Qatar University’s (QU) Thirteen Biomedical science students presented eight different research projects recently online in light of Covid-19 pandemic circumstances. These presentations were the fruitful conclusion of four years of undergraduate studies.

Three students, Asmaa Allouch, Tara Fathi, and Asma Hassan conducted two different studies focusing on the effect of different substances against human breast and colorectal cancer cells under the supervision of Professor Ahmad Malki, the associate dean of academic affairs at Health Sciences College.

The aforementioned studies were in collaboration with Professor Ala Eddin Moustafa from college of medicine and Professor Ashraf Khalil from college of Pharmacy. Another study was supervised by Dr. Hatem Zayed, the associate professor at Biomedical Sciences focusing on signaling cascades of multiple myeloma cells treated with pristimerin.

This study was conducted by the two students, Rehab Elkardawy and Heba Almaghrbi using bioinformatics approach and accepted for publication in a peer review scientific journal. This study was in collaboration with translation research institute at Hamad Medical Corporation and college of pharmacy at Qatar University as well as School of BioSciences and Technology in India.

A study titled “profile of oxidative stress genes in response to obesity treatment” was supervised by Dr. Nasser Rizk, the associate professor of Biomedical Science at Qatar University. This study was conducted by the two students, Amira Mohemd and Huda Farah and found using mice models that decreasing oxidative stress damage in skeletal muscles through the NrF2 pathway would be a potential anti-obesity drug.

Another project was under the supervision of Dr. Nahla Omer, the research associate of biomedical research center. In this project, the two students, Hanin Nizar and Noora Shams compared different methods to investigate the in vitro activity of colistin against different gram negative bacilli.

Using Zebra fish model in the research field was the dominant feature of three different studies. The first one was supervised by Dr. Huseyin Yalcin, the assistant professor at the biomedical research center and conducted by the two students, Nabila Moulana and Sara Suleiman to develop a vasoconstriction hypertension model in zebra fish. The second one was supervised by Dr. Gheyath Nasrallah, the associate professor of Immunology at Qatar University where toxicity of AEO surfactant was evaluated by the student, Aldana Al-Dosari. The third study was supervised by Dr. Maha Alasmakh, the assistant professor of embryology at Qatar University to evaluate the toxic effect of water-pipe smoking on embryonic development of zebra fish. This study was conducted by the student, Shima Aladawi.