Biography

Biography:

Dr. Ramzi Shawahna was born in Selat el Harthiya, Jenin. He graduated from Bahauddin Zakariya University with a Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2004. He then joined Preston University and obtained an executive master of business administration (MBA) in marketing. After that he continued his graduate studies and obtained a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in pharmacy from the Islamia University in 2007. During his research, he investigated rational drug prescription, transcription and dispensing in two major teaching hospitals. In 2007, he joined the PhD (Pharmaceutics) program at the same university. The PhD program consists of a subject graduate record examination (GRE), course work of 20 credit hours, research work leading to the publication of at least 1 article in peer reviewed journal, writing and publicly defending the PhD dissertation. The dissertation has to be evaluated by at least two experts from technologically/academically advanced countries in addition to external examiners. In 2008, he obtained a CIMO fellowship and left to the University of Helsinki, Finland to conduct a part of his PhD research. Under the co-supervision of Prof. Dr. Marjo Yliperttula and Prof. Dr. Nisar-urRahman, he completed a multi-faceted project with special emphasis on Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics. During his research, he investigated drug absorption in the human intestine, biopharmaceutical classification system (BCS)-based biowaiver criteria, used the compartmental absorption and transit (CAT) model simulations in studying the risks of granting biowaiver decisions for BCS class I and III drugs. In 2008, he obtained a scholarship and joined the PhD (Pharmacology) program at Paris Descartes University, France. The PhD program consists of attending modules, conducting research, publication of at least 2 articles in peer reviewed journals (1 published and 1 submitted/accepted for publication), writing and publicly defending the PhD dissertation. During his research, he investigated drug transporters and metabolizing enzymes at the human blood brain barrier as determinants of cerebral pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. After defending his two PhD dissertations, he joined Abbott Laboratories, Daix, France, as a Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK) Senior Scientist and Lab Head. He was responsible for planning, designing and executing GLP and non-GLP Pharmacokinetics and metabolism studies for different new chemical entities in the preclinical and different developmental phases. In September 2012, he joined Emory University, GA, USA, as a Research scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow. He was responsible for different clinical and preclinical projects in neuro-immunology which include developing a treatment for HIV Encephalitis and Multiple Sclerosis.

 

Teaching courses:

• Biopharmaceutics

• Pharmaceutical marketing and drug promotion

• Medical biochemistry

• General biology

• History of medicine and pharmacy

 

Research interests:

• Drug transport and metabolism

• Molecular biology and pharmacology of the blood-brain barrier

• Biopharmaceutical classification system

• Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics

• Cell culture

• Medication process: drug prescribing, transcription and dispensing

• Pharmacoeconomics

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Education
Institution
University Paris Descartes
Country
France
Degree
PhD
Faculty
Faculty of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences
Department
Pharmacy
Thesis
Quantitative genomic and proteomic expression of transporters and metabolizing enzymes at the human blood—brain barrier
Speciality
Pharmacy
Sub speciality
Pharmacology
Duration
2008 - 2011
Institution
Islamia University
Country
Pakistan
Degree
MSc
Faculty
Faculty of Pharmacy
Department
Pharmacy
Thesis
Role of Pharmacist in minimizing prescribing errors
Speciality
Pharmacy
Sub speciality
Pharmaceutics
Duration
2005 - 2007
Institution
Bahauddin Zakariya
Country
Pakistan
Degree
BSc
Faculty
Faculty of Pharmacy
Department
Pharmacy
Thesis
-
Speciality
Pharmacy
Sub speciality
Pharmacy
Duration
1999 - 2004
Employment History
Country
Palestine
Institution
An-Najah National University
Position/Job Description
Assistant Professor
Period
Sept. 1, 2013 - Until Now
Country
United States of America
Institution
Emory University
Position/Job Description
Research Scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuro-immunology
Period
Sept. 1, 2012 - Sept. 1, 2013
Country
France
Institution
Abbott Laboratories
Position/Job Description
DMPK Lab Head and Senior Scientist
Period
April 1, 2012 - Sept. 1, 2012
Country
France
Institution
• INSERM U705, CNRS UMR 8206
Position/Job Description
Research Scientist
Period
Nov. 1, 2008 - Dec. 31, 2011
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