Students 2022

Meet the 2022 cohort students

The KAUST M.D.-Ph.D program aims to train and nurture the next generation of rigorous, inventive and committed clinician-scientists who master cutting edge clinical and scientific advances to become leaders in implementing smart-health and precision medicine tools and methods in the Saudi healthcare delivery system. 

How to apply

Please refer to the M.D.-Ph.D. Program information page on the Alfaisal University website for full details of the next round of the program.


Current students


Read more about our 2022 students below, their background, aims and research interests.

Ismail Mohammed Shakir, MD

Ismail Mohammed Shakir is an MBBS graduate from Alfaisal University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Prof. Mo Li’s Stem Cells and Regeneration lab at KAUST as part of the MD-PhD collaborative program between KAUST and Alfaisal. Ismail has always been interested in a physician-scientist career since his early days in medical school.

He spent his college summer breaks in the US training in translational research. After finishing his PhD at KAUST, Ismail plans to pursue his further clinical training in Internal Medicine and Transplant Medicine in the US.

Mohammed Drad Alenezi, MD

Mohammed Drad Alenezi is a medical doctor from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is passionate about introducing a paradigm shift to the current medical therapy concerning tissue and organ failure. Specifically, he is interested in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Therefore, he chose to pursue a Ph.D. degree in the Laboratory of Integrative RNA biology under the guidance of Prof. Imed Gallouzi.

He is very determined to execute projects that aim to replicate human tissues and organs for transplantation purposes, therapeutics, and disease modeling. Mohammed's vision is to combine regenerative medicine and bioengineering science with medical practice in Saudi Arabia.

Mohammed Soheib, MD

Mohammed Soheib, is an MBBS graduate from the College of Medicine, Alfaisal University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Prof. Leena Ibrahim's lab as part of the MD-Ph.D. program under the KAUST Smart-Health Initiative. Mohammed developed an affinity for translational neuroscience research during medical school while rotating in the neurology ward.

He is passionate about further understanding the underlying aberrations in brain circuitry that occur in pediatric neurodevelopmental and psychiatric illnesses. He enjoys journaling, traveling, and learning new languages.