Dana Muhammad Hamad Ameen

Assistant Professor

College of Pharmacy

Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

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Dana grew up in South Kurdistan, Hawler (Erbil). He obtained
his BSc in pharmacy from the University of Salahaddin in 2002 and his MSc in medicinal chemistry from Hawler Medical University in 2007, after which he was employed as an assistant lecturer in medicinal chemistry.
In 2014, he obtained his PhD in medicinal chemistry from the University of Central Lancashire under the supervision of Dr Tim Snape and he has since returned to his previous university as a lecturer in medicinal chemistry.

The development of metal-free α-arylations of carbonyl compounds (commonly occurring motifs in biologically interesting molecules and important classes of medication such as typical antipsychotics and opioids) as an alternative synthetic approach that operates under mild conditions and developing the first example of asymmetric Truce–Smiles rearrangement.

Asymmetric α-acylation of carbonyl compounds via the Baker-Venkataraman rearrangements to provide enantiopure 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds.

Synthesis of diclofenac derivatives and assay of their COX inhibitory activity.

Master in Pharmaceutical Chemistry students:

Sazan J Haji Ali

Banaz M H Ameen 

Sawsan H Hamoodi

Sara Ramzi

Sarhag Hayas


A Baker-Venkataraman retro-Claisen cascade delivers a novel alkyl migration process for the synthesis of amides: Dana Ameen and Timothy J. Snape, Tetrahedron Lett., 201556, 1816–1819.

Dana Ameen and Timothy J. Snape, Developing the Scope of O C Aryl Migrations: Exploring Amide Substrates as Potential Precursors for Asymmetric Reactions, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, Volume
2014, Issue 9, March 2014, Pages: 1925–1934

Dana Ameen and Timothy J. Snape, Chiral 1,1-diaryl compounds as important pharmacophores, Medicinal Chemistry Communication, 2013,4, 893-907

Dana Ameen and Timothy J. Snape, Mechanism and application of Baker-Venkataraman O→C acyl migration reactions, Synthesis, 2015, 47, 141-158.

Dana Ameen and Mahmood Darwesh, The effect of temperature on some quality control tests for amlodipine besylate tablets, Zanko, Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences/ Salahaddin University-Hawler, Vol. 20, No.4,

Dana Ameen and Sazan Jameel, Synthesis and characterization of novel mutual ester prodrug models of acyclovir.  Zanko, Journal of Medical Sciences/  Hawler Medical University, 2019, Vol. 23, No.2, 226-232.

Dana Ameen and   Banaz Ameen, Mutual Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory prodrugs. Zanko, Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences/  Salahaddin University-Hawler, 2019, in press.

Dana Ameen and   Sawsan Hamoodi, Kinetic study of lornoxicam hydrolysis. Zanko, Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences/  Salahaddin University-Hawler, 2019, in press.

BSc in Pharmacy 

MSc and PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemsitry

Head of Clinical Pharmacy dept.

Lecturing medicinal chemistry 3rd and 4th stage, pharmacy students.

Lecturing prodrugs and drug discovery 5th stage, pharmacy student.