Susan


Twitter: @DrSusanNasif ———– YouTube ———– Comics Blog

PhD holder in Biomedical Sciences (namely, Virology) from the research group of Prof. J. Neyts at the Rega Institute for Medical Research, KU Leuven, Belgium. The research group is a world authority on the development of novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of RNA virus infections. As it is evident from the discovery and development of GS-9190 (Tegobuvir). Furthermore, the group contributes to a complete novel therapeutic concept, namely the inhibition of HCV replication by cyclophilin- binding molecules. This study resulted also in the identification of DEB-025 (Alisporivir). My involvement focused on the “Development of Novel Antiviral Strategies for the Treatment of Infection with the Hepatitis C Virus”. I also worked as a research associate on the project “Discovery of New Drugs for the Prophylaxis and Treatment of Dengue Virus Infections in Humans” supported by the Wellcome Trust in collaboration with Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. After graduation, I established a small company of freelancers, Cimaza Virology Comics which is ideally placed to address science information deficits and vaccine myths via its multi-lingual (European languages and Arabic) and 4-time award winning comics and animations developer. The initiative produced materials that are attractive, engaging, fact- filled, address vaccine myths and tell an engaging stories.

Publications in peer-reviewed journals

  • El Rhaffouli H, Obeid S. et al | 2013 Evolution of the Hemagglutinin Gene of the Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 Virus in Morocco During Two Influenza Seasons 2009-2011. Curr Microbiol. 2013 Nov 9.
  • Obeid S. et al | 2013 Artemisinin Analogues as Potent Inhibitors of In Vitro Hepatitis C Virus Replication. PlosONE. 2013.
  • Obeid S. et al | 2011 Inhibition of hepatitis c virus replication by semisythetic derivatives of glycopeptide antibiotics. jantimicrob chemother. 66; 1287-94.
  • Roelandt P, Obeid S. et al | 2012 Human pluri-potent stem cell derived hepatocyte progeny support complete replication of hepatitis c virus. jhepatol. 57; :246-51
  • Gregory MA, Bobardt M, Obeid S. et al | 2011 Preclinical characterization of naturally occurring polyketidecyclophilin inhibitors from the sanglifehrin family. Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy 55, 1975-1981.
  • Delang L, Paeshuyse J, Vliegen I, Leyssen P, Obeid S. et al | 2009 Statins potentiate the in vitro anti-hepatitis C virus activity of selective hepatitis C virus inhibitors and delay or prevent resistance development 10.1002/hep.22916.

Awards

  1. Certificate of Excellent Academic Performance (3 times. 1999, 2001/2)
  2. Science Hero Award (ThermoFisher. USA 2015)
  3. Winner of the Innovation in Science Literacy Award (ISLA 2017)
  4. Europe Silver Champion on Vaccines Communication (VaccinesToday 2018)
  5. Health Literacy Finalist (MSD-Merck Belgium, 2019)

Medical Education and Science Communication Projects

2021

In progress – LOOKING FOR SPONSORS (CORONAVIRUSES ANIMATIONS)

Completed:

Frontiers for Young Minds. 15 Jan 2021

2020

Frontiers for Young Minds – Artwork . 25 Nov 2020 – Artwork . 11 Nov 2020

2019

World Health Organization – Vaccines Safety Net (MOST POPULAR)

2018

AlArabi AlSaghir Kids Magazine – Kuwait

(Medical Education Comics & Animation – Respiratory Disease)

2017

Workshop – Arizona State University

Workshop – Women Leaders in Science, Technology & Engineering – Kuwait

2016

Zika Virus Comics and Animations

Joined Force with InnoVirology (Erasmus Funded e-platform for Virology)

KU Leuven – Rega Institute for Medical Research – J. Netys Group page design

2015

Vaccines Comics Book (Volume-1)