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Amal Qattan

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

Office Phone: 202-994-3539
Email: Email
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine


  • PhD - Doctor of Philiosophy, Medicine/University College of London (UCL), London-UK/Division of Medicine- Department of Molecular Medicine, 2013


Dr. Amal Qattan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine in the School of Medicine and Health Science (SMHS) at George Washington University in the United States (US), a Scientist in the Department of Molecular Oncology at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSHRC), and Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine at Al-Faisal University. She gained her PhD degree from the Medical School at University College London (UCL) in the UK.  Her primary interest is in personalized and precision medicine using state-of-the-art technologies in a research approach based on systems biology. The focus of her work is on better determining an individual patient's response to specific cancer therapies by learning more about tumor dormancy; resistance in cancers; cancer genetics and epigenetics. She believes that patient care should best be tailored through the use of a combination of individual genomic and epigenetic studies, phenotypic histomorphological features, and patient clinical specificities with artificial intelligence (AI) and other algorithms.  Distinct molecular subtypes of tumor combined with the patient’s unique genomic characteristics can guide clinicians towards providing the best course of care. The overall aims of her researches are not only to diagnose cancer early but also to monitor patient response and identify drug resistance. Her work has already been recognized by many awards, locally and globally. Her research work received a L’OREAL UNESCO Award “For Women in Science” in 2017. She was nominated also to speak at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Hall in New York-US in 2019. She has been invited to speak at many other international conferences and received several other awards for her research work. Dr. Qattan is principal author of a number of publications and book chapters and a regular reviewer for many internationally reputed journals. Her vision as a scientist is to incorporate the most recent advances in tools for diagnostics and therapy, not only to discover new molecules, but also to implement treatment with  them at a standard of care that is personalized and hence to improve the efficacy of treatment and in turn of survival.  She believes that one of the essential qualities of a scientist is an interest in humanity, since the essence of patient care is to care for the patient. Her ultimate goal is to continue to give something back to the whole world. She hopes that her work will lead to new discoveries for the intellectual enrichment of the scientific community that engages in research, so that one day her researches can make the transfer from the bench to the bedside.


GR# 13-MED-873-10
GR# 13-MED-1322-20


2017: UNESCO Award “For Women in Science (FWIS)- L’OREAL UNESCO Award”. Monday 13th November 2017.
2016: CTRC-AACR, Best of San-Antonio Breast Cancer: 10th Middle East Best of San-Antonio Breast Cancer,NGH.
2016: Honorary Award,College of Medicine-Alfaisal University.


Personalized and precision medicine, Malignant cancer, tumor dormancy and the phenotypic switch of human dormant breast carcinoma to fast growth, resistant in cancers, Genetic and epigenetic modification, Altered post translational modification (PTM) and reverse modification, the mechanisms of PTMs cross-talk and signaling, developing of computational methods to assist the discrimination of true and false interactions, dealing with transient interactions and understanding their directionality and function so as to allow the networks underlying the cancer to be discerned, nanotechnology in combating breast cancer.

Centers and Institutes

2017: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine and Health Science (SMHS), Washington DC,USA
2016: School of Medicine, Alfaisal University, Riyadh,SA
2002: Department of Molecular Oncology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC), Riyadh,SA

Community Service

2019: European Society for Medical Oncology,Lugano,Switzerland.

2004: Zahra Association, Riyadh,SA.


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