Fowzan Sami Alkuraya

Professor of Human Genetics, Principal Clinical Scientist/Senior Consultant, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center

Saudi Arabia

Fowzan Alkuraya is a Professor of Human Genetics at Al Faisal University and a Senior Consultant and Principal Clinical Scientist at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Saudi Arabia. He graduated with first class honors and was the valedictorian of his class from the College of Medicine at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Fowzan completed his residency in pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC, USA. He then did two fellowships in clinical genetics and molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School. He finished a postdoctoral research fellowship in the area of developmental genetics in the lab of Prof. Richard Maas, also at Harvard Medical School. Fowzan returned to Saudi Arabia in 2007 to establish the developmental genetics lab, which he still directs. He is an authority in the area of Mendelian genetics with more than 215 published manuscripts that describe his lab’s discovery of more than 130 novel disease genes in humans. He is also a frequently invited speaker at local, regional and international conferences, on the editorial board of highly reputable human genetics journals, and the recipient of numerous awards, including William King Bowes Award in Medical Genetics and King Salman Award for Disability Research.