Haifa is a Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Biosciences department at The University of Kansas. She is working in Dr. Robert Ward lab. Her research focuses on investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying the importance of occluding junction proteins in regulating tissue formation and development. She is using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model organism to underpin the question of how proteins that function in holding cells together and maintain tissue integrity regulate complex processes such as body plan and structure.
Haifa is an enthusiastic young scientist who graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Zoology from College of Sciences, Dammam University in Saudi Arabia. Then, she was awarded King Abdullah Scholarship to pursue her graduate study in the United States, where she got her Master's degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from department of Molecular Biosciences at The University of Kansas.
The lab section of this course was taught by Haifa as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. This course focuses on training biology majored undergraduate students on basic lab techniques essential for molecular biologists and geneticists such as PCR, cloning, and RNA interference technique.
The discussion section of this course was taught by Haifa as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. This course focuses on teaching biology-majored undergraduate students on basic concepts of genetics topics such as genetic inheritance and evolutionary biology.
Kansas DNA Day Module developer - (2016). Learn more
Kansas DNA Day Ambassador - (2015-2017). Learn more
Director of Saudi Arabia DNA Day - Director - (2016-present).
Expanding Your Horizons Event - Volunteer (2016 and 2017). Learn more
Genetics Society of America - Education Committee (2016).
Genetics Society of America - Early Career Scientist Program - Education and Outreach Committee Liaison- (2017-present). Learn more
Girl Scouts STEM Expo - (October 21st, 2017). Learn more
Red Hot Graduate Research Event (University of Kansas) - Invited talk - Model Organisms in Biomedical Research - (November 17th, 2017). Learn more
Haifa the leader
Haifa the leader
Below are the main projects Haifa led or helped leading.
JBB 2017 is semester-long project led by graduate students and postdoctorate fellows in STEM fields at the University of Kansas. Haifa served as Leadership Curriculum co-Chair of JBB workshops.
Saudi Arabia DNA Day is an outreach event launched in Dammam City in Saudi Arabia by Haifa. Haifa taught and mentored recent biology majored undergraduate students on how to present and engage with the public.
SEARCH symposium is student-organized symposium that provided scientists around Kansas State area with options outside of Academia. Haifa served as one of the main organizers of the symposium.