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I grew up in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, where I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of Tabuk. I then completed my master’s studies at King Saud University. In my undergraduate studies, I came across the first EM image of a t-loop by (Griffith et al.,1999), which sparked my passion for telomere biology. At a very young age, I realized that exploring the telomere world would be my pretty path in life.

I joined Dr. Susan Baily’s lab at Colorado State University, where I became more interested in understanding the role of telomeric RNA, TERRA, in repairing Telomeric Double Strand Breaks (DSBs) in cancer cells.

Currently, I am pursuing my postdoctoral training under the mentoring of Dr. Jack Griffith. In Jack’s lab, my research focuses on characterizing the recently discovered telomeric dipeptides (VR) and exploring their role in cancer and aging.

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