Omar studied medicine at Suez Canal University, Egypt. His enthusiasm for more quantitative approaches in biomedical research made him interested in bioinformatics. He went on to complete his MSc. degree in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at the University of Amsterdam. For his PhD project Omar is using data from the IBD-BioResource to identify genetic loci associated with clinically-relevant IBD subphenotypes. Omar is also part of several initiatives that make science more accessible to young Arabic-speaking students and is passionate about science translation and communication in Arabic. Occasionally, you will find him cycling to nearby villages around Cambridge.