Scientist: Leila Ross, Ph.D.
Leila Ross is a biomedical research scientist who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2018. Her training is in biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, and she has worked in academic science as well as in drug development in pharmaceutical companies. Leila has experience as both a researcher and a participant in clinical research, including two clinical trials for her own illness. Before her diagnosis, Leila participated in many science communication and outreach activities such as public lectures and hands-on activities in K-12 after school programs. Post-diagnosis, she has transitioned these efforts towards patient advocacy and assisting fellow patients, such as practicing questions for their medical team to better understand their diagnosis and care plan, searching for and assessing relevant clinical trials, facilitating grief circles and memorials for those who have died, and connecting to patient navigator programs, support groups, social workers, palliative/supportive care, and other relevant resources.