Research Ethics Committee

Committee members

Name & Title

Affiliation/ Faculty


Dr. Dina M. Bitar Chair


Dina M. Bitar is an associate professor in microbiology working as a Faculty member in the Faculty of Medicine where she has been since 1996 and directing the Microbiology Research Laboratory since 2011.She received her BSc in Biology from The American University of Beirut, her MSc in Microbiology from Miami University of Ohio, and her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from The Ohio State University. Her passion is teaching and inspiring students and young faculty to achieve their goals. She taught courses at the undergraduate and at the graduate level and served in administration as chairwoman of the Microbiology and Immunology Department and member of several University Councils. Her research interests center on studying the ecology of Legionella spp. in water systems and the prevalence of legionellosis in Palestine. As well as studying the virulence of Legionella pneumophila strains isolated from Palestinian environments and suspected pneumonia patients. Has several publications about molecular pathogenesis and virulence of Legionella pneumophila in renowned journals and medical books
in this field.

Dr. Maher Khdour


Dr. Khdour received his BSc. In Pharmaceutical sciences at the University of AL-ISRA. Jordan. After completing his BSc in 1997, Dr. Khdour pursued a Master degree in clinical Pharmacy at the University of London 2003. He returned back and contribute in establishment of Faculty of Pharmacy at Al-Quds University, Jerusalem.  After that he pursued a PhD degree in clinical Pharmacy at Queen’s University, UK. He graduated in 2008, receiving numerous national and provincial scholarships like, NI Chest, Heart and Stroke, UK.

Dr. Khdour worked with Professor James McElnay the Pro-vice Chancellor of Queen’s university- UK for 8 years in Chronic disease management like asthma, COPD and Diabetes. He worked and published his work in clinical research area of prevention medication errors and drug related problems in hospitals, off-label medication in pediatric population and Pharmaceutical care Practice. Last 2 years he got extensive training in Antimicrobial Stewardship program and cycling antibiotic at hospital wards. And he applied this experience at the Palestinian Medical Complex in Ramallah.

Dr. Khdour has published 38 peer-reviewed papers in international peer reviewed journals. He has also presented and published over 20 abstracts at international and national scientific conferences. Dr. Khdour has received various competitive grants as principal investigator from the Palestinian American research Council and Zamaleh program supported by Welfare associate, Palestine. Finally He got the best research prize by The British Academy of Medical Sciences in Nov, 2016.

Dr. Omar Hamarsheh

Science & Technology

Graduated from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany in 2007 with a PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Molecular infection biology. Since then he has been appointed as Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Technology. He is interested in population genetics of Leishmania vectors especially the vectors of Leishmania major; Phlebotomus papatasi sand flies. He has also worked on several projects related to infectious diseases; epidemiology of scabies in Palestine, anti-Leishmania activity of selected Palestinian medicinal plants.

Dr Hamarsheh is the chair of the Department of Life Sciences and acted previously as DAAD ambassador for Al-Quds University. He received several fellowships and awards like Fulbright fellowship for senior scientists and spent one year doing research at the Department of Biology, University of Notre Dame, IN, USA.

Dr. Moanad Aker



  • Specialized training in Orthodontic, Eastman Dental Hospital,UK
  • MSc Orthodontics, University College of London

Professional experience:

  • Head of Orthodontic and paediatric Dentistry Department
  • Assistant Dean , Alquds University
  • Head of Orthodontic and Paedodontic Department, Alquds University
  • Consultant orthodontist at the Hayat Medical Centre, Jerusalem
  • Assistant Dean
  • Founded and headed the department of orthodontics , Alquds University
  • Al–Quds University JerusalemAbu– Dees, Assistant Prof. Faculty of Dentistry
  • Private Clinic RamallahJerusalem
  • Chief Dentist at the Palestine Red Crescent Society


  • Effect of Palatal Surgery on the growth of the posterior part of Maxilla in unilateral cleft lip and palate (CLP) patients.
  • Cephalometric norms in the Palestinian population.
  • Prevalence of CLP amongst the Palestinian population.
  • Effect of Israeli occupation on the Dental health in Palestine
  • Prevalence of missing laterals incisors amongst the Palestinian society and its management

Prof. Khawlah Kamheieh

Science and Technology

Khawla Qamhieh is a Professor in Physics, she received her B.Sc. in physics, from the Jordan University, and her Ph.D. in theoretical physics, from Clarkson University, USA, 1990. She has received DAAD award 2006, in Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Science (FIAS) in Germany, and a Fulbright scholarship to conduct research at University of Houston, in USA, 2006. She has been a visiting professor at Lund university in Sweden since 2003. She received Arab Fund Fellowship (AFF) award 2014 to conduct research during the sabbatical year in Lund University in Sweden.  She has published many peer-reviewed articles covering the interparticle interactions in colloidal systems, and developed a theoretical model for the complexation of DNA with dendrimer which is important in Gene therapy.

Research interests

  • Interparticle interactions in colloidal system
  • Computer simulation of colloidal suspensions.
  • Eloctrostatics in colloidal suspensions.
  • Structure and dynamics of charged colloid.
  • Microemulsion Phase behavior.
  • Stability and thermodynamics of DNA structures in solution and on surfaces both dielectric and metallic.
  • Interactions between DNA and cationic dendrimers.

Dr. Rula Abdulghani


Dr. Rula Abdul Ghani received her B.Sc. in Biology and Biochemistry from Birzeit University. She was awarded the M.Sc. and PhD degrees in structural and molecular biochemistry from the Hebrew University (2004) in “Targeted Gene Therapy of Cancer”. Her research interests in the molecular biology of cancer, the process of cancer chemotherapy resistance: causes and treatment.

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