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Prof. Said Ismail

Professor of Molecular Biology at the Department of Biochemistry and Physiology of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Said Ismail earned his BSc degree in Medical Laboratories Technology from the University of Jordan in 1995, MSc degree in Applied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology form University College London in 1996, and PhD in Gene Therapy form the University of Oxford in 2000.

Before joining the University of Jordan in 2002 as an assistant professor, Prof. Ismail worked as a research fellow at the Ludwig Cancer Institute at University College London (UCL). At JU, he was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and to full professor in 2012. In his sabbatical, Prof. Ismail was appointed at Qatar Foundation, as Manager of the Qatar Genome Program, one of the major projects of its kind both regionally and internationally. 


Prof. Ismail is a highly accomplished scholar with numerous published research articles in international peer reviewed journals, received several scientific research grants and has supervised the research work of dozens of graduate students. He is also on the editorial board of several scientific journals. In addition, Prof. Ismail is the first president and co-founder of the International Society on Aptamers, which brings together researchers and biotechnology companies working on aptamer nanotechnology from around the globe to an annual meeting in Oxford, UK.


Prof. Ismail is the co-winner of the 2013 Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers in Medical and Health Sciences (Cancer and Cancer Stem Cells). He was also  won the Ali Mango Award of the Hamdi Mango Center for Scientific Research (HMCSR) for distinguished research in the medical field in 2012. For his PhD work, he won the Said Foundation Award in 2001, for his academic achievement among many Arab students studying in the UK, as well as winning the Overseas Research Studentship (ORS) PhD award from Oxford University.