Smart Hybrid Materials (SHMs)
مختبر شمس لعلوم النانو
Self-Assembled Nanomaterials for Biomedical, Sensing and Separation Applications


Sana Ahmed, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Fellows

Research Interests

​Dr. Sana is interested in focusing on the development of new strategy in delivery system for immunotherapy, and gene-therapy.

Selected Publications

Combination of hydrophobic polyampholytes and non-freezing cold temperature promotes internalization of gold nanoparticles to cell-sized liposome
S. Ahmed, K. Matsumura, T. Hamada
Langmuir, 35 (5),1740–1748, 2019

Comparative analysis of the cellular entry of polystyrene and gold nanoparticles using the freeze concentration method
S. Ahmed, K. Okuma, K. Matsumura
Biomater. Sci. 6, 1791-1799, 2018

Freezing assisted gene delivery combined with polyampholytes nanocarriers
S. Ahmed, T. Hirabayashi Nakaji, T. Watanabe, K. Matsumura
ACS Biomater Sci. Eng. 3(8), 1677-1689, 2017

A freeze concentration and polyampholytes- modified liposomes-based antigen delivery system for effective immunotherapy
S. Ahmed, S. Fujita , K. Matsumura K
Adv. Heathc Mater. 6 (14), 1-12, 2017

Enhanced protein internalization and efficient endosomal escape using polyampholyte-modified liposomes and freeze concentration
S. Ahmed, S. Fujita, K. Matsumura
Nanoscale 8, 15888-15901, 2016

Novel Concentration-based freezing method for efficient protein delivery
S. Ahmed, K. Matsumura
Cryobiol Cryotechnol., 62, 143-147, 2016

Protein cytoplasmic delivery using polyampholytes nanoparticles and freeze concentration
S. Ahmed, F. Hayashi, T. Nagashima, K. Matsumura
Biomaterials, 35, 6508-6518, 2014


  • ​Ph.D., Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan, 2017
  • M.Sc., Materials Science (Dual Degree Program), Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan, 2014
  • M.Tech , Chemical Synthesis and Process Technologies, Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi, India, 2011-2014
  • B.Sc., (Hons) Chemistry, Ramjas college, University of Delhi, 2008-2011

Professional Profile

  • 2019-Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia 
  • 2018-2019: Researcher, University of Toyama, Toyama, Japan 
  • 2017-2018: Researcher, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan


  • ​Outstanding Performance Award, Commencement Ceremony, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
  • Best Poster Award, 9th International Conference on Fiber and Polymer Biotechnology, Osaka, Japan

KAUST Affiliations

  • Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPMC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)