Moustafa Abohawya was a member of the lab from 2014 to 2016. He graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Tanta University, Egypt in 2012. In 2013, Moustafa joined the American University in Cairo to pursue his master’s degree in Biotechnology as a research/teaching fellow. In 2014, he was awarded the Al-Alfi Foundation scholarship to support his graduate studies. In his master thesis, Moustafa worked on understanding the alterations of splicing in Arabidopsis thaliana in response to splicing modulating drugs in collaboration with King Abdullah University for Science and Technology. After graduation, Moustafa joined Zewail City for Science and Technology as a Biomedical Science teaching assistant. In 2019, Moustafa moved to Dresden, Germany to join the University Cancer Center and Mildred Sheel Early Career Center, Faculty of Medicine Carl Gustave Carus, TU Dresden. He is working in the lab of Prof. Frank Buchholz as a Ph.D. student. In his Ph.D. project, Moustafa is utilizing a functional genomics approach to understand chemotherapy resistance in gastric cancer. He is combining omics, CRISPR-based screens as well as patient-derived organoids systems to identify genetic markers and mechanisms of gastric cancer resistance to chemotherapeutic agents frequently used in the course of treatment of gastric cancer.