Shahad Alotaiby

PhD Students


Research Interests

Shahad is interested in biomedical sciences research where she focuses on  medical disease and the molecular basis. As you can imagine that the whole world is facing a lot of challenges in defeating different diseases, scientists are racing against time to find solutions to the problems posed by those many diseases in an attempt to achieve a better future and healthier life. Most complex diseases nowadays are of a genetic origin, we have our individual differences according to our natures, these differences and the environmental factors we are exposed to can affect the way we respond to treatment or progress in the disease state. This indicates a strong need for personalized medicine/drug delivery and targeted therapeutic research. Having an outstanding drug discovery research team is very crucial to help the investigation and target major health issues that are widely spread in our community. Outcomes from such research activities will not only improve patients' quality of life but will also contribute to better education and an improved economy as well.

Selected Publications

1. N Alfouzan, A Almujil, E Demyati, S AlOtaiby, Motivators and barriers for seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) among healthcare workers (HCWs) in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries: a systematic review.  International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 2022, 6(6), 882–890.

2. Abdi A, AlOtaiby S, Al Badarin F, Khraibi A, Hamdan H, Nader M. Interaction of SARS-CoV-2 with cardiomyocytes: Insight into the underlying molecular mechanisms of cardiac injury and pharmacotherapy. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, 2022, 146:112518.

3. Nader M, Alsolme E, Alotaiby S, Alsomali R, Bakheet D, Dzimiri N. SLMAP-3 is downregulated in human dilated ventricles and its overexpression promotes cardiomyocyte response to adrenergic stimuli by increasing intracellular calcium. Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 2019, 97(7), 623-630.

4. Nader M, Alotaibi S, Alsolme E, Khalil B, Abu-Zaid A, Alsomali R, Bakheet D, Dzimiri N. Cardiac striatin interacts with caveolin-3 and calmodulin in a calcium-sensitive manner and regulates cardiomyocyte spontaneous contraction rate. Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 2017, 95(10), 1306-1312.


Ph.D. student in Bioscience - KAUST, KSA, 2022–present

M.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences, Cell, and Molecular Biology, (Honors) - AlFaisal University, College of Medicine (Riyadh, KSA), 2014–2016

B.Sc. of Biotechnology (Honors) - Taif University, College of Science (Taif, KSA), 2008–2012

Professional Profile

Clinical Research Specialist I – Scientific Writing Department, King Fahad Medical City, 2018–2022

Adjunct Research Assistant – AlFaisal University, 2017–2018

Biology Teacher – Alsumo private high school, 2012–2014

Research Interests Keywords

Drug delivery