Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) celebrated the conclusion of its Summer Research Program by hosting an appreciation day on Thursday, to honour the program’s interns.
With the presence of QBRI researchers and staff, 15 undergraduate students from across Qatar’s various universities presented their months-long research projects in the fields of diabetes, cancer and neurological disorders to an impressed audience.
The Summer Research Program is a highly competitive and rigorous,research-based internship program that aims to enhance the capabilities of aspiring researchers.
Dr Omar El Agnaf, acting executive director of QBRI, said, “Our summer internships are a gateway for students to experience what life on the cutting-edge of innovative biomedical research is like. We strive to ensure that merit-based talent from all over Qatar receives practical real-world research training and knowledge through our internships. Afterwards, we see that most students have channelled their passion into pursuing a research oriented career, and apply to graduate programs to continue working on their new found passion.”
Najlaa Al Thani, a student at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) and an intern at QBRI for this summer, worked on a Parkinson’s disease project. “Overall, it was an unforgettable experience that nurtured my love of research in the biomedical field. My mentor has taught me a great deal in terms of techniques and practical knowledge. She has also become an inspiration to me by being a successful female researcher in a very novel field,” she said.
Located in HBKU’s Research Complex, QBRI’s state-of-the-art facilities attract renowned scientists from Qatar and all over the world to conduct pioneering and innovative research on cancer, diabetes, or neurological disorders.
The institute focuses on these three topics as they are an integral part of ensuring that the established healthcare goals of the country are reached.
Vijay Kumar Krishnadec, a student at Weill Cornell Medicine- Qatar and a summer intern at QBRI, said, “For a medical student who aspires to work in the research field, the program is extremely beneficial as it provides a thorough perspective on the research process. It helps me by building on my skills and inspiring me to develop novel techniques that would form a solid foundation for the future.”
A student at Qatar University’s College of Pharmacy, Ola Hussein, says the program has helped her build on her knowledge in the biomedical field. “Training at QBRI was a great experience and I would highly recommend any student interested in biomedical research to apply for next year’s program,” she said.