Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry


Brief Biography

Hatem Tallima obtained his BSc in Chemistry, with specialization in clinical chemistry, with excellent high honors from The American University in Cairo in Spring 2000. He has worked as a researcher in the Immunology Laboratory of Rashika El Ridi at Cairo University since 2000 till 2016. In 2002, he was awarded the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation Award and Grant. Tallima got both his MSc and PhD degrees in 2003 and 2006 respectively, in biochemistry from Cairo University.

His post doctoral research focuses in the field of biochemistry and applied organic chemistry, collaborating with both national and international renowned research institutions in France, United States, Greece and the Czech Republic. His research areas of interest include developing and synthesizing peptides and other bio-organic molecules to be used as drugs, drug-carriers, and vaccines to treat tropical diseases such as schistosomiasis and fascioliasis. Tallima’s extensive research work is reflected in 37 peer-reviewed international publications, including articles, reviews, and book chapters.

Tallima joined AUC as an adjunct faculty at the Department of Chemistry since 2006, and was appointed as a full time assistant professor of organic and medicinal chemistry in 2017. Tallima has also deep interests in public affairs and has been invited as a key speaker in many Egyptian and international events on topics like science and society, green chemistry, alternative medicine, and epistemology.


PhD, 2006, Cairo University, Egypt.

MSc, 2003, Cairo University, Egypt.

BSc, 2000, The American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Selected Publications

Research Interests

  • Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis.
  • Development of biorganic molecules as drug, drug-carriers, and vaccines.
  • Biochemical treatment and prevention of tropical diseases.

Teaching Interests

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemistry

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (Chem 5203)
  • Organic Chemistry III (Chem 4006)
  • Biochemistry (Chem 3015)
  • Chemistry and Society (Chem 1003)
  • Man and the Environment (Chem 1004)
  • General Chemistry I (Chem 1005)
  • Chemistry, Art, and Archaeology (Sc 1040)


  • Organic Chemistry Lab I (Chem 3010)
  • Organic Chemistry Lab II (Chem 3016)
  • Biochemistry Lab (Chem 3015)
  • General Chemistry Lab I (Chem 1015)
  • General Science Lab (Sc 1050)