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Sawsan Khuri

Lecturer (E&S) in Medical Sciences


 College House 


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

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Sawsan’s non-linear career path spans academia and entrepreneurship. She started her scientific journey at the lab bench working on plant physiology and biochemistry (PhD, University of London), then moved to computational analysis of protein evolution (Postdoc, University of Reading) and from there into functional genomics in the context of medical sciences (Staff, University of Miami, FL, USA).

Sawsan developed and delivered the first full-credit undergraduate and postgraduate taught modules in bioinformatics at universities in three countries:

  • American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2002),
  • University of Miami, FL, USA (2003-2016) where she also established their bioinformatics analysis core facility, and
  • United Arab Emirates University, Abu Dhabi (2010-2011, UAE).

She became the Director of Engagement for the Institute for Data Science and Computing at UM in 2012, where she worked across the whole university breaking down disciplinary barriers, reaching out to business, and launching initiatives to encourage girls and women into STEM. Sawsan established Team Science education and training provisions at UM, and won a Leadership Award in 2014. Her most favourite accomplishment is being featured in the Super Cool Scientists Coloring Book (Sara MacSorely, 2017).

At Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health, Sawsan is a part-time Education and Scholarship Lecturer in Medical Sciences, where she co-leads the Medical Genetics module, delivers Team Science curricular interventions for several modules, plays an active role in Academic Tutoring, and is a PRP mentor with the Academic Development team.

When not at the university, Sawsan runs two businesses where she creates synergies and empowers the young. She volunteers for Scouts and for refugee welfare in her local community. Sawsan in a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, a Trustee at the Exeter Phoenix, and a member of the International Women’s Forum where she chairs the Data and AI Ethics group.

For more, please find and follow her on LinkedIn.


  • BSc (Hons) University of Reading
  • PhD University of London
  • Senior Fellow of Advance HE (SFHEA)
  • Design Thinking certification, IDEO-U
  • Psychological First Aid certification, Johns Hopkins via Coursera
  • Science Communication Masterclass certification, UWE (Bristol)



Research interests

Sawsan’s current research interests are in science communication, mainly in training researchers for more effective cross-disciplinary collaborative practices, and also in how scientific concepts are communicated to the public.


Journal articles

Greer JB, Khuri S, Fieber LA (2017). Phylogenetic analysis of ionotropic L-glutamate receptor genes in the Bilateria, with special notes on Aplysia californica. BMC Evol Biol, 17(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Wuchty S, Rajagopala SV, Blazie SM, Parrish JR, Khuri S, Finley RL, Uetz P (2017). The Protein Interactome of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Bacterial Meta-interactomes Improve Function Predictions. mSystems, 2(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Mariano R, Khuri S, Uetz P, Wuchty S (2016). Local Action with Global Impact: Highly Similar Infection Patterns of Human Viruses and Bacteriophages. mSystems, 1(2). Abstract.  Author URL.
Khuri S, Wuchty S (2015). Essentiality and centrality in protein interaction networks revisited. BMC Bioinformatics, 16 Abstract.  Author URL.
Jiang Z, Jones DH, Khuri S, Tsinoremas NF, Wyss T, Jander G, Wilson ACC (2013). Comparative analysis of genome sequences from four strains of the Buchnera aphidicola Mp endosymbion of the green peach aphid, Myzus persicae. BMC Genomics, 14 Abstract.  Author URL.
Zaki N, Wolfsheimer S, Nuel G, Khuri S (2011). Conotoxin protein classification using free scores of words and support vector machines. BMC Bioinformatics, 12 Abstract.  Author URL.
Gosink M, Khuri S, Valdes C, Jiang Z, Tsinoremas NF (2011). GenSensor Suite: a Web-Based Tool for the Analysis of Gene and Protein Interactions, Pathways, and Regulation. Adv Bioinformatics, 2011 Abstract.  Author URL.
Edwards YJK, Beecham GW, Scott WK, Khuri S, Bademci G, Tekin D, Martin ER, Jiang Z, Mash DC, ffrench-Mullen J, et al (2011). Identifying consensus disease pathways in Parkinson's disease using an integrative systems biology approach. PLoS One, 6(2). Abstract.  Author URL.
Ali BR, Hertecant JL, Al-Jasmi FA, Hamdan MA, Khuri SF, Akawi NA, Al-Gazali LI (2011). New and known mutations associated with inborn errors of metabolism in a heterogeneous Middle Eastern population. Saudi Medical Journal, 32(4), 353-359.
Bonetto A, Aydogdu T, Kunzevitzky N, Guttridge DC, Khuri S, Koniaris LG, Zimmers TA (2011). STAT3 activation in skeletal muscle links muscle wasting and the acute phase response in cancer cachexia. PLoS One, 6(7). Abstract.  Author URL.
Nassif H, Al-Ali H, Khuri S, Keirouz W, Page D (2010). An Inductive Logic Programming Approach to Validate Hexose Binding Biochemical Knowledge. Inductive Log Program, 5989, 149-165. Abstract.  Author URL.
Rampersaud E, Kinnamon DD, Hamilton K, Khuri S, Hershberger RE, Martin ER (2010). Common susceptibility variants examined for association with dilated cardiomyopathy. Ann Hum Genet, 74(2), 110-116. Abstract.  Author URL.
Rosero S, Bravo-Egana V, Jiang Z, Khuri S, Tsinoremas N, Klein D, Sabates E, Correa-Medina M, Ricordi C, Domínguez-Bendala J, et al (2010). MicroRNA signature of the human developing pancreas. BMC Genomics, 11 Abstract.  Author URL.
Nassif H, Al-Ali H, Khuri S, Keirouz W (2009). Prediction of protein-glucose binding sites using support vector machines. Proteins, 77(1), 121-132. Abstract.  Author URL.
Radwan A, Younis A, Luykx P, Khuri S (2008). Prediction and analysis of nucleosome exclusion regions in the human genome. BMC Genomics, 9 Abstract.  Author URL.
Mnayer L, Khuri S, Merheby HA-A, Meroni G, Elsas LJ (2006). A structure-function study of MID1 mutations associated with a mild Opitz phenotype. Mol Genet Metab, 87(3), 198-203. Abstract.  Author URL.
Luykx P, Bajić IV, Khuri S (2006). NXSensor web tool for evaluating DNA for nucleosome exclusion sequences and accessibility to binding factors. Nucleic Acids Res, 34(Web Server issue), W560-W565. Abstract.  Author URL.
Dunwell JM, Purvis A, Khuri S (2004). Cupins: the most functionally diverse protein superfamily?. Phytochemistry, 65(1), 7-17. Abstract.  Author URL.
Gibbings JG, Cook BP, Dufault MR, Madden SL, Khuri S, Turnbull CJ, Dunwell JM (2003). Global transcript analysis of rice leaf and seed using SAGE technology. Plant Biotechnol J, 1(4), 271-285. Abstract.  Author URL.
Talhouk SN, Zurayk R, Khuri S (2001). Conservation of the coniferous forests of Lebanon: past, present and future prospects. ORYX, 35(3), 206-215. Author URL.
Talhouk SN, Zurayk R, Khuri S (2001). Conservation of the coniferous forests of Lebanon: past, present and future prospects. Oryx, 35(03).
Khuri S, Bakker FT, Dunwell JM (2001). Phylogeny, function, and evolution of the cupins, a structurally conserved, functionally diverse superfamily of proteins. Mol Biol Evol, 18(4), 593-605. Abstract.  Author URL.
Khuri S, Shmoury MR, Baalbaki R, Maunder M, Talhouk SN (2000). Conservation of the Cedrus libani populations in Lebanon: history, current status and experimental application of somatic embryogenesis. BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION, 9(9), 1261-1273. Author URL.
Dunwell JM, Khuri S, Gane PJ (2000). Microbial relatives of the seed storage proteins of higher plants: conservation of structure and diversification of function during evolution of the cupin superfamily. Microbiol Mol Biol Rev, 64(1), 153-179. Abstract.  Author URL.
Talhouk SN, Shmoury M, Baalbaki R, Khuri S (1997). Somatic Embryogenesis of the Cedars of Lebanon (Cedrus libani). HortScience, 32(3), 461g-4462.
Khuri S, Moorby J (1996). Nodal segments or microtubers as explants for in vitro microtuber production of potato. PLANT CELL TISSUE AND ORGAN CULTURE, 45(3), 215-222. Author URL.


Talhouk SN, Zurayk R, Khuri S (2003). Conifer conservation in Lebanon.  Author URL.

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Co-Convener of CSC2004 Medical Genetics module

Guest lecturer on CSC1004, CSC2009, HPDM036

Academic Tutor for Medical Science students



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