Faculty / Supporting Staff, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

 

 Dr. Osama Al Wassil, PhD

 Chairman / Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

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Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, 2015
  • Master of Medical Education, College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (in Progress)
  • Preparing Future Faculty Program, The Center for Teaching Excellence, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, 2015
  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, 2012
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA, 2005

Research Interest:

  • Neurodegenerative Diseases; Antimicrobial agents
  • Development of 3D homology models of receptors and enzymes at different activation states.
  • Application of computational drug design and molecular simulation techniques using tripos software (e.g., SYBYL-X suite) as well as performing virtual docking studies and analyzing different bimolecular interactions using CCDC software (e.g., GOLD suite).

Grants:

  • Principal Investigator — Novel Inhibitors of N-Acetylneuraminic Acid Synthase for the Treatment of Meningococcal Infection, KAIMRC, (2019)
  • Principal Investigator — Molecular Mechanisms and Interaction Sites of Amphetamine and Cocaine at hDAT: Computational Assessment, KAIMRC, (SP18/246/R; 2018)
  • Coinvestigator — Design and Development of Novel Divalent Bioisostere Scaffolds in Conjugation with Benzothiazole Pharmacophore as Anti-TB agents. KFU Annual Research Grant, DSR-170077 with total budget 79,994 SR (2016 - 2017)
  • Principal Investigator — Novel NmeNANAS Inhibitors for the Treatment of Meningococcal Infection, KFU Annual Research Grant, DSR-170075 with total budget 99,864 SR (2016 - 2017)

 


 

Prof. Mahmoud Ahmed Aly Mansour, PhD

Professor

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Education:

  • Postdoctoral in Molecular Biology from Karolinska Institute, Sweden, 2000
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry from Al-Azhar University, Egypt, 1992
  • Master of Science in Biochemistry from Al-Azhar University, Egypt, 1989
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Al-Azhar University, Egypt, 1984

Research Interest:

  • Biochemical Pharmacology:
    • Leukothienes
    • Interluekins
    • Molecular Pharmacology

 


 

Prof. Aiman A. Obaidat, PhD

Professor

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Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmaceutics from Purdue University, USA, 1996
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Pharmacy from King Saud University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1987

Research Interest:

  • Controlled drug delivery systems 
  • Targeted drug delivery systems
  • Improvement of the solubility of poorly water-soluble drugs and complexation with cyclodextrins

 


 

Prof. Alaa Eldeen Bakry Yassin, PhD

Professor of Pharmaceutics

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Education:

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA and Al-Azhar University, Cairo Egypt (Joint Supervision, 1996)
  • M.Sc., Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt, 1990
  • B.S., Pharmacy, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, 1983

Research Interest:

  • Nano-particulate drug delivery systems, particularly, solid lipid and polymeric nanoparticles and vesicular systems such as liposomes, niosomes, and polymeric micelles.

  • Development of nano-drug delivery systems for anticancer, antimicrobial, and cardiovascular drugs. 

  • Site-specific delivery including colon, gastro-retentive, and transdermal.

    Chrono-therapeutic drug delivery systems.

Awards:

  1. Recipient of the Researcher Award of the Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs- Basic Research Track, 2019
  2. Best Faculty Member in Academic Year 2018-2019, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences President's Awards for Excellence (Third Place), 2019
  3. Recipient of Kayyali Prize for Excellency in Pharmaceutical Research, Saudi Pharmaceutical Society, 2014
  4. Recipient of Teaching Excellence Award, King Saud University-Health Science Section, 2009
  5. Recipient of Research Excellence Award, King Saud University, 2009

Grants and supervision (last five years):

  • Had 13 grants with total fund of more than 3 M SR
  • Supervised 25 graduate students

Publications and conference presentation:

  • More than 50 publications in high ISI impact peer-reviewed journals
  • More than 40 international conference presentations

 


Dr. Wesam Saleh Moh’d Abdel-Razaq, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology

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Education: 

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology from University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2006
  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Science from University of Jordan, Jordan, 2000
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from University of Jordan, Jordan, 1996

Research Interest:

  • Drug uses and their toxic/adverse effects
  • Cell signaling and molecular mechanism of depression
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction and cancer chemotherapy

Ongoing Projects:

  • Investigating the risk of hyperuricemia and tumor lysis syndrome associated with chemotherapy use in cancer patients
  • Exploring the perception and practices of cancer patients for using complementary therapies in cancer care
  • Assessment of healthcare practitioners’ knowledge, attitudes, and awareness toward the optimum pain management of cancer patients.
  • Exploring the risk factors associated with febrile neutropenia in taxanes (docetaxel and paclitaxel) regimens used in the treatment of metastatic and early-stage breast cancer.

 


 

 

Dr. Rasha Saad Suliman, PhD

Associate Professor, COP-Female Branch

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Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy (Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology) from University Technology Mara (UiTM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2013
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), from University Tun Abdulrazak (UNITAR), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2009
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy from University of Khartoum, Sudan, 2004

Research Interest:

  • Chemistry of natural products
  • Drug discovery from soil, air, and water, microbial (especially fungal) resources
  • Fast Dereplication approach for identification of Microbial biotransformed products

Grants:

  • Principal Investigator — In-vitro Evaluation of fenugreek seeds extract on hepatic cancer cell lines, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC), SP19/271/R            01/10/2019
  • Principal Investigator — Comparative study, Evaluating the Heavy Metals content in Selected Cosmetic Products from Saudi Markets versus Selected Natural Dyes, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC) SP19/314/R     01/09/2019
  • Coinvestigator — Isolation, identification anti-microbial and Anticancer activity of fungi Isolated from Saudi Soil, Princes Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Deanship of Scientific Research and postgraduate studies. Fund amount (SR 90,000), Grant No. 19-0205

Ongoing Projects:

  • Microbial diversity of Sabkha soils and deserts of Saudi Arabia
  • In vitro Anti-microbial Activity and Wound Healing Evaluation of Acacia Gum Arabia Aqueous Cream
  • Computational Assessment of Pharmacokinetics Properties ADME and Biological Screening of Imidazole Derivatives
  • In-silico and in-vitro evaluation of the potential of Saudi Harvested Natural Products and their Derivatives against Covid-19

 


 

 

Dr. Mai Al Ajaji, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, COP-Female Branch

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Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology and Toxicology, Virgina Commonwealth University, USA, 2013
  • Preparing Future Faculty Program, The Center for Teaching Excellence, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, 2011
  • Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, 2010
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA, 2005

Research Interest:

  • Drug abuse and central nervous system (CNS) plasticity with emphasis on the effects of psychostimulants
  • Behavioral mechanisms of relapse to drug taking

 


  

Dr. Rani J. Qasem, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Education:

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA, 2011 - 2013
  • PhD Pharmacology and Toxicology, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, USA, 2006 - 2011
  • MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Jordan, Jordan, 2000 - 2002
  • BSc Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, University of Jordan, Jordan, 1995 - 2000

Research Interest:

  • Bioanalytical method development and validation
  • Biochemistry and pharmacology of omega-3 & 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)
  • Lipid oxidative stress
  • Programming of adult life fat metabolism by perinatal lipid nutrition

 

 


 

 

Dr. Sahar S. Alghamdi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry Track, COP-Female Branch

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Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Tennessee,USA, 2020
  • Master of Science in Medicinal Chemistry, The University of Florida, Florida, USA, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA, 2012

Research Interest:

  • Pharmacological, and biological evaluation of synthetic cannabinoid ligands using multiple functional assays (G-protein and β-arrestins signaling) and radioligand binding affinity studies at human CB1 and CB2 receptors.
  • Investigation of the anti-inflammatory properties of multiple cannabinoids in neurodegenerative diseases in-vitro models by evaluating the M1 and M2 microglia phenotypes, pro and anti-inflammatory cytokines production, and multiple signaling pathway upon cannabinoid drug treatment in murine (C8B4) and human (immortalized SV40 cells) microglial cells.
  • Assessment of protein-ligand molecular interactions (at CB1 and CB2 receptors) that produced specific (experimental) pharmacological profile using computational techniques (GPCR homology models, protein-ligands molecular dynamic simulations MD, flexible and induced fit molecular docking, QSAR studies) using Schrödinger software (prime, glide, desmond, Pharmacophore modeling, 3D-QSAR).

 


  

Dr. Dilshad Ahmad, PhD

Lecturer

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Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India, 1993 
  • (Synthesis of Biologically active compounds such as α-Haloketones, Lactones, Amino sterols, and Thiazoles)
  • Master of Science in organic chemistry from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India, 1987
  • Bachelor of Science in organic chemistry from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India, 1983

Research Interest:

  • Drug Synthesis
  • Chromatography
  • Phytochemistry

Grants: 

  • Awarded on health risk food and environmental project “A Survey of Multi Elements in Baby Foods"
  • Fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega -6) as a main cause of cardiovascular diseases

 


 

Dr. Mustafa Elsayed-Ahmed M. Omer, PhD

Lecturer of Pharmaceutics

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Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmaceutics from University of Khartoum, Sudan, 2018
  • Master of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutics from University of Khartoum, Sudan, 2011
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) from University of Khartoum, Sudan, 2005

Research Interest:

  • Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology
  • Solid-Lipid and Polymeric Nanoparticulate Drug Delivery Systems
  • Controlled and Targeted Drug Delivery Systems
  • Pharmacy Compounding and Dosage Form Design
  • Quality Control of Pharmaceutical Products

 


 

Mr. Raslan Kittaneh

Lecturer

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Education:

  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSc) from University of Jordan, Jordan, 1999
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSc) from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan, 1996

Research Interest:

  • Tablet and Powder Formulation
  • Controlled Drug Delivery Systems
  • Pharmacokinetics Applications

 


 

Mr. Ahmed Salaheldin Mohamed Ali

Lecturer

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Education:

  • Master of Pharmacy in Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan, 2009
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan, 1998

Research Interest:

  • Organic synthesis
  • Drug metabolism

 


 

Ms. Asma Alterawi

Lecturer, COP-Female Branch

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Education:

  • Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan, 2010
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan, 2007

Research Interest:

  • Pharmaceutical Industry with generic drug product research and development
  • In vivo research studies using rats and rabbits as animal's models
  • Pharmacy administration, pharmacoeconomics and cosmeceuticals interests

 


 

 

Dr. Faisal Al Muqbil, PharmD

Teaching Assistant

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Education:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, 2019

Research Interest:

  • Clinical research on Solid Organ Transplantation

 


Mr. Saqer Al Arifi

Teaching Assistant

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Education:

  • MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Alberta, Canada, 2018
  • BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2012

Research Interest:

  • Drug delivery systems
  • Quality control of pharmaceutical products

 

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