Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Dr. Hilal Zaid is a full Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the Arab American University (AAUP), Palestine. He is a member of the higher appointment committee at AAUP. Dr. Zaid received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Ben-Gurion University, Israel on June 2005 and then was trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research, the University of Toronto, Canada. In 2006, he joined the Program in Cell Biology at the Hospital for Sick Children as a postdoctoral fellow until July 2008. He was recruited temporary at Ben-Gurion University as a research associate. At the beginning of 2009 (until now), he established his own lab of Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Animal Unite at AAUP and Al-Qasemi Research Center.
Publications: Dr. Zaid has over 100-refereed publications (47 journal articles, most of them in highly-rated journals; 1 book, 3 book chapters; 55 conference abstracts). Dr. Zaid acts as Guest editor at the journal ‘Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity’ (IF 5.1), Journal of Clinical Medicine’ (IF: 5.6), Molecules (IF 3.3) and several others. He is also an editorial board member and lead guest editor for special issues in the ‘Evidenced Based Complementary Medicine Journal‘(IF: 2.1) and a reviewer for tens of other journals.
Advising and Training: Four PhD students and seven Master’s students.
Main Research Project: Medicinal plants anti-diabetic and anti-cancer active ingredients: isolation, protein target and action mechanism. Over 600,000$ were received from national and international sources to fund the research projects.
Selected recent publications
1. Kadan S., Melamed S., Benvalid Sh, Tietel Z., Sasson Y & Zaid H. (2021). Gundelia tournefortii: fractionation, chemical composition and anti-diabetic efficacy. Molecules (in press); impact factor 3.3
2. Shanak S., Basalat N., Bzoor R., Kadan S. and Zaid H. (2021) In vitro and in silico evaluation for the inhibitory action of O. basilicum methanol extract on alpha-glucosidase and alpha-amylase. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM), in press; impact factor 2.1
3. Pandey J., Dev K., Chattopadhyay S., Kadan S., Sharma T., Maurya R., Sanyal S., Siddiqi M.I., Zaid H.(*), Tamrakar A.K.(*) (2021) β-Sitosterol-D-glucopyranoside mimics estrogenic properties and stimulates glucose utilization in skeletal muscle cells. Molecules, 26 (3129): 1-16, impact factor 3.3. (*) corresponding authors
4. Kadan S., Sasson Y. and Zaid H. (2019) Portulaca oleracea L. extracts enhance GLUT4 translocation to the surface of muscle cells in insulin dependent and independent fashion. Advancement in Medicinal Plant Research 7(4) 85-90; impact factor 1.1
5. Shanak S. and Saad B., Zaid H. (2019) Metabolic and Epigenetic Action Mechanisms of Antidiabetic Medicinal Plants. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM); 2019: 3583067; impact factor 2.1
6. Zaid H., Tamrakar A.K., Razzaque M.S and Efferth T. (2018) Diabetes and Metabolism Disorders Medicinal Plants: A Glance at the Past and a Look to the Future. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM); 30; 2018:5843298; impact factor 2.1
7. Kadan S., Saad B., Sasson Y & Zaid H. (2018). Gundelia tournefortii anti-diabetic efficacy: Chemical composition and GLUT4 translocation. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM), 2018;8294320; impact factor 2.1
8. Kadan S., Saad B., Sasson Y & Zaid H. (2016). In vitro evaluation of anti-diabetic activity and cytotoxicity of chemically analyzed Ocimum basilicum extracts. Food Chemistry Journal, 196, 1066-1074; impact factor 6.3
Full list of publications can be found at
PhD and MSc students supervisor
2020, Research cluster leader in ‘Structural Biology’ funded by PGSB
2014, Principal investigator travel fund for research collaboration, Bank of Palestine
2007, Post-Doctoral INMD Travel Award, Canadian Institute of Health Research - Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (CIHR-INMD)