Dr. Kareem Azab

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CURRENT POSITIONS

2012- Present, Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Cancer Biology Division,Department of Radiation Oncology, School of Medicine, Washington University in Saint Louis.

2015-present , Founder and CSO, Cellatrix LLC, Saint Louis, MO.

2016-present, Founder, Targeted Therapeutics LLC, Saint Louis, MO.

2017- Present, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering & Applied Science Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in Saint Louis.

2017- Present, Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Saint Louis College of Pharmacy.

 EDUCATION

1996-2000, B.Pharm. (Bachelor of Pharmacy). School of Pharmacy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel.

2001-2003, M.Sc.  (Medicinal Chemistry). School of Pharmacy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel. Thesis: Boronated cationized acrylic polymers as a potential targeting tool for boron neutron capture therapy for colon cancer. (Supervisors: Prof. Abraham Rubinstein and Prof. Morris Srebnik).

2003-2007, Ph.D. (Pharmaceutical Sciences). School of Pharmacy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel (with Excellence). Thesis: Novel Approaches for Targeted Adjuvant Chemo- and Radiotherapy for Colorectal and Breast Cancer and Their Applications by Polymeric Vehicles. (Supervisors: Prof. Abraham Rubinstein and Prof. Morris Srebnik).

2007- 2012, Post-Doctoral Fellow (Cancer Cell Biology), Harvard Medical School/ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA (Prof. Irene Ghobrial Lab).

HOSPITAL AND CLINICAL APPOINTMENTS

2001                   Pharmacy Intern, Clalit Health Services, Jerusalem, Israel.

2001- 2003        Pharmacist, Super Pharm, Jerusalem, Israel.

2003- 2006        Pharmacist, Clalit Health Services, Jerusalem, Israel.

MEDICAL LICENSURE AND BOARD CERTIFICATION

2001                                        Israeli Ministry of Health License for Pharmacist

HONORS AND AWARDS

2001

Excellent Teaching Assistant, Pharmaceutical Preparations Laboratory, School of Pharmacy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Abraham and Ada Barzilai Award for Outstanding Work Proposal in Cancer Research, The Israeli Ministry of Justice and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

2002

Excellent Teaching Assistant, Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory, School of Pharmacy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

2005

Excellent Research Student, School of Pharmacy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

2006

Excellent Poster Award, Gordon Research Conference on Drug Carriers in Medicine and Biology, Big Sky, Montana, USA.

Participant in the 18th Meeting of Nobel Prize Laureates in Chemistry, Lindau, Lake Constance, Germany.

2008

Travel Award, American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting, San-Francisco, California, USA.

Fellow Award, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA.

2009

Travel Award, American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

Merit Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, USA.

2010

Young Investigator Award, 6th International Workshop on Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia, Venice, Italy.

AACR-Amgen, Inc. Fellowship in Clinical/Translational Cancer Research, American Association of Cancer Research, Washington DC, USA.

2011                                       

Abstract Achievement Award, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology, San Diego, California, USA.

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

2002-2005                               Israeli Chemical Society.

2005-Present                           Controlled Release Society.

2009- Present                          American Society of Hematology.

2010- Present                          American Association of Cancer Research.

2012- Present                          American Society for Radiation Oncology.

2012- Present                          American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

2014- Present                          American Society of Clinical Oncology.

2016-Present                           American Chemical Society

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

2013                  Participant, SBIR/STTR writing workshop, BioGenerator, Saint Louis, MO.

2015                  Winner, Bear Cub Competition for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Saint Louis, MO. “Biodegradable hydrogel implants for localized radio-chemo-therapy in brain tumors.”

2015                  Winner, Bear Cub Competition for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Saint Louis, MO. “Development of new markers for Multiple Myeloma.”

2015-present   Founder and CSO, Cellatrix LLC, Saint Louis, MO.

2016                Winner, i6 Spark-Fund, Biogenerator-BioSTL, Saint Louis, MO.

2016-present   Founder, Targeted Therapeutics LLC, Saint Louis, MO.

HOBBIES

Kareem is an active musician and poet, he is a vocalist and plays several musical instruments including oud (Arabic lute), violin and piano. In addition, he is a human-rights activist and appreciates voluntary work. In his spare time he loves to cook and to try good food from different cuisines.