Dr Habiba Alsafar, a two-time Al Jalila Foundation research grant recipient, was a curious youngster who dreamed of becoming a scientist. Encouraged by her parents, she pursued her scientific aspirations gaining her PhD in Forensics and Medical Sciences and fulfilled her dream to ‘build the UAE’s capability in genetic research’.
Today, Dr Habiba is a faculty member at Khalifa University with research interests aimed at constructing Arab race genomic structures and identifying segments that carry genes predisposed to disease.
“My research is about discovering personalised preventive medicine for early detection. I am very grateful to Al Jalila Foundation for giving me the opportunity to pursue my passion and make my country proud.”
Dr Habiba was appointed to the Emirates Scientists Council in 2016 and has received numerous accolades for scientific contributions including the UAE First Pioneer Medal for Genomics Research in 2014 and the L’Oreal-Unesco For Women in Science Award in 2016.
An inspiring role model for young women, Dr Habiba is passionate about women entering the scientific field and takes pride that the majority of her students are female which is testament to the UAE’s leadership which empowers women.
Read Dr Habiba’s Story of Hope here.