Rozana was born in California and was raised in an Iranian household where she was able to grow up with both American and Iranian cultural backgrounds. She graduated with her associate’s degree in Biology from Diablo Valley College and in 2016, transferred to University of California, Davis where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Genetics and Genomics in 2018. During her time at UC Davis, she worked as an undergraduate researcher with Dr. Qizhi Gong in the department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy where she fell in love with research. As an on campus student job, she also operated regular and London-style double decker busses for the student-run transportation system serving the city of Davis. In 2019, she joined the Nakano Lab as a Junior Specialist at UCSF where her research involves the role of an miRNA derived from amelogenin exon4 in bone and enamel formation. Based on her research accomplishments, Rozana plans to fulfill her research interests in molecular genetics associated with enamel formation during her graduate studies.
During her free time, she enjoys Irish dancing, travelling to new places, and continuing to explore and participate in activities within San Francisco.