Faculty and Research

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Almawi Wassim Youssef, PhD
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Research Interest

Wassim’s research combines basic science and clinical translational studies approaches towards understanding the biochemical, cellular, and molecular basis of diabetes and its complications, adverse pregnancy outcomes (idiopathic recurrent miscarriage, polycystic ovary syndrome, preeclampsia), and hemoglobinopathies (sickle cell anemia, venous thromboembolism, stroke). While these disorders have a heterogeneous clinical presentation, and treatment strategies, yet they represent a state of low grade inflammation. At the basic level, he is investigating the genetic variation in key mediators of inflammation associated with these conditions, as well as the functional component of this genetic association. To date, the work has led to the identification of molecular signatures that are present in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patient subpopulations, which will be the basis on which future development of diagnostic tools will be based.

Selected Publications

Currently appointed as Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences; School of Medicine, Nazarbayev University; Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, and Professor in the Faculty of Sciences at El Manar University; Tunis, Tunisia. This followed appointment as Professor at the School of Pharmacy at Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon (2017-2019), and Chair or Biochemistry at Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain (2000-2017)

Prof. Almawi got his B.S. in Biology-Chemistry from Beirut University College (Lebanese American University), and M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Dalhousie University; Halifax, Canada. This was followed by post-doctoral training in the University of Sherbrooke (Canada), University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), and Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA). Recipient of scholarships from Al-Hariri Foundation and Dalhousie Medical Research Fund, and post-doctoral fellowships from Fonds de la Recherche en Sante du Québec (FRSQ) and Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Research Areas comprise adverse pregnancy complications (recurrent pregnancy loss, polycystic ovary syndrome, preeclampsia), diabetes & obesity, and hemoglobinopathies (sickle cell anemia, venous thromboembolism, and stroke). Author of 280 full-length publications, 5 book chapters, and 115 abstracts to international conferences. Supervised the thesis research of 19 Ph.D. Students and 19 M.Sc. Students, and was examiner of 12 Ph.D. and 20 M.Sc. candidates.

Recipient of Young Investigator Award from American Association of Immunologists, and Nephrology Scholarship from Kidney Foundation of Canada.  Member of American Diabetes Association, Endocrine Society (The), Clinical Immunology Society, American Association of Immunologists, Canadian Society of Pharmacology, American Society of Transplantation. Associate Editor in Gene, Meta Gene, Journal of Hypo & Hyperglycemia, Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases, Biotechnology, Journal of Molecular & Genetic Medicine, and Postgraduate Medical Education.