Essam Abdelalim


Qatar BioMedical Research Institute (QBRI)- Doha, Qatar

Dr. Essam M. Abdelalim is currently Scientist at Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) and Assistant Professor at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). Also, he is Associate Professor at the Suez Canal University, Egypt and Visiting Associate Professor at Shiga University of Medical Science, Japan. He received his Ph.D. in Medical Science from Shiga University of Medical Science, Japan (2009), and was later appointed as Assistant Professor in the same university. He was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), where he identified novel genes involved in maintaining pluripotency and self-renewal of embryonic stem cells (ESCs). Dr. Abdelalim has received several prestigious awards, including the State Prize of Encouragement (Egypt) in 2012 and the President’s Award for outstanding PhD student from Shiga University of Medical Science (Japan) in 2007. Dr. Abdelalim is a member of the editorial board of “Stem Cells and Development” and “Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology” and serves as a reviewer for several international journals and funding agencies. Dr. Abdelalim’s previous work focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms controlling unique characteristics of pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) and establishing their differentiation into specific cell types. His research has led to the identification of several genes involved in self-renewal, cell survival, pluripotency, and differentiation of PSCs. In addition to addressing basic questions of pluripotent stem cell biology, his current research at QBRI focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying specific forms of diabetes and the potential use of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and (ESCs) to study diabetes, insulin resistance, and pancreatic beta cell development. He is currently leading several diabetes-related projects funded by QBRI and QNRF.