Dr. Emilia Oueis
Dr. Emilia Oueis Assistant Professor
Bio
Education
Teaching
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Bio

Dr. Emilia Oueis obtained her BSc in chemistry from the Lebanese University before completing her MSc in organic synthesis from the University of Grenoble, France, during which she was the recipient of the Joseph Fourier Pre-doctoral scholarship. She graduated with a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Rouen in France with high distinction. As a doctoral candidate working on a medicinal chemistry project, she worked in the Bioorganic chemistry team of the COBRA lab at the Institute of Fine Organic Chemistry Research (IRCOF) and was a part-time lecturer for two years. Her first postdoctoral appointment was at the University of St Andrews in Scotland working in the group of Professor James Naismith FRS, where she developed her interest in peptides as therapeutics. She later moved to Germany to conduct research at the Helmholtz Institute of Pharmaceutical Research Saarland, working on natural product discovery and antiinfectives. Before joining Khalifa University in January 2022, she was research faculty and part-time lecturer at the Lebanese American University. Her current research interests revolve around the discovery and synthesis of novel antiinfectives.

Education
  • 2013 PhD Organic Chemistry, University of Rouen, Mont Saint Aignan, France
  • 2010 MSc Synthetic Chemistry, University of Grenoble, Grenoble, France
  • 2008 BSc Chemistry, Lebanese University, Fanar, Lebanon
Teaching
  • General Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
Research

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

An organic chemist by training and practice, Emilia has more than 10 years of multidisciplinary experience conducting research in organic synthesis at the interface with biology. She has previously worked on medicinal chemistry projects (drug discovery, SAR studies...), in vitro biotransformation (catalysis, templated reactions...), and natural product chemistry (isolation, structural elucidation, biosynthetic elucidation...). She has experience with heterocyclic chemistry, click chemistry, peptide chemistry, and semi-synthesis of natural products. Her independent research involves the synthesis of nature-inspired peptidic scaffolds as potential antiinfective agents using a number of drug discovery strategies and lead optimization. Additionally, she is interested in exploring the natural product diversity from local and other natural resources for therapeutic development.