Dr. Mays Abuhantash

Research Scientist

Dr. Mays Abuhantash is a dedicated clinical scientist with a profound commitment to advancing healthcare and clinical research in the Middle East. As an Associate Research Scientist at the Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Centre, she has been at the forefront of research in the fight against COVID-19, with a particular focus on stem cell therapy. Her work involves processing bone marrow transplant patient samples, including the extraction, sorting, and phenotyping of hematopoietic stem cells from blood. Dr. Abuhantash has also played a pivotal role in establishing and managing laboratory operations, where she developed standard operating procedures (SOPs) for various cutting-edge machines, such as automated PCR and mass spectrometry devices. Her extensive laboratory skills encompass cell culture, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, viral transduction, molecular techniques, cell-based assays, and proficiency in an array of analytical software. Additionally, Dr. Abuhantash’s exceptional presentation skills, precision, and ability to work in interdisciplinary teams make her an indispensable asset in the field of stem cell research and therapy.

Dr. Abuhantash’s academic journey has been nothing short of remarkable. She holds a Ph.D. in Hematology from the University of Nottingham, UK, where her research focused on modeling human Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) using CRISPR/Cas9. Her work involved validating potential anti-cancer drugs in vitro, identifying molecular pathways and gene signatures through RNA sequencing and bioinformatics, and even creating a fluorescent reporter cell line. Her impressive academic record includes a Distinction in an MSc in Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine, during which she worked on the validation of FDA-approved drugs and the derivation of cardiomyocytes from human iPSCs. Dr. Abuhantash’s academic prowess extends to her undergraduate studies, where she earned a Distinction in Human Genetics. Her professional journey and exceptional dedication to clinical research are guided by a sense of purpose and ambition that continue to drive her contributions to the scientific community. With her accomplishments and potential, she’s undoubtedly a rising star in the field of stem cell research and healthcare innovation.