Mutaz Akkawi


Associate Professor of Biochemistry


Department of Biology, Faculty of Science & Technology, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem, Palestine


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Director of the Biochemical laboratory. Educated at Birzeit University ,Palestine and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jerusalem. A member of the Medical Screening Society .London .UK.

Research interests

  • Building synthetic models for the formation of malarial pigment .
  • Screening for a new potential antimalarial drugs using newly developed in Vitro methods.
  • Developing biophysical methods for the study of membrane proteins. We are interested in using the FTIR techniques in probing membrane protein secondary structure .
  • Screening the serum of pregnant Palestinian women of some genetic diseases like Down's syndrome

Teaching activities

  • Clinical chemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Biochemistry I, II
  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Scientific measuring devices
  • Structure and function of protein and enzyme
  • Human Nutrition

Selected publications

  • Baumirgen E R, Akkawi M, Blauer, G. Mossbauer studies of different types of hematin. Inorg.chem. Acta . 286 (1999) 229 -232.
  • Blauer G, Akkawi M. On the preparation of beta - haematin. Biochem. J. 346(2) ( 2000) 249 - 250.
  • Bluaer G, Akkawi M. Alcohol -water as a novel medium for beta- hematin preparation . Arch Biochem Biophys. 398(1) ( 2002 ) 7-11.
  • Arbely E, Khattari Z, Brotons G, Akkawi M, Salditt T, Arkin IT. A highly unusual palindromic transmembrane helical hairpin formed by SARS coronovirus E protein . J Mol Biol . 341 (2004) 769-779.
  • Husseini A, Akkawi, M. Maternal serum screening of Palestinian females in the West Bank. EMHJ 11(4) (2005) 824- 827.
  • Khattari Z , Brotons G, Akkawi M, Arbely E , Arkin IT, Salditt TSARS coronavirus E Protein in Phospholipid Bilayers: An X-ray Study. Biophys. J. 90 .(2006) 2038-2050.
  • Akkawi M, Abbasi I, Hochberg A, Gofrit O, Dweik H, Matouk I. The Human VG5Q Gene Transcript is Over Expressed in Colorectal and Bladder Carcinomas . Gene Ther Mol Biol 10 (2006) 173-178.
  • Matouk, I., Abbasi, I., Hochberg, A., Galun, E., Akkawi, MHighly upregulated in liver cancer noncoding RNA is overexpressed hepatic Colorectal metastasis. European J of Gastroenterology & Hepatology: 21 .(2009) 688-692