shabnam mansur -- VP of Public Relations

The Vice President of Public Relations is responsible for ensuring that the values of MML are effectively represented to the greater university community and beyond, and for efficiently communicating with the public about upcoming events.

Shabnam is a sophomore in the College of Biological Sciences majoring in neuroscience and minoring in Arabic. She is an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Donald Simone's neuroscience lab studying the neural mechanisms that account for hyperalgesia (heightened sensitivity to pain) after injury or disease. Shabnam regularly volunteers at the Minneapolis Hope Lodge, and works as a Student Development Representative at the University of Minnesota Foundation where she helpsfundraise for scholarships and academic programs at the U.

In her free time, Shabnam loves to cook and bake, read, do yoga, travel, and explore the Twin Cities area.

What is the most meaningful experience you've had as a pre-medical student thus far?

"Medicine had always interested me but I was not really sure if it was worth the long years and hard coursework. However, during my senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to shadow a local family practice physician. Even when patients came in with seemingly small issues, they were so grateful when the physician was able to use her knowledge and expertise to help them. It was also fascinating to see how the doctor utilized critical thinking and problem solving to treat her patients. After this experience, I realized that as a physician, I'll be able use my passion for science to change lives for the better!”