Faculty & Staff - Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Daniela Elena Gherissi
Senior Lecturer in Immunology
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Daniela Elena Gherissi is a Senior lecturer in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the College of medicine.

She is a licensed MD from Romania, her specialty being Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She did her residency training in Romania and France, where she also worked as an allergist in Nancy University Hospital and was involved in clinical research in fields like food allergy and respiratory allergy, and participated in undergraduate professional skills teaching.

Her research interests are allergic and atopic diseases (asthma, rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, urticaria) with special interest in food allergy. She is currently involved in PBL tutoring, PBL developing and Laboratory teaching sessions in Microbiology and Immunology.

Dr. Jose Rey-Ladino    
Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
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Dr Jose Rey-Ladino is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in the College of Medicine. He teaches courses in Medical Immunology, Medical Microbiology and Infection and Immunity for graduate students. His PhD in Microbiology and Immunology is from the University of British Columbia, Canada and his second PhD in Parasitology is from the Saint Petersburg Institute of Veterinary Medicine, Russia. He was a Research Fellow from the World Health Organization (WHO) and from the Canadian Medical Research Council. His current research focuses on vaccine development based on targeting endogenous dendritic cells (DCs) with antigens and adjuvants. His research is also concerned with the identification of novel vaccine candidate antigens for intracellular infections based on immunoproteomics. Dr Rey-Ladino was a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Canada, where he and colleagues identified various vaccine candidate antigens for the sexually transmitted Chlamydia trachomatis vaccine. He was a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Public Health, Griffith University in Australia. In collaboration with scientists at the Eskitis Institute, he designed laboratory screening methods for the identification of new vaccine candidate adjuvants based on DCs and natural product libraries. Dr Rey-Ladino is a regular contributor as a referee for various scientific journals. He has given international presentations and has published his research in various top scientific journals including Nature Reviews Immunology, Journal of Immunology, Blood, Infection and Immunity, and others.

Muhabat Adeola Raji
Senior Lecturer Microbiology
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Dr. Muhabat Adeola Raji is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Alfaisal University. She is a Clinical Microbiologist and holds a M.Sc. degree in Medical Microbiology and also MBBS, FMCPath, and B.Sc. degrees.

Her research thrust is on multidrug resistant hospital pathogens, particularly, bacteria agents. She had some of her training, on molecular characterization of bacteria with emphasis on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), in Lausanne, Switzerland. The training experience, based on the use of the highly discriminating technique of Double Locus Sequence Typing (DLST) and SCCmec characterization of MRSA, was facilitated by a World Bank assisted STEP-B funding grant awarded to her. She was the Head of Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, and she also coordinated the Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology of the Lagos State University, College of Medicine. While she was the Head, Dr. Raji was actively involved in the setting up of the Microbiology laboratory attached to the new laboratory complex in the hospital and she also served as the Chairman, Hospital Infection Committee, and assisted in the investigation of MRSA outbreak in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She is a member of the Governing Council of Fountain University (an Islamic-faith based, private University) in Nigeria. She is also a member of the Infection Control Africa Network, American Society for Microbiology and the Nigeria Medical Association. Dr. Raji has given both oral and poster presentations at International Conferences and has publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Garwin Kim Sing
Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
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Dr Garwin Kim Sing is currently an Associate Professor in Immunology and Microbiology at Alfaisal University. His B.Sc. in Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology was awarded at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He subsequently did a BSc(Hons) and PhD in Viral Immunopathology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. In 1984 he was awarded a prestigious Fogarty Fellowship to do his postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland, USA. After 4 years, he then took up a position as a Senior Research Officer at the Queensland Institute for Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia. He subsequently moved to the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom where he spent eight years at the Division of Pathway Medicine before joining Alfaisal University. Dr Kim Sing also holds a postgraduate diploma in teaching, which was attained at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia in 2010. He has published extensively in many areas of Virology and Immunology, and has worked on a diverse array of viral diseases including Influenza, Cytomegalovirus, Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Hepatitis B Virus. His current interests are on the antibacterial effects of graphene carbon nanoparticles.

Rania Issa Nassar
Research Associate
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Rania Nassar is a Research Associate in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the College of Medicine in Alfaisal University. She obtained her Master degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences from University of Jordan (2007) and her Bachelor degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology (2003). She has 6 years' experience as a Senior Specialist Medical Technologist, and 4 years as a biology lab instructor in College of Science (Alfaisal University).

She is currently involved in Laboratory teaching sessions in Microbiology and Immunology. Her research interest is screening of natural non-inflammatory antimicrobial compounds for dental surgery and oral treatment. She is involved in Molecular Microbiology research and also involved in research with Dr. Jose Rey-Ladino in vaccine development based on targeting endogenous dendritic cells with antigens and adjuvants

Ghada Ahmad Fawzy Garaween
Lecturer of Microbiology
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Ghada Garaween is a Lecturer in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the College of medicine at Alfaisal University. She is currently facilitating problem based Learning (PBL) for the third year Medical Students. Also gives teaching sessions in Microbiology & Immunology Labs.,

She graduated with BSc from College of Science King Abdullaziz University from Jeddah. Later she proceeded and completed a Masters of Biomedical Science in Molecular and Cell Biology. She has over 18 years’ experience in running clinical diagnostic laboratories. Her experience includes Clinical Microbiology & Infectious diseases, Clinical Biochemistry and Haematology. She is involved in preparing the Microbiology practical laboratory sessions for students in the College of Medicine. She currently contributes to the research activities in the department and her expertise includes PCR, Diversilab (rep-PCR for microbial genotyping) and Checkpoints DNA Microarray for detection of antibiotic resistance genes. She is currently starting her PhD in Friedrich-Schiller-University – Jena – Germany.

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