Haifa is a graduate student in Molecular Biosciences department at The University of Kansas. She is working in Dr. Robert Ward lab. Her research work focuses on investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying the importance of occluding junction proteins in regulating embryos 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 process such as morphogenesis.
Haifa is an enthusiastic young scientist who graduated with a Bachelor degree in Zoology from the college of Science, Dammam University in Saudi Arabia. Then, she was awarded King Abdullah Scholarship to complete her graduate study in the United States, where she got her Master's degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD degree in Dr. Ward lab.