The Chief Scientific Officers in the Life and Physical Sciences, Dr Mohamed El Brolosy (Harvard University) and Dr Elham Fadaly (Apple), have approved the appointment of six researchers to a full membership of saf. The researchers were appointed to a saf membership for their exceptional intellectual and academic promise in their early careers. This appointment reinforces the commitment of saf to scientific excellence in the Arab World. The appointed researchers are:
Dr Ubadah Sabbagh (Syria). Dr Sabbagh is an NIH K00 fellow in neuroscience at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT and the Broad Institute at Harvard University. Dr Sabbagh is seeking to identify brain circuits underlying cognitive deficits in neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. He is on the 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 list and has published in several high impact factor journals, including: PNAS, Journal of Neurochemistry and others.
Dr Mohamed Abobeih (Egypt). Dr Abobeih is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Physics Department at Harvard University studying quantum physical systems. He is the laureate of a rubicon grant and the 2020 Kavli Delft publication prize, and has published in several high impact factor journals, including: Nature, Science, Nature Communications, Physical Review X and others.
Dr Mosab Awadelkareem (Sudan). Dr Awadelkareem is a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience at the Nuffield Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford. He develops human cellular models of Wallerian degeneration and has published in several high impact factor journals, including: Nature Communications, Neuron and others. Dr Awadelkareem has strong interest in neuroscience research in Africa.
Dr Mohammed Khallaf (Egypt). Dr Khallaf is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine. Dr Khallaf is interested in the neurological basis of somatic sensation, signal transduction and pain. He is the laureate of the 2022 Otto Hahn medal from the Max Planck Society and has published in several high impact factor journals, including: Nature, Nature communications and others.
Osamah Sufyan (Yemen). Sufyan is a PhD candidate in the theory group at the Max Planck Institute for the structure and dynamics of matter. Sufyan is interested in studying complex quantum mechanical systems. He holds a master's degree in mathematical and theoretical physics from the University of Oxford as an Oxford Thatcher scholar and runs a widely-acclaimed Youtube page for theoretical physics education.
Ahmed Sheta (Egypt). Sheta is a PhD candidate in theoretical physics at Harvard University prior to which he was a research assistant at the Center for Theoretical Physics at Columbia University.