Assistant Professor-Pharmacology
Phone: (916) 686-8034

Dr. Hongbin Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. Before joining CNUCOP, he worked as a Senior Research Investigator in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He received his B. Med. (Pharmacy) and M. Med. (Pharmacology) from Second Military Medical University (Shanghai, China), and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from University of Pennsylvania.

Abdelbasset Farahat, PharmBS, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry
Phone: (916) 686-3529

Dr. Abdelbasset Farahat is an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences at California Northstate University. In 2002, Dr. Farahat received a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Mansoura University Egypt, and then in 2006, he received a Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences from Mansoura University Egypt. In 2010 Dr. Farahat received his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry after doing research at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA. His Ph.D. research focused on the design and synthesis of dicationic compounds to be used as antimalarial and antitrypanosomal agents.

Hazem Ali, B. Pharmacy, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor
Phone: (916) 686-7482

Dr. Hazem Ali is Adjunct Associate Professor at California Northstate University. Dr. Ali received Bachelor of Pharmacy from Mansoura University, Egypt and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, LA, USA. His Ph.D. research focused on formulation development and physicochemical characterization of self-emulsifying Drug Delivery Systems (SEDDS) and Nanoparticles. He used statistical modeling and experimental design (Design-of-Experiments (DoE)) to develop Simvastatin/Tocotrienol lipid nanoparticles and studied their effect on breast cancer cell lines. After graduation, Dr. Ali joined University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas, USA as Postdoctoral Fellow where he developed polymeric nanoparticles and studied their transport across in vitro models of human placenta and Blood Brain Barrier (BBB). He designed Oxcarbazepine-loaded polymeric nanoparticles for potential therapy of Pregnant Women with Epilepsy. Dr. Ali was awarded William and Mary McGanity Research Fund Award for his research. Subsequently, Dr. Ali joined Moores Cancer Center at the University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA where his research was supported by Ruth L. Kirschtein T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship from NIH. He was trained to develop enzyme-encapsulated silica nanoparticles and study their effects on nude mice bearing ovarian tumor xenografts. Dr. Ali is currently a Chemist in the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality at the US FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Eslam Mohamed, PharmBS,  PhD

Assistant Professor of Medical Immunology 
Phone: (916) 686-9275 

Dr. Mohamed got his PhD training in Dr. Andrew Mellor’s lab at the Medical College of Georgia where he studied the immune regulatory role of indoleamine 2,3 dioxygenase enzyme in viral infection, autoimmunity and tumor models. After earning his doctoral degree in 2016, Dr. Mohamed pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Paulo Rodriguez’s lab at Moffitt Cancer center where he focused on understanding the mechanisms that govern the suppressive phenotype of tumor associated myelopoiesis and developing therapeutic interventions to promote an effective antitumor immunity.​


The role of cholesterol and lipid metabolism in myeloid cells undergoing inflammation. Tumor cells vulnerabilities to stress responses and chemotherapy.

MPS Staff

Bla Chang, BA

MPS Administrative Assistant
Phone: (916) 686-8005

Catherine F. Yang, PhD

Dean of the College of Graduate Studies

Professor of Molecular Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry/Biomedical Sciences
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Associate Dean of Medical Education, College of Medicine
Phone: (916) 686-7300

Dr. Yang is a Professor of Molecular Pharmacology at MPS and the Department of Basic Science of College of Medicine of California Northstate University (CNU). Before joining CNU, Dr. Yang was a biochemistry/pharmacology Professor in the departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Translational Biomedical Sciences at Rowan University for 21 years. She also held Professorships at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Translational Biomedical Sciences as well in the SOM Medical School. She has held research and faculty positions at Harvard Medical School, the American Health Foundation, Boston Biomedical Research Institute, Tokyo University of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Pennsylvania and Zhejiang University of Technology. Dr. Yang’s research interest centers around the proteolytic regulation in various disease progression stages including aging. Her drug discovery programs specifically target against type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, leukemia and lung cancer. Her current interest in developing allergy vaccines has been resulted in clinical trials at affiliated clinics.

MPS Faculty

Ahmed El-Shamy, PhD

Director, Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences Program

Assistant Professor of Virology

Phone: (916) 686-7482

Dr. Ahmed El-Shamy is an assistant professor of Virology at California Northstate University. In 2009, Dr. El-Shamy received a PhD in Molecular Virology from Kobe University, Japan. His PhD study was selected as the Medical School Excellent Paper for the 2008-2009 Academic Year. In 2011, Dr. El-Shamy joined Division of Liver Diseases at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York as a senior post-doctoral fellow. Dr. El-Shamy received 2014 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Award; and 2013 Encouragement State Prize in Medical Sciences from the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Egypt.

Simeon Kotchoni, PhD

Associate Professor-Molecular Physiology and Biochemistry
Phone: (916) 686-8558

Dr. Kotchoni is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences at California Northstate University, College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP). Prior to joining CNUCOP, he was an assistant Professor at Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey (2011-2017). He received his B.S. and MS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from University of Abomey Calavi, Benin, and another MS in Microbiology from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Bonn, Germany, where he studied the role of Aldehyde Dehydrogenase (ALDH) Gene superfamily in a model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana.

Hongbin Wang, PharmBS, MS, PhD

Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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