Thabat Marwan Khatib is working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Translational Neuroscience Department in the Institute of Medical Sciences at University of Aberdeen - UK. I finished Tawjehi (Certificate of General Secondary Education) from the Arab American University School in Jenin in 2009 with a grade of 98%. After that, I joined the Arab American University to study Biology and Biotechnology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. I graduated from the University in 2012 and got my degree in 3 years with a GPA of 3.95. I was the first on the department and the third on the University.
Then, I immediately enrolled in the master program of Biological Sciences at An-Najah National University. My research focused on hereditary colon cancer and I graduated in 2014 with a GPA of 4 and was the first on the University.
My ambition did not stop here as I had always dream about continuing my PhD study abroad. Therefore, I applied for several European universities to pursue my doctoral degree. I was offered a partial scholarship by the University of Aberdeen “fifth oldest university in the UK” to continue my PhD study in the Institute of Medical Sciences. After 3 years, I defended my PhD thesis and was awarded a PhD degree in Translational Neuroscience with excellent achievement in March 2018.
I started working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Translational Neuroscience Department at the Institute of Medical Sciences at University of Aberdeen in the UK in January 2018. I am currently a member of a group that specializes in research and scientific experiments to study the neurons, and I mainly focus on finding new drugs for the nervous system especially against Alzheimer’s disease.
Through my PhD and postdoctoral periods, I published several articles in different international journals, attended many international conferences “both inside the UK and outside it” and presented in some of them as well. In addition, I made several collaborations with different universities and supervised many bachelor and master students. Moreover, I managed to get a grant of about 400,000 pounds to develop and screen drugs for Alzheimer’s disease. My team and I just about to patent the drugs we made.
My advice for all students is
to believe in themselves, their abilities and potentials, and never give up no matter how hard it gets and how many times they fail. With time, all the hard work will pay off and the impossible will become possible.