Dr Alla El-Awaisi

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Dr Alla received her Master of Pharmacy degree from Strathclyde University in Glasgow (UK), MSc in Prescribing Science from the Robert Gordon University (UK) and PhD in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice from the Robert Gordon University (UK). She is an experienced academic administrator possessing creativity, innovation and dedication to her field. Prior to her academic career, she practiced pharmacy in Scotland for more than 9 years. She was the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the College of Pharmacy (2014-2022) and is the founding the chair of the Interprofessional Education Committee since 2014 and has led successful IPE initiatives locally and internationally including leading the First Middle Eastern Conference in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice in December 2015. In addition to developing and coordinating the Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Practice module in MSc in Health Professions Education. She is an active member of the Global Confederation for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice and leads the Interprofessional Collaborative Arab Network (IPCAN) and is a Co-facilitator of Interprofessional.
Global Global Impact. Her research expertise lies in the area of interprofessional education and collaborative practice, patient safety, medical and pharmacy education, pharmacy practice, student leadership and has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals. She has received many awards including being the winner of the “Professional Achievement Award” in the National Study UK Alumni Awards 2019-20 in Qatar.


Professor Asmaa Al-Thani is the Vice President of Medical and Health Sciences, the Director of the Biomedical Research Center (BRC) and a Professor of Virology at the Biomedical Sciences Department, Qatar University.  Professor Althani is also an Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

Professor Al-Thani’s portfolio articulates a record of accomplishments in establishing the academic and research infrastructure for health and medical sciences at Qatar University, pertaining her roles as the Founding Dean of the College of Health Sciences (2016) and the Founding Director of BRC (2014).  Professor Al-Thani has an active role in national landscape of medical research through serving as the Vice Chairperson of the Qatar Biobank Board, Chairperson of the National Qatar Genome Committee and establishing National Reference laboratory-COVID19 Unit.  In addition, she is the founding chair for the Empower Generation Consortium (EGC), which comprises several projects that enhance the national capacities in health and medical sciences.

Professor Al-Thani has a leading research portfolio, with over than 120 published papers in peer-reviewed international journals and around 34 internal and external research grants and 2 patents.  She is a reviewer for several scientific journals and conferences, and currently a member of the American society for Microbiology.

Her accomplishments have been recognized through several awards, including the Astrolabi Award from WCMC-Q (2020), QS- Reimagine Oscar in Education, gold in Life Sciences and the silver in best university-employer relationship for the years 2018-2020.   She also received the State Encouraging Award in the Medical Sciences and Nursing (2017), Sheikh Hummaid Bin Rashid Award for Culture and Sciences (2006), Al-Jasra Cultural Club –Qatar (2008), Qatar University Outstanding Faculty Service Award (2012), the College of Arts and Sciences Research Award (2012) and the Arab Paediatric Medical Research Award (2015).