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Personal Statement

I am holding a Bachelor degree in pharmaceutical sciences with honors from the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Manufacturing, Misr University for Science and Technology, Egypt. Later, I was awarded a Master degree in analytical chemistry form the Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt. During my Master research study, I was involved in developing stability indicating assay methods for the quantitative detection of pharmaceuticals in the presence of their degradation products and impurities. These methods included UV/Vis spectroscopy, HPLC-UV and densitometry. Later, my PhD journey started at the Down Under, Australia, where I completed my PhD degree at the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology. My PhD study was related mainly to develop selective and cost-effective nanoscale platforms for the ultra-sensitive detection of bioactive molecules in biological fluids using SERS and electrochemical techniques. During my PhD research, I have got an experience in nanoparticles synthesis and functionalization, protein analysis, SERS and electrochemical detection, dual function nanosensors design, fabrication of paper-based SERS substrates and ELISA screening. Moving up again to the North, Glasgow, I am currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre of Molecular Nanometrology, University of Strathclyde on a massive collaborative EPSRC-funded project. The basic aim of this project is to create a sensitive, rapid and point of care assay for the assessment of antimicrobial resistance via monitoring specific bacterial DNA signatures using SERS technique.

Research Interests

My main research interest is to design smart nanosensors for the early and rapid sensing of multiple warnings such as harmful chemicals, infectious diseases biomarkers and environmental threats using SERS technique. I am hoping one day to see a successful integration of such nanosensors with SERS technique for real clinical diagnostics. I believe this will pave the way to protect people’s health, improve their wellbeing and help patients to gain faster access to care which will impact positively on the public health.

Teaching Interests

I was involved in teaching different chemistry courses for undergraduate students in different institutions overseas, for example : General Chemistry, Instrumental Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Quantitative Analysis, Chemical Quality Control.

I am currently teaching Raman spectroscopy in Bioanalysis course (CH735) for postgraduate students at University of Strathclyde.

Expertise & Capabilities

Bioanalytical chemistry, bionanotechnology, sensors, nanomaterials, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), Raman spectroscopy, electrochemistry, chromatography, UV/Vis spectroscopy and ELISA.

SERS plasmonic nanostructures design for biomedical analysis, molecular diagnostics and environmental screening applications.

Pharmaceuticals analysis and stability studies.

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