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Prof Salma completed her BSc (Honours) in chemistry from the Faculty of Science, American University of Cairo, Egypt in 1982. She received her PhD in Chemistry from Loughborough University, Loughborough, England, in 1987.
In 1989, she joined Sultan Qaboos University as a lecturer in the chemistry department. She is a winner of several international awards and a member of international organisations. She has been elected as a Fellow of TWAS in 2010.
Prof Salma is the recipient of the US Department of State’s award under the Women in Science Hall of Fame programme - 2013.