Mutaz Akkawi

Mutaz Akkawi currently is an Professor of Biochemistry at the Department of Life Sciences of Al-Quds University.
He is the Director of the Biochemical laboratory and completed his education at Birzeit University, West Bank and at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem. He is a member of the Medical Screening Society, London, UK.
His research interests include: Screening for a new potential antimalarial drugs using newly developed in vitro methods; building synthetic models for the formation of malarial pigment and; developing biophysical methods for the study of membrane proteins. He is interested in using the FTIR techniques in probing membrane protein secondary structure.

akkawi74@gmail.com, makkawi@staff.alquds.edu

Teaching Experience:
Biochemistry I, II
Advanced Biochemistry
Structure and function of protein and enzyme
Clinical chemistry I,II
Endocrinology
Scientific measuring devices

Research interests :

1. Screening for a new potential antimalarial drugs using newly
developed in Vitro methods.

2. Building synthetic models for the formation of malarial pigment.

3. Developing biophysical methods for the study of membrane proteins.
We are interested in using the FTIR techniques in probing membrane
protein secondary structure.

4. Screening the serum of pregnant Palestinian women of some genetic
diseases like Down’s syndrome

5.Investigation of Total antioxidant status in Palestinian diabetic
patients

Latest Publications

1- Abu-Lafi S., Akkawi M., Abu-Remeleh Q., Qutob M., Lutgen P.
Curcumin, a natural isolate from Curcuma longa (turmeric) with high β-hematin inhibitory potential. Pharm Pharmacol Int J. 2019;7(1):22‒26. DOI: 10.15406/ppij.2019.07.00228

2- Akkawi M., Abu-Lafi S., Abu-Remeleh Q., Qutob M, Lutgen P. Phytochemical screening of Pomegranate juice, peels, leaves and membranes water extracts and their effect on β- hematin formation, a comparative study. Pharmacy & Pharmacology International Journal. Pharm Pharmacol Int J. 2019;7(4):193‒200. DOI: 10.15406/ppij.2019.07.00251

3- Abu-Lafi S., Akkawi M., Al-Rimawi F., Abu-Remeleh Q., Lutgen P. Morin, quercetin, catechin and quercitrin as novel natural antimalarial candidates. Pharm Pharmacol Int J. 2020;8(3):184‒190. DOI: 10.15406/ppij.2020.08.00295

4- Akkawi M., Abu-Lafi S., Abu-Remeleh Q., Lutgen P. Screening of guava (Psidium guajava) leaves extracts against β-hematin formation. Pharm Pharmacol Int J. 2021;9(1):11‒15. DOI: 10.15406/ppij.2021.09.00319

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