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MAYSSA HACHEM Science & Medicine


Dr. Mayssa Hachem joined Khalifa University as an Assistant Professor in January 2021. She graduated from the National Institute of Applied Sciences ‘INSA’, Lyon, France with a PhD in Biochemistry and a distinction Award for higher education in Biochemistry. During her doctoral studies, she conducted research at the Cardiovascular, Metabolism, Diabetology and Nutrition ‘CarMeN’ research unit within the Engineering and Function of Lipids and Lipoproteins ‘InFoLiP’ team. She also served as a lecturer at the Biotechnology and Biochemistry Department at INSA.

After her PhD, she undertook postdoctoral work at Sorbonne University, University of Technology of Compiegne ‘UTC’, France within the Enzymatic and Cellular Engineering research center ‘GEC’ Royallieu. She joined Amity University Dubai in 2017 as an Assistant Professor and Research Coordinator in the Forensic Science Department where she was extensively involved in the development of the Forensic Science undergraduate program. In 2020, she joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Higher College of Technology, UAE before moving to KU.

During her academic career, she has supervised a number of BSc, MSc, and PhD research projects and served on various academic and professional committees. Her main research interests concern lipid biochemistry, drug targeting, and forensic science. She published her work in several highly ranked peer reviewed scientific journal.

Over the last ten years, her main research has focused on the formulation and study of the cerebral uptake (in vitro, in vivo and ex-vivo) of potential drugs with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22:6n-3). The work has potential in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. DHA is a marine polyunsaturated fatty acid of primary importance to the brain where it is highly enriched in neural membranes. Deficiencies in DHA have been associated with neurodegenerative diseases in humans so targeting the brain with DHA is an encouraging approach in the improvement of precautionary and therapeutic approaches for neurodegenerative diseases.

In the forensic science field, her research interests focus on the development of biochemical approaches for estimation of post-mortem interval PMI, or time since death TSD, with a special focus on lipids and proteins as biomarkers

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Lo Van A, Hachem M, Lagarde M, Bernoud-Hubac N., Omega-3 Docosahexaenoic Acid Is a Mediator of Fate-Decision of Adult Neural Stem Cells. Int. J. Mol. Sci, Aug 2019, 20, 4240. Hachem M, Sharma BK., Artificial Intelligence in Prediction of PostMortem Interval (PMI) Through Blood Biomarkers in Forensic Examination-A Concept, IEEE journal, Feb 2019. doi: 10.1109/AICAI.2019.8701416 Sharma BK, Hachem M, Raessa Bashir, Himanshu Gupta., A comparative study of characteristic features of sweat pores of finger bulbs in individuals. Egyptian Journal of Forensic Science, Springer Nature, Jun 2019. doi: 10.1186/s41935-019-0144-4 Lo Van A, Sakayori N, Hachem M, Belkouch M, Picq M, Fourmaux B, Lagarde M, Osumi N, Bernoud-Hubac N., Targeting the Brain with a Neuroprotective Omega-3 Fatty Acid to Enhance Neurogenesis in Hypoxic Condition in Culture. Mol Neurobiol. 2018 Jun 1. Bernoud-Hubac N, Hachem M, Lo Van A, Picq M and Lagarde M. Specific uptake of DHA by the brain from a structured phospholipid, A


Awards & References

Academic Professional Award Oct 2019 “Academic Professional Award" by International Business and Academic Excellence Award (IBAE-2019) committee for Exceptional Calibre and Outstanding Performance as Academician, Researcher, Mentor, Advisor and a Thought Leader. American College of Dubai, Dubai, UAE. Best Oral Presentation Mar 2015 Chevreul Lipids & Brain Conference, Paris, France. Title: Metabolic fate of AceDoPC, a stable form of LysoPC-DHA to target the brain. Best Oral Presentation Jun 2014 14th Scientific Conference of the Multidisciplinary Institute of Lipid Biochemistry (IMBL), INSA, Lyon, France Title: AceDoPC as a preferred carrier form of docosahexaenoic ac

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