Israa Elbashir | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Israa Elbashir

Israa Elbashir (MSc)

Research Assistant
Qatar Biomedical Research Institute


Israa Elbashir obtained her BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences from Qatar University in 2017. She then pursued her Master's degree in Genomics and Precision medicine at HBKU. During her master's research project, she evaluated the infectivity, viral kinetics, and genome evolution of different influenza viruses. After graduation, she joined the Infectious Disease Division at Qatar University's Biomedical Research Center, as a Research Assistant and was involved in sequencing the SARS-CoV-2 virus early in the pandemic. Following which, she worked as a Research Assistant in the College of Medicine at Qatar University, investigating the virucidal effects of different drugs, algae, and Manuka honey on SARS-CoV-2. In 2021, she trained briefly at QBRI on a project to identify protein damage biomarkers for ASD using LC-MS. 


Research Interests

  • Genomics
  • Proteomics
  • Diabetes
  • Infection and immunity


Research Assistant

Infectious Diseases Division (virology), Biomedical Research Center; Qatar University

2019 - 2020
  • Research Assistant

    College of Medicine; Qatar University

    2020 - 2021


Bachelor of Science

College of Health Sciences at Qatar University

2012 - 2017
  • Master of Science

    College of Health and Life Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University

    2017 - 2019

Selected Publications

  • Al Khatib HA, Benslimane FM, Elbashir IE, Coyle PV, Al Maslamani MA, Al-Khal A, Al Thani AA, Yassine HM.

    Within-Host Diversity of SARS-CoV-2 in COVID-19 Patients With Variable Disease Severities.

  • Front Cell Infect Microbiol.

    10:575613. doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2020.575613. PMID: 33123498; PMCID: PMC7572854.