Dr. Abdelali Agouni
Dr. Abdelali Agouni is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and the coordinator of graduate studies at the College of Pharmacy, Qatar University. Dr. Agouni graduated with a BSc (Biochemistry) in 2003 and an MSc (Pharmacology) in 2005 from the University Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg (France) and a PhD in clinical and experimental Pharmacology from the University of Angers (France) in 2008. After graduating from his PhD, he joined in 2009 the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) as a post-doctoral research fellow at the School of Biological Sciences. In October 2011, he moved the University of Surrey as a tenured Assistant Professor of cardiovascular biology within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. In 2015, he joined the college of Pharmacy of Qatar University as assistant professor of pharmacology and then in 2017 he was promoted to the rank of associate professor.
Dr. Agouni is an expert in cardiovascular and metabolic functions phenotyping (33 peer-reviewed publications to date and a h-index of 19 and a total number of citations of 1,587) and a strong experience in investigating intracellular signalling pathways using both cellular and transgenic animal models of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The major focus of his research to date has been to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms linking obesity and diabetes to cardiovascular complications such as hypertension and atherosclerosis and develop new tools to prevent and reverse these co-morbidities. Dr. Agouni has an established expertise in inter-cellular communication and the role of circulating microvesicles as biomarkers and vectors of metabolic and cardiovascular dysfunctions. Dr. Agouni has expertise in collaborating on large clinical studies and currently contributes to a major clinical study on stroke with Hamad General Hospital (Qatar), a project recently funded by Qatar University and Qatar National Research Fund. Dr. Agouni has successfully managed several competitive research grants involving teams inside and outside of Qatar. He is currently senior investigator on multiple active grants with a cumulative research income of over $2 million in the past 4 years. Dr. Agouni has successfully supervised several undergraduate, MSc and PhD students.
Dr. Agouni’s expertise is recognized by the scientific community through invitations to the editorial boards of several journals. His expertise in metabolic and cardiovascular research fields is recognized both nationally and internationally and he regularly reviews major grant proposals for national and international funding bodies and agencies such as Medical Research Council UK, Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation, Swiss Science Foundation, Dutch Heart Foundation, and the Dutch organization for health & healthcare innovation. In addition, he routinely acts as ad hoc reviewer for several international journals.
Dr. Agouni has a strong experience as educator and has a significant experience in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. His teaching quality is internationally recognised and in 2013 he achieved the status Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).