“We Can Be Effective Brilliant And Really Competitive”
I passed the secondary school examination (Tawjihi) in 2004 (scientific stream), with an average of 95.1%. My score qualified me to study Medicine, but due to financial shortages I had to enroll in Medical Laboratory Sciences, Faculty of Health Professions at Al-Quds University.
I dedicated my efforts to pursue my bachelor degree which I finally got in 2009. I graduated as an honor student with 91.1% as an average. Besides that, I was the first position holder among my fellow students, which also honored me. Although I was just a student back then, I had this amazing relationship with the college’s staff. Some of these relations helped me a lot; the dean of Scientific Research College, Dr. Samira Berghouthi. She helped me deserve a scholarship for post-graduate studies at Gastroenterology and Endocrinology Department, University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany in April 2010. Her help and the help of all my professors is highly appreciated.
I am still in contact with my professors at the Department of Medical Lab Sciences in Al-Quds University. My research project was mainly about Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and its correlated metabolic imbalance. After a lot of challenges, I got my PhD in Biology (Pathobiochemistry, Cellular and Molecular) in December 2013, evaluation Magna cum laude (with a great honor).
I’ve been working as a postdoctoral scientist in the Institute of Biochemistry, faculty of Medicine, University of Leipzig, Germany since April 2014.Despite the tough situations in Palestine, we can be effective, brilliant and really competitive. We need to focus more on the international scientific work, rather than focusing on theoretical issues. We should also invest our ideas and translate them into a real work. The science is not an easy field of study and it needs patience, but you can do it in the end.
Salamah Alwahsh, Medical Lab science '2009