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Abir El-Alfy, PhD

Abir T. El-Alfy, PhD, MS

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Professor Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences


  • MCW Pharmacy School
    HRC H2600

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PhD, Pharmacology, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
MS, Microbiology, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
BS, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cairo University


Abir T. El-Alfy, PhD, joined 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 University of Mississippi.

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


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 T. El-alfy, PhD, MS