Kawther Ahmed, PhD


Postdoctoral Research Scholar
kawther-ahmed @uiowa.edu

Contact information

1035 Medical Laboratories
500 Newton Rd
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-6832

Background

I was born and raised in Iraq. I finished my undergraduate study in pharmacy and was employed as full time teaching assistant in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Baghdad. I came to the United States in 2011 with my husband and two girls to pursue graduate education in pharmaceutics at the University of Iowa. My graduate study focused on polymeric drug delivery and tumor cell surface engineering for cancer vaccines. Having lost two family members to cancer while being away from home, further derived my interest in cancer research.

Education

BSc, Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, University of Baghdad, Iraq
MSc, Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering, Division of Pharmaceutics and Translational Therapeutics, College of Pharmacy, University of Iowa
PhD, Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering, Division of Pharmaceutics and Translational Therapeutics, College of Pharmacy, University of Iowa

Research Interests

  • Nanoparticle based cancer immunotherapy
  • Role of CD177 in cancer with focus on T cells
  • Role of TREM-1 in promoting lung metastasis

Honors/Awards/Recognitions

Graduate College Summer Fellowship, 2016.
First place winner in University of Iowa 2016 3-Minutes Thesis competition. 
People’s choice award in University of Iowa 2016 3-Minutes Thesis competition. 
Finalist competitor in the University of Iowa 2016 3-Minutes Thesis competition. 
Student International Advocate awarded by the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at the University of Iowa for the academic year 2014-2015. 
Travel award by the Graduate Student Senate at the University of Iowa for attending the Controlled Release Society meeting, 2014. 
Annual Pharmacy Practice Laboratory Teaching Assistant Excellence Award, College of Pharmacy, University of Iowa for teaching assistant activities during fall 2013. 
Full Scholarship to enroll in the M.Sc. program in the division of Pharmaceutics and Transitional Therapeutics at the College of Pharmacy, University of Iowa awarded by the Higher Committee for Education Development (HCED) in Iraq, January 2011.

Publications

  1. K.K. Ahmed, S.M. Geary and A.K. Salem. Surface engineering tumor cells with adjuvant-loaded particles for use as cancer vaccines. In submission.
  2. K.K. Ahmed, S.M. Geary and A.K. Salem. Development and Evaluation of Biodegradable Particles Co-loaded with Antigen and the Toll-like Receptor Agonist, Pentaerythritol Lipid A, as a Cancer Vaccine, J Pharm Sci. 2016; 101: 1173-1179.
  3. C. M. de Barros*, K. Chitphet*, E. Wafa*, K.K. Ahmed*, S. M. Geary, A. K. Salem. Production of biodegradable particles loaded with TLR adjuvants, book chapter in the book titled “Vaccine Adjuvants: Methods and Protocols (Springer), 2016. Edited by C.B.Fox, In press * joint first authors.
  4. K.K. Ahmed, S.M. Geary and A.K. Salem. Applying biodegradable particles to enhance cancer vaccine efficacy, Immunol Res. 2014; 59(1-3):220-8.
  5. K.K. Ahmed, S.M. Geary and A.K. Salem. Book chapter entitled “Engineering the surface of cells using the biotin-avidin interaction” in the Book “Micro- and Nanoengineering of the Cell Surface” (Elsevier). Edited by Weian Zhao (UCI) and Jeffrey Karp (Harvard). 2014.
  6. K.K. Ahmed, A.A. Al-Jumaili, S.M. Geary, A.K. Salem. Cancer in Iraq. Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society, Second Edition (Sage). Edited by Graham A. Colditz and J. Geoffrey Golson. 2014.