Khalid Abdullah al-Ali

Khalid al-Ali was born in Doha, Qatar and has been an Associate Professor of Human Genetics in the Department of Biological Science of Qatar University since 1988. He is currently the Director of the Foundation Program, Qatar University, and a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain. Previously, he was Vice Dean of the College of Science, Qatar University. From 1989 to 1992, he was Head of the Health & Environment Research Unit of the Scientific & Applied Research Center (SARC) in Qatar.

Khalid al-Ali has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, and a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL. From 1983 to 1988, he underwent specialized genetics training in London and Florida.

Professor al-Ali’s research interests include chromosomal abnormalities, genetic polymorphisms and consanguinity, and he is affiliated with a number of professional societies and associations of Genetics. His contributions extend to being Editor for the Journal of Biomedical and Biotechnology and Member of the Board of Directors for the Qatar Cancer Society, as well as establishing the first Genetics Laboratory at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in Qatar.

Professor al-Ali is currently a member of the Arab Committee for Science & Biotechnology Ethics of ALECSO, and his goals are teaching Bioethics to his students and contributing actively to the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) during his term.

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