2013 Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine)
2007 Bachelor of Medical Science (HONS) Class I (Pathology)
Dr Fatima El-Assaad is the Senior Research Associate at UNSW Microbiome Research Centre (MRC) and a former UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2015 - 2017). She graduated with First Class Honours in Medical Science and was awarded her PhD in Medicine (by publications) at The University of Sydney (2013) for her work in the field of inflammation, infectious diseases and neuroscience.
Currently, together with the director of the MRC, Dr El-Assaad develops and implements various research projects and coordinates the research strategy, communications and interactions with various stakeholders. Her current interests lie in understanding the role of the microbiome in maintaining optimal health and their role various inflammatory diseases. She is leading projects in mental health and neuroscience (schizophrenia, dementia, age-related frailty), women and children’s health (endometriosis, pre-conception and pregnancy health), infectious disease (sepsis) and natural therapies (kefir, honey).
Dr El-Assaad has been involved with several cross-disciplinary consortia between basic science, policy, clinical translation and biotech leadership. She was awarded the prestigious HOPE Award at the 9th HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates (2017, Tokyo) and the Campion-Ma-Playoust Memorial Award at the 49th annual ASMR National Conference. She was one of 60 Early-Mid Career Researchers selected for the Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank (2016) and one of 3 invited Thinker in Residence at Flinders University (2016), one of 100 global leaders invited to the GAP Summit (2017, Washington DC) and the Nobel Prize Dialogue (2017,Tokyo), one of 14 Australian delegates to participate in the Australian Academy of Technology Sciences & Engineering Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Program (2017, Beijing) and 1 of 5 Australian delegates Nominated by National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office, Singapore to attend the Global Young Scientists Summit (2020, Singapore).
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