DOHA: Renowned cancer researcher Professor Firouz Darroudi (pictured) has joined College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) to continue his ground-breaking research.
Professor Darroudi had been working with the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) in Holland for the last 32 years, where he was a senior researcher in the Department of Toxicogenetics.
He holds an MD and a PhD from LUMC.
He is a senior consultant to Unesco, World Health Organisation, International Atomic Energy Agency, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (US) on Biological Dosimetry, Chemical Mutagens and Occupational Exposure.
He has published almost 200 articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals.
Throughout his academic career, Dr Darroudi has worked in the fields of cytogenetics, chemical and environmental mutagenesis, radiation genetics, food safety, human nutrition and cancer prevention and detection, and investigated the role of DNA repair proteins in guarding chromosomal stability.
Most recently his work has focused on detecting causes of cancer and biomarkers for cancer and improving cancer therapy regimens, ultimately to improve human health. As Professor Darroudi noted: “My question is both simple and extraordinarily complex, what effect is our environment having on human health and how can we improve both?”
Dr Darroudi will also be conducting a series of workshops at CNA-Q over the coming months to develop local knowledge and expertise in radiation genetics and environmental mutagenesis research. He has developed a number of scientific assays over the last 30 years, which he will bring to Qatar and share with the country’s medical, academic and scientific communities.
Workshops will focus on state-of-the-art DNA molecular biology and cytogenetic assays: Human Risk Assessment and Population Monitoring, Genetic Counselling, Radiation Emergency Preparedness and Response, Radiation Mutagenesis and Protection and Cytogenetic Short Term Assays in Genetic Toxicology.
Professor Darroudi has established 22 experimental and research laboratories around the world in countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Lithuania.
He said that coming to Qatar was an easy decision for a number of reasons. “First, the country’s research ambitions are truly enormous. Second, research in Qatar and the region is still in a relatively early stage of development, so it is an exciting time to be here and build a programme from the ground up. And third, my colleagues and students at CNA-Q are incredibly supportive and enthusiastic. I am especially excited to begin work at our new Radiation Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Lab at the college.”