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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. 

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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.


Liaqat Ali, M.Phil,Ph.D.D (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Liaqat earned his Ph.D. from Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China, and completed his first postdoctoral fellowship at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.  He has excellent expertise in the infectious diseases field with a concentration on bacterial genomics and antibiotic resistance. Liaqat joined our lab in June, 2022 and is working to elucidate resistance mechanisms and crosstalk between two-component signaling networks in Staphylococcus aureus to develop novel therapeutic strategies.


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. 


Salima Karki (Undergraduate Student) 

Salima transferred to UT Tyler in spring 2022 and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She completed an Associate degree of science from Dallas College (December 2020) where she was a member of the phi theta kappa honors society. She previously worked as a medical scribe and is passionate about the medical field and research. In general, She loves hiking, cooking, and reading books. She plans to continue a career in research and/or the medical field. 

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.

Araceli Solis (Undergraduate Student)

Araceli is a freshman at UT Tyler pursuing a degree in Biochemistry. She has received her Associate's Degree of Science and has previously worked as a patient care technician. She is a part of Greek life at UT Tyler and has found great interest in research and medicine. Through her time in the lab, she has become curious about the growing field of medicine and hopes to one day pursue it!


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.