Dr. Osama Aldirbashi

Head of Newborn Screening Services

Dr. Osama Aldirbashi joined NRL in 2020 to establish Newborn Screening and Biochemical Genetics lab services.  He is a clinical biochemical geneticist certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists. He attended graduate school at Nagasaki University in Japan and completed fellowship training at the Children's Hospital of East Ontario, University of Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Aldirbashi has also received specific biochemical genetics training at Toronto, Calgary, London and San Diego. His expertise spans newborn screening, inborn errors of metabolism, mass spectrometry, quality improvement of screening and diagnostic methods, development of new lab tests and metabolomics biomarker discovery.

During his career, Dr. Aldirbashi has led major screening and diagnostic labs in North America and the Middle East, where he has been instrumental in refining testing methodologies, devolving new screening algorithms and establishing new screening programs including severe combined immune deficiencies. He also was appointed as faculty at medical schools in the UAE and Canada where he supervised numerous MSc and PhD students as well as trainees, fellows and residents training in his lab. 

Dr. Aldirbashi is appointed Professor of Paediatrics (adjunct) at the University of Ottawa and as associate medical staff at the Division of Metabolics and Newborn Screening at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. His translational research focus is on newborn screening and inborn errors of metabolism. He received numerous grants and published more than 70 articles in prestigious journals including Pediatrics, Hum Gen, Genet Med, Clin Chem, Anal Chem, J Inher Metab Dis and others. Throughout his career, Dr. Aldirbashi has organized and chaired several symposia, presented keynote speeches, and volunteered on various editorial boards and committees including the International Journal of Neonatal Screening and the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists.