Habiba Al Alsafar

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR)

Director of Biotechnology Center, Associate Dean for Student Affair and an Associate Professor of Genetics and Molecular Biology at the College of Medicine and Health Science at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Dr Habiba Alsafar is an Emirati research scholar who has a wealth of professional and educational experience that includes a Doctorate in Philosophy in Forensics and Medical Sciences from Western Australia, a Masters Degree in Medical Engineering from United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from 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. Habiba was one of outstanding Arab women scientists to win the International L'Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science. Alsafar was awarded the UAE first honor model from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for being one of the pioneer in her field. Alsafar is a member of UAE science Council since 2016 and in 2019 she was selected as a member at Dubai Future Council on Health & Wellbeing.