Meet Abir T. El-Alfy, PhD, MS

"Teaching has always been an integral part of my career. I regard teaching as a mission: a mission to deliver knowledge to following generations. To me, teaching science means teaching a way of life and thinking. As a researcher, I make it my task to deliver the basis of scientific method in order to develop my students’ critical thinking skills. I also apply the scientific method to my teaching approach."

Abir El-Alfy

Abir T. El-Alfy, PhD, MS

Associate Professor, Pharmacology
Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences





Abir T. El-Alfy, PhD will join the MCW Pharmacy School as an Associate Professor in August 2017. Previously, Dr. El-Alfy was an Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. She obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology from the Univeristy of Mississippi.

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  Education and Training

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmacology - University of Mississippi


Master of Science (MS) in Microbiology - University of Mississippi


Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences - Cairo University

  Research Interests
  • Determination of the neurobehavioral toxic effects of acrylamide and elucidation of the molecular pathways involved in its toxicity
  • Evaluation of the role of exposure to acrylamide in the onset and progression of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Pharmacological characterization of minor Cannabis plant constituents and determination of their therapeutic potential
  • Characterization of antidepressant potential and mechanism of action of marine natural products
  • Pharmacological evaluation of the role of endocannabinoid system in depression and anxiety, and the potential therapeutic value of targeting this system