Joint Centers of Excellence Program

Ali Alhasan

Director of Strategic Initiatives
Postdoctoral Researcher
Almutairi Research Group
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of California-San Diego

Ali H. Alhasan completed his PhD studies in the laboratory of Professor Chad Mirkin at Northwestern University, and has published papers on his advances in biological diagnostics and gene therapy. He joined the Center of Excellence in Nanomedicine (CENM) as the director of strategic initiatives, and the laboratory of Professor Adah Almutairi at University of California-San Diego as a postdoctoral researcher. His research focuses on the biochemical properties of nanoconjugates and the interaction of such structures with biological moieties in a cellular environment in order to develop thoughtful researches related to nanomedicine. He has been the recipient of recognitions including the International Institute for Nanotechnolgy Outstanding Researcher, a Kemin outstanding researcher, and a King Abdullah Scholarship.


Viger, M. L.; Sheng, W.; Dore, K.; Alhasan, A. H.; Carling, C. J.; Lux, J.; de Gracia Lux, C.; Grossman, M.; Malinow, R.; Almutairi, A., Near-Infrared-Induced Heating of Confined Water in Polymeric Particles for Efficient Payload Release. ACS nano 2014, 2014, 8 (5), 4815–4826.

Alhasan, A. H.; Patel, P. C.; Choi, C. H.; Mirkin, C. A., Exosome encased spherical nucleic acid gold nanoparticle conjugates as potent microRNA regulation agents. Small 2014, 10 (1), 186-92.

Alhasan, A. H.; Kim, D. Y.; Daniel, W. L.; Watson, E.; Meeks, J. J.; Thaxton, C. S.; Mirkin, C. A., Scanometric microRNA array profiling of prostate cancer markers using spherical nucleic acid-gold nanoparticle conjugates. Anal. Chem. 2012, 84 (9), 4153-60.

Hao, L.; Patel, P. C.; Alhasan, A. H.; Giljohann, D. A.; Mirkin, C. A., Nucleic acid-gold nanoparticle conjugates as mimics of microRNA. Small 2011, 7 (22), 3158-62.

Prigodich, A. E.; Alhasan, A. H.; Mirkin, C. A., Selective Enhancement of Nucleases by Polyvalent DNA-Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133 (7), 2120-3.

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