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  • Helmi Alfarra, PhD


Dr. Jeanette Boudreau

Program of Study:

Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbiology and Immunology

Project Title:

Repurposing anti-folate receptor antibodies for NK-driven precision pancreatic cancer immunotherapy

Scholarships and/or Awards:

  • Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Traineeship Award 2017
  • IIUM postgraduate niche area scholarship   2012-2013
  • IIUM president scholarship     2013-2014
  • IIUM grant for Palestinians students    2011-2015

Career Aspirations:

Helmi would like to stay working in the cancer biology field hoping to find a potent cancer immunotherapy. As a long term career, Helmi’s goal is to run a research group to test new therapeutics.


Dalhousie University


Omar, M. N., Alfarra, H. Y., Ichwan, S. J. A. (2016). Wound healing properties of biotransformed asiaticoside by Aspergillus Niger. Journal of Sustainability Science & Management 11. (In press).

Alfarra, H. Y. & Omar, M. N. (2014). HPLC separation and isolation of asiaticoside from centella asiatica and its biotransformation by a. Niger. International Journal of Pharma Medicine and Biological Sciences, 3, 1.

Alfarra, H. Y., Ichwan, S. J. & Omar, M. N. (2014). Impact of microbial transformation metabolome of asiaticoside on wound healing. Regenerative Research, 3, 76-77. 

Omar, M. N., Hasali, N. H. M., Alfarra, H. Y., Yarmo, M. A. & Zuberdi, A. M. (2014). Antimicrobial activity and microbial transformation of ethyl p-methoxycinnamate extracted from kaempferia galanga. Oriental Journal of Chemistry, 30, 1037-1043.

Alfarra, H. Y. & Omar, M. N. (2013). Microbial transformation of natural products. Greener Journal of Biological Sciences, 3, 357-364.

Alfarra, H. Y. & Omar, M. N. (2013). Centella asiatica: From folk remedy to the medicinal biotechnology-a state revision. International Journal of Biosciences, 3, 49-67.

Alfarra, H. Y., Hasali, N. H. & Omar, M. N. (2013). A lignolytic fungi with laccase activity isolated from malaysian local environment for phytochemical transformation purposes. International Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 2, 51-54.

Hasali, N. H. M., Omar, M. N., Zuberdi, A. M. & Alfarra, H. Y. (2013). Biotransformation of ethyl p-methoxycinnamate from kaempferia galanga l. Using aspergillus niger. International Journal of Biosciences, 3, 148-155.

Alfarra, H. & Sadiq, M. (2012). Distribution of mthfd1 gene 1958g>a polymorphism in the jordanian population and its relation with neural tube defects. Advances in Bioresearch, 3, 26-31.

Omar, M. N., Khan, N. T., Hasali, N. H., Moin, S. F. & Alfarra, H. Y. (2012). Microbial transformations of artemisinin–anti-malaria drug. Advances in Bioresearch, 3, 27-31.

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