Dr. Habiba Al Safar
Dr. Habiba Al Safar Associate Professor & Director of BTC
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Associate Professor, Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology & Director of the KU Center for Biotechnology

Dr. Habiba Al Safar is an Emirati research scholar who has a wealth of professional and educational experience that includes a Ph.D. in Philosophy in Forensics and Medical Sciences from Western Australia, a M.Sc. in Medical Engineering from the United Kingdom, and a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the United states of America. Her research interest is constructing the genomic structures of individuals of Arab descent to identify genomic segments that carry gene(s) that predispose to disease. Specifically, addressing diseases that are increasing in prevalence amongst the local communities of the UAE.

Dr. Al Safar is one of the outstanding Arab women scientists to win the International L'Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science. She was also awarded the UAE first honor model from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for being one of the pioneers in her field. Dr. Al Safar is a member of UAE Science Council since 2016.

Education
  • Ph.D., Forensic Science, University of Western Australia  (Australia), 2011
  • M.Sc., Medical Engineering, Liverpool University (UK), 2003
  • B.Sc., Biochemistry, San Diego State University (USA), 2002
Teaching Areas
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry and Forensic Science
Research Interests
  • Genetics and Genomics