Sharing the Will to Succeed.
After earning my PhD in Medical Science, I returned to the UAE from Australia, the first hurdle was to find a laboratory where I could do my research. I searched all over for the facilities and resources I needed. I was lucky to finally find the Molecular Biology Genetic Laboratory in Dubai, which was equipped with the resources needed to conduct my research. During this time I was able to build the first DNA registry in UAE that enrolled patients with Type 2 Diabetes.
I started collecting samples throughout the UAE. And so many people from my country were willing to help me with this project even though they did not fully understand what I was trying to accomplish. However, they went out of their way to support me because they, too, want to stop this disease from spreading and to ensure a better life for their children and grandchildren.
After the success of my PhD, I decided to work in the academic field that would allow me to practice my true passion – research. Khalifa University turned out to be the right place to start making a difference in my country.
The most rewarding part of my job is working with students. Teaching a new generation and helping them achieve their goals is so rewarding. I believe I have the best job ever and I have found my true calling at Khalifa University.
On a personal note, I really can not thank God enough for what he has provided in my life. I am truly grateful for the continuous support from my family and friends, all of which have led me to be creative in my work and give more to my country.
Receiving many awards for my work has only strengthened my passion and resolve. To be honest, these awards are not just another line on my resume. Rather, they validate everything that I have achieved and affirm my belief that determination does produce results. With faith, action and prayer, along with God’s help and encouragement from family and friends, nothing is impossible.
I am proud of what Emirati Women have achieved in the United Arab Emirates. We are blessed with great leaders like the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and the rulers of the UAE who have always been, and still are, the fathers, the brothers, the supporters, the sons and the advocates for Emirati women as we reach to the highest local and global positions.
I hope others can learn from my journey and never give up, even when there does not appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Through these difficult times, a person truly learns to rise and shine.
By Dr. Habiba Alsafar,
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering at Khalifa University