Reem obtained her PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Manchester under the supervision of Prof. Mark Ashe and Prof. Chris Grant. During her PhD and a subsequent postdoc in Mark Ashe's lab she engineered S. cerevisiae strains to produce butanol by introducing the ABE pathway from bacteria into yeast, applying metabolic engineering and synthetic biology strategies to enhance butanol production, and continued that work as a research associate in Mark Ashe's lab. Reem joined the lab of Prof. Patrick Cai in 2018 as a postdoctoral research associate. Reem is currently working on Sc3.0 project and genome minimization via SCRaMbLE. She is constructing and characterizing artificial new essential chromosome in the Sc2.0 synthetic strain. In her free time, she enjoys working as a volunteer in different charities. Reem loves reading, painting, cooking, travelling and exploring life.