A Personal Touch of Muhanad Ali

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Please learn more about colleagues in our "Personal Touch" series setting employees in the spotlight. A light-hearted manner to learn about the colleagues you know and those you don't!.

This week: Muhanad Ali






1. Name, nationality, current function & department?
Muhanad Ali, Sudanese, PhD candidate, Dept. of Dentistry, theme Reconstructive and Regenerative medicine


2. When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up? Can you tell us something about your childhood years?
I wanted to become a pilot but unfortunately I lost interest mostly due to my fear of heights. I travelled quite a lot in my child years and lived in many countries including: Sudan, Egypt, Scotland and of course the Netherlands.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why did you choose that study/those studies? 
I graduated with a BSc from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. I also did my MSc in Immunology there, however, I didn’t really enjoy it so much so I moved to Edinburgh and pursued another MSc in Drug delivery. Which I found a lot more interesting!

4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you?
I believe understanding molecular mechanisms is fundamental to curing disease. Since molecular mechanisms are what drives entire organ systems, in order to restore these systems back to health it is important to understand exactly how they work.

5. Which international scientist inspires/inspired you the most? Please give a motivation why.
Stephen Hawking, not just for his theories but because despite his disability he still manages to grab your attention and excite you. I believe scientists like him attract more young people to pursue science as a career, which is great!

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud?
I  found that it is possible to encapsulate hydrophilic compounds in polymeric microspheres by changing certain formulation parameters. This is great for drug delivery because you can essentially encapsulate any drug by varying key parameters.

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform? 
I would try to functionalize polymeric microspheres to target a specific diseased site in the body.

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
My working area consist of two screen, my laptop and computer. I need both screens to be able to change my Spotify playlist but also reply to e-mails. I think it says that I like things to be done efficiently, just one click away.

9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her? 
Question to: Robin Nadar. What motivates you?

10. What type of person are you, quick insights:
a) Mac or PC?:
b) Theater or cinema?:
c) Dine out or dine in?:
Dine out (no dishes to wash after)
d) Ferrari or Fiat?:
Fiat (I drive one)
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic?:
f) Culture or Nature:

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