Faculty Overview, Vision and Mission:
The Faculty of Pharmacy and Biotechnology is among the founding Faculty of the German University in Cairo. In agreement with the values, mission and vision of the University, the Faculty strives to achieve excellence in teaching, research, public and professional services and to be locally and globally recognized as a center of excellence contributing to the well-being of the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry and betterment of health.
The Faculty is committed to provide high quality education according to the German pharmaceutical education code “Approbationsordnung” in the pharmaceutical sciences, and to internationally accredited levels in the field of Biotechnology. Practice-oriented teaching is a cornerstone of our education, serving to develop and enhance the students skills necessary to practice the profession of Pharmacy and Biotechnology in any setting, and to advance scientific knowledge through research, and to serve the profession and the community.
Study programs at the Faculty fulfill the requirements of the Egyptian Higher University Council (Committee for Pharmacy Sector). The Biotechnology programs for Bachelor and Master of Science have been accredited by the German Acquin Commission. The Faculty offers graduate degree programs leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in related fields.
The Faculty comprises six departments:
Our main concept is to identify common themes across different research groups within the PBT faculty to take advantage of synergistic interests and maximize the benefit from investments across the institution. It is worth mentioning that all clusters are directing their research activities towards a common concept of “Drug discovery from synthetic and natural sources, drug characterization, molecular characterization of diseases and mechanisms of action of pharmaceuticals, and drug formulations”.
At the GUC, the Faculty has established a vibrant culture of research, where senior faculty members have built research groups, allowing junior faculty and freshly graduated Ph.D. holders to develop their own, independent research profile. Individual laboratories as well as a central research facility serving all research groups have been instituted, providing a strong infrastructure for research of highest international standards.
Research Activities are focused in six major Clusters:
I Design, Synthesis and Characterisation of New Drugs and Pharmaceuticals
II Novel Pharmaceuticals from Medinical Plants and Marine Resources
III Metabolic Disorders, Pathomechanisms, Genetics and Therapy
IV Molecular Neuropharmacology
V Drug delivery, Drug formulations, and Clinical Application of Nanotechnology
VI Microbial Biotechnology, Biofilms
Within these clusters, 12 reseach groups have formed, collaborating within the Faculty as well as with neighbouring Faculties in the GUC, in addition to numerous international research cooperations in Europe, USA, UK, Italy, France, Germany, as well as within Egypt.
Two research clusters (I and II) focus on the generation of novel pharmaceuticals, either through computer-aided design, synthesis and characterization, or through isolation from natural resources. Pharmacutical and biomedical analysis of novel drugs is also an interest to clusters I and II. Two clusters (III, IV) are devoted to the study of disorders and their pathomechanisms on a molecular level, and mechanisms of action of pharmaceuticals, while cluster V brings the knowledge from these basic clusters to application, being focused on modern systems of drug delivery and drug formulation through micro- and nano delivery systems and photodynamic therapy. Cluster VI covers microbiological aspects and biofilms, while its focus on Biotechnology links basic biosciences to industrial application.