Dr. Heba Alkhatabi

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Dr. Heba Alkhatabi

Assistant professor in the department of medical laboratory technology in the college of applied medical school
King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah, KSA

Dr Heba Alkhatabi obtained a doctoral degree in microRNAs implications in haematological disorder in the Department of Hematological Medicine, Cancer Division, at King’s College London, UK. She has enrolled in this highly competitive program in October 2010. During this time she has witnessed exceptional career development and made extraordinary strides. She works on her own research involving microRNA screening in myeloid disease using advanced technique, in addition to extensive involvement in several side researches. She represented her department and college at one of the prestigious international conferences, American Society of Hematology (ASH) conference in USA. Through her ground breaking research, she authored two publications in world class journals that have gained her international recognition by global medical discovery.

Her research journey started after graduating from the department of Biochemistry, faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2003 with first honor winning her top place among her peers. She then joined the Cytogenetic laboratory at Diagnostic Genomic Medicine Unit (DGMU) as a laboratory technologist. Since then, she worked with various research teams and ultimately joined a master degree program at KAU with main interest in investigating the genetics of breast cancer where she developed a technique that was later used by the department for the diagnosis of Her-2 gene. Later, in 2006, she was appointed as Cytogenetic laboratory supervisor where she showed the potential in leading and teaching others besides developing protocol and supervising MSc students.

She went onto the USA in 2008 to obtain extended training on cutting edge technology including microarray affymatrix at NIH research center. Soon she was later appointed as leading officer at DGMU to monitor the College of American Pathology (CAP) accreditation process and on the day of CAP inspection, she was designated senior inspection officer that eventually lead to CAP accreditation. Due to her exceptional capabilities she was selected as a demonstrator at the Center of Excellence for Genomic Medicine Research (CEGMR) at KAU, Jeddah.

Currently Dr. Heba Alkahtabi is Assistant professor in the department of medical laboratory technology in the college of applied medical school. Also she is a research associate in the CEGMR and CIPM.I n 2015, she was appointed as head of biobank unit in the CEGMR beside her contribution in the preparation for CAP accreditation renewal in the cytogenetic laboratory at DGMU.

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