Director, Khalifa University Center for Biotechnology (KUCEB) and Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Address: P.O. Box 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dr. Alsafar is an Emirati research scholar whose primary research interest lies in constructing the genomic structures of individuals of Arab descent to identify genomic segments that carry genes that are predisposed to disease. Specifically, her research addresses diseases that are increasing in prevalence amongst the local communities of the UAE. Dr. Alsafar has identified a gene strongly associated with the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes among the Emirati population. Dr. Alsafar's research is the first Genome Wide Association Study of the UAE Bedouin population, and the first of its kind in the Middle East.
Dr. Habiba's research interests encompass both the molecular and genetic causes for complex diseases. Specifically, characterizing DNA genotypes of Arab descent and functional studies of candidate genes that contribute to Type 2 Diabetes, obesity and coronary heart disease.