Gheyath Khaled Nasralla-

Associate Professor of Biomedical Science- FG 2018 Oral Presentation Winner

Qatar University

I attended Dalhousie University/Halifax, Canada to pursue a PhD in Microbiology & Immunology in Dr. Rafael Garduno’s lab. I received my postdoctoral fellowship training in Dr. Jason Berman’s zebrafish lab at the IWK Health Center/Canada. My postdoctoral work was part of a Genome Canada funded project that aimed to identify novel genes and therapeutic interventions for a number of orphan diseases. In 2012, I joined the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Qatar University (QU) and my current position is Associate Professor of Biomedical Science. MY lab is rapidly growing and currently consists one postdoctoral fellow, three graduate and four undergraduate students, three research assistants, and one lab managers. Since 2013, I received 3 NPRP grants, 1 PPM1 grant, and 6 UREP grants from QNRF, 1 collaborative grant from Sidra, 2 HMC grants, 1 GCC grant and several internal grants from QU. My lab interests span different fields including: (1) Functional Genomic: My lab utilizes the yeast, tissue culture and zebrafish model to validate and elucidate the mechanism of pathogenesis of some novel and classical mutations that are mainly affecting Qatari population. One of the genetic metabolic disorder that we are currently interested in is the homocystinuria (II) Toxicology/Zebrafish: My lab uses this model to investigate toxicity of some novel chemical compounds and nanoparticles that potentially have Bioapplications. This include, chitosan, chitosan-zinc oxide, MXene, core-shell magnetic mesoporous silica, TiO2 photocatalysts nanoparticles, some iron chelating polymers and ionic liquid compounds. (III) Immunology/Serology/molecular epidemiology: My lab also interested in studying the molecular epidemiology and seroprevalence of potentially blood-transmitted transfusion viruses among healthy blood donors in Qatar (GBV-C/HGV, TTV, HEV, Parvovirus B19 and EBV, CMV, DENG, and CHIKV, WNV ) and other viruses such as HSV1&2 and MERS-CoV virus. Publications: For recent publication list please visit