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Dr. Jawad Alzeer

Curriculum Vitae CV



Jawad Alzeer, Rami Arafeh, Kaïs Hussain Al-Gubory

Rational and Practical Aspects of Halal and Tayyib in the context of Food Safety

Halalopathic: New Concept in Medicine coming soon


Halal Certification

Ethanol and its Halal Status in Food Industries



خبير وباحث فلسطيني بجامعة زيورخ

جواد الزيّر .. تفوّق علمي يُخفي قلقا وجوديا


Competence in Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Nucleic Acid Chemistry, and Natural Product

  • 1990-1995: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1987-1989: M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry University of Karachi, Pakistan 1983-1987: B. Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry, Physiology and Microbiology as minor subjects, University of Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1985-1986: Maths Certificate in Mathematics University of Karachi, Pakistan

Doctoral Dissertation
Title: Towards oligosaccharide analogues of cellulose, ETH Zurich, 1995.
Advisor: Prof. A. Vasella; Co-examiner: Prof. F. Diederich

Professional Experience

Academic & Industrial; Teaching, Organic synthesis, Drug design, reference compounds, Gene therapy, G-quadruplex DNA, Cancer research, Medicinal plants


  • April 2016-Now: Lecturer & Senior Researcher, Department of Chemistry, Zürich University, Switzerland “Medical Student Coordinator at Chemistry Department”  .
  • January 2014-Now: Managing Director, Swiss Scientific Society for Developing Countries, Zürich, Switzerland.
  • January 2010-Now: Head of scientific board, Halal Certification Services, Rheinfelden, Switzerland. “Audit food products that meet Halal requirements”.
  • June 2012-March 2016: Senior Scientist, Department of Chemistry, Zürich University, Switzerland‘Investigate medicinal plant as potential therapy for cancer’‘Design, synthesis and evaluation of anticancer compounds that interact with Different G-quadruplexes structures’.
  • September 2010-Now: Assistant Professor, Palestine Polytechnic University, Applied science department, Hebron, Palestine. “Design and development of novel, mild and efficient extraction method for natural products”“Teaching General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry”
  • October 2009-August 2010: Senior Scientist, Lipomed AG, Arlesheim, Switzerland ‘Design of new anti-cancer drugs, Synthesis of drug reference standards, Management of pre-clinical and clinical research, Supervising and leading staff in drug manufacture, Presenting scientific lectures, Scientific consultant’
  • October 2006-September 2009: Senior Research Associate, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Zürich University, Switzerland ‘Design, synthesis and evaluation of potential anticancer compounds that interact with human telomeric G-quadruplexes DNA and inhibit telomerase enzyme’
  • March 2001-September 2006: Research Associate, Institute of Molecular Cancer Research (IMCR), Zürich University, Switzerland ‘Development of a simple and concise approach for the synthesis of well-defined bridged interstrand cross-link DNA’ ‘Design of chemical approach for targeted mutagenesis by exploiting the base excision repair pathway’
  • Feb 2000-Feb 2001: Assistant Professor, Palestine Polytechnic University, Hebron, Palestine ‘Teaching introductory, general chemistry, supervising chemistry laboratories, design and engineering laboratory course’
  • November 1998-February 2000: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA ‘Synthesis of nucleoside and non-nucleoside inhibitors of human immunodeficiency virus reverse transcriptase’
  • March 1996-September 1998: Postdoctoral Fellow, Hoffmann La Roche, Basel, Switzerland ‘Identification and optimisation of a new antimalarial pharmacophore: phenyl β-methoxyacrylates, linked to an aromatic ring via olefinic bridge, have been identified as novel, potentially inexpensive, antimalarial agents’
  • March 1993-December 1995: Research Fellow, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland ‘A new approach towards polysaccharide analogues: Preparation of mono- and oligomeric acetylenosaccharides up to a fully deprotected octamer’
  • October 1990-March 1993: Research Fellow, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Zürich University, Switzerland ‘Synthesis of Acetyleno-Oligosaccharides: Stereoselective introduction of alkynyl groups into glucose’
  • October 1989-October 1990: Research Fellow, H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry, Karachi, Pakistan ‘Synthesis of biologically active compounds from readily available carbohydrates’
  • April 1988-June 1989: Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Karachi University, Pakistan ‘Synthesis of C-disaccharides by a carbon Ferrier rearrangement’ ‘Teaching general and organic chemistry’


 First Class with Distinction

  • Offered Merit Certificate from University of Karachi
  • Stood Fourth Position in the Faculty of Science.
  • Stood Second Position in the Chemistry Department
  • M.Sc. and B.Sc. with Distinction
  • Secured “A” Grade in all Chemistry Courses

Master Thesis

1- Zahra Yasser Al-jabary, In Vitro Propagation of Arbutus andrachne L. and the Detection of Catechin, 2011.
2- Ghada M. Haroon Abu Khalaf, Capparis spinosa L. “Caper”: In Vitro Cultures and Bioassay, 2011.
3- Wala’ Manasrah, In Vitro Propagation of Crataegus aronia and secondary metabolites detection, 2012.
4- Ali Essa Abu Allan, Ziziphus spina-christi “Christ’s Thorn”: In Vitro Callus and Cell Culture, Qualitative Analysis of Secondary Metabolites and Bioassay, 2012.

Additional Knowledge
Languages: Arabic–fluent; English; German; Urdo.
Computing: Detailed knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Beilstein & SciFinder on PC & Mac
Teaching and advising: Teaching assistant; advising Master and PhD students.
Extra activities: Social and generous personality

Collect unique pens, reading history books, playing basketball, combine imagination with reality

Additional Websites for Halal Certification







2 thoughts on “Home

    • Thanks Abdullah, I hope you are doing well. InshaAllah if I got the Chance to come to Riyadh, it would be great to meet you. With my best wishes from Switzerland

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