Nick Shell
August 21, 2018

Next up in our Spotlight Series is Lena Hussain, a Senior Project Manager in the Vanderbilt Center for Quantitative Sciences.  Here she shares more about her role within the group and her life outside Vanderbilt.  Here is what she had to share with us:

Tell us us a little bit about your work here in the CQS within the Department of Biostatistics.
I currently hold a Senior Project Manager role at CQS where I am the lead on 18 projects.  I work closely with the CQS IT team and play an active role in managing each project from start to completion. In addition, I serve on the Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) Staff Council.

What was your draw to Vanderbilt? 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a great place to work. I was first drawn to Vanderbilt University when I moved to Nashville in 2012. I have always enjoyed working in the world of academia so I decided to apply for a position at CQS. The opportunity proved to be fruitful because not only am I working in academia, but I am involved in research studies that help fight cancer!

Tell us about your life outside of Vanderbilt. 
I am married and we have a 2.5 year old daughter named Hanna.  She has turned our lives upside down and we cherish every moment. On the weekends we enjoy spending time with her, going to a park or the library. My hobbies include cooking, traveling and just spending time outdoors.

Finally, what are some things about you that most people at Vanderbilt still don't know and may be surprised to know about you?
I hold a master’s degree in environmental studies. My thesis was on armed conflict and its consequences on the natural and social environment in Iraq. My study was almost published by an organization that wanted to distribute the study to libraries across universities in Canada. Unfortunately, the funding fell through. It is still a dream of mine to publish that study.

I lived in four different countries before moving to the US. I spent most of my years living in Canada.  Our home was about an hour away from Toronto. I still visit often. If you have a trip to Canada lined up, I will have tons of information for you on things to see and places to eat, some known only to locals.

I recently started my own blog called Mommy Tactics where I write about fast recipes, review toys and other baby items, and share some of my experiences since becoming a mom.