Dr. Nahla Maher Afifi

Director of Qatar Biobank
Qatar Foundation

Dr. Nahla Maher Afifi earned her MBBCh with honors from Ain Shams University, Egypt. She received her Master of Anatomy & Embryology, and a Diploma of Gynecology and Obstetrics from the same University.

She received her Ph.D. of Anatomy & Embryology in 1996 from Ain Shams University under a joint supervision with University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, USA. Dr. Afifi started her academic career as a Medical Researcher in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She then served as Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Embryology at Ain Shams University, and Dubai Medical College for Girls, UAE. Dr. Afifi joined Qatar University’s Biomedical Sciences Program in 1999 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Anatomy and Embryology and to Full Professor in 2007.

She was assigned as a Head of Dept. of Health Sciences from 2007-2009. In December 2013 she joined QF as Education and Scientific Manager, obtained Certificate Principles in Biobanking form Luxembourg University and in 2017 was appointed as Qatar Biobank Director. Dr. Nahla Afifi has numerous grants and published research in her field of expertise. She is a member in several international societies’ AAA, ASIP, ISBER and ESBB and was awarded the ISBER 2022 Outstanding Achievement in Biobanking Award.