Layla is a PhD student at Drexel University's College of Computing & Informatics. She applies her knowledge of natural language processing methodologies and substance use disorder (SUD) to try and understand the online social context around drug use in order to build narratives that could augment our understanding of recovery. Prior to her current academic pursuits, she was the Lead Research Analyst on multiple initiatives within the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine including the development of a web-platform for the visualization of multiple social determinants related to cancer, the NIH HEALing Communities Study looking at predictors of opioid use disorder (OUD) relapse, and the COVID-19 contact-tracing subcommittees. Outside of academia, Layla enjoys organizing community-based events that promote tech equity and advocacy such as R-Ladies Miami, Google Developer Groups (GDG) Miami, and GDG Philadelphia. In her spare time, you can find Layla curled up with a good book, her three cats, or both.