4th International Pharmacy Workshop ON “ Gene Editing as a new Therapeutic Approach for Incurable Diseases”.

Date: December 11th, 2022

Venue: 302, Faculty of Pharmacy

Tishk International University , Erbil, Iraq

 Aim of The Workshop:

 Despite advances in modern medicine, there are about 2500 diagnosed incurable diseases . Additionally, some of these illnesses are life-limiting conditions that could cause a person of any age to pass away in a matter of days, weeks, months, or even longer. While some of them, like diabetes and many different forms of allergies, can be lifelong and necessitate continuous care and monitoring and treatments. However, during the past two decades, scientists have made enormous strides in the diagnosis and treatment of all these diseases by understanding more about the role of genes in a variety of illnesses, including incurable disorders.

By inviting numerous national and international scientists to this workshop, which will be held for the first time in the Kurdistan Region, we aim to introduce role of genomic engineering in incurable diseases to our researchers, lecturers, and students by presenting their work through presenting presentation  and poster related to the topics.

Biography  of the speakers:

Dr. Kalpana Surendranath M.Sc  Ph.D. PGCHE SFHEA FRSB

She is the creator and leader of the first ever Genome engineering Laboratory in a post 92 university in UK (www.westmingenlab.uk). The Genome Engineering Laboratory aims at offering a long-term sustainable platform for research-informed student innovations and success stories.

University Responsibilities

Member of Academic Council, the supreme academic body of University of Westminster Co-Chair of Research and Knowledge Exchange,

Women of Westminster

Esteemed recognitions

Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), United Kingdom

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), United Kingdom

Education and Research

2015-2017 PGCert in Higher Education (PGCHE) |UK Westminster Business School| London, United


2016-2018 Visiting researcher Eagle Genomics,

Babraham research campus, Babraham, Cambridge,

United Kingdom

2007- 2011 Post-doctoral Fellow on European Framework for DNA repair project, Alternative replication factor complexes in DNA repair and disease, Institute for molecular cancer research |

University of Zurich | Switzerland

2001-2007 PhD Indian Institute of Science | Bangalore | India Delineating the mechanisms of cell death and cytotoxicity induced by toxins of Abrus Precatorius | Funded by Council for Industrial and Scientific

Research, Govt of India and Indian Institute of Science

1999-2001– MSc Microbial Gene Technology| Madurai Kamaraj University | India | Distinction

1996-1999– BSc-Biotechnology| Bharathiar university| India- Distinction and University rank


Highest recognition of the University, the Vice Chancellor’s WestminSTAR award (2019). Chosen as 1 million women in STEM role model; Women of Westminster award (2020)-under category innovation; Westminster champion award for student experience (2019); Aurora women Leadership in Higher Education champion and role model (2018); Award of individual teaching excellence from CETI (2019), University of Westminster, Best team award teaching and learning innovation conference (2022)

Harmand A. Hama

 Harmand Ali Hama is an Assistant Lecturer at the Biology Education Department, Faculty of Education, Tishk International University. He got his B.Sc. degree in Biology science, and the M.Sc. degree in Molecular Cancer Biology.


He’s been working at Tishk International University for last seven years, and currently he is the Head of Biology Education Department.

He has published more than 15 articles in last two academic years. And His research interests are Molecular Biology, Cancer research, Genetics and Ethnobotany.


Mohammed Rasul

Mohammed Rasul is an Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Pharmacy Tishk International University.


He has 11 publications in highly impacted factor journals such as Frontier and Molecular Cancer. Additionally, he is working as a  peer reviewers for many international journals. He participated in many national and international conference, symposium and workshops as a speaker.



2013-2017 BSc. Clinical Biochemistry, Hawler Medical University, Erbil, KRI

2017-2018. Diploma of Academic Preparation Program, American University of Iraq Sulaimani, Slemani, KRI

2019-2020 MSc. Biomedical Science, University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom.

Poster Session

Poster Presenter Title of the Poster
Ibrahim Ahmed Khudhair Elmashhadany Role of Genetic Engineering in Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Mohammed Dlshad Role of Genetic Engineering in Parkinson Disease
Mohammed Sultan Role of Genetic Engineering in inflammatory bowel disease
Sarmad Jabar Hama Role of Genetic Engineering in Obesity
Parua Walzi Role of Genetic Engineering in Hemophilia


4th INTERNATIONAL PHARMACY WORKSHOP ON “ Gene Editing as a new Therapeutic Approach for Incurable Diseases”.
9:30-10:00 Registration
First Session
10:00 National Anthem
10:02 TIU video
10:15 Welcoming Speech by the president of TIU, Assist Prof. Dr. Abdusamad Salahuddin Ahmad
10:20 Introduction the aim of the Workshop by Dr. Duran Kala ( Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy)
10:30 First Speaker: Mr. Mohammed Rasul

(An Overview about the Role of Genomic Engineering in Incurable Diseases)

10:50 Second Speaker: Dr Kalpana Surendranath

(The Laboratory Face of CRISPR: Opportunities and Challenges in Higher Education and Research)

11:10 Coffee break
11:30 Third Speaker: Mr Harmand A. Hama

(CRISPR-Cas9-Mediated Genome Editing Offers Cure for HIV)

11:50 Question and Discussion
Second Session
12:10 Poster Presentation
12:30 Closing Ceremony, certificate for Organizers, team leaders and volunteers.