Come along and engage with four scientists involved in different areas of biology research – molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, plant science. They will share their job experience and provide insight into their personal triumphs and struggles as they have built successful and meaningful careers. General challenges and challenges of being a woman in biological science will be discussed. The panel discussion will span the career spectrum from new scientists to more established researchers who have experienced the many ups and downs of a life in biology research.
A light snack will be provided prior to the lecture from 12:00 p.m.
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Ashwag Abdullah Albukhari
Ashwag Abdullah Albukhari is an Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology in the Biochemistry Department of King Abdulaziz University, in KSA.
Bettina Berger is the Scientific Director of The Plant Accelerator, Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, at the University of Adelaide, Australia.
After a degree in biotechnology and a PhD in molecular biology of plants, she used a two-year fellowship to focus on the emerging field of plant phenomics. She joined the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics in 2008, where she used non-destructive imaging to study the effects of salinity on barley.
When The Plant Accelerator opened in 2010, she joined the team as Senior Scientist and became Scientific Director in 2015. The Plant Accelerator is one of the nodes of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) funded under the National Collaborative Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and provides critical infrastructure and services to the plant science community in Australia and abroad. In her roles, she has set up novel screening techniques to study plant growth and performance using automated, non-destructive imaging. She has managed large scale phenotyping projects looking at various aspects of crop performance, including early vigour, salinity tolerance and nutrient use efficiency.
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Jasmeen Merzaban is an assistant professor in Bioscience in the BESE division at KAUST.
Professor Merzaban's research interests focus on understanding and optimizing the mechanism by which immune and stem cells exit the blood circulation to "home" to specific sites within the body. This process is mediated by sophisticated and coordinated steps controlled by multiple signaling and adhesion molecules, with key players being the selectins.
Using a multidisciplinary approach that combines biochemical, biophysical and imaging techniques with in vivo mouse models, she is investigating some of the glycosyltransferases involved in controlling the biosynthesis of selectin ligands and how this contributes to the interplay of events necessary to allow cells to home to the affected site(s). Such studies are vital to understanding how the body responds to inflammation, to stem cell-based tissue engineering and other adoptive cell therapies.
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WEP 2021 Co-Chair. Peiying Hong is an Associate Professor in Environmental Science and Engineering Program in the BESE division at KAUST. Her research group is based in the Water Desalination and Reuse Center. Hong’s research group aims to tackle the water scarcity issues. Her research interests include addressing the safety aspect of treated wastewater. Specifically, her group utilizes various molecular and cultivation techniques to characterize and evaluate biotic contaminants (e.g. antibiotic resistance genes, mobile genetic elements, pathogens) that are present in the wastewaters. Her research interests also include development of anaerobic biotechnologies as a sustainable way to treat wastewater for reuse purposes. Visit her KAUST page to learn more about her.
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