Group Members

Dr. Othmane Bouhali received his PhD in Science from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in 1999. Since 1994, he has participated in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment program at the Large Hadron Collider Project (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear and Particle Physics (CERN). He was also a member of the fixed target experiment HERMES at the Deutsches Electronen Synchrotron (DESY) and a member of the AMANDA/ICECUBE neutrino telescopes at the South Pole. His field of expertise includes: charged particle detectors, high energy and medical physics and high performance computing. He is Director of Research Computing and Research Professor at Texas A&M University at Qatar.

Maya Abi Akl has a Master’s degree in Physics from the American University of Beirut. She teaches labs and recitations for different Physics courses in the Science Program. Her research work involves Monte Carlo simulation of long axial field of view Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanners. PET is a nuclear imaging modality widely used in pre-clinical and clinical settings with applications in oncology, neurology and cardiology.

Dr. Shivali Malhotra is a postdoc working in the CMS experiment. Her work includes large scale simulation of GEM, contribution to the alignment system of the CMS muon system and phenomenology studies.

Dr. Yassine Toufique graduated from Mohammed V University of Rabat with a B.Sc. in Physics in 2007, a M.Sc. in Medical Physics in 2009, and a PhD in Medical Physics & Biomedical Imaging in 2014. He worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at Texas AM University at Qatar on an international project to develop a new Monte Carlo (MC) FLUKA PET tool to model and validate PET scanners. Then, he joined University of Mohammed VI of Health Sciences in Casablanca, Morocco as a temporary assistant professor. He is currently working in the medical physics group at TAMUQ on advanced MC simulation of PET and CT scanners and Radiotherapy applications, using different software such as Primo, FLUKA and GATE.

Dr. Ali Sheharyar is a Senior Lead Software Applications Developer in Research Computing group at Texas A&M University at Qatar. He did his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Münster in 2020, Masters in Computing from Qatar University in 2015, and B.S. in Computer Science from Pakistan in 2004. His areas of interest include biomedical visualization, information visualization, high performance computing and virtual/augmented reality technologies.

Shaikha Al-Qahtani graduated in Electrical and Computer Engineering Program. Her main work is to study the response of GEM detectors to charged particles such muons and charged pions. She also spent two months at CERN internship program working on RPC for ATLAS.

Abdulaziz Al-Qahtani
Electrical and Computer Enginnering (ECEN) Program
Current project: Sensitivity analysis

Maryam Al-Buainain is a mechanical engineering student. She is working on studying the effect of electric field on GEM behaviors. She is also working on phenomenology for possible dark matter channels.

Alaa Abdalla is a Mechanical Engineering student. She is working on finite element analysis modeling of large detector foils deformation under stretching forces.

Ayesha Azimuddin is an Electrical and Computer Engineering student and is currently working on a T3 project based on Radiation therapy in collaboration with Texas A&M main campus. Ayesha’s work involves simulating tumors on virtual phantoms using a computational software and applying radiation therapy to study the changes in their properties.

Ahmed Mohamed is a Chemical Engineering student working on creating a deep learning image recognition algorithm that would be able to detect tumors from PET scans. The project is in collaboration withSidra Medicine to train and validate AI algorithms on imaging data.

Ali Al-Malik is an Electrical and Computer Engineering student working in phenomenology for the possibilities of finding dark matter channels in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). He participated in the student poster award competition during the third international computational science and engineering conference in Doha, Qatar.

Ali is also a member of the medical physics group working on the second phase of wristPET2 project. WristPET2 is a device that measures the radiation of radioactive tracers that are injected in the human body during PET scans.

Insha Shaikh is a Chemical Engineering student. She is responsible for performing RadioTherapy simulation using TOPAS software and comparing the results against GATE software and experimental measurements.

Seham Al-Baker is a Mechanical Engineering student, minored in Electrical Engineering. Her research work consists of the use of a Monte Carlo tools to study Positron Emission Tomography scanners for imaging at low activity sources using different scintillation crystals.

She presented her work at the 3rd International Computational Science and Engineering Conference on October 2019 in Qatar.