LIGHT PhD Student awarded prestigious Leeds International Research Scholarship

Leeds International Research Scholarship (LIRs)

Lina Alrefaai has just been awarded a prestigious Leeds International Research Scholarship (LIRs) which will support her as she studies for a PhD in LICAMM with George Ellison, Graham Law and Eleanor Scott as supervisors. Although students from the School of Medicine have been on the reserve list before, Lina is the first to actually secure the award so this is a major achievement.

After schooling in the Emirates, Lina went to the University of Kalamoon in Syria where she gained a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science. She then came to Leeds to study for the MSc Nutrition, Obesity and Health, which she completed last year.

Lina is very much looking forward to starting her PhD later this year, which will examine gestational diabetes in relation to diet and patterns in lifestyle.

“I really like the community here in Leeds” Lina told me. “We can find friendly people everywhere. I feel proud for my country. I am proud that I have come here from Syria at such a difficult time and have been able to achieve a great thing. I think that is really special, and my family are very proud of me.”