Norah AlGhamdi

Intern

norah.alghamdi.1@kaust.edu.sa

Biography

Norah AlGhamdi is a recent graduate with first-class honors in Cell and Molecular Biology from Imam Bin Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (Dammam, Saudi Arabia). She has taken part in many research projects. She worked with a taxonomy professor focussing on cyto-taxonomy, which further made her understand the mitotic division of different plant roots and their karyotypes. Moreover, this experience enabled her to build fundamental laboratory and theoretical knowledge. In addition, she spent two summers at the Institute for Research and Medical Consultations (also in Dammam). Norah has published as a first author in the Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics. The publication, entitled "Emerging of composition variations of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and human ACE2 contribute to the level of infection: in silico approaches", investigates protein-protein interactions of hACE2 and SARA-CoV-2 spike protein. In addition, an abstract was published in the Saudi Journal of Medicine & Medical Sciences in the Department of Genetic Research. During the summer of 2021, she took part in Stem Cell Biology & Nanomedicine. She focused on evaluating the MCF-7 breast cancer cell line with the novel composition of nanoparticles anti-cancer drugs to find a possible solution for chemotherapy enhancement. A further publication was produced from this work. Furthermore, in the Department of Epidemic Diseases Research at IRMC, she focused on the variants of SARS-CoV-2 updated each month and comparison through immune- informatics and virus informatics tools.

Norah is currently a visiting student in the Reef Ecology Lab and looking forward to exploring her passion for marine biology. She will be working under the direct supervision of Dr. Song He, applying molecular techniques to shark samples.