Research Faculty List

Abu-Raddad, Laith J.
Abu-Raddad, Laith J., PhD
Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research
Associate Dean for Extramural Research Funding
Director of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Biomathematics Research Core

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

Al-Amin, Hassen
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.

Abi Khalil, Charbel
Abi Khalil, Charbel, MD, PhD, MSc
Associate Professor of Genetic Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine
Consultant Cardiology, HMC

Clinical investigation of cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular complications of diabetes and cardiovascular genetics.

Arayssi, Thurayya
Arayssi, Thurayya, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Vice Dean for Academic and Curricular Affairs
Consultant Rheumatology, HMC
Consultant Rheumatology, Aspetar

Genetic Studies of Rheumatoid arthritis, and Behcet’s disease

Belkadi, Abdelaziz
Belkadi, Abdelaziz, PhD
Research Associate in Physiology and Biophysics

Rare variant association with diseases. Drug target discovery. Genome wide association studies

Büsselberg, Dietrich
Büsselberg, Dietrich, PhD
Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Acting Associate Dean for Admissions

Neurophysiology/pharmacology and cell signalling, using molecular and electrophysiological approaches.

Chemaitelly, Hiam
Chemaitelly, Hiam, PhD
Assistant Professor of Research in Population Health Sciences, Population Health Sciences

Epidemiology and transmission dynamics of infectious diseases in human populations, with a focus on sexually transmitted infections, and more recently coronavirus disease 2019. 

Chouchane, Lotfi
Chouchane, Lotfi, PhD
Professor of Genetic Medicine
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

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

Courjaret, Raphael
Courjaret, Raphael, PhD
Assistant Professor of Research in Physiology and Biophysics

Intracellular calcium signaling using a combination of imaging, electrophysiology and animal models. 

Ding, Hong
Ding, Hong, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Research in Pharmacology

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

Halama, Anna
Halama, Anna, PhD
Assistant Professor of Research in Physiology and Biophysics

Metabolomics and complex diseases, cancer and type 2 diabetes. Clinical applications of metabolomics.

Machaca, Khaled
Machaca, Khaled, PhD
Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Senior Associate Dean for Research, Innovations, and Commercialization
Director of the Microscopy Core

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.

Malek, Joel
Malek, Joel, PhD
Associate Professor of Genetic Medicine
Director of the Genomics Core

Development, application, and data analysis of genomic technologies.

Malik, Rayaz
Malik, Rayaz, MBChB, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Assistant Dean for Clinical Investigations

Pathogenesis, assessment and treatment of diabetic and other peripheral neuropathies and central neurodegenerative disorders.

Mamtani, Ravinder
Mamtani, Ravinder, MD, MSc, FACPM, FACOEM, ABoIM
Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research
Professor of Medicine
Vice Dean for Student Affairs-Admissions, Population Health, and Lifestyle Medicine

Preventing the occurrence of commonly occurring diseases such as obesity, diabetes and unintentional injuries, and identifying and promoting evidence-based new preventive and therapeutic approaches with a view to improving the overall quality of life and reduce premature mortality in the State of Qatar. 

Mazloum, Nayef
Mazloum, Nayef, PhD
Assistant Professor in Microbiology & Immunology
Assistant Dean for Student Research

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

Mesaeli, Nasrin
Mesaeli, Nasrin, PhD
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Director of the Histology Core

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

 Nader, Nancy
Nader, Nancy, PhD
Assistant Professor of Research in Physiology and Biophysics

Determining the effectiveness of mPRs activation in combating diabetes progression and reversing established diabetes symptoms and studying the implication of mPRs signaling in various animal models and tissues, healthy and diseased.

Najafi-Shoushtari, S. Hani
Najafi-Shoushtari, S. Hani, PhD
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

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

Petropoulos, Ioannis
Petropoulos, Ioannis, PhD
Assistant Professor of Research in Medicine

Development and validation of corneal confocal microscopy as an imaging biomarker of peripheral and central neurodegeneration.

Robay, Amal
Robay, Amal, PhD, CCRP
Assistant Professor of Research in Genetic Medicine
Director of Research Compliance

Genetics of Mendelian diseases in Qatar, skeletal dysplasia and bone diseases in families in Qatar, genetics of male infertility, effect of shisha smoking, and use of endothelial microparticles as a biomarker for the diagnosis and prognosis in early sepsis. High-throughput screening of variants linked to Mendelian disorders, pharmacogenetics and type-2 diabetes.

Schmidt, Frank, Dr. rer. medic
Schmidt, Frank, Dr. rer. medic
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Director of Proteomics Core

Identification and quantification of proteins using mass spectrometry. Post-analysis of complex mass spectrometry data.


Serag, Ahmed
Serag, Ahmed, PhD
Assistant Professor of Research in Physiology and Biophysics
Director of the AI Innovation Lab

Reimagining medicine through cutting-edge AI research and innovation

Sheikh, Javaid I.
Sheikh, Javaid I., MD, MBA
Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Population Health Sciences

Medical risk factors for perinatal depression. Public policy issues related to population health.

Suhre, Karsten
Suhre, Karsten, PhD
Assistant Dean for Intercampus Research Partnerships
Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Director of Bioinformatics Core

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

Sultan, Ali
Sultan, Ali, MD, PhD
Professor of Teaching in 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.

Thomas, Rajat Mani
Thomas, Rajat Mani, PhD
Assistant Professor of Research in Physiology and Biophysics

Application of Artificial Intelligence to solve problems in medicine, with particular focus on applying deep learning to imaging and graphs

Triggle, Chris
Triggle, Chris, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology

Glucose toxicity, diabetes and microvascular disease.

Yu, Fang
Yu, Fang, PhD
Assistant Professor of Research in Physiology and Biophysics

Regulation of Ca²+ signaling during the cell cycle. The molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying primary immune deficiencies.

Zaghlool, Shaza
Zaghlool, Shaza, PhD
Assistant Professor of Research in Physiology and Biophysics

Utilizing multi-omics approaches to dissect the intricacies of genomic, proteomic, and metabolomics layers for a comprehensive understanding of biological systems and disease progression.