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Dr.Hasan Yaser Alniss Academic RankAssociate Professor


  • Ph.D., Medicinal Chemistry.

Research Interests:

  • • Cancer drug discovery • Synthesis of small molecules to regulate bioprocesses • Biophysical Characterization of nucleic acid structures and drug-nucleic acid complexes • Molecular modeling of biological systems


•Ph.D. Medicinal Chemistry, University of Strathclye, SIPBS, 2011 •M.Sc. Pharmaceutical Analysis, University of Strathclye, SIPBS, 2007 •B.Sc.Pharmacy, An-Najah National University, 2001
•09/2015- Present Assistant Professor, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE. •07/2014- 8/2015 Assistant Professor, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine. •07/2013-06/2014 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Toronto-Canada •06/2011- 7/2013 Assistant Professor, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine.
•Pharmacy Practicing License (Ministry of Health -Palestine- Reg. #: 13/46) •Pharmacy Practicing License (Pharmaceutical Association - Jerusalem Centre - Reg. #: 1333)
Molecular recognition of DNA by thiazotropsin class analogues through the DNA minor groove. Hasan Y. Alniss, Stephanie A. T. Dillon, Nahoum G. Anthony, Abedawn I. Khalaf, Simon P. MacKay, Colin J. Suckling and John A. Parkinson. European Journal of Chemical Biology, 15(13):1978-90, 2014. Thiazotropsin aggregation and its relationship to molecular recognition in the DNA minor groove. Marie-Virginie Salvia, Fiona Addison, Hasan Y Alniss, Niklaas J Buurma, Abedawn I Khalaf, Simon P Mackay, Nahoum G Anthony, Colin J Suckling, Maxim P Evstigneev, Adrián Hernandez Santiago, Roger D Waigh, John A Parkinson. Biophysical Chemistry, 2013, 179, 1–11. Rationalizing sequence selection by ligand assemblies in the DNA minor groove: the case for thiazotropsin A. Hasan Y. Alniss, Nahoum G. Anthony, Abedawn I. Khalaf, Simon P. Mackay, Colin J. Suckling, Roger D. Waigh, Nial J. Wheate and John A. Parkinson. Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 711-722 Ranking ligand affinity for the DNA minor groove by experiment and simulation. Wittayanarakul K, Anthony NG, Treesuwan W, Hannongbua S, Alniss H, Khalaf AI, Suckling CJ, Parkinson JA and MacKay SP. Med. Chem. Lett., 2010, 1 (8), 376–380. A detailed binding free energy study of 2:1 ligand-DNA complex formation by experiment and simulation. Treesuwan W, Wittayanarakul K, Anthony NG, Huchet G, Alniss H, Hannongbua S, Khalaf AI, Suckling CJ, Parkinson JA and Mackay SP. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2009, 11, 10682-10693. PDB structures: Four NMR structures have been deposited in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) under accession code 2mnb, 2nmd, 2mne and 2mnf. Chemical shift assignments have been deposited in the BioMagResBank (BMRB) under accession numbers 19886, 19888, 19889 and 19890.
•Distinguished Scholar Award-Arab Fund for Social and Academic Development (2013-2014). Visiting Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy-University of Toronto. Canada. •University of Strathclyde Research Scholarship (2007-2010)-PhD. in Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde. UK. •Said Foundation Scholarship (2006-2007) - MSc. in Pharmaceutical Analysis, University of Strathclyde. •UNRWA University Scholarship (1996-2001) - BSc. in Pharmacy, An-Najah National University.
From my teaching experience, I have come to realize that a good instructor has to follow two guiding principles: passion and empathy. All teaching methodologies are derived from these two principles , and cannot be effective without either of them. If you love what you do and express it in the classroom, the students will definitely recognize it and their learning will be infused with enthusiasm. Understanding the students’ needs, struggles, & cognitive pattern will enable the instructor to deal with students more effectively and thus improve the students’ learning outcomes as a consequence. I believe that good teacher should have abilities to: prepare and organize well, teach adaptively, and to nurture critical thinking.
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