Iman obtained her BSc in microbiology from University of Basra (Iraq). Her MSc in Parasitology involved testing the therapeutic effect of isolated alkaloids from medicinal plants on Hydatid disease in vitro and in the mouse model challenged with hydatid disease (Echinococcus grunulosus). Iman won a patent for her work which she carried out in her Master's degree. After completing her Master's she worked as lecturer in her university and continued pursuing her interests in treatment of bacterial and parasitic diseases using natural products. Then she was given scholarship by the Iraqi government to study virology. She is currently a PhD student in the Influenza Viruses group at the Pirbright Institute supervised by Dr Holly Shelton. The aim of her project is to investigate if Influenza virus interacts with co factor H from humans as a defence against the complement system.