Nayha graduated with her LLB (Common and Civil Law with French) from Queens University Belfast in 2008, she then obtained her LLM in Law from the University of Edinburgh in 2009 and was awarded her PhD in 2016. She has taught on several courses including Fundamentals in Medical Jurisprudence and Health Research and Commercialisation.
The over-arching theme of Nayha's research is health research regulation. Since 2016, she has been working as a socio-legal Research Fellow on the Wellcome Trust funded project 'Confronting the Liminal Spaces of Health Research Regulation'. Her fellowship, entitled 'Regulating for Uncertainty' focuses on the relationships between treatment, research and experimentation. Nayha's interests lie primarily within bioethics and in particular, the interface between medicine, ethics and the law. She is particulary interested in interdisciplinary collaborations.
Nayha was appointed Deputy Director of the Mason Institute for Life Sciences, Medicine and the Law in 2012. She was Deputy Chair of the Organising Committee for the 13th World Congress of the International Association of Bioethics in 2016.
Nayha has previously worked as a Research Fellow on the information governance stream of SHIP (Scottish Health Informatics Programme) (2009-2012) under the direction of Professor Graeme Laurie. Her research focused on ethical legal and social issues of secondary uses of data for research purposes, particularly issues of consent, privacy, data protection, data linkage and on a broader level, information governance. Subsequently, she was a Research Fellow on the information governance stream of the Farr Institute (2012-2016), again this project involved exploring key governance issues around data reuse for research.