Souhaila Al Khodor
Investigator - Division of Translational Medicine
Sidra Medical and Research Center, Qatar
Dr. Al Khodor is an Investigator in the Division of Translational Medicine at SIDRA Medical and Research center, Qatar, since January 2015. Dr. Al Khodor received her Bachelor’s degree in Medical Lab. technology from the Faculty of Public Health at the Lebanese University in 2001. Soon after, she started her Masters degree in Microbiology and Immunology at the American University of Beirut while working as a Senior Microbiologist in charge at Hammoud University Medical Center in Lebanon (2002-2005). Dr. Al Khodor received her second Masters degree and her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA (2005-2008). Her work focused on studying how Legionella pneumophila an intracellular pathogen, hijacks the host ubiquitination machinery. Before joining SIDRA, Dr. Al Khodor worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Signaling Systems Unit, laboratory of Systems Biology, at NIAID NIH, USA. She used systems biology based approaches to study Burkholderia cenocepacia, a multidrug resistant intracellular pathogen that causes devastating infections in patients suffering from cystic fibrosis. At SIDRA, Dr. Al Khodor will pursue her interest in understanding the molecular mechanisms by which microbes signal through the cell, colonize the host, evade the immune response and cause infection. Moreover, using high throughput technologies she aims to study the role of the human microbiome in normal and pathological conditions and to develop models to study the host-microbiome interactions. She is interested in deciphering whether changes in the vaginal microbiome can predict woman’s health and pregnancy complications and whether manipulating the gut microbiome composition can improve outcomes of Vitamin D treatment and kidney disease prognosis. Dr. Al Khodor has over 19 peer-reviewed publications, has membership of the American Society of Microbiology (since 2005) and is a member of the editorial board of the Frontiers in Microbiology (since 2015).