Life Sciences Research Division ( under Construction )

Senior Research Staff Biography

Vidya Mohamed-Ali
MSc, PhD
Physiology Lab

Vidya Mohamed-Ali is also honorary Senior Lecturer at the Division of Medicine, University College London. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Surrey, followed by an MSc in Immunology at Brunel University with Professor Roland Terry. After working in reproductive endocrinology at Bourn Hall Clinic, under the supervision of Professor Robert G Edwards (Nobel Laureate 2010) she embarked on a PhD at University College London (1996) with Professor John S Yudkin, investigating the levels of proinsulin in hyperinsulinaemic non-diabetic subjects. She was appointed lecturer in 1997 and formed the Adipokines and Metabolism Research Group, with responsibility for determining research strategy and raising grant income. Her research since has focused on the investigation of the physiological role of adipose tissue, with specific reference to the adipokines (adipose tissue-derived cytokines). She spent a short sabbatical in the laboratory of Professor Gokhan Hotamisligil at Harvard University. During her tenure at UCL Vidya raised over £2 million in grants, published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and 3 book chapters. She has also contributed in over 50 conference proceedings and media output for the wider public, such as the British Nutrition Foundation Task Force, and attracted funding for student stipends. She has been primary supervisor of 20 MSc and 12 PhD students.
Vidya has an h-Index of 38 and her work has been cited more than 6500 times.

Sayed K Goda
Senior Scientist
Protein Engineering Lab

Sayed K Goda is also an honorary member at the Medical School, Southampton University, UK. He was Professor of Biochemistry/Genetic Engineering at Qatar University (2006-2010). He then was appointed as the Director of Research and Training/Principal Research Scientist at Shafallah Medical Genetics Center, Qatar (Feb 2010- November 2011).
Following an undergraduate and master degree in Chemistry, he pursued PhD studies in Biochemistry at the University of Southampton, UK (1981-1985). He also obtained his MBA in technology management from the Open University UK, 2000. After two post-doctoral fellow positions at Southampton University, UK he joined one of the very sensitive research centers in the UK, the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research (CAMR), Porton Down, Salisbury, UK in 1989 as a Senior Scientist, Deputy Head and then a Team Leader in the Molecular Biology division. During his employment (1989-2001) at CAMR, Porton Down, UK he was involved or leading many of commercially and medically sensitive projects. These included cloning of many novel genes with commercial or medical applications or modifying toxic genes for therapeutic use. He has supervised as the principal investigator or been involved in the supervision of eighteen MSc and PhD students.

Nelson Orie
BSc, PhD
Senior Scientist
Vascular Biology Lab

Nelson Orie graduated with honours in Physiology from University of Calabar (UNICAL) in 1985, and studied (with UNICAL staff development awards) for Masters (1987-1988) and PhD (1990-1993) at the university of Benin, specializing in vascular studies. He was appointed a senior lecturer at Moi University Eldoret, Kenya in 1996 and received the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) fellowship from AvH foundation in 1997 for research in diabetes and hypertension at the University of Bochum (Germany). He joined University College London (UCL) Division of Medicine in December 1998 as a research fellow and later a senior research associate until May 2011 when he moved to Aspetar, Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital Doha. He setup and ran the research laboratory at Aspetar hospital as part of a MoU in support of UCL non-resident PhD students at the Hospital. When the program was moved to Anti-Doping Lab Qatar in 2012, he joined as a senior research scientist – with lead in vascular-related research. He is a visiting professor to the University of Calabar, and has published in well-respected peer-reviewed journals in his field including Cardiovascular Research, Critical Care Medicine, Kidney International, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, British Journal of Pharmacology as well as an editorial in Circulation Research. In the past 10 years, he has been involved in the supervision of 7 PhD students and 4 post-doctoral fellows.

Mohamed ElRayess
BSc, PhD
Senior scientist
Stem Cell Research Lab

Mohamed Elrayess graduated from Queen Mary, university of London, with first class honors in Genetics in 1998. He completed his PhD at University College London (UCL) in cardiovascular genetics in 2002. During his first postdoctoral period, he studied the therapeutic utilization of hematopoietic stem cells in cardiovascular disease at the department of medicine in UCL. He spent over 7 years working as a stem cell scientist in Eisai Ltd, a major international pharmaceutical company, leading projects focusing on stem cell therapy in various neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Sven Christian Voss
Msc, PhD
Senior Laboratory Scientist
Doping Analysis Lab

Sven started his career at ADL Qatar in 2012. In his previous job he worked for 3.5 years at the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence where he set up the Sport Biochemistry/Haematology Lab and performed Research in the field of Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry. From 2000 to 2008 he was employed at the Institute of Biochemistry at the German Sport University (ISO/WADA accredited Anti-Doping Lab) in his final position as Head of the EPO and Blood Department. Following a Masters Degree in Sports Science supervised by Prof. Dr. Mario Thevis (Topic: Detection of cross-linked bovine haemoglobins in human plasma by HPLC/UV-detection and HPLC/MS), he finished his PhD under Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Schaenzer with magna cum laude (Topic: Detection of Blood and EPO Doping – Investigations on the Validity of the direct and indirect methods).
With a good publication record in the field of Sports Science, Sports Medicine and Anti-Doping, Sven is in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. He is also Reviewer for several journals like i.e. “Drug Testing and Analysis” or the “International Journal of Sports Medicine” and Member of the “World Association of Anti-Doping Scientists”, the “International Society for Exercise and Immunology” and the “European College of Sports Science”. He holds certificates in ISO 17025 and participated in Anti-Doping testing at various big international competitions including World Championships in Football and Athletics as well as Olympic Summer Games.

Costas Georgakopoulos
Chemical Engineer PhD
Doping Analysis Lab Director

Costas Georgakopoulos was born in Athens, Greece. He finished bachelor studies in 1987 and PhD studies in 1992 in chemical engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He is former discus thrower, national record holder in the period 1983-2002, national record holder under-23 since 1983 and juniors since 1982, he possessed the world best junior discus performance of the year 1982, he was 3rd winner of the Universiade 1987, 1st winner of the Mediterranean Games of 1983, ranked 10th in the 1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles, USA. He joined the Doping Control Laboratory of Athens in 1988 and he served as Laboratory Director the period 1996-2011.
The Doping Control Laboratory of Athens was IOC accredited since 1990, WADA accredited since 2004, national horse racing laboratory since 1998 and ISO accredited since 2000. He was the organizer and director of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Antidoping Laboratory. Athens Laboratory performance in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games was voted by the worldwide journalists of the Associated Press as the 5th more important sport event of 2004. Since 2007, he is ISO/IEC 17025 assessor. Since October 2011, he is the Doping Analysis Lab Director of the Antidoping Lab Qatar. He is coordinator or partner of 17 research projects funded by European Union, Greek and Qatari national funds, IOC and WADA.
He is the scientific supervisor of 30 Master, 8 PhD and one postdoc studies. He is author of 60 peer reviewed scientific articles dedicated to applications of analytical information processing, mass spectrometry and antidoping analysis. He was World Association of Antidoping Scientists-WAADS’ President the years 2008 and 2009.

Mashael Al Jaber
BSc, MSc

Aysha Bakhamis
BSc, MSc

Shaikha Al Sowaidi