Dr. Wafa Habbal

Dr. Wafa Habbal

Associate Prof
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences Program for Distinguished, Damascus University, Syria, 2016-present
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, Arab International University, Syria, 2013-present
Technical Supervisor, Molecular Diagnostics Lab, Al Assad Hospital, Damascus University, Syria, 2002-present

PhD in Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Damascus University, Syria, 2012
Master Science in Laboratory Diagnostics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Damascus University, Syria, 2006
Higher Diploma of Laboratory Diagnostics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Damascus University, Syria, 2001
Bachelor of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Damascus University, Syria, 1997
Certified Professional in HealthCare Quality (CPHQ), National Association for HealthCare Quality (NAHQ), USA, 2009


Tarakji I, Habbal W, Monem F. Association between STAT4 rs7574865 polymorphism and rheumatoid arthritis: debate unresolved. Open Rheumatol J. 2018 Oct 24;12(1):172-8. PMID: 30505369

Yazaji W, Habbal W, Monem F. Evaluation of vaccination efficiency against HBV among Syrian multitransfused patients. East Mediterr Health J. 2018 Mar 5;23(12):850-3. PMID: 29528096

Yazaji W, Habbal W, Monem F. Seropositivity of hepatitis B and C among Syrian multi-transfused patients with hemoglobinopathy. Mediterr J Hematol Infect Dis. 2016 Sep 1;8(1):e2016046. PMID: 27648209

Farhat-Maghribi S, Habbal W, Monem F. Frequency of BCR-ABL transcript types in Syrian CML patients. J Oncol. 2016;2016:8420853. PMID: 27313614

Zaidieh T, Habbal W, Monem F. Screening of GJB6 gene large deletions among Syrians with congenital hearing impairment. Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. 2015 Jul;19(7):405-7. PMID: 25989237

Muselmani W, Habbal W, Monem F. Prevalence of ‘anti-HBc alone’ among Syrian blood donors. J Infect Dev Ctries. 2014 Aug 13;8(8):1013-5. PMID: 25116667

Habbal W, Gärtner BC, Monem F. Identification of optimal target gene regions for hepatitis B virus genotyping by DNA sequencing. Intervirology. 2013 Aug 20;56(5):325-36. PMID: 23969496

Muselmani W, Habbal W, Monem F. Significance of screening antibodies to hepatitis B virus core antigen among Syrian blood donors. Transfus Med. 2013 Aug;23(4):265-8. PMID: 23621787

Habbal W, Monem F. Rethinking therapeutic decisions for hepatitis B infection in Syria: insights into molecular monitoring. J Infect Dev Ctries. 2012 Oct 19;6(10):744-7. PMID: 23103897

Habbal W, Monem F. Hepatitis B virus isolates, complete genome, 70 sequences (accession numbers JN257148 to JN257217; PopSet 364505024; released December 26, 2011).

Habbal W, Monem F, Gärtner BC. Comparative evaluation of published cytomegalovirus primers for rapid real-time PCR: which are the most sensitive? J Med Microbiol. 2009 Jul;58(Pt 7):878-83. PMID: 19502375

Habbal W, Monem F, Gärtner BC. Optimization of human cytomegalovirus LightCycler real-time PCR. J Infect Dev Ctries. 2008 Oct;2(5):406-10. PMID: 19745514

Habbal W, Monem F, Gärtner BC. Errors in published sequences of human cytomegalovirus primers and probes: Do we need more quality control? J Clin Microbiol. 2005 Oct;43(10):5408-9. PMID: 16208034

Habbal W, Monem F. Usage of computational software for analysis of human cytomegalovirus specific primers. Arab Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2005 Oct;3(1):21-6.

Monem F, Habbal W. Adaptation of HBV DNA & HCV RNA detection protocols to the LightCyclerTM using TaqMan technology. In proceeding of: Focus on the Patient: 16th IFCC - FESCC European Congress of Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine — EUROMEDLAB 2005, Glasgow. Clinica Chimica Acta. 2005 May;355:S147-S148