Dr. Nahla Maher Afifi earned her MBBCh with honors from Ain Shams University, Egypt and went on to gain her Master of Anatomy & Embryology degree and a Diploma of Gynecology and Obstetrics from the same university. Dr. Afifi then received her Ph.D of Anatomy & Embryology in 1996 – also from Ain Shams University - under joint supervision with the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, USA. Dr. Afifi began her academic career as a Medical Researcher in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She then served as Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Embryology at Ain Shams University and Dubai Medical College for Girls, UAE. In 1999, Dr. Afifi joined Qatar University's Biomedical Sciences Program and was promoted to Associate Professor of Anatomy and Embryology and Full Professor in 2007. She was appointed Head of Department of Health Sciences in 2007, a position she held until 2009. In December 2013, Dr. Afifi joined Qatar Foundation. She is currently the Education and Scientific Manager/Acting Director at Qatar Biobank. Dr. Afifi has published numerous research papers in her field of expertise and is a member in several International societies, including AAA, ASIP, ISBER & ESBB.