Various genetic and environmental factors are thought to increase the risk of developing neurodevelopmental disorders, such as schizophrenia and autism. Several studies reported amplified likelihood of developing the disease when multiple risk factors were combined together. My research interest is on understanding the mechanism by which genetic and environmental risk factors functionally interact with each other, and the impact of this interaction on neural development in the subventricular zone. This is important since it could provide molecular insights into the root of the amplified abnormalities in the combined genetic and environmental models, and therefore could lead to the discovery of novel therapeutic targets.
I obtained Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences in 2009 and Master of Research in Biosciences in 2010 from Cardiff University, U.K. I have recently completed my DPhil in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics from the University of Oxford, U.K. I am currently working as a postdoctoral research scientist in the Szele Group. My work is funded by the Qatar Foundation during my DPhil training and postdoctoral fellowship.