Hibah O.  Awwad , Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Phone (405) 271-6593  x47210
Fax (405) 271-7505
Office   CPB 315

Research Summary

My research primarily focuses on studying neurotoxic mechanisms following a traumatic brain injury and targeting these pathways with potential neuroprotective agents. Studies include molecular, biochemical, behavioral and imaging techniques using traumatic brain injury models.

Education & Experience

    Ph.D. in Pharmacology, University of Houston, Houston, TX. 2005.
    B.Sc. in Pharmacy, Amman University, Amman, Jordan. 1998.
    Certificate: Preparing Future Faculty, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, OKC, OK. 2010.
Research Experience:
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. OKC, OK.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. OKC, OK.
  • Visiting Fellow, Cancer and Cell Biology Branch, National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Pharmacological & Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston, Houston, TX.
  • Head of Literature Research Division at Drug Information Dept., Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries. Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Honors & Service

  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Walmart Scholar, San Antonio, TX. 2011.
  • Postdoctoral Travel Award - Society for Neuroscience. Washington, DC. 2011.
  • Graduate College Postdoctoral Research Award. Award for scientific achievement. Travel Award. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. OKC, OK. 2010.
  • Postdoctoral Scientific Research Award. Neuropharmacology division. ASPET. Experimental Biology/Federation of American Societies. Experimental Biology, Anaheim, CA. 2010.
  • John B. Bruce Scholarship Award. Outstanding postdoctoral fellow in Pharmaceutical Sciences. OU College of Pharmacy. OKC, OK. 2010.
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    Selected Publications & Presentations

    1. Awwad H O, Durand C D, Gonzalez L P, Tompkins P, Zhang Y, Lerner M R, Brackett D J, Sherry D M, Awasthi V, Standifer K. Post-blast treatment with Nociceptin/Orphanin FQ peptide (NOP) receptor antagonist reduces brain injury-induced hypoxia and signaling proteins in vestibulomotor-related brain regions. Behavioural brain research. 2016;
    2. Maltos K K, Stratton N C, Zhang Y, Awwad H O, Standifer K, M S D. Sources and suppression of autofluorescence in multi-channel immunofluorescent microscopy of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded sections of brain and spinal cord tissue J Histochem Cytochem. In Press;
    3. Awwad H O. Detecting Behavioral Deficits Post Traumatic Brain Injury in Rats. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.). 2016; 1462: 573-96.
    4. Awwad H O, Gonzalez L P, Tompkins P, Lerner M, Brackett D J, Awasthi V, Standifer K. Blast Overpressure Waves Induce Transient Anxiety and Regional Changes in Cerebral Glucose Metabolism and Delayed Hyperarousal in Rats. Frontiers in neurology. 2015; 6: 132.
    5. Kobeissy F H, Mouhieddine T H, Awwad H O. Traumatic brain injury research woefully ignored Nature Middle East. 2015;
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    Current Grants Awarded

    Current Grant: "Unveiling neurotoxic mechanisms in a traumatic brain injury model." OUHSC College of Pharmacy seed grant, Jul 2015 - Jul 2016.

    Completed Grant: "Characterization of [18]F-FB-RYYRIR-NH2 as a PET tracer for in vivo ORL1 receptor imaging in rats." OUHSC College of Pharmacy seed grant, Nov 2009 - Oct 2010.