Alaa Khan

I qualified from Um-Alqura University-Laboratory medicine Makkah in 2010, then I worked as a lab specialist in the molecular genetics department at King Abdullah medical city- Makkah until 2014. After that, I completed my postgraduate study in Medical Genetics and Genomics from Glasgow University-UK in 2016 before being appointed as a Ph.D. student in Institute of Neurology, Queen-square, London.
Understanding the genetic basis of neuromuscular disorders is the main focus of my Ph.D. Although the molecular pathogenesis of many neuromuscular disorders has been explained, a definitive genetic diagnosis remains unsolved for many cases suggesting the high heterogeneity of inherited neuromuscular disorders. I am currently analyzing the exome data for different neuromuscular disease, their correlations with clinical manifestations, looking for newly associated genes and their pathways involved in the pathogenesis. My approach involves bioinformatics analysis and combination techniques including Next-generation sequencing (focused or full exome and genome sequencing).

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