Essam M. Abdelalim, PhD
QBRI, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation

Dr. Essam M. Abdelalim is currently a Scientist at Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) and Assistant Professor at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). He is also Associate Professor at the Suez Canal University as well as a Visiting Associate Professor at Shiga University of Medical Science, Japan since 2012.

He received his Ph.D. in Medical Science from Shiga University of Medical Science, Japan (2009), and was later appointed as Assistant Professor in the same university. He was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) (2009- 2011), where he identified several genes involved in the regulation of self-renewal, pluripotency, and differentiation of embryonic stem cells (ESCs).

Dr. Abdelalim has received several prestigious awards, including the State Prize of Encouragement (Egypt) in 2012 and the President’s Award for outstanding PhD student from Shiga University of Medical Science (Japan) in 2007. Dr. Abdelalim is a member of the editorial board of Stem Cells and Development and Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology and serves as a reviewer for several international journals and funding agencies. Dr. Abdelalim’s research interest focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms controlling unique characteristics of pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) and establishing their differentiation into specific cell types. His current research focuses on the potential use of PSCs to study diabetes, insulin resistance, and pancreatic beta cell development.