QBRI Najlaa Al-Thani

QBRI honors research interns

In Gulf Times, October 7, 2017

Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) recently celebrated the conclusion of its Summer Research Programme by hosting an appreciation day to honour the programme’s interns.

In the presence of QBRI researchers and staff, a total of 15 undergraduate students from across Qatar’s universities presented their months-long research projects in the fields of diabetes, cancer and neurological disorders.

The Summer Research Programme is a “highly competitive and rigorous, research-based internship programme that aims to enhance the capabilities of aspiring researchers”, according to a press statement.

Dr Omar El-Agnaf, acting executive director of QBRI, said: “Our summer internships are a gateway for students to experience what life on the cutting edge of innovative biomedical research is like.We strive to ensure that merit-based talent from all over Qatar receives practical real-world research training and knowledge through our internships. Afterwards, we see that most students have channelled their passion into pursuing a research oriented career, and apply to graduate programmes to continue working on their newfound passion.”

Najlaa Al-Thani, a student at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar and an intern at QBRI for this summer, and who worked on a Parkinson’s disease project, said: “Overall, it was an unforgettable experience that nurtured my love of research in the biomedical field. My mentor has taught me a great deal in terms of techniques and practical knowledge. She has also become an inspiration to me by being a successful female researcher in a very novel field.”

Located in HBKU’s Research Complex, QBRI’s “state-of-the-art facilities attract renowned scientists from Qatar and all over the world to conduct pioneering and innovative research on cancer, diabetes or neurological disorders”.