Omar Moukha-Chafiq, Ph.D.
Moukha-Chafiq received his doctorate and master’s in bio-organic chemistry from the University of Cadi-Ayad in Marrakech-Morocco, in collaboration with the University of Montpellier-France. He studied the synthesis of modified cyclic and acyclic nucleoside analogs as antitumor, antiviral and anti-tuberculosis agents. Following his graduate studies, he joined Southern Research as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Jack A. Secrist, where his synthetic efforts initially focused on nucleoside/nucleotide and carbohydrate chemistry. Since then, Moukha-Chafiq has gained more than 14 years of extensive research and synthetic experience in the areas of anticancer, antiviral, antibiotic nucleoside chemistry and small-molecule drug discovery. He has also published several research peer-reviewed manuscripts in journals of international repute. With his broad synthetic background and his experience with solid-, solution-, and liquid-phase methodologies employing both robotic and manual protocols, he has been the lead chemist on several NIH-funded grant projects and his scientific record includes several publications and patents.