The Center for Genomics and Systems Biology Researchers participated in the Repton Foundation School STEAM week. They presented activities to students in the foundation years and introduced them to organisms used in research such as the fruit fly and Algae. Researchers also showed them different bacteria found in the Arabian Gulf and raised their awareness about living sustainably and protecting the planet. CGSB Researchers that took part in Repton Foundation School STEAM week were Alexandra Mystikou, Rana El Danaf, David Nelson, Stephan Kremb, and Julie Connelly.
In collaboration with the NYUAD Admissions, the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology launched its first Virtual Career Advisory Day series. Speakers had the opportunity to meet students from different schools to introduce them to the university admission process and to educate them about the varies careers in multiple scientific fields.
Below is the list of events:
June 2, 2021: Mariam AlMaazmi- Admissions Officer, Najate Benhra- Research Scientist, and Bana Al Amad- NYUAD Alumna met with the 11th grade students from the International Community school.
May 31, 2021: Hanan Abed- Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at NYUAD, Noura Al Mansouri- Research Assistant, and Rama Al Hariri- NYUAD Alumna met with the 10th grade students from the International Community school.
Enas Qudeimat, Associate Director of CGSB Operations, met with high school students at the annual 2019 Career Day at GEMS American Academy in Abu Dhabi. She provided an opportunity to improve students' understanding of pursuing a career in research and decisions to be made along the way.
In February 2018, Hala Fahs, Senior Research Scientist, presented at the primary school Lycée Mondo Careers Development Forum: Building Students Enthusiasm for Science and Research.
In 2016, Basel Khraiwesh, Senior Research Scientist, spoke at The German International School Career Day about his career path as a research scientist and his passion for molecular biology.
In June 2019, Rana El Danaf, Research Scientist, mentored a year ten high school student from King’s College, Dubai, as part of his work experience program. During their work in the CGSB, the student learned the significance of studying Drosophila as a model organism and its importance in neuroscience research. This work experience introduced numerous techniques that the lab uses for experiments and to generate results.
The Center for Genomics and Systems Biology hosted high school students from Glenelg and International Community School in 2015, and Al Nahda High School in 2016. The A- and AS-level biology students had the opportunity to work at the CGSB fly room under the supervision of Justin Blau. Students were able to set up a circadian behavioral experiment and analyze their data. They also participated in a tour of the Experimental Research Building and were very enthused about science and NYUAD.