Dr. Al-Kateb comes from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Immunology for five years. Dr. Al-Kateb’s international training includes a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Pathology, both from the School of Pharmacy, Damascus University; a Doctorate degree (summa cum laude) in Human Molecular Genetics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany; post-doctoral fellowship training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Canada; and fellowship training in both Clinical Cytogenetics and Clinical Molecular Genetics at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio. He is dually boarded by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) in Clinical Cytogenetics and Clinical Molecular Genetics and Genomics.
As Medical Director of the University of Arizona Genetic Core for Clinical Services Laboratory, Dr. Al-Kateb's focus is on developing clinical genetic tests that aim at identifying somatic mutations to be used for cancer targeted therapy, and developing clinical genetic tests that seek to identify germline mutations which underline constitutional genetic disorders using state-of-the art technologies.
Dr. Al-Kateb's has authored more than 50 publications including original articles, abstracts and book chapters. His research interest is in identifying disease genes for both Mendelian and complex diseases, genotype-phenotype correlations, identifying genetic markers for cancer and applying NGS technology in the clinic.