Laila Ziko is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Biology Department at the American University in Cairo. Laila is teaching introductory biology, genetics and cell and molecular labs to undergraduate students since February 2019. During her PhD, Laila worked with Prof. Rania Siam’s research team to explore Red Sea harsh environments and mine their microbial metagenomes for antibacterial and anticancer effects. They reported their work in 2019 in two publications and they are currently working on expanding on their work. She completed her PhD in Applied Sciences at the American University in Cairo in January 2019 and was awarded the EMBO short-term fellowship in 2017. In 2018 she won with her PhD thesis project the Falling Walls Lab in Cairo and represented Egypt in the Berlin Finale. Earlier, she earned her MSc. degree in Biotechnology in 2013 from the American University in Cairo, which she worked on multiple stressors for more efficient cancer therapy. Laila’s main research interests are natural products with antibacterial and anticancer effects. In 2008, Laila received her BSc. in Pharmacy and Biotechnology from the German University in Cairo. Laila lives in Cairo, she enjoys spending her weekends with her family and young nephews.