Zehra Edis

Zehra Edis

Associate Professor
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Dr. Zehra Edis Born in Cologne, Germany. Education: 1. Vordiplom (BSc) at the University of Cologne, Germany. 2. Diplom (MSc) at the University of Cologne. „Investigations on the Synthesis of Fluororganogallium-Compounds“. 3. Ph.D. at the University of Cologne, Germany. „Polyiodides of 12-Crown-4 Complexes with Alkali cations“. Available at www.ub.uni-koeln.de/ediss/archiv/1999/11v3508.pdf. Ph.D with Scholarship of the Graduiertenkolleg „Classification of phase transitions in crystalline compounds on account of structural and physical anomalies“. Degrees BSc, MSc and Ph.D. with (magna cum laude) "Excellent" in Chemistry from the University of Cologne, Germany. Assistant Professor in Ajman University, UAE, since February 2014. Research Interests: 1. Research Grants as Principal Investigator in Research grant from AU Graduate and Research Studies since 2018 Antimicrobial activity of polyiodide complexes of sandwiched Group I crown ethers-Optimization on 12-crown-4 and Computational analysis. Cooperation with Mauritius University. 2. Antimicrobial activity of 12-crown-4 polyiodides with MI (M=Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, Cu). 3. Antimicrobial activity of Copper Iodide Nanoparticles and Polyiodides with polymers. 4. Antibacterial activity of Polyiodides of Cupric iodide and Alkalimetaliodides MI (M=Li, Na, K) on E-Coli mediated by DNA and membrane damage. 5. Vitamin D Deficiency. 6. Biosynthesis, characterization and antimicrobial activities of TCA-PI-Silver nanoparticles. From chemical reduction to green synthesis. 7. Plants as natural sources for antimicrobials. 8. Polyiodides and their antimicrobial activities due to halogen bonding. 9. Nanomaterials as drug carriers and antimicrobials 10. Plant-iodine-biopolymers and their antimicrobial activities

Education
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Cologne, Germany, 1999
  • MSc. in Chemistry, University of Cologne, Germany, 1997
  • BSc. in Chemistry, University of Cologne, Germany, 1992
Experience
  • Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Ajman University, UAE, since February 2014
  • Part-Time-Lecturer, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Ajman University, UAE, 13 years
  • Part-Time-Lecturer, Chemistry Department, Sharjah University, UAE, 4 years
  • Scientific employee, Process- and Quality control, Akzo Nobel Chemicals, Germany, 2 years
  • Scientific employee, Inorganic Chemistry Department, Cologne University, Germany, 1 year
  • German Teacher Trainee, Goethe Institute, UAE, 2 months
  • Trainee "Conductivity studies on Baytron P", Research Department, Bayer AG, Germany, 2 months
Teaching Area
  • Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry I
  • Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry for Engineers
  • General Chemistry for Dentistry
  • General Chemistry for Health Sciences
Research
  • Antimicrobial activity of Copper iodide Nanoparticles with Polyiodides and Polymers
  • Antimicrobial activity of 12-crown-4 Polyiodides with metal iodides MI (MI=Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, Cu)
  • Antibacterial activity of Polyiodides of Cupric iodide and Alkalimetaliodides MI (M=Li, Na, K) on E-Coli mediated by DNA and membrane damage.
  • Biosynthesis, characterization and antimicrobial activities of TCA-PI-Silver nanoparticles. From chemical reduction to green synthesis
  • Polyiodides and their antimicrobial activities through halogen bonding.
  • Plants as a natural source for antimicrobials.
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Biosynthesis of antimicrobial nanoparticles
  • Aloe-Vera-Polymer-iodine biomaterials and their uses as microbicidal agents
  • Drug-nano-carriers
  • COVID-19
  • Nanoparticle synthesis
Publications
  • Z. Edis, K.-F. Tebbe, T. Gilles „On Polyiodides of complex cations with 12-crown-4 as ligand“, ECM-18, European Crystallographic Meeting, IUCr, Prag 15.-20. August, 1998, Bulletin of the Czech and Slovak Crystallographic Association, Vol. 5, special issue B, ECM-18 posters - abstracts, C5-P12, 345, 1998.
  • Edis, Z., Bloukh, S., Preparation, Structural and Spectroscopical Characterization of a Pentaiodide [Rb(12-Crown-4)2]I5; Z. Naturforsch. 2013, 68b,1340-1346.
  • Edis, Z., Bloukh, S., Preparation, Structural and Spectroscopic Characterization of Triiodides [M(12-Crown-4)2]I3 with M=Na and Rb; Z. Naturforsch. 2014, 69b, 995-1002.
  • Al-Ani, M. A., Hassan, N., Edis, Z., Bloukh, S. H., Shahwan, M. Common Health Complaint Reported by Students according to Specialization and Gender Regarding Self-Medication at Ajman University. European Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medical Research, 2017, 4(3), p. 137-140.
  • Al-Ani, M. A., Hassan, N., Edis, Z., Bloukh, S. H., Shahwan, M. Prevalence of Self-Medication among Medical and Non-Medical Students at Ajman University. European Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medical Research, 2017, 4(3), p. 141-144.
  • Al-Ani, M. A., Hassan, N., Edis, Z., Bloukh, S. H., Shahwan, M. Common Adverse Effects Due to Self-Medication. International Journal of Research, 2016 [S.l.], v. 3, n. 04, p. 380-385.
  • EDIS, Zehra; BLOUKH, Samir Haj. Vitamin D Deficiency- Main Factors Affecting The Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D ([25(Oh)D]) Status And Treatment Options. International Journal of Research, 2016 [S.l.], v. 3, n. 01, p. 197-211, jan. 2016. ISSN 2348-6848. Available at: .
  • Haj Bloukh*, S., Edis, Z., Qassim, S., Al-Hariri, Y. Vitamin D deficiency practice among female medical students in Ajman, UAE. Int. Res. J. Pharm. 2018, 9(7), 53-58 http://dx.doi.org/10.7897/2230-8407.097125.
  • Edis*, Z., Haj Bloukh, S., Qassim, S., Al-Hariri, Y. Health status and knowledge of vitamin D deficiency among female pharmacy and dentistry students in Ajman, UAE. Int. Res. J. Pharm. 2018, 9(8), 36-41, http://dx.doi.org/10.7897/2230-8407.098161.
  • Nihal Abdalla Ibrahim *, Zehra Edis, Klaithem Salem Al-Owais ROLE OF PHYSICIANS IN DRUG ADHERENCE OF GERIATRIC PATIENTS IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Int. Res. J. Pharm. 2018, 9 (9)
  • Mohammad W. Islam, Samir H. Bloukh*, Zehra Edis, Richie R. Bhandare, Emerging Phytochemicals and Bioactive Compounds from a Desert Plant Prosopis cineraria (L.) Druce and Future Prospects. Book: Chemistry for a clean and healthy Planet, Chapter 2, 2019
  • Edis, Z.; Haj Bloukh, S.; Ashames, A.; Ibrahim, M. Copper-Based Nanoparticles, their chemistry and Antibacterial properties: A Review. In Chemistry for a clean and healthy Planet, 1st ed.; Ramasami, P.; Gupta Bhowon, M.; Jhaumeer Laulloo, S.; Li Kam Wah, H., Ed.; Springer Nature AG: Switzerland, 2019; pp. 401-428, ISBN-13: 978-3-030-20282-8. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-20283-5_24.
  • Moyad Shahwan *, Haya Yasin, Zehra Edis, Abdulhaqsuliman, Reem Al-Azawi, Saghar Mohammadi, Momene Noor, PREVALENCE OF DIABETES, HYPERTENSION AND OBESITY AND ASSOCIATED FACTORS AMONG STUDENTS OF AJMAN UNIVERSITY, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Int. Res. J. Pharm. 2019, 10(5).
  • Samir Issa Bloukh, Zehra Edis, Mohammad Waseemul Islam, Sabrina Ait Gacem *, Latifa Saeed, Amna Sultan, ASSESSMENT OF DEPRESSION STATUS AMONG ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS IN UAE, Int. Res. J. Pharm. 2019, 10(5).
  • Reda, M.; Ashames, A.; Edis, Z.; Bloukh, S.; Bhandare, R.; Abu Sara, H. Green Synthesis of Potent Antimicrobial Silver Nanoparticles Using Different Plant Extracts and Their Mixtures. Processes 2019, 7, 510-524. doi:10.3390/pr7080510.
  • Zehra Edis1,*, Samir Haj Bloukh1, Hamed Abu Sara1, Hanusha Bhakhoa2, Lydia Rhyman2,3 and Ponnadurai Ramasami2,3,*, “Smart” triiodide compounds: Does halogen bonding influence antimicrobial activities? Pathogens 2019, 8(4), 182-202. https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens8040182
  • Nihal A. Ibrahim*, Zehra Edis, Klaitham S. Al-Owais. Adherence of geriatric patients and their beliefs toward their medicines in the United Arab Emirates. J Pharm Bioall Sci 2020, 12, 22-30. https://doi.org/10.4103/jpbs.JPBS_93_19. http://www.jpbsonline.org/text.asp?2020/12/1/22/277205
  • Samir Haj Bloukh, Zehra Edis*. Halogen bonding in crystal structure of bis(1,4,7,10-tetraoxacyclododecane-κ4O,O′,O′′,O′′′)cesium triiodide, C16H32CsI3O8. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie - New Crystal Structures, 0(0), pp. -. 20190915, ISSN (Online) 2197-4578, ISSN (Print) 1433-7266. doi: 10.1515/ncrs-2019-0915.
  • Samir Haj Bloukh, Zehra Edis*. Crystal structure and antimicrobial properties of (1,4,7,10-tetraoxacyclododecane-κ4O,O′,O′′,O′′′)cesium(I) pentaiodide, C16H32CsI5O8. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie - New Crystal Structures, 0(0), pp. -. 20190915, ISSN (Online) 2197-4578, ISSN (Print) 1433-7266. doi: 10.1515/ncrs-2020-0057.
  • Zehra Edis*, Samir Haj Bloukh, Waseemul Islam, Sabreena Ait Gacem. Hsp90 as Drug Target Against Bacterial and Fungal Infections Current Chemical Biology 2020, 14, 1-16. doi: 10.2174/2212796814666200309113100
  • Edis, Z.*; Haj Bloukh, S.; Ibrahim, M.R.; Abu Sara, H. “Smart” antimicrobial nanocomplexes with potential to decrease surgical site infections (SSI). Pharmaceutics 2020, 12(4), 361. 10.3390/pharmaceutics12040361 https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmaceutics12040361
  • Shaikh, V.S.; Nazeruddin, G.M.; Shaikh, Y.I.; Haj Bloukh, S.; Edis, Z.; Pathan, H.M. A Recapitulation of Virology, Modes of Dissemination, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Preventive measures of COVID-19: A Review. Engineered Science 2020, doi: 10.30919/es8d1009.
  • Babadaei, M.M.N.; Hasan, A.; Haj Bloukh, S.; Edis, Z.; Sharifi, M.; Kachooei, E.; Falahati, M. The expression level of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 determine the severity of COVID-19: lung and heart tissue as targets. J. Biomol. Struct. Dynam. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1080/07391102.2020.1767211
  • Shaik, A.B.; Bhandare, R.R.; Nissankararao, S.; Edis, Z.; Tangirala, N.R.; Shahanaaz, S.; Rahman, M.M. Design, Facile Synthesis and Characterization of Dichloro Substituted Chalcones and Dihydropyrazole Derivatives for Their Antifungal, Antitubercular and Antiproliferative Activities. Molecules 2020, 25, 3188. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25143188.
  • Haj Bloukh, S.; Edis, Z.*; Shaikh, A.A.; Pathan, H.M. A Look Behind the Scenes at COVID-19: National Strategies of Infection Control and Their Impact on Mortality. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 5616. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17155616.
  • Hussain, A.; Hasan, A.; Babadaei, M.M.N.; Haj Bloukh, S.; Edis, Z.; Rasti, B.; Sharifi, M.; Falahati, M. Application of gelatin nanoconjugates as potential internal stimuli-responsive platforms for cancer drug delivery. Journal of Molecular Liquids 2020, 318, 114053. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molliq.2020.114053.
  • Edis, Z.*; Haj Bloukh, S. Facile synthesis of antimicrobial Aloe Vera-“smart” Triiodide-PVP biomaterials. Biomimetics 2020, 5, 45. https://www.mdpi.com/829482 https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics5030045
  • Gite, A.B.; Palve, B.M.; Gaikwad, V.B.; Jain, G.H.; Pathan, H.M.; Haj Bloukh, S.; Edis, Z.* A Facile Chemical Synthesis of PbTe Nanostructures at Room Temperature. Nanomaterials 2020, 10, 1915. https://www.mdpi.com/2079-4991/10/10/1915
  • Sharifi, M.; Hasan, A.; Taghizadeh, A.; Haghighat, S.; Attar, F.; Bloukh, S.H.;, Edis, Z.; Xue, M.; Khan, S.; Falahati, M. Rapid diagnostics of coronavirus disease 2019 in early stages using nanobiosensors: challenges and opportunities https://doi.org/10.1016/j.talanta.2020.121704
  • Ahmadabad, L.E.; Kalantari, F.S.; Liu, L.; Hasan, A.; Gamasaee, N.A.; Edis, Z.; Attar, F.; Ale-Ebrahim, M.; Rouhollah, F.; Babadaei, M.M.N.; Sharifi, M.; Shahpasand, K.; Akhtari, K.; Falahati, M.; Cai, Y. Hydrothermal method-based synthesized tin oxide nanoparticles: Albumin binding and antiproliferative activity against K562 cells. Materials Science & Engineering C 2021, 119, 111649. https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0928493120335670 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2020.111649
  • Khan, S.; Sharifi, M.; Haj Bloukh, S.; Edis, Z.; Rabeea, S.; Falahati, M. In vivo guiding inorganic nanozymes for biosensing and therapeutic potential cancer, inflammation and microbial infection. Talanta 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.talanta.2020.121805
  • Talaei, A.J.; Zarei, N.; Hasan, A.; Haj Bloukh, S.; Edis, Z.; Gamasaee, N.A.; Heidarzadeh, M.; Babadaei, M.M.N.; Shahpasand, K.; Sharifi, M.; Akhatri, K.; Khan, S.; Xue, M.; Falahati, M. Fabrication of inorganic alumina particles at nanoscale by a pulsed laser ablation technique in liquid and exploring their protein binding, anticancer and antipathogenic activities. Arabian Journal of Chemistry 2021, 14, 102923. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arabjc.2020.102923
  • Khan, S.; Sharifi, M.; Hasan, A.; Attar, F.; Edis, Z.; Bai, Q.; Derakhshankhah, H.; Falahati, M. Magnetic nanocatalysts as multifunctional platforms in cancer therapy through the synthesis of anticancer drugs and facilitated Fenton reaction. Journal of Advanced Research 2021, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jare.2020.12.001
  • Edis, Z.; Wang, J.; Waqas, M.K.; Ijaz, M.; Ijaz, M. Nanocarriers-Mediated Drug Delivery Systems for Anticancer Agents: An Overview and Perspectives. International Journal of Nanomedicine 2021, 16 1313–1330. http://doi.org/10.2147/IJN.S289443
  • Khan, S.; Babadaei, M.M.N.; Hasan, A.; Edis, Z.; Attar, F.; Siddique, R.; Bai, Q.; Sharifi, M.; Falahati, M. Enzyme–polymeric/inorganic metal oxide/hybrid nanoparticle bio-conjugates in the development of therapeutic and biosensing platforms. Journal of Advanced Research 2021, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jare.2021.01.012
  • BOOK Chapter Azelee,N.I.W.; Abdul Manas, N.H.; Man, R.C.; Mokhter, M.A.; Salamun, N.; Shaarani, S.M.; Mohamad, F.; Edis, Z. Challenges and Potential Applications of Plant and Microbial Based Biosurfactants in Cosmetic Formulations. In Microbial Surfactants. Vol. I: Production and Applications. 1st Ed.; Sayyed, R.Z.; El Enshasy, H.A.M.; Hameeda, B., Eds.; CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2021; pp. ?. ISBN 9780367521189. Release: 15 August 2021. https://www.routledge.com/Microbial-Surfactants-Volume-I-Production-and-Applications/Sayyed-Enshasy-Hameeda/p/book/9780367521189
Conference Presentation
  • Edis, Z. “Copperiodide Nanoparticles and their antimicrobial activities” 27th International Conference on Nanomedicine and Nanomaterials May 27-28, 2019 Istanbul, Turkey Theme: Evolving the Research Trends in Nanomaterials and Nanomedicine
  • Edis, Z. “Triiodides as Antimicrobial Agents in the Era of Antibiotic Resistance” ICARE2020- January 9-10, Nanded-India
  • Edis, Z. “Polyiodides: Structural aspects in antimicrobial activities” The International Conference on Pure and Applied Chemistry (ICPAC 2018), 02-06 July 2018, Mauritius
  • Edis, Z. “Vitamin D Deficiency and Asthma” International Conference on Asthma, Improving Lung Health, Ajman University, 9.-10.5.2017.
  • Z. Edis, K.-F. Tebbe, T. Gilles „On Polyiodides of complex cations with 12-crown-4 as ligand“, ECM-18, European Crystallographic Meeting, IUCr, Prag 15.-20. August, 1998, Bulletin of the Czech and Slovak Crystallographic Association, Vol. 5, special issue B, ECM-18 posters - abstracts, C5-P12, 345, 1998.
  • Edis, Z.; Haj Bloukh, S .; Ibrahim, M.R.; Abu Sara, H. “Smart” antimicrobial nanocomplexes with Trans-Cinnamic Acid. • VCCA2020-August 1-31, online, Mauritius
  • Edis, Z.; Haj Bloukh, S .; Abu Sara, H. "Antimicrobial properties of PVP-encapsulated Aloe Vera -iodine hybrids." 6th International Electronic Conference on Medicinal Chemistry, 1-30 November 2020
  • Edis, Z.; Haj Bloukh, S .; Alhamaidah, M.A.; Abu Sara, H. "Antimicrobial properties of Lepidium satvium L. based green synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles." 6th International Electronic Conference on Medicinal Chemistry, 1-30 November 2020
  • Edis, Z.; Haj Bloukh, S .; Yasin, H.; Ibrahim, N.A.; Abu Sara, H.; Barakat, S.M.; 4, Al-Jabari, N.S.; Al-Shimmery, A.S. "Understanding Knowledge and Behaviors Related to COVID–19 Epidemic in United Arab Emirates Undergraduate Pharmacy Students: A Cross-Sectional Study" 6th International Electronic Conference on Medicinal Chemistry, 1-30 November 2020
Memberships, Awards and Honors
  • American Chemical Society member since 2017
  • Award Scholarship of the Graduiertenkolleg „Classification of phase transitions in crystalline compounds on account of structural and physical anomalies“
  • Accrediation and Assessment Committee COPHS, Ajman University, UAE, 1 year
  • Curriculum Committee, COPHS, Ajman University, UAE, since 2017
  • Nutrition Committee COPHS, Ajman University, UAE, since 2017
  • Head of Library Committee COPHS, Ajman University, UAE, since 2015
  • Head of organizing Committee "Vitamin D Deficiency" Day, COPHS, Ajman University, UAE, 1 year (2016)
  • Speaker and Organizing Committee Member, Asthma-International Conference on Asthma-Improving Lung Health in UAE, 09-10 May 2016
  • Principal Investigator 2020-21: College Research Committee (CRC) and College Dean, the Deanship of Graduate Studies and Research have approved an Internal Research Grant (IRG) 2019-20 for research proposal “Synthesis of novel polymeric bio synthesized nanocomposites M [AV(P)n]I3 (M=Na, AV=Aloe Vera, P = PVP) with, their antimicrobial activities on 10 pathogens, their impact on SARS-CoV-2 and further pandemics” (Ref. No. 2020-IRG-PH-10)
  • Principal Investigator 2019-20: College Research Committee (CRC) and College Dean, the Deanship of Graduate Studies and Research have approved an Internal Research Grant (IRG) 2019-20 for research proposal “Antimicrobial activity of polyiodide complexes of sandwiched Group I crown ethers-Optimization on 12-crown-4 and Computational analysis” (Ref. No. 2019-IRG-PH-5)” In Cooperation with Mauritius University
  • Principal Investigator 2018-19: College Research Committee (CRC) and College Dean, the Deanship of Graduate Studies and Research have approved an Internal Research Grant (IRG) 2018-19 research proposal “Antibacterial and antifungal properties of Polyiodides [M(crown ether)2]In (n=3, 5, 7) with Metaliodides MI (M= Rb, Cs and Cu) on Escherichia coli, Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus faecalis, Bacillus subtilis, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans [Ref: IRG-2018-A-PH-01.
  • Principal Investigator 2018-19: College Research Committee (CRC) and College Dean, the Deanship of Graduate Studies and Research have approved an Internal Research Grant (IRG) 2018-19 for research proposal “Synthesis and antimicrobial activity of copper iodide Nanoparticles (NPs) within polymer matrices on Escherichia coli, Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus faecalis, Bacillus subtilis, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans. (Ref. No. IRG-2018-A-PH-02)”
  • Co-Investigator 2018-19: College Research Committee (CRC) and College Dean, the Deanship of Graduate Studies and Research have approved an Internal Research Grant (IRG) 2018-19 for research proposal “Comparative study of antimicrobial activity of various silver nanoparticles synthesized by different green methods [Ref: IRG-2018-A-PH-09]”.
  • Principal Investigator 2017-18: Received the Research Grant of Ajman University with the Number 2017-A-PH-04 Research Title: Antibacterial, antifungal activity of Polyiodides of Cupric iodide and Alkalimetaliodides MI (M=Li, Na, K) with crown ethers on Escherichia coli, Streptococcus pyogenes, Enterococcus faecalis, Bacillus subtilis, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Candida albicans mediated by DNA and membrane damage
  • ICPAC 2018 – Mauritius Best Poster Award, Mauritius University, Mauritius
  • VCCA2020-Mauritius University, Mauritius : International Advisory Member
  • VCCA2021-Mauritius University, Mauritius : International Advisory Member
  • ICPAC2020-Mauritius University, Mauritius : International Advisory Member
  • ICPAC2018-Mauritius University, Mauritius : International Advisory Member
  • Appreciation letter from faculty of pharmacy for Faculty Award in Teaching, Honors Assembly, 2019