Rukayat Taiwo

Rukayat was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to the United States for college. She attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon where she majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She subsequently went to medical school at Washington University in Saint Louis where she spent two additional years exploring the tumorigenic mechanisms of glioblastoma stem-like cells.  In her spare time, Rukayat enjoys traveling, hiking, and exploring the outdoors.


2019- Present
Stanford University
– Palo Alto, CA
Department of Neurosurgery
Resident Physician

2013- 2019
Washington University School of Medicine- Saint Louis, Missouri
Doctor of Medicine /Masters in Biological Sciences   

2008 – 2012
Reed College, Portland, Oregon
BA Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Program completion


Awards and Honors

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship (2016–2018)
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction (2017)
  • American Academy of Achievement Student Delegate (2017)                     
  • Virginia G. Harrison Scholar Award – Washington University in Saint Louis (2015)                                   
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society Induction (2012)
  • Commendation for Excellence in Scholarship – Reed College (2008-2012)    


Rukayat Taiwo