Faculty & Staff - Department of Pharmacology
Dr. Dileep K. Rohra
Dr Dileep Rohra is working as an Associate Professor and as Head of Pharmacology at the College of Medicine, Alfaisal University. He finished his medical undergraduate education from Sindh Medical College, Karachi in 1990 and M.Phil in Pharmacology from the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi in 2006. Thereafter, he received a highly prestigious scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Japan to pursue PhD in Pharmaceutical Molecular Biology from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. He finished his PhD in 2003. Dr Rohra has a vast experience of teaching Pharmacology to undergraduate medical as well as pharmacy students in various institutes like Chandka Medical College, Larkana, Pakistan, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan, University of Nizwa, Oman and Alfaisal University. He brings with him a lot of research experience in diverse fields and has published extensively in journals of international repute. Currently, he is involved in research projects involving causes of Vitamin D deficiency in our population and Pharmacoepidemiology.
Associate Professor &
Chair, Department of Pharmacology
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Dr. Dana Bakheet
Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Pharmacology (2003), University of Brighton, Brighton, United Kingdom.
Vice Dean, Female College of Medicine.
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
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Vice-Dean: (2011 - to date)
Associate Professor: (2009 - to date)
College of Medicine / Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Scientist: (2007 - to date). King Faisal Hospital and Research Center/ Department of Genetics Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
-Pharmacogenetics studies in Saudi population.
-Role of the scaffold protein striatin in regulating cardiac remodeling.
-Association studies of specific genes mutations and cardiovascular diseases in Saudi population.
-Identification of genes mutations in Saudi patients with persistent hyperinsulenimic hypoglycemia of infancy (Nesidioblastosis).
-Mutational screening of disease related genes (Hemoglobinopathies). Screen for both known and unknown mutations.
-From 1993 to date.
-Bakheet, D. Selected topics in clinical pharmacology. (2007). Al Farazdak press, 1st edition, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Member of the European society of Hypertension since, June, 2009
Member of the Artery society "the association for research into arterial structure and physiology", since January 2009
Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, UK, since February 2008
• A teaching experience of 6 years to medical, clinical pharmacy, applied medical sciences, and nursing students in Dammam University, Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman, as well as Alfaisal University. Also, participated in teaching pharmacology to postgraduate nursing students, in Higher Diploma in "Midwifery" and "Intensive care".
• An administrative experience of almost 4 years as Vice Dean for Students Affairs in University of Dammam
• Current research interest is in cardiovascular risk factors in general and arterial stiffness and endothelial dysfunction, specifically. Arterial stiffness is now recognized as an independent cardiovascular risk factor, and with the development of SphygmoCardiography technique, it became feasible to assess it in different populations, and in a non-invasive manner.
Dr. Nasir Ali Afsar
MBBS, M.Phil, Ph.D.
Enrolled in Masters in Medical Education at University of Dundee (UK), as a distant learning scholar.
Senior Lecturer of Pharmacology, College of Medicine.
Member, British Pharmacological Society, since 2012.
Visiting faculty at
(1) Jinnah Medical & Dental College, Karachi, Pakistan (July 2012 to date).
(2) Faculty of Medicine, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey (May 2013).
A teaching experience of 15 years in student-centered medical curriculum, being part of curriculum planning, delivery and assessment.
Teaching mainly includes pharmacology, cell biology, professional clinical skills.
Current research interest includes pharmacogenetics, clinical pharmacology, clinical skills and medical education.
Dr Peter Cahusac obtained his BSc (Hons) from St Andrews University, PhD from Bristol University Medical School, and MSc from Oxford University. His research concerns the neuropharmacology of transmission in somatosensory pathways from skin to neocortex, using in vivo and in vitro single cell electrophysiological recording techniques. He has interests in statistical theory, with a current interest in the likelihood approach, and uses R. He contributes to the teaching of pharmacology and biostatistics.
Dr. Yaeesh Sheikh is a lecturer in the department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, Alfaisal University. He earned his MBBS from University of Karachi in 1994 and M.Phil. in Pharmacology from Ziauddin University in 2004. He worked at Ziauddin University College of Medicine, Karachi, on various academic and administrative posts for 13 years. His research interest is in natural product pharmacology and medical education. Currently he is involved in reviewing/facilitating PBLs, organizing blocks and exams and teaching Pharmacology for various blocks.