Faculty & Staff - Department of Physiological Sciences

Dr. Ali Amin Khraibi
Professor of Physiology (HOD)
+ 966 11 2157657
Ph.D. 1984 University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Jackson, Mississippi, Physiology /Biomedical Engineering
M.Sc. 1980 University of Mississippi, University, Mississippi, Civil Engineering
B.Sc. 1978 University of Mississippi, University, Mississippi, Civil Engineering

Research Interests:
The role of the kidney in hypertension, renal adaptations during pregnancy, renal and cardiovascular functions in diabetic pregnancy, development and maintenance of hypertension in a diet‐induced obesity rat model, role of the immune system in the development and maintenance of hypertension.

Peer‐reviewed articles Yu, T., and A. A. Khraibi. Enalapril treatment restores the decreased proximal tubule reabsorption in response to acute volume expansion in diabetic rats. Life Sciences 83:364-368, 2008.
Ganguly, P., A. A. Khraibi, and B. Juurlink. Medical education in cardiovascular sciences: accommodating a research-driven curriculum. CV Network 9(2):15-17, 2010.
Marta A. Ambrozewicz, A. A. Khraibi, Fatma Simsek-Duran, Sophia C. DeBose, Hind A. Baydoun, and Anca D. Dobrian. Different Natriuretic Responses in Obese and Lean Rats in Response to Nitric Oxide Reduction. Am. J. Hypertension 24, 943-950, 2011. │doi:10.1038/ajh.2011.79.
Justin Rodebaugh, Miroslav Sekulic, William Davies, Stephanie Montgomery, Ali Khraibi, Michael J. Solhaug, and Brian B. Ratliff. Neuronal nitric oxide synthase, nNOS, regulates renal hemodynamics in the postnatal developing piglet. Pediatr. Res. 71, 144-149; 2012. │doi: 10.1038/pr.2011.23. Epub 2011 Dec 21.

Teaching: Undergraduate and graduate courses:
1/1979‐5/1980 Engineering Structures Laboratory Assistant, and Soil Mechanics Laboratory Assistant, University of Mississippi, University, Mississippi

1/1982‐1/1984 Physiology Laboratory Assistant, University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Jackson, Mississippi

4/1987‐3/1996 Renal Physiology (Phys 8859), Sections on "Control of Renal Circulation" and "Control and Renal handling of Sodium", Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota

7/1994‐3/1996 Renal Physiology (Phys 8859), Course Director, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota

2/2002‐09/2008 Medical Physiology (M1), Renal Physiology Sections on: Introduction to Renal Physiology/Kidney Structure and Function, Renal Blood Flow, Glomerular Filtration Rate, Sodium and Water Excretion, and Regulation of Extracellular Fluid Volume, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia

06‐2008‐09/2008 Graduate students (Ph.D. and Medical Master): Concepts in Cell Biology and Physiology (BIMD 848) sections on the renal tubule (renal section of the course), Eastern Virginia Medical, Norfolk, Virginia

09‐2008‐present Medical Physiology Course (3 semester course), course director and participates in teaching. Alfaisal University College of Medicine, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

09‐2008‐present Problem Based Learning (PBL), facilitator, Alfaisal University College of Medicine, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Stephanos Ioannou
Assistant Professor of Physiology
+ 966 11 215 7688
Stephanos Ioannou is a neuroscientist who was born and raised in Limassol, Cyprus. At an early age of his career he specialised in psychology at the University of Leicester, where a passion for the functioning of the brain arose. Dedication and hard work, allowed him to follow an MSc in Functional Neuroimaging with a specialty in fMRI. In 2011, he was awarded a fellowship under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, undertaken at the University of Parma, where he also completed a funded Phd in Neuroscience, under the wing of Professor Vittorio Gallese. Stephanos has set the foundations of thermal infrared methodology and how variations in facial temperature relate to the autonomic nervous system, critically advancing the field of psychophysiology. Stephanos current work focuses on social & affective neuroscience, temperature and disease, artificial intelligence as well as pharmacological fMRI.
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Dana Bou Matar
Senior Lecturer of Physiology
+ 966 11 215 7714
Dana Bou Matar, Lebanese. Holding BS degree in Biology and Masters degree in Physiology from the American University of Beirut. Graduate work experience included both teaching and laboratory research on rat models. As a requirement for obtaining my Masters degree, I have worked in the Gastrointestinal laboratory on IBD rat models where we used to study neural regulation of intestinal glucose absorption in rat models of acute and chronic Colitis. Work history in Saudi Arabia is summarized in Clinical Research, where I have worked as a certified clinical research coordinator from the academy of clinical research professionals (ACRP). Currently, I joined Al Faisal university as a Senior lecturer of Physiology, and Looking forward for additional medical research contributions.
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Dr. Muhammad Nasir Afzal
Professor of Physiology
+ 966 11 215 7971
Dr. Afzal is a medical graduate (MBBS) with a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Manitoba in Canada. During his Ph.D. at the University of Manitoba, he received a fellowship from Medical Research Council of Canada for his studies in cardiovascular Physiology.

He also completed his residency in Pathology at the same University with subspecializing in Cardiovascular Pathophysiology. He is a winner of "Leica Canada Scientific Award" for 1995, given once a year to a young scientist under 40 years of age for his outstanding scientific contributions in Canada.

Dr. Afzal has published more than 70 scientific papers with particular research interest in cardiovascular sciences, diabetes and obesity in national and international journal including two papers in American Journal of Physiology as first author. Dr. Afzal has served as Dean, Vice-Dean, Chairman basic health sciences, Head of Physiology and Professor of Physiology at various medical schools and offers more than 25 years of teaching experience to medical, dentistry, physiotherapy and nursing students.
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Abdul Jabar Rasool
Senior Lecturer of Biochemistry / Physiology
+ 966 11 215 7933

• Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Microbiology, University of Westville, Durban, South Africa, 1982
• Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physiology, University of Westville, Durban, South Africa, 1983
• Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics, University of Iowa, Iowa, USA, 1986
• Post Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Brighton, UK, 2004

Selected Research Publications

The Summer Pre-Med Program (SPP) for Matriculating Medical Students: A Student-Led Initiative
Ayman M. Awad, Abdulhadi A. AlAmodi, Mohammad A. Shareef, Ammar J. Alsheikh, Asim I. Mahmoud, Asem O. Daghistany, Mohammed M. Hijazi, Ahmed Abu-Zaid, Mohammed S. Shabllout, Mohammed R. Alsadoon, Abduljabar Rasool, Ahmed Yaqinuddin.

Research Interests

• Testing and its effect on student learning and motivation
• Changes in instruction and the influence on student accomplishment
• Using student achievement data to determine instructional effectiveness.

Professional Experience

• August 2007 to 2013, Curriculum Assessment Head, AUPP Alfaisal University.
• 2006-2007 Director of IB Programs, Park City School District, Park City, Utah, USA
• 1991-2005 IB Coordinator, Le Bocage International School, Moka, Mauritius
• 1987-1990 Senior Technician, Transplant Research Unit, University of Witwaters and Medical School, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Dr. Peter Kvietys    
Professor of Physiology
+ 966 11 215 7673
Peter R. Kvietys received his PhD from Michigan State University in 1979. Kvietys held faculty positions in the United States at the University of South Alabama (Mobile) and LSUHSC-Shreveport. Subsequently, he headed the program in vascular biology at the Lawson Research Institute in London, Ontario, Canada. He is currently a professor of physiology at the College of Medicine at Alfaisal University with an adjunct appointment at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Kvietys has served on the Editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology (associate editor), Microcirculation, Pathophysiology, Journal of Critical Care Medicine, and the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition. His major research focus is on the role of the vasculature, particularly the endothelium, in the inflammatory response. He has received peer-reviewed funding from national agencies; current funding is generously provided by KACST. He lists over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals, more than 30 book chapters, and 5 books (authored or edited).
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Dr. Moni Nader
Assistant Professor of Physiology
+ 966 11 2157674
Dr Moni Nader is an Assistant Professor of Physiology at Alfaisal Medical School. He also serves as an Adjunct Scientist at the Department of Genetics at KFSHRC. Dr Nader earned his PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Sherbrooke (Canada) and accomplished a Postdoctoral Training in Molecular Cardiology at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (Canada) where he was supported by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Dr Nader's laboratory is primarily focused on the role of membrane/scaffold proteins in regulating the excitation-contraction coupling in cardiomyocytes. His research team is dealing with fundamental aspects of calcium homeostasis and its role in cardiac disease namely arrhythmias. His recent work established a role for the membrane protein SLMAP in myocardial contraction and calcium homeostasis. He is also exploring the dynamics of the scaffold protein Striatin in regulating calcium signaling and cardiomyocytes contraction.
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Dr. Abdul Ahad Shaikh
Senior Lecturer of Neurophysiology
+ 966 11 2157636

Dr. Abdul Ahad Shaikh is senior lecturer of Neurophysiology in the college of medicine. Dr. Shaikh is medical graduate and received his MBBS degree from Sindh Medical College, University of Karachi, Pakistan. He earned his M. Phil. in medical physiology from Ziauddin Medical University, Karachi. Dr. Shaikh has a considerable teaching experience in traditional as well as problem based learning medical physiology curriculum for undergraduate in medical, dental, pharmacy and physical therapy. He has attended many workshops related to medical education, problem based learning (PBL), team based learning (TBL), exercise physiology and sports medicine. He was a core member of the group at Ziauddin Medical University for developing an indigenous PBL curriculum and successfully implementing for the first time in Pakistan. He also helped in developing and teaching exercise physiology for Masters of Physical Therapy course. At King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences Riyadh Saudi Arabia he taught medical physiology adopting the University of Sydney curriculum for three years. At University of Sharjah he taught medical physiology to medical, dental and pharmacy students adopting Monash University curriculum for five years. He has presented couple of papers in international medical education and sports science conferences. He has interest in physiology and medical education research has applied for grants and pursuing it.

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Dr. Abdullah J alshawaf
Lecturer of Physiology
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Dr Abdullah J alshawaf spent more than a decade of his life in Australia to fulfil his passion to learn and contribute to scientific research in the area of stem cells biology and developmental neurobiology. Supported by King Abdullah Scholarship program, Dr Alshawaf completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Sydney followed by completion of his PhD studies in the laboratory of A/Prof Mirella Dottori in the Centre for Neural Engineering at the University of Melbourne. The major focus of his research are to study human pluripotent stem cells and their differentiation to specific lineages of the central and peripheral nervous system, to establish in vitro human cellular models of neurodevelopment diseases and to develop potential stem cell based therapies. Recently, Dr Alshawaf joined Alfaisal University as a senior lecturer of physiology in the college of medicine where he is involved in undergraduate teaching and available for postgraduate research supervision. Ongoing research and collaborations include projects aimed at using human stem cells to interrogate Autism spectrum disorder and also optimization of human stem cell based therapies for glioblastoma.

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Laboratory Specialists

Fahmi Mousa Ali Abu-Owaimer, Laboratory Specialist
Tel: + 966 11 2157662

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