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Introducing SCI Ambassador, Haya Al Khatib

Haya Al Khatib

I felt very excited to be part of a platform that promotes dialogue and sharing of ideas between research and business

What are your research interests?
Nutrition Science, my research involves investigating the role of sleep in maintaining healthy weight and preventing metabolic diseases. I run human clinical trials and track sleep, activity and energy expenditure using wearable technology devices.

How did you first get involved with SCI?
I first learned about SCI from a conference event my colleague circulated in our department. I signed up to become a student member because I felt very excited to be part of a platform that promotes dialogue and sharing of ideas between research and business.

What do you hope to gain from your involvement with SCI?
Being at the forefront of a new and exciting field of research myself (sleep and diet in humans) has made me very curious about how I can make my research available to the public. I have learned that that through collaboration between businesses and academic researchers that inventive, cutting edge research and products can be brought to the market.

I hope that SCI will provide me with the opportunity and network to work at the interface of industry and academia to bring innovation to fruition by connecting the whole ecosystem. Being involved with SCI will allow me to facilitate knowledge exchange between academic researchers and industry to encourage interdisciplinary projects.

I hope to share this experience with colleagues in my department to encourage collaboration between science and business.

Why would you encourage your peers to join SCI?
I would encourage my peers to join SCI to gain an appreciation of how their research can become a viable commercial product that can impact the public. In doing so, they would have the opportunity to communicate their research to a wider audience outside academia, as well as to broaden their network and meet similar-minded innovators.

Haya Al Khatib
King’s College London

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