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HBKU’s biomedical institute wraps up summer research programme

Published: 23 Aug 2022 - 08:34 am | Last Updated: 23 Aug 2022 - 08:36 am
Students engage in activities during the programme.

Students engage in activities during the programme.

The Peninsula

Doha: Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University concluded its Summer Research Program (SRP) 2022 with an appreciation ceremony on August 18 to showcase student experiences through poster presentations.

The event wrapped up two months of intensive training in specific fields of biomedical research for some of the country’s promising undergraduate students. In its sixth edition, the competitive SRP attracted 21 students from Qatar University (QU), Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar (WCM-Q), and the University of Calgary in Qatar. 

The students had the chance to spend eight weeks at QBRI and experience exciting  basic and translational scientific research areas. In addition to hands-on experience in QBRI’s state-of-the-art laboratories, the students  participated in professional development activities and workshops focusing on innovation in research, experimental design, research reproducibility, and open science, among others. 

Much of the focus was on their individual projects. These are related to current research on stem cells, diabetes, breast cancer, and neurological disorders, linked to work done by top biomedical researchers at QBRI.  During the appreciation ceremony, each student presented their project in a poster format in the presence of their mentors.

Sanaa Al Marri, a student in the Biological Sciences Program at CMU-Q, commented on her experience and said, “I gained tremendous exposure to what a researcher does post-graduation. I am grateful for this experience and the many techniques and skills I learned at QBRI during the Summer Research Program.”

Rizeq Hourani, enrolled in the College of Medicine at QU, added: “The experience was exceptional. QBRI researchers were knowledgeable and willing to teach us the fundamentals of laboratory and research work. As a professional environment, it was comfortable and full of life. I could not have asked for a better programme.” 

Talking about the Summer Research Program, Dr. Omar El Agnaf, QBRI Executive Director, also noted: “QBRI is pleased to conclude another successful Summer Research Program for students who have an interest in the health and biomedical fields. 

“Such opportunities allow QBRI scientists to mentor the future generation of researchers by showing them the work that we do, which will pave the way for them to contribute to enhancing healthcare in Qatar.”

As a global hub for biomedical and translational research, QBRI is fully committed to supporting the next generation of scientists to become highly skilled researchers through the SRP and other initiatives.