Human Islet Research Network

HIREC Staff: Layla Rouse

Layla Rouse
Program Manager
City of Hope



Human Islet Research Enrichment Center (HIREC) 







Where are you from originally, and where did you go to school?

I am originally from Western Massachusetts. I went to Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA) for my undergraduate and Univ. of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences (Amherst, MA) for Graduate School.

►What is your HIREC position and what do you enjoy about your work?

I am the Program Manager for the Human Islet Research Enhancement Center (HIREC). The I enjoy working with a diverse group of individuals committed to learning more about T1D and how to find a cure. I have multiple varying responsibilities as the HIREC Manager and this enables me to work on different tasks every day to truly have a multifaceted work experience.

►Why did you decide to work in scientific research? 

Growing up I knew I wanted to work in science and/or healthcare. Having worked in a lab for a while I quickly learned that I preferred interacting with people instead of drosophila! As my academic career evolved I fell into public health and discovered my niche in participating in scientific research..

► What groups are you involved in? 

Personally, I am active in my local neighborhood (former Association President), schools (PTO member), and I lead a book club!

►When not working, what are your favorite hobbies/activities?

I enjoy reading, traveling and swimming. Most of my “free time” is spent shuttling my two kids to their activities thus their activities have become my activities!