Instrumental Access 2021

Al-Quds University

Biomedical Center Complex

In Palestine, training the next generation in organic synthetic chemistry

  • Students in the laboratory at Al-Quds University

    Students in the laboratory at Al-Quds University

  • Students in the laboratory at Al-Quds University

    Students in the laboratory at Al-Quds University

Meet our Awardee

Established in 1994, the Biomedical Center Complex at Al-Quds University is a joint center for five faculties: Dentistry, Pharmacy, Science & Technology, Health Professions, and Medicine. It is the first medical school in Palestine and the center of accreditation for all medical laboratories in Palestine. Al-Quds tests and analyzes the results generated by all of the country’s medical laboratories.

In addition to undergraduate offerings in health sciences, Al-Quds offers Master’s degrees in medical imaging, public health, and pharmaceuticals. They have also been accredited to offer Palestine’s first PhD program in public health.

Al-Quds University is the first institution in Palestine to receive an Instrumental Access award.

Research Areas

The department’s research interests include antimicrobial resistance, non-communicable diseases, and water quality.
My type of research needs collaboration with experts working in the field to test the synthesized drugs for their activity. Having the right instrumentation is very important for the progress of these types of projects.”
—Mohammad Abul Haj, PhD, Associate Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Al-Quds University

Synthesizing new anticancer compounds: Mohammad Abul Haj, PhD

Mohammed Abdul Haj

While there is no cure for cancer, many chemical compounds contain potent anticancer properties. Mohammad Abul Haj, PhD, (right) associate professor and dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Al-Quds University, is working to synthesize and characterize new compounds that have such properties.

As a chemist who specializes in metallic compounds, Dr. Mohammad is taking one particular organic compound and combining it with platinum group metals, a process known as complexation. He then plans to characterize the combination and test it for anticancer properties.

The project is also an opportunity to train graduate students in the field of synthetic organic chemistry, which requires an intense amount of hands-on experience in the lab. Mentoring graduate students, in particular, is one of Dr. Mohammad’s passions and "the most important part" of his life.

In addition to increasing access for graduate students, Instrumental Access equipment will help the faculty at Al-Quds collaborate with other cancer researchers across the world. Dr. Mohammad sees the potential for this equipment to make collaboration seamless.

"My type of research needs collaboration with experts working in the field to test the synthesized drugs for their activity," he says. "Having the right instrumentation is very important for the progress of these types of projects."

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Al-Quds University

Instrumental Access equipment will help students master the competencies required to earn degrees and be better prepared for the local and global market.”

—Elham Kateeb,  PhD, Associate Professor of Dental Public Health and Dean of Scientific Research at Al-Quds University

About the Department

Location: Palestine
Year Established: 1994
Students Impacted Annually: 210 undergraduate, 90 graduate


Why Instrumental Access?

Instrumental Access equipment will expand the center’s capacity for hands-on education with the goal of attracting more students in Palestine to scientific studies.

Shipment Status

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About Instrumental Access

Instrumental Access empowers scientists in developing countries. It gives them the resources they need to pursue life-changing research and teach the next generation.

To begin, we identify a pipeline of scientific talent. Then we rigorously screen universities and select those with the most potential to advance education and research through Instrumental Access.