100 most powerful Arab women 2012
Hayat Sindi
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Hayat Sindi

Industry: Science

Designation: Medical researcher

Country: US

Hayat Sindi’s astonishing medical career started with a lie;
worried that her family would not let her study abroad, she told her father that
she had already been accepted into a prestigious university in the UK.

When
she landed in London
as a teenager in 1991, she had no university place, no money, and didn’t speak English.
Hard work and determination got her a place at King’s College, Cambridge. In 2001, she won a PhD in biotechnology
from the top university and has been credited with the invention of MARS (Magnetic
Acoustic Resonance Sensor), which combines the effects of light and sound for use
in biotechnology. After a stint as a visiting scholar at Harvard, she co-founded
Diagnostics for All, an organisation developing a disease-diagnosing paper that
changes colours when dabbed with the bodily fluids of someone who is ill. Sindi
is also a fellow at PopTech, a US-based non-profit organisation that offers fellowships
to scientists promoting innovation. Last year, she launched the Institute for Imagination
and Ingenuity, a Middle East focused foundation
that will help scientists create business plans and find investors for their ideas.

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