Research Labs and Programs

Abdel Aleem, Alice, MBBCh, MD

Assistant Research Professor of Neurology
Assistant Research Professor of Neuroscience


Molecular-level research studies and diagnostics on neurogenetic and skeletal diseases. Mental retardation, brain malformation, neurodegeneration, movements disorders, and human stem cell research are of particular interest.

Abu-Raddad, Laith J., PhD

Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research
Assistant Dean for Extramural Research Funding
Director of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Biomathematics Research Core

Infectious Disease Epidemiology Group

Epidemiological factors and population processes shaping infectious disease spread in human and animal populations.

Abi Khalil, Charbel, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Genetic Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Consultant, HMC

Clinical Investigation of cardiovascular disease, Cardiovascular complications of diabetes and Cardiovascular genetics.

Al-Amin, Hassen, MD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Consultant, HMC

Dopamine, glutamate, and cytokines interactions in the neuropsychiatric syndromes like chronic pain and schizophrenia. Translation and cultural adaptation of clinical psychiatric scales to Arabic. Metabolic syndrome in patients receiving antipsychotics in Qatar.

Arayssi, Thurayya, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and CPD
Consultant, HMC

Genetic Studies of Rheumatoid arthritis, and Behcet’s disease

Atkin, Stephen L., MBBS, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Clinical and laboratory features of insulin resistance and
cardiovascular disease risk that characterise polycystic ovary syndrome,
pre diabetes, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Busselberg, Dietrich, PhD

Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Assistant Dean for Premedical Student Learning

Büsselberg Lab

(Neuro-) physiology/(neuro-) pharmacology and cell signalling, using molecular and electrophysiological approaches.

Chouchane, Lotfi, PhD

Professor of Genetic Medicine
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Assistant Dean for Basic Science Curriculum

(Genetics and immunology of multi-factorial diseases, including cancer.

del Pozo, Pablo Rodriguez, MD, JD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medical Ethics in Medicine
Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research

Defining models of interaction to improve communication between doctors, patients and families in Qatar, while catering to the local culture; and exploring doctors' attitudes about disclosing the diagnosis of cancer to their patients in Qatar.


Associate Professor of Research in Pharmacology

Ding Lab

Effects of high glucose on endothelium tissue and cells' ability to regulate calcium and nitric oxide.


Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Director of the Proteomics Core

Exploring the biology of pluripotent cellular systems using mass spectrometry based quantitative proteomics.


Professor of Genetic Medicine

Clinical, population, and genetic-epidemiological studies of blood pressure salt sensitivity, hypertension, severe obesity, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease, and other common diseases.

Khidir, Amal, MBBS

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Consultant, HMC

Medical education and faculty development examples professionalism in medicine, learning methods, etc. Curriculum design and development of teaching modules in a multicultural context related to professionalism, different level of learners, problem learner etc... Obesity in children and adolescents in Qatar. Patients's assessment of healthcare providers and systems in a multicultural context.

Kronfol, Ziad, MD

Professor of Psychiatry
Consultant, HMC

Mood changes associated with the use of interferon treatment in patients with hepatitis C and changes in plasma levels of interleukin-6 in association with the stress of major cardiac surgery.

Ladjimi, Moncef, PhD

Professor of Biochemistry

Understanding how HSP70 molecular chaperones and their cochaperones help cells cope with stress in general, be it physical, chemical or physiological.

Machaca, Khaled, PhD

Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Associate Dean for Research
Director of the Microscopy Core

Machaca Lab

Regulation of calcium signaling pathways during cellular development and differentiation, including during oocyte maturation and hypertension. Regulation of cell cycle transitions, including the role of transition metals and a focus on meiotic arrest.

Major, Stella, MBBS, FRCGP

Associate Professor of Family Medicine in Clinical Medicine
Consultant, PHCC

Cross Cultural Experiences of Women's Experiences with pregnancy and pregnancy loss


Assistant Professor of Genetic Medicine
Director of the Genomics Core

Genomics Lab

Development, application, and data analysis of genomic technologies.

Malik, Rayaz, MBChB, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Early Neuropathy Assessment Group

Clinical translational studies on the microvascular complications of
diabetes with a focus on the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of diabetic neuropathy.

Mamtani, Ravinder, MBBS, MD, M Sc.

Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research
Professor of Integrative Medicine
Associate Dean for Global & Public Health
Associate Dean for Admissions
Consultant (Honorary), Supreme Council of Health
Consultant, HMC

Our clinical preventive medicine and public health research interests focus on a preventing the occurrence of commonly occurring diseases such as obesity, diabetes and non intentional injuries, and b) developing and facilitating the implementation of new preventive and therapeutic approaches with a view to improve the overall quality of life and reduce premature mortality in the State of Qatar . Our research efforts integrate life style medicine with environmental, genetic and related factors to address the health care needs of various communities in the country and the region.

Department of Global and Public Health, Weill Cornell Medicine- Qatar

Mazloum, Nayef, PhD

Assistant Professor in Microbiology & Immunology
Director of Student Research

Molecular mechanisms of DNA repair pathways and maintenance of genomic integrity; critical factors in preventing cancer and age-related disorders.

Mesaeli, Nasrin, PhD

Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Director of the Histology Core

Role of endoplasmic reticulum in development of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Najafi-Shoushtari, S. Hani, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Function of small non-coding RNAs (microRNAs) in regulating lipid/cholesterol metabolism and homeostasis.

Nour, Bakr, MD

Professor of Surgery
Senior Adviser to the Dean of WCM-Q
Vice Chair, Surgery (WCMC)
Consultant, HMC

Role of MicroRNA in Diagnosis of Rejection in Kidney Transplantation, liver tumors, surgical simulation and use of robotics.

Pungente, Michael, PhD

Professor of Organic Chemistry

Synthesis and characterization of novel lipids and polymers as potential non-viral gene therapy reagents.

Qureshi, Sheila, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Chemistry

Improving the Utility and cultural transferability of student inquiry learning approaches in foundation chemistry.

Rafii Tabrizi, Jeremie Arash, MD, PhD

Director of the Stem Cell Core
Associate Professor of Genetic Medicine
Associate Professor of Genetic Medicine in Obstetrics/Gynecology
Consultant, HMC

Stem cell and microenvironment laboratory.

Sheikh, Javaid I., MD, MBA

Professor of Psychiatry

Medical risk factors for perinatal depression. Public policy issues related to Population Health.

Streletz, Leopold J, MD, FAAN

Associate Professor of Neurology
Consultant, HMC

Auto-regulation and cerebral blood flow in TIA patients attending a Stroke/TIA Clinic in Qatar: implications for stroke prevention and the development of stroke registry in Qatar.

Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Director of Bioinformatics Core

Karsten Suhre Lab
Bioinformatics Core
Virtual Metabolomics Core

Bioinformatics, metabolomics, genome-wide association studies, gene-environment interaction.

Sultan, Ali, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Epidemiology and molecular pathology of infectious diseases using genomic and proteomics tools; in particular, the geographic distribution of HPV infection in Arab countries, and the epidemiological impact of HPV vaccines; risk associated with food-borne pathogens and its potential relation to inflammatory bowel diseases in Qatar; malaria parasite stage-specific immune responses and population dynamics during seasonal and year-round transmission in geographically confined endemic regions.

Triggle, Chris, PhD Triggle, Chris, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Professor of Integrative Medicine
Assistant Dean for Clinical Investigations
Director of Clinical Research Support Core

Development, conduct and implementation of a range of clinical studies into diabetes and obesity and linking these to clinical service development and investigation of disease mechanisms through laboratory studies.

Triggle, Chris, PhD Triggle, Chris, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology

Triggle Lab

Glucose toxicity, diabetes and microvascular disease.

Verjee, Mohamud, MBChB, CCFP, FCFP

Associate Professor of Family Medicine in Clinical Medicine
Director, Primary Care Clerkship
Family Physician Consultant for the PHCC and HMC

Women’s Health, patient centered care, vaccinations and preventative health, visual health and treatment of preventable blindness, glaucoma, thyroid disorders, inflammatory bowel disorders, communications skills, pediatric surveillance, community obstetrics and gynecology, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and sports medicine.