Dr. Souhaila Al Khodor

Director of Maternal and Child Health program, Sidra Medicine, Qatar

About Dr. Souhaila Al Khodor

Dr. Al Khodor is the Director of Maternal and Child Health program in the research department at Sidra Medicine, Qatar, since July 2019 and an Investigator since January 2015.  Dr. Al Khodor received her Bachelor’s degree in Medical Lab. technology from the Faculty of Public Health at the Lebanese University in 2001. Soon after, she started her master’s degree in microbiology and Immunology at the American University of Beirut (2002-2005). Dr. Al Khodor received her second master’s degree and PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA (2005-2008). Before joining Sidra, Dr. Al Khodor worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Signaling systems Unit, laboratory of Systems Biology, at the National Institute of Allergy and infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland, USA.

Dr. Al Khodor’s laboratory in Sidra focuses on characterizing the role of the microbiome in health and disease, with a particular emphasis on maternal and child health and the integration of metagenomics with other omics aiming to identify predictive markers for various diseases and pathological conditions.

Dr. Al Khodor is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Health & Life Science in Hamad Bin Khalifa University, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Health Sciences in Qatar University.

Dr. Al Khodor has over 64 peer-reviewed publications. She currently serves as an Assistant Specialty Chief Editor for Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology and is the Metagenomics Section Editor for the Journal of Translational Medicine.