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Nanomedicine

  • Dr. Majed Halwani
  • Ext.  (84) 94358

  • Department
  • About Head
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  • Team

The presence of Nanotechnology, alongside other research areas, plays an important role in advancing the medical field. The Nanomedicine group focuses on applications of nanotechnology in a medical/ clinical context. The group gathers distinguished researchers with different backgrounds to conduct research, share ideas and discuss prospects of the field.
The projects that the Nanomedicine group leads as a contribution to medical research include:

Improving point-of-care diagnostics to allow early intervention and a better patient outcome.

Developing novel drug delivery systems for chemotherapy, vaccines, gene delivery and infectious diseases.

Utilizing nanoparticles and advanced materials for tissue repair and regeneration.

Nanotechnology-based imaging.

Our main goal is to translate Nanomedicine research from bench to bedside by carrying it from laboratory experiments through clinical trials to clinical patient applications. It is also carried out with many collaborations with nationally and internationally recognized institutes/affiliates.

Dr. Halwani obtained Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (1997).  He served as Laboratory Specialist in different laboratory sections of in MOH hospitals until 2002.  He obtained a scholarship from MOH to pursue his Master and PhD in Biomolecular Sciences (Drug and Vaccine Delivery Systems) at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada (2010). Since then, he served as Assistance Director for Planning and Development at Jeddah Poison Control Center until 2013, where he started his research activity at MOH and successfully received his first grant form KACST for developing Nanotechnology drugs for treating Cancer. In 2013, he was recruited by Infectious Disease Research leader in KAIMRC to join the team to develop antibiotics by Nanotechnology, where he successfully filed his first patent, in 2014, through United States Patent and Trademark Office regarding his first antibiotic developed by Nanotechnology in KAIMRC. In 2015, he was transferred to join the initiative of establishing the Nanomedicine Department at KAIMRC where it was called Nanomedicine Unit. In 2016, he successfully filed his second patent through United States Patent and Trademark Office regarding his first anticancer drug developed by Nanotechnology in KAIMRC and received the official registration of this patent in early 2017. As then, he received the honor recognition of KAMIRC reward of intellectual property prize from His Highness Prince Khalid bin Ayyaf, National Guard Minister. Currently, he is the Head of Nanomedicine Department and also he is a member of many scientific committees. He has been active in various researches and peer- reviewed journals in the field of Nanotechnology.

Coming Soon.

  • Akhtar, M. J., Kumar, S., Alhadlaq, H. A., Alrokayan, S. A., Abu-Salah, K. M., & Ahamed, M. (2016). Dose-dependent genotoxicity of copper oxide nanoparticles stimulated by reactive oxygen species in human lung epithelial cells. Toxicology and industrial health, 32(5), 809-821.
  • Al-Kaysi, R. O. (2016). Alternative Synthesis of 1, 8-Difluoroanthracene via the Balz-Schiemann Reaction. Advances in Chemistry, 2016.
  • Al-Kaysi, R. O., Zhu, L., Al-Haidar, M., Al-Muhannah, M. K., El-Boubbou, K., Hamdan, T. M., & Bardeen, C. J. (2015). Chemical reaction method for growing photomechanical organic microcrystals. CrystEngComm, 17(46), 8835-8842.
  • Asem, H., Zhao, Y., Ye, F., Barrefelt, Å., Abedi-Valugerdi, M., El-Sayed, R., Muhammed, M. (2016). Biodistribution of biodegradable polymeric nano-carriers loaded with busulphan and designed for multimodal imaging. Journal of Nanobiotechnology, 14(1), 82.
  • El-Boubbou, K., Ali, R., Bahhari, H. M., AlSaad, K. O., Nehdi, A., Boudjelal, M., & AlKushi, A. (2016). Magnetic Fluorescent Nanoformulation for Intracellular Drug Delivery to Human Breast Cancer, Primary Tumors, and Tumor Biopsies: Beyond Targeting Expectations. Bioconjugate chemistry, 27(6), 1471-1483.
  • Jiang, K., Zhang, L., Lu, J., Xu, C., Cai, C., Lin, H., Zhou, H. C. (2016). Back Cover: Triple‐Mode Emission of Carbon Dots: Applications for Advanced Anti‐Counterfeiting (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 25/2016). Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 25(55), 7266-7266.
  • Yang, C., Zhu, L., Kudla, R. A., Hartman, J. D., Al-Kaysi, R. O., Monaco, S., Bardeen, C. J. (2016). Crystal structure of the meta-stable intermediate in the photomechanical, crystal-to-crystal reaction of 9-tert-butyl anthracene ester. CrystEngComm, 18(38), 7319-7329.
  • Zhu, L., Al‐Kaysi, R. O., & Bardeen, C. J. (2016). Photoinduced Ratchet‐Like Rotational Motion of Branched Molecular Crystals. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 55(25), 7073-7076.
  • Zhu, L., Tong, F., Zaghloul, N., Baz, O., Bardeen, C. J., & Al-Kaysi, R. O. (2016). Characterization of a P-type photomechanical molecular crystal based on the E→ Z photoisomerization of 9-divinylanthracene malonitrile. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 4(35), 8245-8252.