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Personal Development

Transferable skills

Visit The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC)

During my PhD I had a golden chance to visit Dr. Andrew Macadam's Lab at NIBSC. The main goal of the visit was to generate and sequence several recombination samples, and at the same time to gain a hands-on experience on how to prepare the NGS library, load the samples into the MiSeq instrument, and upload the results to the Illumina BaseSpace Cloud for the subsequent analysis. I worked in Macadam's Lab for two weeks and met the nice people in the lab who were very helpful and welcoming. Additionally, I had several conversations with the lab members and with Dr. Macadam that helped me significantly to see my projects from different aspects and enriched my arguments in the thesis. I finished from NIBSC with my Illumina-cloud account was filled with very interesting data to be analysed and discussed later in my thesis. thank you very much for giving me this opportunity. 

Teamworking in a research environment

I took this three 3-day course in the first year of my PhD at the University of Warwick. The course is designed to help the new researchers to enhance their networking skills in the scientific research environment. It was a very beneficial course; it taught me how to improve my ability to work within a team, and how efficient working in a team could be.

Virology Seminars

In the Virology department at the School of Life Science, all students are actively encouraged to give frequent seminars to their colleagues. I have given seven 45-minute talks to the Virology groups at the University of Warwick. This has increased my confidence in oral presentation and also provides an opportunity for feedback from different people in different virology groups.


During my PhD, I had a chance to take several interesting, important and handy courses such as scientific writing, bioethics, statistics, Endnote referencing, Microsoft Word in the context of thesis writing, and introduction to programming and building software (Github).

  • Demonstrator - 3rd Year Undergraduate laboratory class (Virology), October 2013
  • Demonstrator – 2nd Year Undergraduate, School of Life Science April 2014
  • 1. March 2013. Society for General Microbiology (SGM) annual conference, Manchester, U.K.
  • 2. March 2014. Europic. Blankenberge, Belgium.
  • 3. April 2014. Society for General Microbiology (SGM) annual conference, Liverpool, U.K.
  • 4. April 2015. Society for Microbiology (SGM) annual conference, Birmingham, U.K.
  • 5. April 2015. Next Generation Sequencing 2015 Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
  • Fadi Alnaji and David Evans. Analysis of recombinants arising from a mixed virus infection using PacBio technology. NGS forum at the University of Warwick, School of Life Science March 2015
  • Fadi Alnaji and David Evans. Isolation and analysis of recombinants arising from a wild-type mixed virus infection using bioinformatics and next generation sequencing (NGS). Microbiology Society Annual Conference, Liverpool, March 2016.
  • Fadi Alnaji and David Evans. Visualisation and analysis of recombinants identified by next-generation sequencing (NGS) from poliovirus coinfection. American society of Virology, Annual Conference, June 2016.
  • Oud Player and teacher at Taqasim Music School (More info)
  • Peforming arts (Theater/Monodrama)