Research Labs

Al-Quds Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

The Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative (PNI) was establsihed in 2009 at Al-Quds University as a nucleus for a future Palestinian Neuroscience Institute. It encompasses research and educational programs in cognitive neuroscience, molecular neuroscience, neurogenetics, neuropharmacology and neuropsychiatry.

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Biophysics Research Lab


  • The lab was established by funding from The German Research foundation DFG in 2006
  • The research lab provide services for students and faculty members in physics, biology, chemistry, Nanotechnology, and environmental science programs.
  • The experimental research at our lab can contribute to the understanding of the secondary structure of the proteins and its complications which possibly leads to amyloidosis and may contribute in preventing such diseases.
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Computational Chemistry and Drug Design Lab

Dr. Omar Deeb / Director

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Drug Design and Discovery Lab

Center Director / Prof. Dr. Rafik Karaman

Team Members

  • Maryam Bader. “Synthesis and Characterization of Fumarate Esters Prodrugs for the Treatment of Psoriasis and Multiple Sclerosis: Al-Quds University, Jerusalem.
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Laser & IR Spectroscopy Lab

Center/ lab affiliation: Laser research Lab.

Center or Lab director name, affiliation, short bio and contacts:

Dr. Rushdi Kitaneh, Physics Dept., Assoc. Prof. of Physics candidate from Russia for the PhD degree in solid state physics, Jordan Univ. for the Msc and Bsc degrees, work in different fields such as solid state, renewable energy, biomedical physics, contatcts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Medical Research Center Molecular Genetics Laboratory

Dr. Hisham Darwish / Director

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Microbiology Research Lab

Dr. Dina Al-Bitar / Director

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Nanotechnology Research Laboratory (NRL)


Nanotechnology is a revolution of endless possibilities. It is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale. The Nanotechnology Research Laboratory was established in the year 2006 by Prof. Mukhles Sowwan through generous support from Al-Quds University and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Currently, the laboratory is  small charectrization unit for  imaging and manipulation of nanomaterials. The experiments conducted in the lab allow researchers of all levels (graduate and undergraduate) to advance in nanotechnology, and gain experience with nanotechnology tools and characterization techniques such as Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Differential scanning calorimeter, UV-Vis and Fluorescence spectroscopy. In the future, we hope to add additional characterization tools such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and setup a fabrication unit for the design and synthesis of 0D, 1D and 2D materials.

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Medical Laboratory Sciences Research Lab (MLSRL)

Director : Professor Sameer A. Barghouthi


  • Dr. Hatem Eideh
  • Dr. Rasmi Abu Helu
  • Professor Akram Kharrobi
  • Dr. Salamah Alwahsh
  • Dr. Rania AbuSir


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  • Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences,  Faculty of Health Professions, Al-Quds University


The MLSRL supports research in medical microbiology and molecular biology. Currently research is focused on antibacterial antimicrobial agents extracted from Streptomyces species isolated from soil samples. In addition, research areas of interest include bacterial resistance to antibiotics and Helicobacter pylori research. Other areas include isolation and classification of Bacillus spp., immunological aspects of Hepatitis B virus and others.  Collaboration with colleagues from local institutions; universities and medical laboratories, hospitals, and health care centers is a continuous process. Another important contribution that has been carried out in this research lab is student training in research; undergraduate students, graduation projects, and thesis projects for graduate MSc. Students.

The research areas covered include:

  1. Microbial studies including isolation, characterization and identification.
  2. Diagnostic microbiology.
  3. Problem solving research in respect to bacterial growth and identification.
  4. Isolation, identification, and evaluation of antimicrobial agents including comparative studies.
  5. Bacterial storage and maintenance.
  6. Molecular studies including human viruses and human genomics.
  7. Essential equipment include Biosafety biological hood, autoclave,  centrifuges, accurate balance/scale, shaking water bath, filter sterilization units, microscopes, incubators.

Publications contributed by this Laboratory:

  • Hamarsheh (2007) Genetic Variability of Sand Fly Phlebotomus papatasi Populations (Diptera: Psychodidae) Originating from the West Bank, Palestine. Journal of Entomology 4, 425-434.
  • Barghouthi S (2009) Helicobacter pylori: A theoretical background with a practical approach to growth and behavior (Vol I) Acknaton Design and Print, Dar Al-Shorouq, Ramallah, Palestine.
  • Patent: Universal Method for Bacterial Identification, PCR-sequencing based.
    Palestinian Authority Patent No. 146, 2009.  A method for the detection and identification of Bacteria.
  • Patent: Palestinian Authority Patent No. 147, 2009. The use of bacteria in biocontrol of the Parasitic plant Orobanche spp,
  • Barghouthi S and Salman M (2010) Bacterial Inhibition of Orobanche aegyptiaca Pers. and Orobanche cernua Loefl. Radical Elongation. Biocontrol Science and Technology 20: 423-435.
  • Barghouthi S  2011. A Universal Method for the Identification of Bacteria Based on General PCR Primers. Indian Journal of Microbiology. Indian Journal of Microbiology, 51:430-444. On line: DOI: 10.1007/s12088-011-0122-5
  • Barghouthi SA and Dima K. Al Zughayyar 2012. Detection of Neisseria meningitidis and unknown Gammaproteobacteria in cerebrospinal fluid using the two-step universal method.  [Abstract] [Full Article - PDF]  African Journal Microbiol Research. 6(14): 3415-3424. DOI: 10.5897/AJMR11.1213
  • Barghouthi SA, G. Hammad, M. Kurdi : Acinetobacterlwoffii Induced Cellulitis with Allergy-like Symptoms. The Internet Journal of Microbiology. 2012 Volume 10 Number 2.
  • Salman M, Abuamsha R  and  Barghouthi SA (2013). Interaction of Fluorescent Pseudomonads with Pythium ultimum and Rhizoctonia solani in Cucumber Roots. American Journal of Experimental Agriculture 3(1): 240-251.
  • Barghouthi SA and Khalid Younis (2014). First time isolation of Pseudomonas argentinensis from human skin infection. J Microbiol Infectious Diseases 04: 78-83.
    doi: 10.5799/ahinjs.02.2014.02.0133.
  • Abu Hilu R, Dudeen O, Barghouthi SA. (2014)  Association between Helicobacter pylori Infection and Vitamin B12 Level Among Palestinian People in Hebron, Palestine. Accepted ; Turkish journal of Medical Sciences.
  • Warad I., Ali O., Ahed R., Bani Odeh A., Barghouthi S.A., Naveen S., Elmsellem H., Daraghmeh I., Lokanath N. K., Allali M.,. 2017. Synthesis, physicochemical, conformation and quantum calculation of novel N- (1-(4-bromothiophen-2-yl)ethylidene)-2-(piperazin-1-yl)ethanamine Schiff base. J. Materials and Environmental Science 8(11):3844
  • Ala'a Janim1, Mohammed Al-Nuri1, Abdallah Bani Odeh2, Sameer A. Barghouthi2, Mohammad Ayesh2, Anas Al Ali1, Sameer Amereih3, Ismail Warad (2016) TD-DFT and DFT studies on geometry, spectral, thermal and NMR of N'-(di(pyridin-2-yl)methylene)-2-hydroxybenzohydrazide. J. Mater. Environ. Sci. 7 (9) (2016) 3447-3453
  • Mazen Salman, Nabil Shahin, Nawaf Abu-Khalaf, Mohammad Jawabrih, Basima Abu Rumaileh, Ruba Abuamsha, Sameer A. Barghouthi. (2017). Antagonistic Activity of Pseudomonas Fluorescens Against Fusarium Oxysporum f. sp. Nievum Isolated from Soil Samples in Palestine. Journal of Plant Studies 6(2):1-8.  DOI:10.5539/jps.v6n2p1
  • Barghouthi SA, Ayyad I, Ayesh M, Abu-Lafi S (2017) Isolation, Identification, and Characterization of the Novel Antibacterial Agent Methoxyphenyl-Oxime from Streptomyces pratensis QUBC97 Isolate. J Antibiot Res 1(1): 105
  • Abdallah Bani Odeh, Issa Shtayeh, Mohammed Ayesh, Ismail Warad and Sameer A. Barghouthi. 2017. General Purpose Media (BNO) for Growing Fastidious Gram Negative (FGN) Bacteria. Journal of Advances in Medicine and Medical Research, ISSN: 2456-8899, ISSN: 2231-0614 (Past),Vol.: 22, Issue.: 6 . DOI : 10.9734/JAMMR/2017/34450
  • Barghouthi SA. 2017. The Epimmunity Theory: The Single Cell Defenses against Infectious and Genetic Diseases. Front Immunol. 2017; 8: 694.  doi:  10.3389/fimmu.2017.00694PMCID: PMC5468598

Research Laboratory of Water and Environment

Director: Dr. Amer Marei

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Soil & Hydrology Laboratory

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Soil Hydrology Research (SHR) unit was established in the year 2010. The motivation of the SHR is grounded in the sustainability of natural resources and soil pollution. Our research emphasize on both water security for human use and protection of natural systems. We support minimizing and remediating human impacts on hydrologic ecosystems.

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