Hedy Ahmed Hassan

Assistant Professor

College of Health Sciences

Department of Physiotherapy

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Dr. Hedy Ahmed Hassan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Salahaddin University-Erbil in 2002, where she was among the top ten graduates. She then worked as a biology assistant for six months at the same department, assisting with labs of cell biology and microtechnique.

In 2004, Dr. Hedy was awarded a US Fulbright scholarship for studying master's degree. She completed her pre-academic training at the University of Oregon. She then moved to College Station, Texas, to pursue her Master's of Science in Public Health at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Texas A&M Health Science Center. Her research focused on the genotoxicity of different polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds, and she investigated the potential of PAHs on the induction of DNA adducts in mouse tissues.

Dr. Hedy returned to Salahaddin University-Erbil in 2006 as an assistant lecturer, where she taught different practical courses: molecular biology, genetics, biodiversity, ecology, and pollution. She published two papers on the toxicity of pesticides on different organs in small mammals.

She began her Ph.D. in Toxicology and Cancer Biology at the University of Kentucky, which was sponsored by the Human Capacity Development Program-Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Kurdistan-Iraq. Her research focused on the interactions, localizations, and functions of antioxidant-related proteins in different lung cancer cell lines. She published six papers during her Ph.D.

She completed her Ph.D. in 2016 and returned to Salahaddin University-Erbil to work as a lecturer in the Department of Biology. She has since published four additional papers. In 2023, she joined the Department of Physiotherapy at the College of Health Sciences, Hawler Medical University, where she is currently an assistant professor. In addition, she is a versatile individual who provided assistance to the college's registrar office and Hawler Medical University's academic relations office and worked as a departmental rapporteur.

MSc student : Mrs. Sarwin Yaba Saber,  November 2020- January 2023


Chawsheen HA, Jiang H, Ying Q, et al. The redox regulator sulfiredoxin forms a complex with thioredoxin domain-containing 5 protein in response to ER stress in lung cancer cells. The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2019;294(22):8991-9006. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.ra118.005804.

 Majeed, Z.; Qasim, F.; Hassan, H. Hypotensive Action of Pomegranate Seed Extract and Zinc Chloride in Hypertensive Rats. ZJPAS 2019, 31, 44-52.

 Chawsheen HA, Jiang H, Ying Q, Wei Q. A critical role of the thioredoxin domain containing protein 5 (TXNDC5) in redox homeostasis and cancer development. Genes & Diseases. 2018: 5(4): 312-322.

Mishra M, Jiang H, Chawsheen HA, Gerard M, Toledano MB, Wei Q. Nrf2-activated expression of sulfiredoxin contributes to urethane-induced lung tumorigenesis. Cancer Letters. 2018;432:216-226.

Chawsheen HA. Role of sulfiredoxin interacting proteins in lung cancer development. Theses and Dissertations--Toxicology and Cancer Biology. 2016, 13.

Jiang, H., Wu, L., Chen, J., Mishra, M., Chawsheen, H. A., Zhu, H., Wei, Q. Sulfiredoxin Promotes Colorectal Cancer Cell Invasion and Metastasis through a Novel Mechanism of Enhancing EGFR Signaling. Molecular Cancer Research, 2015; 13(12), 1554-1566.

Jiang, H., Wu, L., Mishra, M., Chawsheen, H.A., Wei, Q. expression of peroxiredoxin 1 and 4 promotes human lung cancer malignancy. American Journal of Cancer Research. 2014; 4(5):445-460.

Wu, L., Jiang, H., Chawsheen, H.A., Mishra, M., Wei, Q. Tumor promoter-induced sulfiredoxin is required for mouse skin tumorigenesis. Carcinogenesis. 2014; 35(5):1177-1184.

Mishra, M., Jiang, H., Wu, L., Chawsheen, H. A., Wei, Q. The sulfiredoxin– peroxiredoxin (Srx–Prx) axis in cell signal transduction and cancer development. Cancer Letters, 2013; 366(2), 150-159.

Mishra, M., Chawsheen, H.A., Wu, L., Jiang, H., Wei, Q. PRDX4 (peroxiredoxin 4). Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. 2013; 17(10):709-712.

Chawsheen HA, Jiang H, Wei Q. SRXN1 (sulfiredoxin 1). Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. 2013; 17(4):272-274. URL : http://AtlasGeneticsOncology.org/Genes/SRXN1ID52295ch20p13.html

Chawsheen MA, Chawsheen HA. Combination effects of Dichlorvos and Abamectin pesticides on male mice, a histological and biochemical study. ZANCO Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences (ZJPAS) 22 (5), 69-78

Chawsheen, H.A. Effects of acetamiprid and glyphosate ammonium salt pesticides on oxidative stress and liver and kidney histology in male albino mice. Joural of Zanko.2010.

  • PhD in Toxicology and Cancer Biology

Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology/College of Medicine/ University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky, USA  2016

  •  MSc. in Public Health

School of Rural Public Health/Texas A&M Health Science Center

College Station, Texas,USA 2006

  •  English Language Proficiency

English Language Institute/ University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon,USA 2004

  •  Bsc in Biology

Department of Biology/ College of Science/Salahaddin University-Erbil,

Erbil, Iraq   2002

Teaching Staff 2006-present 

Examination Committee Member 2020-2023

Academic Relation-Halwer Medical University

Department of Clinical Biochesmistry Reportoire 2021-2022 

Undergradute Research Projects Committee Chairperson 2023