Lab News


Dr. Sunoqrot is invited to give a talk at the Royal Scientific Society R&D department to discuss potential collaboration.


Our paper which was based on Muzn Alkhaldi’s master thesis is now accepted for publication by Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology (DOI: 10.1016/j.jddst.2020.101544). Congrats to the team!


Dr. Sunoqrot is invited by Elettra Synchrotron (Trieste, Italy) to conduct a SAXS experiment as part of the Horizon 2020 project ACCELERATE. The entire visit was funded by the Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CERIC).


Dr. Sunoqrot and her team actively participate in the 7th International Pharmaceutical Conference of ZUJ (ZTIPC 2019). Dr. Sunoqrot gave a talk and group members presented 4 posters in the poster session.


Two of our publications related to the synthesis of nanoparticles from Quercetin have just been accepted by ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering (DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.9b01240) and Molecules (DOI: 10.3390/molecules24213815). The work was generously funded by ZUJ, UNESCO, and TWAS. Congrats!


Dr. Sunoqrot is inaugurated as a newly elected member in the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA)! The inauguration took place during the AGYA Annual Meeting in Beirut, Lebanon. Congrats!


The Deans’ Council officially approves Dr. Sunoqrot’s application for promotion to the Associate Professor rank. Congrats Prof. Sunoqrot!


Our latest work based on Lujain’s Master’s thesis project is published in Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology. Link:


Dr. Sunoqrot attends the Bioinspired Nanomaterials Meeting in Glasgow, UK to deliver a talk on the Lab’s latest work.


Master Student Tahany Aldebsi successfully defends her thesis entitled “Synthesis and Evaluation of Curcumin-loaded Polyphenol Nanoparticles as a Potential Anti-cancer Nanomedicine”. Congrats Tahany!


Dr. Sunoqrot receives the 2018 TWAS Prize for Young Scientists from Jordan! The results were announced by HRH Princess Sumayya Bint Al-Hasan at the Royal Scientific Society. Congrats Dr. Sunoqrot!


Dr. Sunoqrot receives funding from Abdul Hameed Shoman Scientific Research Support Fund to investigate the effect of surface chemistry of melanin-mimetic nanoparticles on their skin permeation. Congrats Dr. Sunoqrot and the team!

9/9/2018 – 12/9/2018

Dr. Sunoqrot is invited along with other recipients of the PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC Green Chemistry for Life grant to present a talk at the 8thIUPAC International Conference on Green Chemistry which took place in Bangkok, Thailand. 

1/9 – 1/10/2018

Dr. Sunoqrot travels to London, UK to visit Prof. Khuloud Al-Jamal’s lab at King’s College London, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science.


Our latest work on bioinspired polyphenol nanoparticles is published in Biomaterials Science! A significant part of this work was performed in the Messersmith Lab at UC Berkeley. Congrats to Dr. Sunoqrot and the team!



Dr. Sunoqrot travels to les Diablerets, Switzerland to attend the Bioinspired Materials Gordon Research Conference, where she presented a poster of her latest work.


Our Master Student, Ms. Lujain Abujamous, successfully defends her thesis entitled “Development of Quercetin-loaded Polymeric Nanoparticles for Targeted Delivery to Colon Cancer”. Congrats, Lujain!


Dr. Sunoqrot receives a “Green Chemistry for Life” research grant from UNESCO! The grant is offered through a partnership between PhosAgro, IUPAC, and UNESCO, to support young scientists conducting innovative research that applies green chemistry principles. More info can be found here. Congrats Dr. Sunoqrot and the team!


Dr. Sunoqrot is interviewed by Double Shelix podcast about her international experiences and what it is like to run a research lab in Jordan. The episode was part of a special series entitled “You Do Belong In Science”. Click here For more info and to listen to Dr. Sunoqrot’s episode.


Dr. Sunoqrot receives a TWAS-COMSTECH Research Grant from the World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries! The grant is awarded to outstanding young scientists in countries belonging to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to enable them to carry out high-level research projects in various scientific disciplines. Congrats Dr. Sunoqrot and the team!

22 – 30/11/2017

Dr. Sunoqrot delivers talks at the 1st Conference of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Yarmouk University, and at Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan and The University of Toledo 6th International Pharmaceutical Conference (ZTIPC), Amman, Jordan.


Dr. Sunoqrot returns from Morocco after attending the 5th Arab-American Frontiers Symposium. The Symposium took place on November 2-4, 2017 in partnership with Mohammed V University and hosted by L’École Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique et d’Analyse des Systèmes (ENSIAS) in Rabat. The meeting brought together outstanding young scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from the United States and the 22 countries of the Arab League for a series of symposia to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. More information can be found here.



Dr. Sunoqrot is selected by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), along with 21 other scientists in the field of materials science and nanotechnology, to join the Postdoctoral Researchers’ Networking Tour (Postdoc-NeT 2017). The Tour, which took place between 24-30/9/2017, was entitled “Perspectives in German Materials Science and Nanotechnology”, and included visits to various German research institutions in Hamburg, Berlin, and Dresden. More information can be found here:

The profiles of the Postdoc-NeT 2017 fellows can be found here:


Our second research paper entitled “Polymer type and molecular weight dictate the encapsulation efficiency and release of quercetin from polymeric micelles” has just been accepted by Colloid and Polymer Science! Congrats to Dr. Sunoqrot and the team!



Dr. Sunoqrot finishes her Fulbright Fellowship and returns to Jordan after a very exciting and productive year at UC Berkeley!


Our very first research paper entitled “Interactions of mussel-inspired polymeric nanoparticles with gastric mucin: Implications for gastro-retentive drug delivery” has just been accepted by Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. Congrats to Dr. Sunoqrot and the team!


Our second research paper is currently under revision.


Our review paper entitled: “Synergistic Interplay of Medicinal Chemistry and Formulation Strategies in Nanotechnology – From Drug Discovery to Nanocarrier Design and Development” is accepted for publication in Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry! The paper is part of a special issue on the recent contributions of medicinal chemistry to nano drug delivery systems and bioconjugates.


Dr. Sunoqrot leaves for her Fulbright Fellowship to join the Messersmith Research Group at the University of California, Berkeley!


Dr. Sunoqrot’s first graduate student Ms. Aya Alsadi successfully defended her Masters thesis entitled “Influence of Polymer Type and Its Molecular Weight on the Release of Quercetin from Polymeric Micelles”. Congrats Aya!