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Excelling Student award for Noha A. Al-Otaibi

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Excelling Student award for Noha A. Al-Otaibi

HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud presenting the award to Noha Al-Otaibi

PhD Student Noha A. Al-Otaibi was recently presented with the Excelling Student award by HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, the ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Kingdom.

The event was held on the 9th November 2017 at the Saudi Embassy in London. It is an award honouring outstanding and excellent students studying in the top universities in the UK.

The award is in recognition of the valuable research Noha conducted during her PhD. Her work in the field of cryopreservation and biobanking was named as one of the unique and important researches.

HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud and Noha Al-Otaibi
Biobanking science is one of the most powerful practices in healthcare and food markets. There is continuous growth and expansion in the field in many countries. The vast development is in areas such as cell therapy, stem cells research, cancer therapy and precision medicine. This stresses the need for optimal preservation for the on-demand bio-samples. Noha's research in this department focuses on cryopreservation and cryo-media development. Her intensive research deciphered the cryo-damaging mechanisms in different cells modules and identified novel and powerful protective agents, that significantly improved cells biopreservation. The interesting findings hold promises to produce high efficient cryo-media that can be used in different research and treatment areas - such as blood cells, stem cell, fertility and human tissues.

Noha said, "I am pleased to be awarded by the Saudi government bodies (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education) represented by the Saudi ambassador HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud. None of my recognised research would be possible without the support of Prof Nigel Slater, Dr Hassan Rahmoune, our external collaborators and the generous fund from King AbdulAziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) throughout my doctorate studies. So I am deeply grateful for all of them.

Personally, my life objective is to protect life starting from single cells in the lab and extending to reach any form of life in the outside. This helps me to excel in my research and I am aiming to continue my studies beyond my doctorate."


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