Dr. Abdulrahim Sajini
Dr. abdulrahim sajini Assistant Professor Biological Sciences

Contact Information
abdulrahim.sajini@ku.ac.ae +97124014114


Dr. Abdulrahim is currently leading his research group at Khalifa University with an ultimate goal of clinically using RNA molecules. His research themes focus on studying Obesity, RNA modifications and stem cell biology. Specifically, his research group has produced the UAE's 1st Emirati human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) in order to study how Emirati genes are causing Obesity. His lab is also working on understanding the role of RNA post-transcriptional modifications in stem cell self-renewal and in RNA sorting. Prior to KU, he completed both his post-doc and PhD at the University of Cambridge working with Michaela Frye. He also completed his M.S in stem cell biology at the University of Minnesota, Medical school working with Jonathan Slack. At Cambridge, he undertook a special entrepreneur program (AccelerateCambridge) designed by the Judge business school to transform biological scientist into biological entrepreneurs. Dr. Abdulrahim’s research at KU was able to attract 5.34 million AED in total funding including 1,000,000 AED from Abu Dhabi Award for Research Excellence (AARE) 2019 and 2,058,000 AED from KU's RIG-2023 internal research grant call. 

  • University of Cambridge, Post-doc, 2017
  • University of Cambridge, PhD, 2016
  • University of Minnesota, M.S 2012

  • Molecular & Cellular Physiology | (MATH706)
  • Molecular GeneticsTechnologies and Tools (BMED612)

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Affiliated Centers, Groups & Labs

Research Interests
  • The generation of Emirati Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs)
  • The role of small RNA post-transcriptional modifications in stem cell self-renewal
  • The role of RNA post-transcriptional modifications (Epitranscriptome) in RNA sorting
  • The role of Emirati gene mutations in obesity

Research Projects

The generation of Emirati human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) caryring obesity gene risks to model obesity in the lab. 

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Adnan Uddin PhD student
Sanjana Chandran PhD student
Ghalia Alhammadi M.S student
Additional Info

Outreach activities: 

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Post-Doc (PhD)