Liena was born and raised in Sudan before pursuing her undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama in the United States. She studied electrical and computer engineering.
She is a Ph.D. student at the University of Waterloo’s Electrical and Computer Engineering School. Liena’s research investigates field effect transistor (FET) biosensors and advancements in biosensing research for infectious diseases. In her research, she seeks to develop affordable miniaturized handheld/wearable point-of-care devices for early and timely disease detection. Her research focus has partially developed from her work experience on renewable energy projects in rural areas in developing African countries. Throughout these projects, she felt the need for rapid, reliable biosensors that were accessible to all, including the less fortunate communities.
Prior to her Ph.D., she was a master’s student at the Nano and Microsystems Lab and worked on pioneering biosensing research under Dr. Mustafa Yavuz’s supervision.
Aside from her interest in industry and academia, Liena likes to engage in social activities such as mentoring upcoming electrical and computer engineering graduate students. The joys of spending time with her family and two children are what keep her going when she is not working.