IMG_0905 (1)
IMG_0905 (1)

press to zoom
IMG_0995 (1)
IMG_0995 (1)

press to zoom

Describe your image

press to zoom
IMG_0905 (1)
IMG_0905 (1)

press to zoom

Principal Investigator

May H. Abdelaziz, BPharm, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor

Fisch College of Pharmacy

The University of Texas at Tyler

Dr. Abdelaziz received a Bachelor of Pharmacy and Masters in Pharmaceutical chemistry from Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt, and Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Abdelaziz has completed two postdoctoral research fellowships in drug discovery of neurologic agents at the University of Utah (U of U) and in cancer research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

As a graduate teaching assistant at VCU, she actively participated in several pharmacy courses. Her teaching experience also includes mentoring undergraduates, graduate, and professional students (pharmacy and nurse anesthesia) in several class and laboratory settings as well as working as a trainer in NIH glycoscience workshops. Dr. Abdelaziz is an active member in several professional associations including the American Chemical Society, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. 

Her research area is centered around drug discovery in several fields with a special focus on cancer and cancer biology research. Research interests include discovery and study of allosteric modulators, screening of chemical and natural products libraries, studying enzyme kinetics, mechanisms of inhibition and discovery and analysis of protein – protein interactions in protein networks using biophysical techniques. 

Complete CV

FCOP Profile

Lab Members

Brittnee Cagle-White (Lab Technician) 

Brittnee is an aspiring MD-PhD student. She received a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry from The University of Texas at Tyler. She received her Masters in Biotechnology from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler. Brittnee has worked in the biotech industry, but returned to UT Tyler in the pursuit of academic research.


Alisson Sunderhaus (Undergraduate Student) 

Allison is in her sophomore year as an undergraduate at UT Tyler, double majoring in biochemistry and chemistry and minoring in biology. She is a Presidential Fellows Scholarship recipient and has received the President’s Honor Roll for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. Allison is the secretary of the Pre-Pharmacy Association at UT Tyler, a member of the UT Tyler Honors Program and the American Chemistry Society. She has a strong interest in research and is passionate about chemistry, biochemistry and biology.

Shrijan Bhattarai (Undergraduate Student) 

Shrijan is a freshman at UT Tyler pursuing a double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is an international student from Nepal primarily interested in the life sciences. Combining his recent newfound interest in chemistry along with his pre-existing passion in biology, Shrijan has involved himself in research from his first semester and aspires to continue playing an active role and contributing to the medical field. 

Emerald Scott (P2 PharmD candidate)

Emerald is a second-year pharmacy student at Fisch College of Pharmacy. She has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Biology minor) from Jarvis Christian College. As an undergraduate, she has researched silver nanoparticles effects on several human cancer cell lines (MAPK-7, MCF-7 & Human Adenocarcinoma), and presented her research at numerous competitions in the southern region. Emerald is currently serving as the Vice President of her Class of 2023 and is actively volunteering for organizations like SNPhA, TPA, and APhA. She has a keen interest in research and persuing her Ph.D. in the future.


Kristina Lynn Catague (P2 PharmD candidate)

Kristina is a second-year pharmacy student at the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology: Bio-Med from the University of Guam as Summa Cum Laude. She is currently the APhA-ASP President-Elect and is also an active member of SSHP. With prior lab experiences as an undergraduate, she has developed a focused interest in pharmaceutical and medical research, pertaining to her passion for pharmacy.

Alvin Enoh (P2 PharmD candidate)

Alvin started his research training as a UT Tyler Biology undergraduate in our lab where he was optimizing the Expression of human Heparanase enzyme in insect cells. He was awarded the ACS Bridge Travel Award to present his research in the ACS National Meeting in Spring 2020. After earning his Bachelors, Alvin rejoined our lab as a second year PharmD student currently working on expression and purification of soluble HER receptor mimics. He is serving as the vice-president of communication of SSHP and looking forward to a career in pharmacy.