Dr. Mohammed Qaisiya


Dr. Mohammed Qaisiya

0, Hebron University


I am Mohammed Qaisiya, a full-time professor at Hebron university-Palestine. I joined the research group of the Italian liver foundation (FIF) and in 2010, I got my M.Sc degree in functional genomics from university of Trieste –Italy. I obtained my PhD in molecular biomedicine at the University of Trieste supporting by a fellowship from AREA Science Park-Italy. I worked for two years as a post-doc fellow performing research activity in the field of molecular biology, biochemistry and cellular signaling
I am passionate for education and research. I have an ability to grow scientifically, handle responsibilities, work independently or as a part of a team, and build positive relationships with colleagues at all levels
I am very interested in basic and applied biomedicine as it is my major field of interests and I would like to continue working in it. I believe that the six years of research experience that I gained give me the proper professional skills to apply them in teaching. I hope to gain more experience in developing a research line, to create in the future my own research line and improving my abilities to propose projects of high scientific quality that leads to society’s benefits

Office No.
+972 (2) 2220995 ex: 00970-2-2220995 (Ex 362)
Hebron University, P.O.Box: 40, Hebron, West-Bank, Palestine.





Academic and Administrative Experience

2014-2016 : Postdoctoral fellow at Italian liver foundation and supervisor of B.Sc thesis in biology and biotechnolgy, and M.Sc thesis in functional genomics at univesity of Trieste

2016 till now: Assistant Professor at Hebron University teaching weekly lectures for the following courses: General biology I and II general biochemistry I and Lab, Biochemistry II, Metabolism, Cell biology and Lab Bioinformatics, molecular biology, human genetics and research in medical sciences


1 Rossana Rauti, Mohammed Qaisiy, Claudio Tiribelli, Laura Ballerini, Cristina Bellarosa
(2020). Bilirubin disrupts calcium homeostasis in neonatal hippocampal neurons: A newpathway of neurotoxicity.Archive of Toxicolgy Journal. 94, 845-855
2 Qaisiya M, Bellarosa C (2019) Analysis of MRP1 and MRP3 expression profile in liver and spleen of hyperbilirubinemic rodents. Hebron University Research Journal-A (Natural Sciences). 2019 Vol. 8 : Iss. 1 , Article 1
3 Qaisiya M, Mardešić P, Pastore B, Tiribelli C & Bellarosa C (2017) The activation of autophagy protects neurons and astrocytes against bilirubin induced cytotoxicity. Neurosci.  Lett.661, 96–103.
4 Qaisiya M, Brischetto C, Jašprová J, Vitek L, Tiribelli C & Bellarosa C (2017) Bilirubininduced ER stress contributes to the inflammatory response and apoptosis in neuronal cells. Arch. Toxicol.91, 1847–1858.
5 Qaisiya M, (2017) Bilirubin: An Endogenous Inducer of Nrf2 Pathway and Its Possible Application in Therapy. Journal of Toxicology 1(3).
6 Mohammed Qaisiya, L. Franceschi, A. Iolascon, C. Tiribelli, C. Bellarosa (2016) A Novel Decrease of Mrp3 Protein in Liver of β-Thalassemic Mouse British journal of medicine and medical research 14(10):1-6
7 Qaisiya M, Coda Zabetta CD, Bellarosa C & Tiribelli C (2014) Bilirubin mediated oxidative stress involves antioxidant response activation via Nrf2 pathway. Cell. Signal.26, 512–520.

Research Interests

My research interests and experiences cover a wide range of basic biological research with focuses on the cellular signaling associated with bilirubin neurotoxicity. During my MSc degree in functional genomics, I was involved in the study of the role of ABC transporters in bilirubin metabolism using animal models. I carried out research in the field of bilirubin neurotoxicity and neuroblastoma cancer. I demonstrated that bilirubin disrupts cellular redox state and activates the antioxidant Nrf2/keap1 pathway. Over the past few years, my research focused on the study of inflammatory signalings, ER-stress, autophagy and calcium homeostasis in response to bilirubin toxicity. My current research involves the study of  metabolic disoredrs  with partcicular intrest on cellualr signaling in obesity. 

Research and Academic visits

FEBS bursary to attend the 43rd FEBS congress "Biochemistry forever". Prague- Czech Republic. 7 -12 July 2018
 FEBS bursary to attend the FEBS Congress 2015 “The biochemical basis of life”), BerlinGermany. 4 -9 July 2015
 EMBO bursary to attend the EMBO-EMBL Symposium “Mechanisms of  Neurodegeneration”), Heidelberg-Germany. 13 -17 June 2015:
 FEBS bursary to attend the FEBS Congress 2013 “Mechanisms in Biology”), Saint  Petersburg-Russia. 6 -11 July 2013

Professional Memberships

 Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS)

Courses Schedule

# Course No. Course Name Class No. Room Time
1 85221 General Biochemistry 1 a607 (09:50-08:00) Sun,Tue
2 85323 Molecular Biology and Human Genetics 1 a507 (10:50-09:30) Mon,Wed
3 85323 Molecular Biology and Human Genetics 2 a607 (14:20-13:00) Mon,Wed

Scientific Awards

-2007-2009: Selected for FIF research training fellowship (20 months funding grant).

-2011-2013: PhD Fellowship supported by AREA Science Park (3yr funding grant).

- 2014-2016: Postdoctoral fellow at Italian liver Foundation (FIF-Trieste)

-Awarded the 3rd Palestinian Quebec Science Bridge fellowship (PQSB) to visit Laval university-Canada (will be conducted on summer 2022)

-Awarded Erasmus+ international credit mobility to visit University of Siena-Italy 12-18/05/2019

-Awarded ZAMALAH scholarship from Bank of Palestine and Taawonfor three months in the FIF Laboratories. June -August 2018