Dr. Mariam AlEissa

Department Head & Associate Professor
Molecular Genetics Department
Saudi Center of Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) & * Medical School at AlFaisal University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Fellowship Dates: 

04 March 2019 to 28 February 2020

MIT Department/Faculty Supervisor(s): 

Professor Guoping Feng, McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT
Professor Benjamin Neale, Stanley Centre for Psychiatric Research, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard


Mariam holds a PhD in molecular genetics of complex disorders from University College London, an MSc in Medical Genetics from University of Glasgow and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Medical Sciences (Clinical Laboratory Sciences) from King Saud University. In addition, she has amassed years of clinical experience through working at the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Saudi Arabia.

In addition to being a scientist, Mariam is the Art Director at Saudi Signatures, an artists' collaborative. 

MIT Fellowship Research Abstract: 

Mariam is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Gouping Lab, McGovern Institute for brain research at MIT and a visiting investigator at the Broad Institute. Her research is centred around the genetics and bioinformatics of complex diseases: such as Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and Autism. Using genetic engineering/bioinformatics tools to identify genetic variation and the pathway analysis that may be involved​ in disease Eitology.

Publications since IBK Fellowship:

1. Mariam Al Eissa, Taghrid Aloraini, Lamia Alsubaie, Abdulrahman Alswaid, Wafaa Eyiad, Fuad Al Mutairi, Faroug Ababneh, Majid Afadhel, Ahmed Alfares, "Genetic carrier screening for disorders included in newborn screening in the Saudi Population." JBC Genetics. 20201; 2(2):001-006. https://www.ejmanager.com/mnstemps/183/183-1614266028.pdf?t=1627211078

Professional Development Activities while at MIT: 

Executive Certificates (MIT Sloan Executive):
Strategy & Innovation
Management & Leadership
Working with Mice in Research Settings
Leadership and Innovation, MIT professional development program, June 27–August 22, 2019
Interpreting Genomes for Rare Disease Variants and Gene Interpretation, Broad Institute, May 15–16, 2019
Leading with Vision and Grit, Graduate Women at MIT Leadership Conference, April 26, 2019
Professional Branding Effective Communication Skills Grit, Graduate Women at MIT Leadership Conference, April 25, 2019

International Collaborations or Affiliations: 

Visiting Investigator at the department of Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Stanley Centre for Psychiatric Research, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA

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