Muna Al Hashmi

Technologist III, Omics Core Section

Sidra Medicine

Muna Al Hashmi is Research Specialist at Sidra Medicine. Muna holds a Genetic Engineering degree from Qatar University (2006). Muna has joined Sidra Medicine in 2008 as Jana graduate trainee and has eventually been employed as a Recruitment Officer in the Human Resource department (2010). In HR she has been working with the Executive Leadership to develop policies, programs and procedures to improve the recruitment process of the IT team and the Board of Governance. In May 2012, Muna has moved back to the science field, she has been recruited as Research Associate under Sidra Medicine Research Branch. She has worked closely with the Chief Research Officer to establish contacts with local Qatari Research Institutes particularly with Hamda Al Naimi, founder of the Laboratory of Animal Research Center in Qatar. In February 2015, Muna has joined the Omics Core Facility where she optimized and developed manual and automated protocols for DNA and RNA isolation from different biospecimens. She has performed DNA isolation of 3000 individuals as part of the National Priority Qatar Genome Project. Along with the Core Facility duties, Muna has maintained research interests. She has collaborated with HMC and Shafallah Medical Genetics Centers. From 2012-2014 she has been working as Research Volunteer at WCMQ, where she mastered skills in qPCR based SNP Genotyping and functional cell assay. Muna Al Hashmi research interests focus in understanding the genetic component of immune responsiveness in melanoma. She has co-authored a study on the immune-related role of BRAF in melanoma and she is about to publish a first-authored study on the differential responsiveness of melanoma cell lines to BRAF inhibitors.