Research

Research is an integral part of DPCG mission. For the development and transmission of knowledge, DPCG has redefined its Strategic Direction under Research and Innovation to synchronize with the first key pillar of UAE Higher Education Excellence Framework 2020.
The research strategy of DPCG has been revised to support the developments in focused areas of research in national and international thrust areas. Each department will identify areas of research in national and international thrust areas and include and prioritize them in their departmental goals for research outcomes.

Department Objectives:

  • Integrate the knowledge of biological and medical sciences to learn the mechanism of action of drugs and other biologically active agents on living cells and organisms. Comprehend the effects of drugs on different organ systems and disease processes, the mechanisms by which drugs produce their therapeutic and toxic effects.
  • Identify the adverse effects, contraindications and drug/drug interactions of all the classes of drugs acting on various biological systems.
  • Detect, categorize, manage and report drug related problem for rational use of medications, cost effectiveness and public safety. Recognize the impact of clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical care services.
  • Be familiar with the role of pharmacist in drug store management and appropriate use of OTC drugs in specific diseases.
  • Acquaint with the guidelines of Drug distribution systems and policy of dispensing special orders in hospitals.
  • Acquire knowledge of various laws related to pharmaceutical compounds in UAE. Manage the toxicity of chemical, physical, or biological agents on living organisms and the ecosystem

Members

Dr. Mirza R. Baig is currently working as a Professor in Clinical Pharmacy in Dubai Pharmacy College for Girls, Dubai. He did his PhD in Clinical Pharmacy from University Science Malaysia (USM), Malaysia. He worked in Malaysia, India and have international teaching and research experience of about 18 years. He published 4 books related to Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Care. He published about 62 Research papers and articles in International Journals with a recent paper published in Scientific Reports 2019, Nature Journal. He has been invited as a chairperson, speaker and moderator in many International conferences and seminars. He is in the editorial board in various international journals, including reviewer for couple of Elsevier journals. He supervised numerous master and PhD students for their research projects. He also reviewed several Master and PhD thesis for Indian and foreign universities as an external examiner.  His area of research is Pharmacoepidemiology, Drug safety and efficacy, Drug Utilization Studies, Pharamcovigilance, and Public health.
dr.mirzabaig@dpc.edu
+9714-2120304
ORCID ID : https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4146-6101
Scopus Link : https://www.scopus.com/results/results.uri

Prof. Naglaa Gamil Shehab, PhD, is currently working as Chief Academic Officer (BPharm) program in Dubai Pharmacy College for Girls. She completed her PhD from Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt. She has received Best Research award from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Amsterdam, Netherland for her work in the field of Natural Products. She is a Member of the American society of Pharmacognosy and in Italo-Latin American Society of Ethnomedicine.She has presented her several researches at International Conferences and published a number of research articles in peer reviewed international impact factor journals and is reviewer for many international natural products Journals. Her research interest include Extraction, Isolation, characterization and Phytochemical Investigation of the Medicinal plants with the evaluation of different biological activities. Food or herbs drug interaction.
 naglaa@dpc.edu
+971-4-2120308
ORCID ID : https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7514-4055

Hanan Sayed Anbar, Ph.D. got her B.Sc. degree in pharmaceutical sciences at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Mansoura, Egypt in 2005 with "Excellent with honor" grade. Then she received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the same college. After that, she worked as a part-time assistant professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Gulf Medical University (GMU) and Dubai Medical College for Girls (DMCG), United Arab Emirates. Currently, she is working as a full-time assistant professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Dubai Pharmacy College for Girls, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Hanan Sayed Anbar, Ph.D. is the author of more than 12 publications in highly reputed international peer-reviewed journals. Her research interests include anticancer agents, antiinflammatory agents, treatment of the diabetic complications, nephro- and hepatotoxicity, drug pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics.
dr.hanan@dpc.edu
+9714-2120319
ORCID ID : https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3691-2813
Scopus Link : https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=38860945700

Dr. Gazala Afreen Khan is currently working as an Assistant  Professor in Medical Science Department in Dubai Pharmacy College for Girls,  Dubai. She did her Masters and PhD in Genetics from Osmania University,  Hyderabad, India. She worked in India and United Arab Emirates have teaching  and research experience of about 13 years. She is an advisory committee member  of Middle East Molecular Biology Society. She published 10 Research papers in  National and International Journals. She is a reviewer for International  Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries. She supervised graduate and master  students for their research projects. She is part of doctoral committee as  External expert for Ph.D (Genetics and Biotechnology) at Manipal University  Dubai Campus .
 Her area of research interest lies in Genetic prognostic  research and Gene polymorphisms studies in different populations,  Pharmacogenomics, Molecular and Microbial Genetics.
 Scopus Link: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3573-6125

Ammar Ali Saleh Jaber has completed his Ph.D. from Universiti Sains Malaysia. Currently, he is an assistant professor in Dubai Pharmacy college of Girls. He also heads the Professional Practice Experience Unit. He completed his bachelor’s degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science and a master’s degree from Jamia Hamdard University in India. He worked as a pharmacy lecturer at University Sains Malaysia and Lebanese International University. He was the head of the clinical pharmacist in Yemen International Hospital for one year.
  Research interests are infectious disease and health-related quality of life.
dr.ammar@dpc.edu
+9714-2120306
ORCID ID : https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0411-1923

Doaa Kamal Eddin AlKhalidi is currently working as Assistant Professor in Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacotherapeutics department. Obtained the doctoral degree in Clinical Pharmacy from the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) in 2019, Master degree in Clinical Pharmacy from The University of Jordan in 2010. Awarded a scientific research support scholarship from Ministry of Higher Education in Amman-Jordan in 2008. The first rank graduate of BPharm graduates from Dubai Pharmacy College in 2002. Areas of research interests include medication safety, patient education, pharmacists’ contributions in the pharmacy practice and pharmacy education.
  dr.doaaKamal@dpc.edu
+9714-2120317
Scopus Link : https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0550-0007

Ms. Yosra Lozon is currently working as an assistant lecturer in Pharmacology and toxicology in Dubai Pharmacy College for Girls, Dubai. She completed her Master in Pharmacology and Toxicology from United Arab  Emirates University (UAEU), Al-Ain, UAE in 2015. She worked at Dubai Pharmacy College since 2006 and has 13 years of experience in laboratory work and teaching. Her area of research is pharmacology of pain and inflammation besides her interest in pharmacology and functional studies of ligand-gated ion channels. other research areas include pharmacy education and public health issues.
  yosra@dpc.edu
+9714-2120315
ORCID ID : https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4207-1053

Eiman Shamseldin Al Gailani Ali is a qualified clinical pharmacist who graduated from Dubai Pharmacy College for Girls with a BSc in pharmacy followed by an MSc in clinical pharmacy (First Rank). she also holds a MSc in Health care administration from University of Atlanta (USA). She is currently working as Assistant lecturer in clinical pharmacy and pharmacotherapeutics department, with teaching commitments on the B.Pharm and M.Pharm  degrees and supervise undergraduate Graduation projects. She is also the Head of Professional Practice Experience Unit. Eiman’s research interests are pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Utilization Research in cardiovascular, cancer, antibiotics and antimicrobial stewardship areas as well as medication error and patient safety, drug adherence and treatment outcomes.
  eiman@dpc.edu
+9714-2120318
ORCID ID : https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3237-7147

Department Objectives:

  • Acquire knowledge and skills of drug design, synthesis, and characterization of their physicochemical properties.
  • Integrate the knowledge of physicochemical properties of organic molecules in drug designing with their structure activity relationship.
  • Develop skills and competency in analysis of drugs and allied products, and biological compounds by instrumental and classical analytical techniques.
  • Recognize and identify the macromorphological and histological features of different Medicinal Plants organs in both entire and powdered forms so that the students can be able to evaluate the quality of natural drug samples and differentiate between genuine, allied and adulterated drugs.
  • Define the biogentic origin of secondary metabolites and extract, isolate, synthesize, analysis and identify the biological active natural products of plants or animals origin as well as to investigate the therapeutic uses of natural products.
  • Develop public awareness on rational use of medicinal plants as well as social health hazards of drug abuse and misuse of these natural products.

Members

Prof. Saeed Ahmed Khan is currently working as a Dean in Dubai Pharmacy College for Girls. Under his Deanship, he initiated two specializations at graduate level: Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Product Development. In collaboration with Professionals Regulatory Affairs certificate course is provided for Continuous Professional Development for healthcare professionals. He has completed his doctoral studies (PhD) in Chemistry in 1985 (University of Delhi, India). Prof. Khan has published several research articles in peer reviewed international journals. He has extensively presented his research at international conferences and symposiums. He has been an invited speaker at various forums and international conferences. His research areas include Organic Synthesis, Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry.
dr.khan@dpc.edu
ORCID ID : https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2079-6803

 

Dr.Fazilatun Nessa, Ph.D. is working as Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry of Dubai Pharmacy College for Girls, Dubai, UAE. She has completed her Ph.D. studies in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. She has presented her several researches at International Conferences and published a number of research articles in peer reviewed international journals. Her research area comprised of isolation, characterization of bioactive compounds from natural sources, bioactivity evaluation of extracts/isolates, analytical method development/validation and quality-control studies of pharmaceutical/herbal products.
dr.fazilatun@dpc.edu
+971-4-2120311
ORCID ID : https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1687-7993

Kholoud Y. I. Abushawish completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2014 with CGPA 3.99 (1st rank). She is currently working as Teaching Assistant in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry since 2015. Her research area of interest include in Phytochemical screening and biological testing of natural product extracts.
khuloody@dpc.edu
+971-4 2120327
ORCID ID : https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5488-8680

Ms. Susan George has been working in Dubai Pharmacy College for Girls, as Assistant lecturer in the department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry since September 2013. She has done her Masters in Chemistry from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. Her research interests are Pharmaceutical analysis using conventional methods and Instrumental techniques.
susan@dpc.edu

Department Objectives:

  • The concept of the formulation of different dosage forms (solutions, disperse systems, semisolids, and solids), principle of dosage form design, embracing controlled, targeted and advanced drug delivery systems. In addition to theories of physics needed as a base for understanding the previous pharmaceutical processes and the properties of materials used for delivery of biologically active molecules.
  • Principles of biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, bioequivalence studies, and how to apply Physico-chemical properties of medicines, biological systems  and such knowledge in the design of new drugs and their formulations as well as  assessment of their chemical and physical stabilities and the proper use of medicines in the treatment of disease and improvement of patient's  quality of life.
  • The basic concept of different pharmaceutical unit operations performed in related to the production and development processes, starting from the raw materials and ending with the finished product brought to the market suitable for its purpose, including molecular and industrial techniques for production of biotechnological and recombinant products.
  • Good pharmaceutical manufacturing practice (GPMP) and its quality assurance of pharmaceutical products and processes, packaging and labeling purposes, design, and evaluation, pharmacopoeial and regulatory requirements, stability of medicines, and evaluation and control of biological, chemical, and physical degradation.

Members

Dr. Bazigha Kadhim Abdul Rasool currently holds the position of Professor and Head of Pharmaceutics Department and a Program Coordinator of MSc. Program (Pharmaceutical Product Development) at Dubai Pharmacy College. Bazigha also occupied other positions in the same institute such as Head of Research and Faculty Development, Head of Laboratory and Safety, Head of Examination and Head of Students Training. She also served as a Full-time Faculty at Baghdad University/College of Pharmacy and as a Part-time Faculty at Baghdad Pharmacy College. Bazigha had done her master and doctorate in Pharmaceutics at University of Baghdad/ College of Pharmacy, with high research output in the area of nanoparticulate drug delivery systems. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience at both graduate and postgraduate levels and supervised many graduate students for their Master theses in addition to Bachelor students’ graduation projects.
She published one book chapter and more than 40 research articles and abstracts in indexed peer reviewed journals in the fields of Pharmaceutics, Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Education.
Her primary research interest is in the area of pharmaceutical formulations and dosage forms design beside advanced drug delivery systems (DDSs). In the area of DDSs, her work has involved formulation and evaluation of innovative nanoparticles, microparticulate and vesicular drug carriers for drug targeting to specific biological site and to improve the pharmacokinetics and bioavailability of drugs and consequently their therapeutic effectiveness and patients’ compliance. Her research qualifications have established her as a member of editorial board and a reviewer for several International scientific pharmaceutical journals.
bazigha@dpc.edu
+9714-2120307
ORCID ID : https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3187-1485

Prof. Aliasgar Shahiwala has more than 20 years of teaching and research experience, Prof. Shahiwala is currently serving as a Professor in Department of Pharmaceutics and Program Director-Postgraduate studies at Dubai Pharmacy College for Girls. Prof. Shahiwala received his masters and doctorate in pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical technology from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, INDIA with high research output in the area of novel drug delivery. His Postdoctoral Research at Northeastern University, USA was specifically focused on applications of nanotechnology in the field of drug delivery and drug targeting. Prof. Shahiwala published several international publications in high impact peer reviewed journals, 7 book chapters and filed 2 patents. He is also an editor of three books with internationally renowned publishers. Prof. Shahiwala’s research credentials have established him as a chief editor, an editorial board member, a reviewer, a speaker and an invited author for various pharmaceutical scientific journals and conferences. Prof. Shahiwala also received more than 3 years of rich research experience in Formulation & Development Division of large scale manufacturers of Pharmaceuticals in India as an added technical expertise in his field. His current research interests are to integrate targeted nanocarriers with the traditional and biotechnology based medicines in treating chronic and infectious diseases and he wish to collaborate with industries for translating the developed projects into commercially viable products.
dr.asgar@dpc.edu
+9714-2120303
ORCID ID : https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6524-7424

Rana Mhd Farid Sammour Assistant Professor in Pharmaceutics Department, Dubai Pharmacy College for girls.
PhD in Pharmaceutics (Pharmaceutical Technology), International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), 2020      Master of Science in Pharmacy ( Msc Pharm )
Pharmaceutical Technology, Ajman University, 2013.
Bachelor (Honor) in Pharmacy, Dubai Pharmacy College, 2003
Research Interests: Advanced drug delivery systems.
ORCID ID : https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9753-1937

Al Zahraa Khalifa
Assistant Lecturer, Pharmaceutics department.
M. Pharm in Pharmaceutical Product Development, Dubai Pharmacy College, UAE (2016); B. Pharm, Dubai Pharmacy College, UAE (2008).
Research interest: Pharmaceutical formulations development and advanced drug delivery systems.
Scopus Link : https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8905-1183

Yasmein Yaser Salem
Ms Yasmein is currently working as a research assistant in the department of Pharmaceutics. She completed her BPharm from Dubai Pharmacy College (2019) and is currently pursuing her MPharm Pharmaceutical Product Development.