Instrumental Access 2021
Al-Quds UniversityBiomedical Center Complex
In Palestine, training the next generation in organic synthetic chemistry
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 AreasThe 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.”
Synthesizing new anticancer compounds: Mohammad Abul Haj, PhD
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."
Share this Page
Instrumental Access equipment will help students master the competencies required to earn degrees and be better prepared for the local and global market.”
About the Department
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 StatusIn preparation
About Instrumental Access
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.