Faculty & Staff - Department of Anatomy & Genetics

Dr. Aftab Ahmed Shaikh

Senior Lecturer of Anatomy
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Dr. Aftab Ahmed Shaikh, currently a Senior Lecturer in Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, Al Faisal University Riyadh Saudi Arabia, since April 2011 to date. He has a teaching experience of more than 22 years mainly in Baqai Medical University and other Medical and Dental colleges of Karachi Pakistan. He delivers tutorial lectures, conducts labs: for gross & imaging Anatomy, facilitates the PBL and TBL sessions, prepares and reviews MCQs, SAQs and OSPE questions in respective blocks for undergraduate medical students. Being coordinator of department he is responsible for organizing and conducting the meetings. Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Aftab worked as an Associate Professor and Head Department of Anatomy Liaquat College of Medicine and Dentistry, Karachi, Pakistan. Dr Aftab graduated with MBBS degree from Liaquat Medical College Jamshoro, Pakistan in 1989, and successfully completed his MPhil in Anatomy from Basic Medical Science Institute (BMSI) Karachi, Pakistan in 2005. His main research interest is drug induced liver injury. He continued his academic and professional accomplishments by attending various workshops and seminars in the field of Medical Education to meet the current need of teaching and facilitation. He has several publications in indexed journals. Currently he contributed in writing a chapter (what is the best assessment system in Anatomy?) in book "Education in Anatomical Sciences", published by Nova publishers New York (USA).
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Dr.Muhammad Atif Mazhar
Senior Lecturer of Anatomy
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Dr. Muhammad Atif Mazhar is currently a senior lecturer in Anatomy department at Alfaisal University, Riyadh. He teaches Structural and Functional courses of Anatomy to undergraduate medical students. He has teaching experience of more than 22 years in Pakistan (Aga Khan University, Baqai Medical University). He did his MBBS from Jinnah Sindh Medical University Karachi and primary fellowship from college of Physician and Surgeons Pakistan. His main research interest is in Male infertility and erectile dysfunctions. He has keen interest in Cadaveric dissection and prosections. Recently he is working on Thiel embalmed cadavers. He has developed state of the art Anatomy resource centers in various medical schools .He is actively using TBL and PBL techniques in teaching Anatomy courses. He has attended number of international conferences. His recent endeavors are with University of Dundee Scotland regarding Thiel embalmed cadavers.
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Aniko Szabo
Assistant Professor of Anatomy
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Graduating summa cum laude from Medical School at Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical School, Szeged, Hungary, I am a Hungarian Physician with an American PhD in Neuroscience from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, USA.

After spending around 10 years of my career in different Neuroscience laboratories in Hungary and the United States I spent another 15 years of my career teaching Anatomy & Physiology in Hungary, the United States, and Saudi Arabia to undergraduate and medical students.

I have been teaching Histology for the past 4 years and am very proud to have introduced Alfaisal University to virtual microscopy via the Olympus-OlyVIA virtual microscope system in 2016. In March of 2018 I also launched Olympus-OlyVIA virtual microscopy at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman.

I also feel extremely blessed to have realized the dream I dreamt more than 20 years ago. I lived with my family in Riyadh from 1996 to 1998, taking a hiatus in my career to raise my two sons and provide for my husband who at the time worked for the Royal Airforce of Saudi Arabia. It was at this time that I fell in love with Riyadh and resolved that one day I would return.

For the past 4 years I have enjoyed having the opportunity to work with and get to know many Saudi and International Arab students.
I am proud of the 15 students that I mentored for the Annual Research Day Student Poster Competitions and SIMEC 2016 and SIMEC 2018.
Out of the 15 students that I supervised several received 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places at the Annual Research Day Student Poster Competition.

I cloned and characterized a protein, called HuD: the first cloned human brain paraneoplastic antigen in the Neurology Department of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, USA.

The original HuD paper was published in Cell and from then on this protein was studied in various countries around the world including Saudi Arabia. Its citation index is close to 500.
After receiving an IRG grant I continued my research on HuD in collaboration with Hallym University in South Korea.
• HuD biology in neuroblastoma: Interaction of RNA binding protein HuD and components of mTOR signaling in neuroblastoma
• HuD Protects Neuroblastoma Cells from Stress Induced Cellular Death

It has been four years since I arrived in Riyadh to work as an assistant professor of Anatomy at Alfaisal University. I am very proud to be part of the developments and achievements made by Alfaisal University, which has just recently celebrated its 10th year anniversary.

Currently, I am an assistant professor of Anatomy and I especially enjoy teaching Histology.
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Dr. Muhammad Faisal Ikram
Lecturer of Anatomy
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Dr Muhammad Faisal Ikram is a Senior Lecturer of Anatomy and Assistant Admin Director of Assessment Office at College of Medicine. He is a medical graduate and has earned his MPhil (Anatomy) in 2008 and DHPE in 2010. His primary expertise are in Neurosciences and Radiological Anatomy. He contributes in courses of Anatomy taught in undergraduate Medical curriculum at Alfaisal University. His primary research focus is on Epigenetics of Alzheimer's Disease and pedagogical principals, driving learning and assessment of a Medical Student. His current funded projects include assessment of factors governing gene silencing during Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP) gene expression. Dr Ikram is also part of Assessment Office team, which is responsible for execution of assessment activities at College of Medicine. He serves as a reviewer at International Journal of Health Sciences. Dr Faisal has published papers and contributed to a book chapter in areas of Medical Education and Anatomical Sciences.
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Dr. Junaid Kashir
Assistant Professor of Clinical Embryology
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Dr Kashir completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Sussex, before completing his D.Phil. (PhD) at the University of Oxford. He then completed two terms as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, and at Cardiff University, where he is also currently a Research Fellow working in collaboration with Professor F. Anthony Lai. Dr Kashir is currently an Assistant Professor in Clinical Embryology in the College of Medicine at Alfaisal University, where he is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Dr Kashir is also a member of the team administering and organising the Clinical Embryology and Reproductive Biology (CERB) track of the Masters in Biomedical Sciences (MBS), run in conjunction with the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSHRC), where Dr Kashir is also an Adjunct Scientist. Prior to his move to Alfaisal, Dr Kashir was also involved in contributing to the University of Oxford;s MSc in Clinical Embryology, where he developed a strong interest in teaching, and applying novel teaching methodologies to facilitate knowledge acquisition of students.

Dr Kashir's main research activities thus far have revolved around oocyte activation, a fundamental event at fertilisation when the fertilising sperm initiates embryo development by activating the female oocyte. Through a series of characteristic transients in oocyte calcium (calcium oscillations), which are thought to be initiated by a sperm-specific factor termed PLCzeta (PLCζ). As can be ascertained from his publication record, Dr Kashir's research has significantly supported the utilisation of PLCζ as an invaluable biomarker with which to examine sperm health, which may prove particularly useful for the refinement of routine methodology utilised within Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).

Dr Kashir's research ambitions are geared towards understanding the fundamental molecular mechanisms that inexplicably link early fertilisation events such as oocyte activation, and the quality of embryogenesis. I am also interested in investigating the potential detrimental influence that routine assisted reproductive technology (ART) techniques may be exerting upon markers of sperm and oocyte, inadvertently damaging the fertilization capacity of such gametes. Indeed, human sperm contain over 1760 proteins thought to determine fertility, representing potential new biomarkers for male infertility, which can be correlated with pregnancy outcome. Dr Kashir's collaborative research has indicated that routine ART such as cryopreservation may inadvertently detrimentally affect the status of PLCζ within normally fertile sperm, reducing gamete quality. Not only would such research answer significant problems that currently persist within the reproductive sciences and cell biology, but also contribute towards improving the efficacy of current ART, improving patient care and ultimately, delivering a healthy baby to infertile couples, with high rates of success.
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Dr. Pallab Kumar Ganguly
Professor of Anatomy (HOD)
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Dr. Ganguly is a Founding Faculty of the College of Medicine, Alfaisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is currently working as a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anatomy since 2008. Dr. Ganguly joined a highly reputed cardiovascular group in Winnipeg, Canada in 1982 as a post doctoral fellow of Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada after receiving his medical degrees in India (MBBS, Internship, Residency in Internal Medicine followed by MD). Dr. Ganguly was one of the promising faculty members of University of Manitoba who showed an exceptional dedication in research, teaching and service in cardiovascular community from the very beginning. His work on atrial natriuretic factor in diabetes (G-protein interaction in kidney basolateral membrane), catecholamine research in diabetes and brain changes in stroke due to hyperhomocysteinemia and excitatory amino acids received immediate recognition from both Canada as well the United States. He received the most prestigious awards from Rh Institute-University of Manitoba Canada; Merit award-University of Manitoba, Canada; Scholarship-Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canada; Young Investigator Award-Canadian Cardiovascular Society; Young Investigator Award-American College of Angiology; Gold Medal-International Society for Heart Research for his scholarly work in cardiovascular Sciences. He was invited to spend a year in Harvard Medical School, USA as a visiting Professor to work on chronically Instrumented technique in the Department of Internal Medicine. Till today, Dr. Ganguly published over 130 peer reviewed publications mostly in reputed journals having high impact factor and two well known books-Catecholamine and Heart Disease, CRC Press and Education in Anatomical Sciences, Nova Publisher. He receives periodically invitation world-wide for symposia, conference and meetings related to cardiovascular sciences. Dr. Ganguly had a primary appointment in the Department of Anatomy, University of Manitoba, Canada. His interest in medical education allowed him to visit McMaster University in the year 2000 and later to Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain where he spent several years as a Chairman of Anatomy. He established integrated anatomy resource session also in various places as Chairman of Anatomy. Recently, Dr. Ganguly received awards also locally from Alfaisal University as well Asian Leadership Organization, Dubai. As a Chairman of the assessment committee, he is currently engaged in research in medical education to establish a state-of-the art assessment system for college of medicine.
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Dr. Akef Obeidat
Associate Professor of Anatomy & Medical Education
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Dr. Obeidat was born in Amman, Jordan and attended medical school in Al-Mustansiriyah University in Baghdad. After completing the six-year program, he was awarded an MBBS degree in medicine and surgery. After completing a one year internship; he practiced as a physician at the ministry of health and the medical center of the Jordan University of Science and Technology where he was appointed as a physician and a teaching assistant. In 1999, Dr. Obeidat completed his PhD in neuroscience in the department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Queen's University, Canada; with a dissertation on neuronal damage induced by Oxygen – glucose deprivation. He followed this work as a post-doctoral fellow at the neuroscience research institute in Ottawa University; before taking the position of an assistant professor in the Division of Clinical and Functional Anatomy in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine in 2002. Dr. Obeidat received two "Center for University Teaching" grants from the University of Ottawa. One of the grants allowed him to develop digital radiology resources to be integrated in the first two years of the medical curriculum and the other was to develop 3 D- Anatomy tools. In 2003, he was voted the honorary president of the Aesculapian Society, a society composed of University of Ottawa undergraduate medical students. In May, 2004, Dr. Obeidat was one of the 16 winners of "The National Capital Educators' awards" in Ottawa. In December, 2004, Dr. Obeidat was awarded The University of Ottawa, School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Medical Teaching, presented by Bristol Myers Squibb Canada Co. In 2006, he moved to Saudi Arabia and joined, back then, the newly established, college of medicine at King Fahad medical City. He actively participated in the design of their integrated medical curriculum and left the college while he was the director of the examination center. In 2009 he joined, back then, the newly established, college of medicine at Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh as an associate professor in the department of basic medical sciences. Similarly, he actively participated in the design of their integrated medical curriculum and left the college while he was the director of Academic Affairs. In September 2011, Dr. Obeidat joined Al-Faisal as an associate professor of Anatomy and Medical Education and was appointed to the position of the Director of the office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation. Dr. Obeidat's areas of expertise include, neuroscience, teaching gross and neuro-Anatomy, problem-based learning, curriculum development and management, the change process in health professions education, program and curriculum evaluation and development, and faculty development. Dr. Obeidat is involved in direct teaching and academic activities at the College of medicine at Alfaisal and also, directs the office of QA&A at the college to prepare the COM to meet the requirements of NCAAA towards accrediting the College. He chairs 3 committees at the college level and is an active member in 2 distinguished committees at the Universities level. He also serves as the General Secretary of the Riyadh branch of the Saudi Society for Medical Education.
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Dr. Sadia Qazi
Lecturer of Anatomy
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Dr. Sadia Qazi is a lecturer of Anatomy in the College of Medicine. She has done her MBBS and MPhil in Anatomy, from Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi. Her Master's Thesis is in the area of male infertility. She is actively involved in teaching various courses of Structural and Functional anatomy to undergraduate medical students. She is also involved in Problem Based Learning (PBL) facilitation, Team based learning (TBL) and mentorship Programme. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience. She had received best teacher award for year 2009 from Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi. She has a keen interest in dissection and prossection. Recently she had worked on Thiel embalmed cadavers at University of Dundee, Scotland.
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Dr. Amna Siddiqui
Lecturer Chemistry
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Dr Amna Siddiqui is a Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy in the College of Medicine, Al Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. She currently teaches courses namely, Gross Anatomy, Histology and Radiological Anatomy to first and second year medical students. She is a member of Digital Anatomage Lab Committee (DALC) in the department of Anatomy. She has M.B., B.S degree from Baqai Medical University, Pakistan. She also did PG certification in Medical Education from Cardiff University, UK. She has five years of experience in teaching Anatomy to undergraduate medical and dental students. Her main research interest is in the areas of medical education.
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Dr. Ahmed Yaqinuddin
Associate Prof of Anatomy & Cell Biology
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Dr Ahmed Yaqinuddin is Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell biology at the Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine. He is a medical graduate and has earned his PhD in Health Sciences (Anatomy) in 2008 from Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.
His primary research interest has been in studying the epigenetics of cancers.
He is also interested in Medical Education research especially in curriculum design and implementation.
His current funded projects include "Identifying novel diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for bladder cancer through whole genome methylation profiling".
He teaches gross anatomy, embryology and neuro-anatomy in the various organ system based block courses in the undergraduate Medical curriculum at Alfaisal University. He is also one of the lead tutors in the Cells and Biomolecules course in the Masters of Biomedical Science Program. Dr Yaqinuddin is also the Head of the Undergraduate Curriculum and Admission's committee at the College of Medicine. Dr Yaqinuddin serves as a reviewer for many peer reviewed ISI indexed Journals.
He has published regularly in internationally reputed scientific journals and contributed to book chapters in areas of Medical Education and Anatomical Sciences.
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Dr. Muhammad Zafar
Professor of Anatomy/Skill Lab
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Dr. Muhammad Zafar is Professor of Anatomy/Skill lab, College of Medicine, AlFaisal University Riyadh Saudi Arabia. He joined Alfaisal University on September, 10th 2011. He is the Chairman of Department of Clinical skills. He is Course director of five (5) clinical skills courses offered during semesters 1-6 of Pre-Clinical phase. He is also the incharge of Simulation center and a standardized Patient Program. In the Anatomy department, he delivers Histology, embryology & general Anatomy lectures, prepares and reviews MCQs and SAQs and actively participates in all departmental activities. He is a member of curriculum committee and is the COM representative for CSDU (Counselling & skill development unit). He is also a member of Simulation Steering Committee of King Faisal Specialized Hospital & Research Center (KFSH& RC). Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Zafar worked as Professor of Anatomy at Faculty of Medicine, King Fahad Medical City Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 4 years. Dr. Zafar graduated with MBBS degree from Liaquat Medical College Jamshoro, University of Sindh, Pakistan in 1989, and successfully completed his M-Phil (Master of Philosophy) in Anatomy from Basic Medical Sciences Institute, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center Karachi, Pakistan in 1994. He continued his academic and professional accomplishments, and completed his doctorate (Ph.D.) in Anatomy from Baqai Medical University, Karachi Pakistan in 2002-2003. Dr. Zafar continued his academic achievements and became the visiting Professor at College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan and Inspector of Anatomy for Pakistan Medical & Dental Council, Islamabad. His professional teaching and training experience spans over 29 years in various undergraduate & post graduate medical & Dental institutions and hospitals in Pakistan, as well as in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Zafar has several oral and poster presentations to his credit at national & international medical Conferences. He has also attended & facilitated workshops in medical education conferences. To his credit, Dr. Zafar has written several publications in International Journals. For his continuous involvement and contribution in research, he was awarded research excellence award for faculty in 2017.
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Laboratory Specialists

Anwar Ahmed Memon, Laboratory Specialist
Tel: + 966 11 215 7676

Mohammed Alged Elshiekh Musa, Laboratory Specialist

Tel: + 966 11 215 7696

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