Taken July 2015. Summer students Olanike Awontunde (University of Maryland-Baltimore County), left, and Dhruw Maisuria (Governors School for Science and Mathematics), right; Olanike was co-mentored by Dr. Reaves and Dhruw was co-mentored by Dr. Twal, both co-mentors are in the Department of Regenerative Medicine
Taken August 2015. University of Maryland-Baltimore County student Olanike Awontunde, center, with Drs. Titus Reaves, left, and Samar Hammad. Catalyst report at: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/catalyst/archives/2015/8-21SURP.html
Taken September 2015. Visiting MD student Haneen Saeed Alja’bari from Jordan University, Amman, Jordan was hosted by Dr. Hammad and did several laboratory rotations in the laboratories of Dr. Cowart, Dr. Ogretmen (Biochemistry), Dr. C. Kern, Dr. Twal, Dr. Hammad (Regenerative medicine) and did a clinical rotation in Endocrinology with Dr. Kwon.
Taken November, 2015, at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Seattle, Washington, Olanike Awontunde presenting her poster: The Role of Scleraxis in Neutrophil Activation; she received FASEB MARC Travel Award.
Dr. Hammad co-chaired with Dr. Roger Sandhoff, University of Mannheim, Germany the session Sphingolipidomics in the 8th International Ceramide Conference (iCC) and the sphingolipid Club Joint Meeting May 6-10, 2015, Izmir, Turkey. Jad El Abiad from Hammad’s laboratory and MD student at the American University of Beirut (right in bottom photo) presented a short talk and a poster on deoxy-sphingolipids and diabetic neuropathy in Type 1 diabetes; next to Jad is Mohammed Dany, MD, PhD student from Dr. Ogretmen’s laboratory at MUSC.
Dr. Regina Benjamin, Former Surgeon General of the United States visited MUSC on April 15, 2015 and gave a talk entitled My Life–My Story. Dr. Regina Benjamin also visited with leaders from WSI and ARROWS and shared her valuable experiences with them. Next to Dr. Regina Benjamin in the bottom photo are Dr. Hammad, Dr. Magruder, and Dr. Mauldin.
Dr. Hammad was inaugurated among 52 faculty members to the MUSC Inaugural Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors on January 21, 2015. Hammad’s United States Patent No. 6,846,636 B1 is for the invention “METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR HDL HOLOPARTICLE UPTAKE RECEPTOR”, Argraves et al., issued 1/25/05; MUSC Reference No. P9846
Dr. Hammad attended the 2nd International Workshop on Molecular Medicine of Sphingolipids, Kloster Banz, Germany, September 16-19, 2014. This international event was organized by Dr. Tony Futerman, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel; Erich Gulbins, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany; Richard Kolesnick, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, United States; Toshiro Okazaki, Kanazawa Medical University, Ishikawa, Japan; and Josef Pfeilschifter, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Dr. Hammad hosted Dr. Edward Botchwey, Ph.D., Georgia Tech, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Atlanta, GA as the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology seminar guest speaker on April 16, 2014. Title of Dr. Botchwey’s talk was Harnessing Sphingolipid Signaling and Metabolism for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Hammad co-chaired with Dr. Anne Negre-Salvayre, University of Toulouse, France the session Sphingosine Kinase Regulation and Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Signaling in the 7th International Ceramide Conference (iCC) at Montauk, Long Island, NY, October 20, 2013
Dr. Hammad was invited by The Qatar Research Foundation to participate in the unveiling of Qatar National Research Strategy 21-23 October 2012. The Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, gave the Opening Address. Dr. Hammad gave a talk on recent research advancements in the area of diabetes and atherosclerosis. http://www.qf-arf.org/Program-PDF.php.
Cover page of Cell Mol Life Sci. 2011 Oct; 68(20). Truman JP, Al Gadban MM, Smith KJ, Hammad SM. Acid sphingomyelinase in macrophage biology, pages 3293-3305
Taken November 13th 2010 at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Charlotte, NC, Jashalynn German (right) from Spelman College and a student in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (Dr. Hammad's laboratory summer 2009 & 2010) won one of the Presentation Awards together with Melissa Youssef (Dr. Cook's laboratory/MUSC).
Taken November 12th 2010 at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Charlotte, NC, Jashalynn German presenting her poster: Effects of Genetic Deletion of NOS2 or NOS3 on Atherosclerosis in a Lupus Nephritis Mouse Model.
Taken November 5th 2010 at the MUSC Student Research Day, Jashalynn German (1st row, 4th from right) from Spelman College and a student in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (Dr. Hammad's laboratory summer 2009 & 2010) won First Prize for Oral Presentation/Undergraduates
Taken November 5th 2010 at the MUSC Student Research Day, Dr. Mohammed Al Gadban, MD and a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Hammad's group presented his poster: HSP70/70B' induced by lipoprotein immune complexes sequester lipids in the endosomal compartment: impact on oxidative stress and macrophage survival, red flag indicates revisit by judges for reconsideration for a prize.
Taken October 8th 2010 at the South Eastern Lipid Research Conference (SELRC), Dr. Mohammed Al Gadban (left) and Collaborator Dr. Waleed Twal from Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology/MUSC, Callaway Gardens, GA
Taken October 8th 2010 at the South Eastern Lipid Research Conference (SELRC), Dr. Jean-Philip Truman, a Staff Scientist in Dr. Hammad's group presented his poster: Acid sphingomyelinase in survival and activation of monocytic cells following cross-linking of Fc-γ receptors
Taken September 30th 2010 at the MUSC Service Award ceremony, Dr. Hammad is a recipient of a 10-year Service Award, Dr. Greenberg, President of MUSC, took pictures with awardees
Taken September 30th 2010 at the MUSC Service Award ceremony, Dr. Hammad is a recipient of a 10-year Service Award, Dr. Lopes-Virella, a collaborator and a mentor, is a recipient of a 30-year Service Award
Taken August 2010, from left to right, Dr. Hammad, two summer students in the CGS/Summer Undergraduate Research program: Dezirea Jones from Erskine College and returning student Jashalynn German from Spelman College, Postdoctoral Fellow Mohammed Al Gadban, Staff Scientist Jean-Philip Truman, and Research Specialist Kent Smith.
Taken August 2010, from left to right, Collaborator Dr. Rick Klein from Department of Medicine, Dr. Hammad, two summer students in the CGS/Summer Undergraduate Research program: Dezirea Jones from Erskine College, and returning student Jashalynn German from Spelman College, Staff Scientist Jean-Philip Truman, and Postdoctoral Fellow Mohammed Al Gadban
Taken Friday 5/15/09 at the MUSC Graduation Ceremony
Dr. Samar Hammad served as a College of Graduate Studies Marshal.
Taken 10/19/07 on Intellectual Property Day/ MUSC for Patent No. 6,846,636 B1 for the invention "METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR HDL HOLOPARTICLE UPTAKE RECEPTOR" issued 1/25/05 for Dr. Scott Argraves (left) and Dr. Samar Hammad (center). Plaques presented by Dr. Mark Kindy, Assistant Provost for Technology Transfer and Corporate Relations
Taken 8/10/08 at the annual Faculty Convocation
Dr. John Raymond, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the Medical University of South Carolina, presented Dr. Samar Hammad with Developing Scholar Award
Catalyst report at: http://www.musc.edu/catalyst/archive/2008/co8-22faculty.html
Taken 8/10/08 at the annual Faculty Convocation for outstanding contributors
Front row from left are Drs. Samar Hammad, Valerie West, Mary Mauldin and Karen Wager. Back row from left are Drs. Robert Stuart, Marc Judson, Adrian Van Bakel and Mark Eckert. Not pictured is Dr. Anouk Grubaugh.
Taken 8/10/08 at the annual Faculty Convocation
Dr. Raymond Greenberg, the president of the Medical University of South Carolina, and Dr. Samar Hammad at the reception.