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Dana Alhattab, PhD

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Research Interests

​Dr. Dana is interested in investigating and understanding the biology of stem cells, in particular epithelial and mesenchymal stem cells. With the aim of identifying the best stem cells source that could be potentially used in a clinical setting and tissue engineering applications. One of Dr. Dana focuses is to isolate and study rare stem cells populations, expressing specific cell surface markers, which potentially possess higher multipotency potential. In addition, Dr. Dana focuses in the application of stem cells in 3D bioprinting.

Selected Publications

  • Platelet lysate promotes re-epithelialization of persistent epithelial defects: a pilot study
    M.A. Abu-Ameerh, H.D. Jafar, M.H. Hasan, M.D. Al Bdour, M. Msallam, O.H. Ababneh, D.M. Alhattab, B. Al-Kurdi, A.A. Awidi, A.S. Awidi
    International ophthalmology, 2018

  • Intra-articular injection of expanded autologous bone marrow mesenchymal cells in moderate and severe knee osteoarthritis is safe: a phase I/II study
    M. Al-Najar, H. Khalil, J. Al-Ajlouni, E. Al-Antary, M. Hamdan, R. Rahmeh, D. Alhattab, O. Samara, M. Yasin, A. Al Abdullah, E. Al-Jabbari
    Journal of orthopaedic surgery and research, Dec;12(1):190, 2017

  • Mesenchymal stem cells and conditioned media in the treatment of multiple sclerosis patients: clinical, ophthalmological and radiological assessments of safety and efficacy
    S. Dahbour, F. Jamali, D. Alhattab, A. Al‐Radaideh, O. Ababneh, N. Al‐Ryalat, M. Al‐Bdour, B. Hourani, M. Msallam, M. Rasheed, A. Huneiti
    CNS neuroscience & therapeutics, Nov;23(11):866-74, 2017

  • FIX mutation spectrum in haemophilia B patients from Jordan: identification of three novel mutations
    A. Awidi, D. Alhattab, N. Bsoul, A. Magablah, R. Mefleh, M. Dweiri, A.S. Fauori
    Haemophilia, Jan;17(1):162-3, 2011

  • Study of mutations in Jordanian patients with haemophilia A: identification of five novel mutations
    A. Awidi, M. Ramahi, D. Alhattab, R. Mefleh, M. Dweiri, N. Bsoul, A. Magablah, E. Arafat, M. Barqawi, M. Bishtawi, E. Haddadeen
    Haemophilia, Jan;16(1):136-42, 2010

  • Frequency of HLA-DQA1* 0501 and DQB1* 0201 alleles in patients with coeliac disease, their first-degree relatives and controls in Jordan
    Z.J. El-Akawi, D.M. Al-Hattab, M.A. Migdady
    Annals of tropical paediatrics, Dec 1;30(4):305-9, 2010


  • ​Ph.D., Biological Sciences, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan, 2016
  • M.Sc., Medical Laboratory Sciences, Diagnostic Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan, 2007
  • B.Sc., Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan, 2003

Professional Profile

  • ​2018- Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2013-2018: Research Lab Manager/Senior Researcher, Cell Therapy Center/The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  • 2010–2013: Lab Supervisor/Senior Research Assistant, Cell Therapy Center/The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  • 2008-2010: Bone Marrow Transplantation Technician, Jordan University Hospital/Blood Cell Separation and Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit, Amman, Jordan
  • 2007-2009: Research Assistant, The University of Jordan, Thrombosis and Haemostasis Lab, Amman, Jordan
  • 2004-2005: Teaching Assistant, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan ​

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​International Society For Cell and Gene Therapy (ISCT) ​


  • ​The Daniel Turnberg UK/middle East Travel Fellowship. The Academy of Medical Sciences/Daniel Turnberg Meorial Fund. London, UK, 2009
  • Jordan University of Science and Technology high academic performance assistantship award. Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). Irbid, Jordan, 2004-2005

Research Interests Keywords

Regenerative medicine 3D bioprinting Stem cells biology Epithelial stem cells

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