School Visits


The Center for Genomics and Systems Biology researchers participate in the Repton Foundation School STEAM week. They present activities to students in the foundation years and introduce them to main model organisms used in research such as fruit fly, Algae, and show them bacteria found in the Arabian Gulf. In addition to raising their awareness about living sustainably and protecting the planet. These activities are supported by the CGSB researchers; Alexandra Mystikou, Rana El Danaf, David Nelson, Stephan Kremb, and Julie Connelly.

Postdoctoral Associate; Alexandra Mystikou at Repton Foundation School STEAM week

Career Days

Enas Qudeimat, CGSB Associate Director, conversed 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 why to pursue a career path 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.

During 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.

Senior Research Scientist, Basel Khraiwesh at The German School’s Career Day

Year 10 Work Experience Week

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. They were introduced to the various techniques that are used in the lab.


The CGSB hosted high school students from Glenelg and ICS (2015) and Al Nahda high school (2016). These A- and AS-level biology students worked in the CGSB fly room under the supervision of Justin Blau to set up a circadian behavioral experiment and analyzed the data. The students also toured the Experimental Research Building and were very enthused about both science and NYUAD.