Kholoud Al Shafai
Research Specialist IV, Maternal Fetal Care
Kholoud Al-Shafai is a specialist in genomic research at Sidra Medicine. Kholoud obtained her Bacholar’s degree with Honors in Human Genetics in 2009 from Leeds University in the United Kingdom where she was trained at the diagnostic laboratory of St. James hospital to genetically screen families with Congenital Stationary Night Blindness. After that, Kholoud joined Qatar Research Leadership Program (QRLP) at Qatar Foundation and was trained at the genetic laboratory of Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar. In 2011, Kholoud earned her Master’s degree with distinction in Human Molecular Genetics from Imperial College London, UK where she studied DNA methylation of α-synuclein gene in Parkinson Disease progression. From 2012 to 2016, Kholoud worked at Qatar Cardiovascular Research Centre (QCRC), at which she established the genetic facility there to investigate on the genetics of cardiovascular diseases including cardiomyopathies, bicuspid aortic valve and Brugada syndrome. Kholoud’s interest on cardiology research continued and she is currently investigating the genetic basis of cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias, in children and adults, in Qatar, through the establishment of disease registries in collaboration with clinicians from The Heart Hospital and Sidra Medicine, in Qatar. She is also a co-investigator working on the landscape analysis of Qatar Genome Project (QGP). Kholoud is pursing PhD at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) at which she is studying the functional consequences of novel genetic variants identified in the population of Qatar, in relation to hypertrophic and dilated cardiomyopathy using zebrafish model. Kholoud has an excellent experience in managing study subject recruitment and in generating genetic data using high-throughput sequencing platforms.