Qatar University College of Pharmacy (QU-CPH) MSc. student in medicinal chemistry Dana Elkhalifa (pictured) recently completed a six-week internship at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). This internship was part of her thesis research project on “Design and synthesis of novel chalcone analogs as a potential treatment for triple negative breast cancer” under the supervision of Dr Ashraf Khalil, Dr Feras Alali and Dr Ala-Eddin Almustafa.
During the training, Dana learned new techniques such as, molecular modeling and docking, enzyme kinetics & tubulin assay, animals handling and in vivo testing, and performed experiments related to discovering novel therapies for the treatment of breast cancer.
She also run tests one of the chemical compounds she synthesized at QU on breast cancer animal models. The training was supervised by Dr Khalid El Sayed, Professor of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry at ULM Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences. CPH Head of Research and Graduate Studies Dr Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim said: “Such training and exposure are important to boost our students’ technical skills and prepare them for the labor market.”
Dana Elkhalifa said: “It was an enjoyable experience. I got the chance to interact with researchers from other research environments and learn new techniques from them. Dr Khalid and his research team were very supportive. They helped me in enriching my knowledge and skills and the results we obtained from the in vivo experiment added much value to my current MSc. research project.”