Based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dr. Alya Redhwan is Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Princess Nourah University (PNU) where she also serves as the Coordinator of the Microbiology & Immunology Research Center of its Health Sciences Research Center. In 2018, she became the first ambassador of the UK-based Society of General Microbiology (SGM) in Saudi Arabia. Having undertaken all of her graduate education in England, Dr. Alya Redhwan's research interests revolve around bacterial virulence mechanisms, especially those related to the Type III secretion system. Her long term goal is to identify a successful correlation between antimicrobial resistance and bacterial secretion systems for the sake of developing alternative approaches to tackling the growing global issue of antimicrobial resistance.