Dr. Habiba Alsafar

Dr. Habiba Alsafar

Director, Khalifa University Center for Biotechnology (KUCEB) and Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Address: P.O. Box 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +971-(0)2-401810

Fax: +971-(0)2-4472442

Email: habiba.alsafar@ku.ac.ae


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.

  • Ph.D., Biomedical and Forensic Science, University of Western Australia (AUS), 2011
  • M.Sc., Medical Engineering, University of Liverpool (UK), 2003
  • B.Sc., Chemistry – Biochemistry, San Diego State University (USA), 2002
  • General Chemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry

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.


  • 2013 AL SAFAR, H., CORDELL, H., JAFER, O., JAMIESON, S., KHAZANEHDARI, K., BLACKWELL, J. & TAY, G. 2013. A Genome Wide Search for Type 2 Diabetes Susceptibility Genes in Arab Families. Annals of Human Genetics.
  • 2013 H. Al-Safar, S. S. Pillai, L. J. Abood, A. S. Chandhoke, S. K. Usman, A. Hassoun, and N. Rais, “Interaction between angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) insertion/deletion and aldosterone synthase (CYP11B2) -344C/T polymorphisms in relation to type 2 diabetes mellitus risk in Emiratis,” International Journal of Genetics and Molecular Biology, vol. 5, pp. 20-27, 2013.
  • 2012 Alsafar H, Jama-Alol K, Hassoun A, Tay G. The prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in the United Arab Emirates: justification for the establishment of the Emirates Family Registry. (2012),International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries.1-8
  • 2011 Al Safar HS, Abidi FH, Khazanehdari KA, Dadour I and Tay GK. (2011). Evaluation of Different DNA Quality for use in Genome Wide Studies and Forensic Application, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 89(3):807-815
  • 2011 Al Safar HS, Jamieson S, Cordell H, Blackwell J and Tay GK Heritability of Quantitative Traits Associated with Type 2 Diabetes in an Extended Family from the United Arab Emirates. Int J Diabetes & Metab. 2011;19:56-62.
  • 2011 AL SAFAR, H., CORDELL, H., JAMIESON, S., FRANCIS, R.,KHAZANEHDARI, K., TAY, G. & BLACKWELL, J. 2011. A Genome-Wide Association Study Examining Obese Factors in an Arab Family with a History of Type 2 Diabetes. American Journal Human Genetics. (Under review)
  • 2010 AL SAFAR, H., ABIDI, F., KHAZANEHDARI, K., DADOUR, I. & TAY, G. 2010. Evaluation of different sources of DNA for use in genome wide studies and forensic application. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 1-9.
  • 2003 LILIENTHAL, N. D., ALSAFAR, H., CONERTY, J., FERNANDEZ, R., KONG, C. & SMITH, D. K. 2003. Development of chemical sensors based on redox-dependent receptors: N,N’-dimethyldiazapyrenium-modified electrodes. Anal Chem, 75, 3322-8.

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