Dr. Ihab Younis is the associate area head and an associate teaching professor in the Biological Sciences program at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q). His expertise lies in molecular biology and biochemistry (tissue culture, cloning, western blots, northern blots, PCR, real-time PCR, splicing, and recombinant assays).
Dr. Younis' lab is studying post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression, specifically intron splicing. It uses a variety of technologies to characterize splicing and its regulation in normal and disease cells, including traditional techniques such as PCR and microarrays, as well as state of the art techniques such as Next Generation Sequencing of nascent pre-mRNA (RNA-seq) and High Throughput Screening (HTS). Using such methodologies, Dr. Younis discovered novel drugs that regulate splicing in cancer cells.
Dr. Younis earned his PhD from Ohio State University in molecular, cellular and developmental biology, and then trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Gideon Dreyfuss, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine.