Fowzan S. Alkuraya, professor of human genetics at Saudi Arabia's Alfaisal University

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Updated 15 July 2020

Fowzan S. Alkuraya, professor of human genetics at Saudi Arabia's Alfaisal University

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has named Fowzan S. Alkuraya M.D. as the 2020 recipient of the Curt Stern Award.
The award, which includes a plaque and a $10,000 award, is named after the late pioneering geneticist Curt Stern.
Alkuraya is a professor of human genetics at Alfaisal University and a senior consultant and principal clinical scientist at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh.
He did his MBBS at King Saud University. He completed his pediatric residency at Georgetown University Hospital, followed by fellowships in clinical and molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School.
His postdoctoral research focused on developmental genetics in the lab of Richard Maas at Harvard Medical School.
Alkuraya is an authority in the area of Mendelian genetics, with more than 420 published manuscripts that describe his lab’s discovery of hundreds of novel disease genes in humans.
Through his work on the “autozygome,” he recognized that the special population structure of Saudi Arabia made it possible to use regions of homozygosity to arrive at an accurate map of the morbid human genome for the benefit of mankind.
“Dr. Fowzan S. Alkuraya is an exemplary physician scientist who has taken his clinical observations into basic research in the laboratory,” said ASHG president Anthony Wynshaw-Boris.
 


Dr. Kholood Mohamed, head of Tabuk’s regional council

Updated 12 August 2020

Dr. Kholood Mohamed, head of Tabuk’s regional council

Dr. Kholood Mohamed has become the first woman in the Kingdom to head Tabuk’s regional council, with the Saudi interior minister approving her appointment as the body’s secretary-general.
Al-Khamis called on Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan on Monday and the prince congratulated her on her new position, emphasizing the role of Saudi women in government agencies.
She is an assistant professor of inorganic chemistry and supervisor of the chemistry department at the University of Tabuk.
She joined the university in 2010 as a teaching assistant in the science faculty, later becoming a lecturer and then being promoted to associate professor.
She did her doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Howard University in the US in 2018. She obtained her master’s degree from King Saud University in Riyadh and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tabuk.
Al-Khamis is a member of several scientific bodies such as the Supreme Committee of Prince Fahd bin Sultan Award for Scientific Excellence, American Chemical Society, and the Committee for the National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity.
She has presented many research studies during her career, and participated locally and abroad in specialist activities in the science field.