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Saima Khatoon, PhD

Academic Title:

Post Doc Fellow

Primary Appointment:

Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences


655 W Baltimore street, Baltimore, Maryland

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Education and Training

2022- PhD (Medical Elementology and Toxicology), Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India

2014- M.Sc. (Toxicology), Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India

2011- B.Pharm, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India


Saima Khatoon is a Postdoc fellow in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Saima Khatoon has completed PhD from Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, INDIA, with her research focused on deciphering the potential neuroprotective mechanism of the polyphenolic compound “Fisetin” in acute and chronic mouse models of epilepsy. 

Saima Khatoon pursued her Masters of Science in Toxicology and Bachelors in Pharmacy from Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Maternal inflammation, maternal infection, placenta explant, fetal brain.

Highlighted Publications

1. Khatoon, S., Kalam, N., Rashid, S., & Bano, G. (2023). Effects of gut microbiota on neurodegenerative diseases. Frontiers in aging neuroscience15, 1145241.

2. Khatoon, S., Samim, M., Dahalia, M., & Nidhi (2023). Fisetin provides neuroprotection in pentylenetetrazole-induced cognition impairment by upregulating CREB/BDNF. European journal of pharmacology944, 175583.

3. Khatoon, S., Kalam, N., Shaikh, M. F., Hasnain, M. S., Hafiz, A. K., & Ansari, M. T. (2022). Nanoencapsulation of Polyphenols as Drugs and Supplements for Enhancing Therapeutic Profile - A Review. Current molecular pharmacology15(1), 77–107.

4. Khatoon, S., Agarwal, N. B., Samim, M., & Alam, O. (2021). Neuroprotective Effect of Fisetin Through Suppression of IL-1R/TLR Axis and Apoptosis in Pentylenetetrazole-Induced Kindling in Mice. Frontiers in neurology12, 689069.

5. Chakraborty, R., Parveen, R., Varshney, P., Kapur, P., Khatoon, S., Saha, N., & Agarwal, N. B. (2021). Elevated urinary IL-36α and IL-18 levels are associated with diabetic nephropathy in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Minerva endocrinology46(2), 226–232.

Additional Publication Citations

1. Ashafaq, M., Sharma, P., Khatoon, S., Haque, D., Tabassum, H., & Parvez, S. (2016). Heavy Metal-Induced Systemic Dysfunction Attenuated by Tannic Acid. Journal of environmental pathology, toxicology and oncology : official organ of the International Society for Environmental Toxicology and Cancer35(2), 109–120.

2. Khatoon, S., Kalam, N., Balasubramaniam, V. R., Shaikh, M. F., & Ansari, M. T. (2022). Chemotherapeutic Role of Polyphenols Present in Ocimum sanctumAnti-cancer agents in medicinal chemistry22(20), 3325–3342.

3. Arafah, A., Khatoon, S., Rasool, I., Khan, A., Rather, M. A., Abujabal, K. A., Faqih, Y. A. H., Rashid, H., Rashid, S. M., Bilal Ahmad, S., Alexiou, A., & Rehman, M. U. (2023). The Future of Precision Medicine in the Cure of Alzheimer's Disease. Biomedicines11(2), 335.