Dr.Deena Elsori

Department Chair, Applied Sciences

Tel #: +97125015450


Educational Background

  • PhD in Cell Biology/Molecular Medicine Cleveland Clinic/Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, USA. 2009
  • M.Sc. Candidate, Medical Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine in Kuwait University, Kuwait. 2004
  • B.Sc., Molecular Biology/Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Kuwait University, Kuwait. 2003
  • Certificate of Continuing Education, Dual-Use Biosecurity, School of Social and International Studies, University of Bradford, UK. 2011

Mini Bio

Dr. Deena Elsori serves as an Assistant Professor of Biology and Coordinator of the Public Health Program at the Department of Applied Sciences and Mathematics in Abu Dhabi University. At her current position she is in charge of teaching and developing all of the biology related courses including the general biology courses, genetics and microbiology. She is also in charge of developing and setting up the biology labs for teaching purposes. Dr. Elsori has proven to be a successful teacher and managed to receive the college teaching award in Spring 2013 based on student’s evaluation and peer review results.

As a coordinator of the Public Health program, she was in charge of writing and obtaining accreditation for the new degree, B.Sc. in Public Health. The program has completed its second year and is running successfully. She also served as the chair of the University Undergraduate Council for more than a year and managed to successfully address with the help of the council members major issues and policies proposed to the council. Furthermore, she was the chair of the Honors Council that was responsible for putting together an Honors Program/Honors Society for ADU students. Dr. Elsori has served and continues to serve as an active member of different University, College and Department committees.

Before joining Abu Dhabi University she was a graduate student and a postdoctoral fellow at the Cleveland Clinic in the United States. Her research focused on studying signal transduction pathways that contribute to the progression of chronic inflammation, namely atherosclerosis. Most of her work was done on the enzyme NADPH Oxidase and the role of the receptor Dectin-1 on the activation of this enzyme complex.


  • Immunology/Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Tissue Culture
  • Pathogenesis
  • Phlebotomy
  • Human Biology
  • Research Supervision
  • Public Health
  • Internship Supervision
  • Proposals Writing



  • Chair, Department of Applied Sciences and Mathematics (2016-Present)
  • Assistant Professor of Biology (2009 – Present)
  • Program Coordinator (2014 – Present)
    • B.Sc. in Public Health
    • University Honors Program
  • Proposal Director 
    • B.Sc. in Public Health (2010)
    • Led multiple proposals such as Pharm-D (Doctor of Pharmacy), Master of Research in Prehospital Care and Planning, and Master in Advanced Nursing Practice. (2014)
    • M.Sc. in health management (2017)


    • Gained knowledge of the factors that contribute to pathogenesis of atherosclerosis such as inflammation as well as an understanding of Dectin-1. Discussed human monocytes and pattern recognition receptors in the regulation of host defence and oxygen free radial production.


    • Assisted in running biochemistry labs for medical students. Preparing the lab reagents and setting up experiments. Helping the faculty member in assisting students during their practical session.


  • Role of Pattern recognition receptors (Dectin-1) in NADPH Oxidase activation and innate immunity.
  • Studying signal transduction pathways that contribute to the progression of metabolic diseases and chronic inflammation, namely atherosclerosis.
  • Mechanisms responsible for the formation of atherosclerotic lesions through lipid oxidation.
  • Investigating approaches that could regulate the activity of NADPH oxidase and production of Reactive Oxygen Species.
  • I am also interested in research related to Public Health issues.

Recent Publications:

  • Deena H. Elsori,  Valentin P. Yakubenko, Talat Roome, Praveena S. Thiagarajan, Ashish Bhattacharjee, Satya P. Yadav, and Martha K. Cathcart. Protein kinase C δ is a critical component of Dectin-1 signaling in primary human monocytes. Journal of Leukocyte Biology, USA. 90:3599611, June, 2011
  • Book: Monocyte NADPH Oxidase: Role of Pattern Recognition Receptors. An Overview. Deena Elsori. LAP LAMBERT ACADEMIC PUBLISHER. March 2012.
  • Praveena S. Thiagarajan, Valentin P. Yakubenko, Deena H. Elsori, Satya P. Yadav, Belinda Willard, Carmela D. Tan, Rene E. Rodriguez and Martha K. Cathcart. Vimentin is an endogenous ligand for the pattern recognition receptor Dectin-1. Journal of Cardiovascular Research. Cardiovasc Res, USA doi: 10.1093/cvr/cvt117. May 2013
  • What is a midwife? Pregnant women’s perceptions about the role of the midwife in Abu Dhabi. Grace Edwards, Treasa Crowley, Deena H. Elsori, Makhtar Sarr. The Practising Midwife Volume 17 No 6. June 2014
  • Deena H. Elsori, Yadav, S. and Martha K Cathcart. Osteopontin: a novel non-microbial ligand for Dectin-1. Conference Proceeding. International Conference on Advances in Agricultural, Biological & Environmental Sciences (AABES). October 2014.
  • Talat Roome · Uzma Jabeen · Yasmeen Rashid · Saeed Khan · Anam Razzak · Deena H. Elsori · Valentin Yakubenko · Ashish Bhattacharjee · Martha K. Cathcart Molecular Pathology, Article in Pathology 46:S114 · October 2014
  • Deena H Elsori, Majeda S. Hammoud, Vitamin D deficiency in Mothers, Neonates and Children. The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. January 2017.
  • Hammoud S Majeda, Raghupathy Raj, Barakat Nahla, Eltomi Hoda, Elsori Deena. Cytokine Profile At Birth and the Risk of Developing Severe Respiratory Distress and Chronic Lung Disease. Journal of Research in Medical Sciences. February 2017


  • Assistive Technology in Special Needs Centres in UAE, AED 40,000 (Received), 2016, ADU Centre of Excellence Grant Awards.
  • Assessment to Road Side Dust and Its Environmental Impacts, A Case Study, Abu Dhabi, UAE, AED 40,000 (Received), 2015, Faculty Research Incentive Grant.
  • Isolation and Characterization of Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria from Date Palm Rhizosphere Soil, AED 3,500 (Received), 2015, ADU, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
  • Inhibitory Effect of Dates Extract against Bacterial Pathogens, AED 4,000 (Received), 2014, AUD, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. 
  • Development of Nitrogen Fixing Bacterial and Total Bacterial Diversity Studies (Metagenomes) for UAE Date Palm Soil, AED 200,000 (Not Funded), 2014, National Research Foundation. 
  • Isolation of Bioactive Compounds (endophytes) from Date Palm Tree, AED 2,000, 2012, ADU, Office of Undergraduate Research.
  • Antimicrobial Efficiency of Ginger, AED 2,000, 2012, ADU, Office of Undergraduate Research.
  • Microbial Assessment of Indoor Air Quality, AED 20,000 (Received), 2011-2012, ADU Office of Research and Graduate Studies.


  • Member, American Heart Association
  • Member, The American Society of Cell Biology
  • Member, European Society for Clinical Investigation