Areas of Expertise
- Rare Diseases and Stem Cells
- Gene Editing and Drug Discovery
What will be your most valuable contribution to your TechWomen host company?
My participation as a pioneer in iPSC and gene editing will also provide the competence needed to train my colleagues, develop new laboratory protocols and run the laboratory using sophisticated technical skills. The TechWomen fellowship will also enable me to support the Jordanian women in society by encouraging girls and women to pursue careers in STEM through organizing outreach activities for students in rural areas to create awareness of STEM fields and give them the required support and motivation.
The Top Three Things I Would Like to Learn or Experience During my Mentorship
- Grant Applications
- Research Techniques
- Attend company meetings
- Attend company-wide meetings and/or team meetings
- Have exposure to the company culture
- Focus on leadership skills building
- Focus on technical skills building
Ideal Company Type
The ideal company would be a place where they use the stem cells in industry, to produce large-scale cells and perform drug screening strategies to discover new therapeutics.
What are three adjectives that best describe you in the work place?
What impact will your mentorship have on your career and professional path?
This fellowship will make a very significant contribution to my future career as it will provide me with the highest level of expertise and support to improve my skills and scientific experiences. I am hoping that this fellowship will help me to build a network and establish collaborations with leaders in the field from US institutions and to gather knowledge and connect with other scientists in the field. It would also be a fantastic opportunity to make other women researchers in Jordan benefit from my experience.
After participating in the TechWomen program, how will you leverage your mentorship experience to make an impact in your home country?
The proposed project in my application will help me to obtain the required experiences and transfer them to my home country to teach my students and colleagues. As a researcher in one of the developing countries, we face major constraints that negatively affect our progress. This, involves the shortage of resources and funding, the absence of coordination among the institutions, the lack of modern and functional equipment and the lack of materials. I hope that the programme will open the door for me to collaborate with scientists from US universities who are leaders in the field of stem cells.
Years of Full-time Work Experience5
Primary Professional Focus
- Bio or medical technology
- Scientist and researcher
Current/Most Recent Job
- Title and Company: Associate researcher, University of Jordan
- Direct Reports: 8
- Type: Full-time
- Location: Amman, Jordan
- Dates: May 1, 2017 –
Associate researcher; head of research and development; gene editing and stem cell biology scientist; specialized in studying rare diseases; pioneer of iPSC culture in Jordan; supervision of undergraduate and graduate students.
- Institution: University of Oxford
- Degree Awarded: Ph.D
- Major: Clinical Neurosciences
- Minor: Stem cells and genetic engineer
- Location: United Kingdom
- Completion Date: May 1, 2017
- Institution: University of Jordan
- Degree Awarded: Master's
- Major: Medical laboratory sciences
- Location: Jordan
- Completion Date: January 1, 2012
- Institution: Jordan University of Science and Technology
- Degree Awarded: Bachelor's
- Major: Medical Laboratory sciences
- Location: Jordan
- Completion Date: June 1, 2002