Maha Nasr

 Maha Nasr
  • Pharmacy

Areas of Expertise:
Advanced drug delivery technology; Nanotechnology; Cancer targeted delivery systems; Photodynamic therapy; Cosmeceuticals; Protein delivery; Nanocomposites; Medical applications of nanoparticals

since 2017


Faculty of Pharmacy
African Union Organization Street
Abassia, Cairo

+20 2405 1120
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About me

My main research focus is on the formulation of nanoparticles from different safe and biodegradable materials, and on testing their applications pre-clinically and clinically. I am particularly focused on loading nutraceuticals in nanoparticles to minimize the side effects of conventional treatments and to maximize the therapeutic outcome for different diseases, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and dermatological diseases.

I am really proud to be a member of such a vibrant academy, since it provides numerous opportunities and extensive collaboration networks for its members.

From mobility grants to tandem research projects and collaborative working group meetings and projects, AGYA boosts its members’ professional careers. By providing me with support to do cutting edge research in collaboration with German and Arab scientists, and allowing me to engage in societal projects and initiatives in an interdisciplinary manner, AGYA has taken my career to the next level. 

Academic career
2022 - today Professor of Pharmaceutics and Industrial Pharmacy at the Ain Shams University, Egypt
2019 - 2022 Adjunct Faculty at Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt
2019 Visiting Researcher at Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies, Charité University, Germany 


Visiting Researcher at the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), Saarland University, Germany

2017 - 2021 Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ain Shams University, Egypt
2017 - 2019 Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Mutah University, Jordan
2015 Honorary Visiting Scientist in the Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science, University of Bradford, United Kingdom
2013 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Drug Delivery Technology at Leiden Academic Center for Drug Research, Leiden University, the Netherlands
2012 - 2017 Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ain Shams University, Egypt
2012 Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmaceutics), Ain Shams University, Egypt
2011 Visiting Scientist and Researcher at the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and the Institute of Nanotechnology and Bioengineering, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom
2008 - 2012

Assistant Lecturer of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ain Shams University, Egypt

2008 Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmaceutics), Ain Shams University, Egypt


My commitment to AGYA
AGYA Co-President 2020/2021
Member of the AGYA Steering Committee 2019-2021
Selection Committee 'New AGYA Members' (2020)

On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
Martin’s Physical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences by Patrick J. Sinko

Favourite novel:
The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz

The scientist from my country you should know:
Ahmed Zewail, known as the “Father of Femtochemistry”