archival work to analyze the research conducted on the Romanian orphans in the early 2000s. The neuroscience aspect of her thesis particularly focused on the correlation of childcare quality with structural manifestations in the brain. Though her thesis Nora learned the importance of social and historical contextualization of neuroscience research efforts and tools and centering the participants of study throughout.Nora continues her involvement in the Stress and Development lab as a research coordinator to expand her understanding of the methods used in vulnerable pediatric populations, and the possibility of incorporating the neuroscientific manifestations of trauma and stress in childhood advocacy. Nora hopes that by pursuing an M.D. Ph.D. in the near future she would be able to serve populations of children experiencing prolonged exposure to trauma and stress. Coming from Palestine, Nora is also interested in developing more culturally inclusive research methods and interventions that could be implemented abroad. Outside of the lab Nora enjoys hanging out with friends, teaching them Arabic, playing the saxophone, and soccer. She also currently serves as a resident dean’s aide in Cabot house.