Igniting Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Hayat Sindi The Science Entrepreneur

Using everyday materials to diagnose disease


Hayat is passionate about the ways that science and technology can be used to keep us healthy.

The science researcher and entrepreneur studies how light and sound can be transformed into medical testing devices able to provide critical health information anywhere in the world. To help realize her dream, Hayat co-founded the non-profit Diagnostics For All and is now affiliated with Nano Terra, a micro technology development company. In 2010, Hayat received the prestigious Prince Khalid Award for her innovative approach to the sciences. The 2009 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow is also a powerful advocate for science education and careers for women in the Middle East. Hayat is currently building a world-class biotech and energy innovation research center in Saudi Arabia.

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The world-class scientist reveals how she overcame language and cultural barriers to bring high-tech science into our everyday lives.

As a child, my heroes were modern-day inventors and scientists. I was also fascinated by Islamic civilization’s role in the early development of STEM, like the development of mathematics. Years later, I became the first woman from the Arab Gulf states to earn a PhD in biotechnology. Now, I invent medical tools that could transform the treatment of chronic disease in society. My advice? Learn about breaththrough inventions but don’t forget about the fundamentals. Learn physics, chemistry, and check out bioinformatics, an emerging field that combines biology and computer science.

I also encourage students to look for science education initiatives that are making biotechnology more accessible to the next generation of problem-solvers. These include Sea Change, a U.S.-based initiative where students make significant contributions to the field of genomics.

  • Transforming Medical Diagnostics with Paper

    Hayat and a team of researchers helped design a paper chip that will enable health care workers to diagnose and monitor infectious diseases or chronic conditions without complicated instruments. This required a fundamental understanding of numerous STEM princples. The team needed to understand how molecules in various liquids would interact with specific chemicals. They also learned how specially-treated paper would react to ultraviolet light, and how to create microscopic channels that made it possible to put multiple tests on one strip of paper.

  • Personalized Medical Care

    Scientists first mapped the human genome a decade ago. The success of this effort promised medical care perfectly adapted for each person. Genetic data can also reveal the complexity of human history, helping us understand who we are and where we are going.

Connecting Girls to Science & Technology

Connecting Girls to <span>Science & Technology</span>

Hayat is committed to science and technology education and careers for girls around the world. Zoey’s Room is an online community that encourages creativity through science, technology, engineering and math.

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  • SADEK ALSHOULI October 22 1:02am

    Prof Sindi , Go ahead and continue the role of Muslim scientist in changing the world to the best working with others hand by hand .
    Always remember what
    Allah says in the holy book(Quran):
    (Say: “Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know? It is those who are endued with understanding that receive admonition).

    Sadek Alshouli
    Cardiac Surgeon , Edmonton ,Canada

  • Dr Alaa Naji October 22 3:05am

    Dr Hayat, you are one of our brightest landmarks in the field of science. You are the gab between our long standing inferiority this field and our great ancestors. Lets all try to either support or follow her steps. Alaa

  • maha musharef October 22 6:19am

    drhayat thank you from my heart god help you enshallah

  • Norma Turnbull October 22 9:01am

    You are indeed a true Global role model as a Scientist and as a woman. I know that the Arab World appreciates your great achievements and that you have recently been awarded the Prince Khalid Gold Medal for Science however I pray that your great achievements are now fully recognised by the whole of Humanity. God Bless you and Keep you safe for the benefit of all.

  • Abeer Abdallah October 23 5:16am

    you are a true inspiration to all females, not only Arabs but to all. I’m even more proud that I’m Saudi like you. keep it up. we are all with you, and support you.
    الله يحفظك

  • Sara October 23 8:36pm

    Dr. Hayat you mad us so proud of you we cann’t thank you enough for your utmost efforts to serve not only your socity but also the whole world.

    Good luck with your next endeavors :)

    Sara Abdullah Alrumikhani

  • Wehaj Bokhari October 24 9:26am

    Dear Dr. Hayate, your achievements in science ignite my enthusiasm since I was in high school! I remember when I read your phd achievement in one of the Saudi newspaper and I still have that picture in my mind. You inspire me alot. All I can say you are a gift to the humanity. Please keep going, the future is yours. Hope to see you one day in the future and learn from you.
    Kind Regards,

  • Saud K. Al-Faisal October 24 9:37am

    You make us proud. This is only the beginning of great things to come … We know that you will hold your and our heads up high as you have in the past …

  • Ana Glavan October 24 4:51pm

    The world needs more like Dr Sindi! She is such a wonderful human being and an exceptional scientist! Young women and little girls all around the globe need more role models like her–it is what will change the world! Just thank you for existing!

  • Kitty Levin October 24 4:54pm

    How inspiring! Thank you for such great work!

  • Robert Levin October 24 5:07pm

    Thank you for all your wonderful work! Your interest in helping children and young women, your personal generosity and your truly compassionate spirit are an inspiration to us all!

  • Najat October 24 5:10pm

    I think this woman is wonderful. Her persistent and regular support of good causes is such a commendable way to use the power of fame. I have nothing but respect for her.

  • Kelly Murray October 24 5:22pm

    Great work! What we need are intelligent women and good feelings to alleviate this world

  • Dr.Amal nemengani October 25 9:15pm

    shining like the sun Hayat .. keep up the good work …

  • sultana al-quaiti October 26 7:18am

    I have never been so impressed by any scientist/academic as Dr.Hayat Sindi.She is an inspiration to all women all over the world because of her dedication,her humility,her fight gainst all odds,her belief in a better life for all and her commitment to so many causes. She has my ardent admiration and my prayers for her continued success inshaAllah.

  • Marci Anderson October 27 1:05pm

    Hayat, you are an inspiration. Follow your passions, follow your dreams, and all the good will continue to follow you.

  • Fayez October 27 6:01pm

    I hope that your achievements will inspire many people around the world and hopefully to include our loved ones. As being a member of your family we are truly proud of you. Thanks God that Dad had lived long enough to witness and enjoyed your persistent a long your journey including your recent achievement before he passed away. God bless you. Your Brother

  • addnan October 29 7:48pm

    it is amazing what you’ve achieved in life- a hundred lives in one..you are amazing -a shining caring light to all bringing the world together.. An inspiration, and a father proud, eternal.

  • Brya Lee February 27 11:39am

    You are the scientist I always wanted to be, instead I prayed within for long intensives and learned the inner chemistry of light and sound
    within the dna of life in myself, and now you
    are putting it all into words and practice for benefiting others. Sound is light and light is sound, allah, god, it is all one vibration that we share in the heart of humanity. Love.

  • Murray Leffers May 06 12:36pm

    Human apology, tears, touch, honesty are how we truly live as we claim when we who have hurt others are part of the vibration of humanity. Love to some is only a word, truth in commitment is the only element that makes it an honestly spoken bit of purity.

    When we step from one to twelve skipping the middle we do not improve. In that, the pain we have caused continues. No science or thought is useful until all that is and is not is laid bare.

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  • Harriet Sanders February 15 1:34am

    There are holes and gaps in Hayat Sindi’s resume and self-proclaimed scientific accomplishments. At a personal level, she has claimed to be engaged to an already married man in Saudi Arabia, something that is certainly permitted in a Muslim country, but is certainly not congruent with her image of a progressive Muslim woman role model, eager for the emancipation of her compatriot sisters!

  • Hamad Al Salman July 25 6:11am

    Dr Hayat, we all proud of you, we will support you, God Bless you and Keep you safe for the benefit of all.

  • Anon August 21 10:58am

    I would urge PopTech to investigate both her achievements, her age, and her PhD (allegedly paid for to be written by an assistant). This woman hides behind her veil to claim achievements that never were.

    PS i am muslims and I am conservative, but I am against fraud.

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