DHFMR Post-doctoral Research Fellowship Awards provide specialized training opportunities at Harvard Medical School or affiliated institutions at the post-doctoral level for young investigators and junior faculty from the Middle East in coordination with the regional research partner. These young investigators are selected for their leadership potential and will work closely with the Research Center’s principal and co-investigators, post-doctoral fellows and other laboratory staff. Upon completion of any training period, these post-doctoral trainees will be expected to return to their country of origin to become a key link between the DHFMR Collaborative Research Center and the broader regional research community.
For more information about DHFMR awards, including application requirements, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page.
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Fellowships commencing in 2012:
Ozge Ceyhan, PhD, of Boston College Biology Department, Boston Massachusetts, and Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey; HMS Host laboratory: Lab of Dr. Alan H. Beggs, Division of Genetics, at Children’s Hospital, Boston. Dr. Ceyhan investigates novel genes involved in Congenital Myopathies, a group of rare genetic disorders affecting larger portions of the population in the Middle East, in order to better understand the various roles they play in normal and abnormal skeletal muscle structure and function.
Youmna Kfoury, PhD, of the University of Paris, Paris France, and the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon; HMS Host laboratory: Lab of Dr. David T. Scadden, at the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Dr. Kfoury investigates mechanisms of the development of Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) – diverse disorders of clonal hematopoietic stem cells – and Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), in the context of the abnormal microenvironment.
Sherin Shaaban, MD, PhD, of Ophthalmology Department, Graduate School of Medicine, Okayama University, Japan, and Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura, Egypt; HMS Host laboratory: Lab of Dr. Elizabeth Engle, Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Shaaban investigates the pathogenesis of comitant congenital strabismus (CCS) by studying its genetic basis among special populations in the Middle East and Australia.
Fellowships commencing in 2009:
Maha Al-Mozaini, PhD, of the Molecular Virology Department, BMR, King Faisal Specialist Hospital Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; HMS Host laboratory: Lab of Dr. Jay A. Fishman, Transplant Infectious Disease and Compromised Host Program, Infectious Disease Division, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.
Manal Alaamery, PhD, a Fellow at the Harvard Medical School Genetics Training Program, Laboratory of Molecular Medicine, Harvard-Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics, Cambridge, MA. Host laboratory: Lab of Dr. Christopher Walsh, Division of Genetics, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Dr. Alaamery will investigate identification of genes that control the development of the human cerebral cortex.
Fellowships commencing in 2008:
Faiqa Imtiaz Ahmad, PhD, of the Arabian Diagnostics Laboratory at KFSHRC, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; HMS Host laboratory: Lab of Dr. Cynthia Morton, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Pathology, Boston, MA.
Hasan H. Otu, PhD, of the Yeditepe University Department of Genetics and Bioengineering, Istanbul, Turkey; HMS Host laboratory: Lab of Dr. Towia Libermann, BIDMC Genomics Center and DF/HCC Cancer Proteomics Core Harvard Institutes of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA.