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University of Oxford and Sheffield graduate becomes a leader in the field of cancer research

Professional Achievement Award: Dr. Hani Choudhry

As the Head of the Cancer Biology Unit at King Abdulaziz University, Dr. Hani’s work has led to the discovery of novel breast cancer genes that play an important role in cancer research.

He is also the the co-founder of the first research-based cancer society in Saudi Arabia, which has over 1,200 members and plays a major part in promoting cancer research across the country.

Dr. Hani’s work has led to him receiving various international awards. He was also selected to participate in the 61st Meeting of Nobel Laureates in 2011, which was dedicated to physiology and medicine.

After receiving an MSc in Molecular Medicine from the University of Sheffield, Dr. Hani went on to complete a PhD at the University of Oxford.

‘Joining the University of Oxford gave me the opportunity to work with leading figures in cancer research. They had a great impact on my understanding and intellectual capabilities in the field,’ he says.

‘The state-of-the-art facilities accelerated my research, while the educational and social activates led to me having a broader perspective on global health issues and policies. It also helped to foster my leadership skills.’

Dr. Hani still maintains links to the University of Oxford, being the Principle Investigator of an international academic collaboration between Oxford and King Abdulaziz University. The  institutions made this three-year agreement in order to  conduct joint cancer research and facilitate exchanges between their faculties and students.

As an acting Ambassador for the European Association for Cancer Research, Dr. Hani continues to raise awareness about the value of cancer research and to influence young scientists to pursue a career in this field, just as his PhD professors did for him.

‘Their encouragement and support led me to participate in many international conferences and publish in high-profile journals,’ he says. ‘The university and the UK educational system have inspired me and enriched my growth as a researcher and as a scientist.’