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May 4, 2017

Student Research on Cancer Takes Top Award at CMU-Q Symposium

A research project that sought to identify novel biomarkers for better diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer won the ‘Best Project’ and ‘Best Poster’ awards at the 11th annual Meeting of the Minds undergraduate research symposium hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q).
The study was conducted by Ettaib El Marabti, a biological sciences student, under the mentorship of Ihab Younis, assistant teaching professor of biological sciences at CMU-Q.

“I chose the topic as it wasn’t something I was familiar with and I wanted to learn more about how this mechanism is exclusive to certain genes and diseases,” El Marabti said. “It’s a great feeling to be recognized for the research I conducted.”
Kemal Oflazer, associate dean of research, said: “Meeting of the Minds is a long-standing annual tradition at Carnegie Mellon University. Congratulations to our students who submitted their work as posters and presented them eagerly during the event.”
Computer science student Sannan Tariq received second prize in the ‘Best Project’ category for his work on computational offloading. Third prize went to Mohammad Osaama bin Shehzad for developing an application to enhance learning in Qatar high school biology classes.

Dr. Barak Yehya from the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics presented five awards for research that has particular relevance to Qatar. QNRF awarded a prize for ‘Best Project’ and ‘Best Poster.’
“We thank both the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics and QNRF for their continued support of this event,” said Oflazer.

Students presented projects to a panel of judges from Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Hamad Medical Corporation, Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics, Northwestern University in Qatar, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar Mobility Innovation Center, Qatar National Research Fund, Qatar Science and Technology Park and Weill-Cornell Medicine-Qatar.

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