Walid Elgaher

 Walid Elgaher
  • Pharmacy

Areas of Expertise:
Medicinal chemistry; Computational chemistry; Supramolecular chemistry; Natural products; Antitumor, anti-inflammatory, and anti-infectives

since 2021


Saarland University, Germany

Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research
Drug Design and Optimization Department
Campus E8.1
66123 Saarbrücken

+49 681 98806 2013
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About me

My research revolves around the application of innovative Medicinal Chemistry approaches for drug discovery and optimization. I am interested in studying drug–target interactions using biophysical techniques and molecular modelling for understanding the mode of action and interpretation of activity. Moreover, I employ structure- and ligand-based design strategies for optimization of synthetic and natural compounds. Ultimately, I am engaged in (micro)biological evaluation of the novel compounds and formulations thereof.

Being a member of AGYA is a great opportunity for me to develop my personal skills through the trainings offered by AGYA.

In addition, the funding, collaboration and expertise available in AGYA create an ideal environment to realise projects that serve the society. Most importantly, I can connect with other AGYA members from different academic and cultural backgrounds to share experiences, gain inspiration and open new avenues for my career.

Academic career
2020 - today Deputy Lecturer, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, Saarland University, Germany
2019 - today Project Leader, Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), Germany
2018 Helmholtz Advance Mentoring Program by Helmholtz Association Centres, Germany
2017 - 2019 Postdoctoral Fellow, Drug Design and Optimization, HIPS, Germany
2017 Lecturer, Faculty of Pharmacy, Assiut University, Egypt
2016 Best poster award at Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry, Bonn, Germany
2013 - 2016 Member of Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Natural Product Research, Saarland University
2012 - 2016 PhD in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Saarland University, Germany
2011 - 2016 German Egyptian Research Long-term Scholarship (GERLS) by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
2010 - 2016 Assistant Lecturer, Assiut University, Egypt
2010 Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry), Assiut University, Egypt
2004 - 2010 Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Pharmacy, Assiut University, Egypt
My Commitment to AGYA
Task Force Good Research Practices
On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
Burger's medicinal chemistry and drug discovery by D. J. Abraham and A. Burger

Favourite novel:
Love in the rain by Naguib Mahfouz

The scientist from my country you should know:
Ahmed Zewail, Chemistry