“I am currently an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the department of Pharmaceutical Biochemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Alexandria University, Egypt.
In 2018 I founded the Pharmaceutical Biochemistry department in the Faculty of Pharmacy-Alexandria University. The undergraduate studies began in the department in 2019, and the bylaws for the postgraduate studies in the department were established in 2020. I also established the first molecular biology research lab. in the department in 2021.
I have gained an experience in a wide range of biochemical, biophysical and virological techniques during my Ph.D. studies in Manchester University in the United Kingdom, Postdoc fellowship in the Center of Infection and Immunity, Pasteur institute in France, and academic visit to the Centre for Virus Research (CVR) in the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Three high profile research-led labs that allowed me to widen my scientific knowledge in these fields and helped me to develop skills necessary to obtain research funding for my own independent laboratory in Egypt.
Since June 2013, I am heading a research team. The main focus of the team is to develop basic research in the field of Drug/Biomarker discovery that may address underlying mechanisms that leads to susceptibility to some diseases and/or prediction of therapeutic response, with specific themes in the field of Molecular Virology of clinically important viruses, that could be of potential use to help identify host/viral factors that are associated with treatment and/or diagnosis.
I am an experienced teacher at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels with a great experience in the fields of curriculum development and course design which were both enhanced via participation in the capacity building of higher education Erasmus plus programs (2013-2022).