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Surrey PhD student honoured by Saudi Ambassador

Raed Alharbi, from the Department of Microbial and Cellular Sciences, awarded prize for ‘Outstanding academic achievement’ at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London.

Raed is investigating HOX genes as a potential therapeutic target in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia for his PhD, under the supervision of Dr Richard Morgan. He was selected for the prize for his review, ‘The role of HOX genes in normal hematopoiesis and acute leukemia’, published in Leukemia, one of the top journals in the field of cancer.

Raed was presented with his award by the Saudi Ambassador HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud at a celebratory reception held at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London. The event is held annually to celebrate the success of students from Saudi Arabia studying in the UK.

Speaking about his award, Raed said: “It was a great feeling to be selected for this prize amongst the huge number of candidates. I am proud of myself and the group that I work with.

“I will always remember that my country appreciates my work, and this prize will increase the impact of my CV and encourage me to do my best always. I would like to thank my supervisor Dr Richard Morgan and all members of the group for their endless help and support.”

Learn more about our Microbial and Cellular Sciences PhD and other postgraduate taught and research programmes available at the University of Surrey. 

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