Kawther Ahmed, PhD
4219 Medical Education Research Facility
375 Newton Rd
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
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.
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
- Nanoparticle based cancer immunotherapy
- Role of CD177 in cancer with focus on T cells
- Role of TREM-1 in promoting lung metastasis
Travel award for poster presentation, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center (HCCC) Annual Research Retreat; Iowa City, Iowa, June 2017.
2nd place winner for the Carver College of Medicine Health Sciences Research Week Cover Art Contest, April 2017. Entry titled: Single Cell RNA sequencing of Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes.
Graduate College Summer Fellowship, 2016.
Winning nomination for 2016 International parent of the year awarded by the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at the University of Iowa.
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.
- K.K. Ahmed, S.M. Geary and A.K. Salem. Surface engineering tumor cells with adjuvant-loaded particles for use as cancer vaccines, JCR 2017;248:1-9.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.