Khadija Seck

University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2026

Major: Neuroscience

Minor: Health Care Management, French & Francophone Studies

Khadija Seck is a third-year student pursuing a BA in Neuroscience and French & Francophone Studies with minors in Health Care Management and Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in studying healthcare inequalities in an international context, specifically in Africa and francophone countries, and how the structure of healthcare systems that differ across the globe influence outcomes and policies. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school for a potential MD/MBA or MD/MPH concentrating in healthcare management and global health.

Seck also has the unique opportunity to complete the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Program. She spends these 12 weeks working with part-time Angel Chung and Dr. Hamsa Bastani on an AI for public health project in Somaliland. This experience enables her to investigate how the Ministry of Health in Somaliland addresses healthcare and the intersections of technology and global health. Seck spends the other half of her time working with Joanne Levy to help run the SUMR program and coordinate with other SUMR scholars to ensure the program runs smoothly.

At the University of Pennsylvania, she serves as a shift leader for the Shelter Health Outreach Program where she regularly works to improve health outcomes for homeless communities in Philadelphia. Apart from SHOP, she is also involved in the Penn community as a Johnson’s Scholar, member of Alzheimer Buddies, serves as Awareness Chair of Foundation of International Medical Relief for Children, and is a member of the pre-medical fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon. She also works as a research assistant in Dr. Damaris Lorenzo’s lab, investigating Ankyrin variants in the brain and gene profiling in animal models of disease. In her free time, she enjoys her time with Penn Women’s Club Soccer, trying new foods, running by the Schuylkill, and watching movies.