Qatar University’s (QU) 13 Biomedical Science students presented eight different research projects online in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 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, associate dean of academic affairs at Health Sciences College.
The aforementioned studies were in collaboration with professor Ala Eddin Moustafa from the College of Medicine and professor Ashraf Khalil from College of Pharmacy. Another study was supervised by Dr Hatem Zayed, associate professor at Biomedical Sciences, focusing on signaling cascades of multiple myeloma cells treated with pristimerin.
This study was conducted by two students – Rehab Elkardawy and Heba Almaghrbi – using bioinformatics approach and accepted for publication in a peer review scientific journal. The study was in collaboration with a translation research institute at Hamad Medical Corporation and College of Pharmacy at Qatar University as well as the 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, associate professor of biomedical science at Qatar University. This study conducted by two students – Amira Mohemd and Huda Farah – found by 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, research associate at the 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 the zebra fish model in the research field was the dominant feature of three different studies. The first one was supervised by Dr Huseyin Yalcin, assistant professor at 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, associate professor of immunology at Qatar University, where the toxicity of AEO surfactant was evaluated by student Aldana al-Dosari.
The third study was supervised by Dr Maha Alasmakh, 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 student Shima Aladawi.