Dean's Office

Dr. Deena Elsori

Academic advisor to the dean

Dr. Deena Elsori holds the position of Associate Professor and serves as the Academic Advisor for the Dean of Faculty at Rabdan Academy. Prior to joining Rabdan Academy, she held the role of Associate Dean of Student Affairs for the College of Health Sciences at Abu Dhabi University. Dr. Elsori has achieved notable accomplishments throughout her career and has been recognized as an exceptional professor, demonstrating exemplary leadership skills while imparting a wealth of knowledge to her students. Her exceptional contributions have been acknowledged through multiple distinguished faculty awards in the field of higher education.

Before relocating to the United Arab Emirates, Dr. Elsori served as a postdoctoral fellow at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA. Her research primarily focused on chronic inflammation and its correlation with heart disease. Currently, she directs her research interests towards public health and has emerged as a prominent advocate for wellbeing and health promotion within the UAE.

Dr. Elsori encompasses various roles, including that of an academician, researcher, mother, educator, and community builder. She played a pivotal part in establishing the public health program and the college of Health Sciences at Abu Dhabi University. She was instrumental in conceptualizing a Happiness Course aimed at equipping students with essential tools to enhance their emotional well-being. In essence, Dr. Deena Elsori prioritizes the holistic success of her students by placing a strong emphasis on their overall well-being.


    • 2004 - 2009: Cleveland State University/Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, USA - Ph.D. in Cell Biology/Molecular Medicine
    • 2003 - 2004: Faculty of Medicine in Kuwait University, Kuwait - M.Sc. (Candidate), Medical Biochemistry
    • 1999 - 2003: Faculty of Science, Kuwait University, Kuwait - B.Sc. in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry
    • 2011: International Studies, University of Bradford, UK - Certificate of Continuing Education, Dual-Use Biosecurity

Teaching Areas

    Public Health, Nutrition, Maternal and child Health, Cell Biology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Research Methods, Soft Skills

Research Interests

    Health promotion, Mental Health, Cancer Biology, Chronic Inflammation, Health Education 


    The adoption of artificial intelligence applications in education

    Alhumaid, K., Al Naqbi, S., Elsori, D., Al Mansoori, M. International Journal of Data and Network Science , 2023, 7(1), pp. 457–466

    COVID-19: Psychological distress, fear, and coping strategies among community members across the United Arab Emirates

    Al Dweik, R., Rahman, M.A., Ahamed, F.M.,Cross, W., Elsori, D. PLoS ONE, 2023, 18(3 March), e0282479

    Academic parenthood in the United Arab Emirates in the time of COVID-19

    Dickson, M., Midraj, J., Al Hakmani, R., Elsori D, Alhashmi, M., Tedam, P. Frontiers in Education, 2023, 8, 952472

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and biomarkers: A new paradigm in colorectal cancer

    Rashid, G., Khan, N.A., Elsori, D., Kamal, M.A., Hafez, W. Frontiers in Medicine, 2023, 10, 1130710

    Frontiers of Ferroptosis in Cancer Treatment

    Malik, D.-E.-S., Romero, M.A., Halim, S.F.M., Elsori D,Sabitaliyevich, U.Y., Attar, R.

    Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2022, 68(2), pp. 14–19

    The Impact of the COVID-19 “Infodemic” on Well-Being: A Cross-Sectional Study

    Elbarazi, I., Saddik, B., Grivna, M., Elsori, D, Stip, E., Bendak, E. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 2022, 15, pp. 289–307

    COVID-19: Factors associated with psychological distress, fear, and coping strategies among community members across 17 countries

    Rahman, M.A., Islam, S.M.S., Tungpunkom, P., Elsori, D,Ginting, T.T., Cross, W.M.

    Globalization and Health , 2021, 17(1), 117

    Influence of COVID-19 on lifestyle behaviors in the Middle East and North Africa Region: a survey of 5896 individuals

    Abouzid, M., El-Sherif, D.M., Eltewacy, N.K., Hamri, Z.E., Elsori D, Mouhi, H.E. Journal of Translational Medicine, 2021, 19(1), 129

    Utility and Professional Attitudes Toward Assistive Technology in UAE Special Needs Centers

    Fteiha, M., Elsori, D., Khalil, A., Al Bustami, G. International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education, 2021, 13(2), pp. 23–32

    Air Plug-Mediated Isolation and Centralization of Single T Cells in Rectangular Microwells for Biosensing. Pavithra Sukumar, Muhammedin Deliorman, Ayoola T. Brimmo, Roaa Alnemari, Deena H Elsori, Weiqiang Chen, and Mohammad A. Qasaimeh. Journal of Advanced Therapeutics. October, 2019

    Vitamin D deficiency in mothers, neonates and children

    Elsori, D.H., Hammoud, M.S.

    Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2018, 175, pp. 195–199

Dr. Deena Elsori
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