Dr. Salam Salloum-Asfar | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Salam Salloum-Asfar

Dr. Salam Salloum-Asfar

Postdoctoral Researcher
Neurological Disorders Research Center
Qatar Biomedical Research Institute


Dr. Salam Salloum-Asfar received her Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Pharmacy from the University of Valencia, Spain. She pursued her master’s and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Molecular Medicine in the Department of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Murcia, Spain. She then obtained an international PhD and was awarded the Extraordinary Doctorate Award. 

Dr. Salloum-Asfar was granted a postdoctoral fellowship from the Spanish Society of Hematology and Hemotherapy. 

She joined Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) in 2018 as a postdoctoral researcher. Dr. Salloum-Asfar is involved in several projects related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders.


Research Interests

  • Screening and Identification of ncRNAs as Potential Biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Human Stem Cell-based Models for Studying Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Identifying Environmental Factors Influencing the Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders During Prenatal Development.

Selected Publications

  • Identification of potential transcription factors that enhance human iPSC generation.

    Swaidan NT*, Salloum-Asfar S*, Palangi F, Errafii K, Soliman NH, Aboughalia AT, Wali AHS, Abdulla SA, Emara MM. Sci Rep. 2020 Dec 15;10(1):21950. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-78932-9. *Both authors contributed equally.

  • Circulating miRNAs, Small but Promising Biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    Salloum-Asfar S, Satheesh NJ, Abdulla SA. Front Mol Neurosci. 2019 Oct 11;12:253. doi: 10.3389/fnmol.2019.00253. eCollection 2019.

  • Archeogenetics of F11 p.Cys38Arg: a 5400-year-old mutation identified in different southwestern European countries.

    de la Morena-Barrio ME*, Salloum-Asfar S*, Esteban J, de la Morena-Barrio B, Altisent C, Martin-Fernández L, Gueguen P, Padilla J, Miñano A, Parra R, Vicente V, Vidal F, Bauduer F, Carbonell P, Corral J. Blood. 2019 Jun 13;133(24):2618-2622. doi: 10.1182/blood.2019000055. *Both authors contributed equally.

  • The complete list of publications can be viewed here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=salloum-asfar