Idara is originally from the Bay Area, California and is proud to be one of four children of Nigerian immigrants.
She graduated from Brown University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. While at Brown, Idara enjoyed cultivating a sense of mentorship, support, and community in various spaces; Idara served as an academic and social peer advisor. She also connected with high school students in the community and ignited interest and excitement for STEM through preparing students for neuroscience competitions. Outside of these roles, you could find Idara singing with her acapella family, Shades of Brown- a multiracial and multi-ethnic acapella group.
Prior to starting medical school, Idara worked at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. She enjoyed playing a role in developing the Center of Mendelian Genomics and the Rare Genomes Project in their initial stages. When she wasn’t working or busy applying to medical school, you could find Idara recharging in the arts of music and fashion, dancing, or solo traveling through various countries (mainly eating her way through).
Currently, Idara is an MD candidate in the class of 2023 at Alpert Medical School. Here, you can find her advocating for minority communities, practicing trauma-informed care, and working to make medicine as an institution more inclusive. Idara is very excited to join the ODMA team as the Diversity Fellow for the 2021-2022 year and can’t wait to see what the year will bring.