Sulaf Assi

Dr Sulaf Assi

  • 01202 961264
  • sassi at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Christchurch House C213, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Biography

Dr Sulaf Assi is a lecturer in forensic sciences at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Bournemouth University. She obtained a Bachelor in Pharmacy from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Beirut Arab University (BAU), Beirut-Lebanon. Then she took on a job as a hospital pharmacist and pursued her MSc in Pharmaceutical Analysis at BAU. After this time, Sulaf has did her PhD in pharmaceutical analysis at the School of Pharmacy, University of London, London-UK under the supervision of Prof Tony Moffat and Dr Robert Watt. Her PhD work involved the identification of counterfeit medicines using near-infrared and Raman spectroscopy with chemometrics.

Once Sulaf finished her PhD, she has undertaken a postdoctoral fellowship in drug misuse and abuse at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Hertfordshire. She was working on monitoring, identification, analysis and dissemination of novel psychoactive substances from the Internet.

After that, Sulaf joined the teaching staff within forensic sciences at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth-UK...

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Favourites

  • Assi, S., Haffar, M. and Osselton, M., 2016. Exploring Consumer and Patient Knowledge, Behavior, and Attitude Toward Medicinal and Lifestyle Products Purchased From the Internet: A Web-Based Survey. JMIR public health and surveillance, 2 (2), e34.

Journal Articles

  • Assi, S., Gulyamova, N., Kneller, P. and Osselton, D., 2017. The effects and toxicity of cathinones from the users' perspectives: A qualitative study. Human Psychopharmacology, 32 (3).
  • Assi, S. and Fortunato, L., 2017. Optimizing the method for authenticating pharmaceutical products of different dosage forms using dual laser handheld raman spectroscopy. American Pharmaceutical Review, 20 (4).
  • Assi, S., Gulyamova, N., Ibrahim, K., Kneller, P. and Osselton, D., 2017. Profile, effects, and toxicity of novel psychoactive substances: A systematic review of quantitative studies. Human Psychopharmacology.
  • Assi, S. and Haffar, M., 2016. Design of a Statistics Lecture for Multidisciplinary Postgraduate Students Using a Range of Tools and Techniques. International Journal of Educational and Pedagogical Sciences, 9 (12), 4252-4257.
  • Assi, S., Osselton, D. and Wallis, B., 2016. The evaluation of dual laser handheld raman spectroscopy for identifying novel psychoactive substances. American Pharmaceutical Review, 19 (6).
  • Assi, S., Haffar, M. and Osselton, M., 2016. Exploring Consumer and Patient Knowledge, Behavior, and Attitude Toward Medicinal and Lifestyle Products Purchased From the Internet: A Web-Based Survey. JMIR public health and surveillance, 2 (2), e34.
  • Assi, S., 2016. Evaluating handheld spectroscopic techniques for identifying counterfeit branded and generic medicines worldwide. American Pharmaceutical Review, 19 (3).
  • Assi, S., 2016. Authenticating medicines with dual laser handheld Raman spectroscopy. European Pharmaceutical Review, 21 (6), 30-34.
  • Assi, S., Guirguis, A., Halsey, S., Fergus, S. and Stair, J.L., 2015. Analysis of 'legal high' substances and common adulterants using handheld spectroscopic techniques. Analytical Methods, 7 (2), 736-746.
  • Assi, S., 2015. Identification of counterfeit drugs using dual laser handheld Raman. European Pharmaceutical Review, 20 (5), 20-26.
  • Assi, S., 2014. Investigating the quality of medicines using handheld Raman spectroscopy. European Pharmaceutical Review, 19 (5), 55-60.
  • Assi, S., Kneller, P. and Osselton, M., 2014. Identifying Organic Impurities in Counterfeit and Illicit Tobacco Using Portable ATR-FT-IR Spectroscopy. Raman Technology for Today's Spectroscopists, 40-50.
  • Corazza, O., Assi, S., Malekianragheb, S., Beni, M.N., Bigdeli, I., Aslanpour, Z. and Schifano, F., 2014. Monitoring novel psychoactive substances allegedly offered online for sale in Persian and Arabic languages. Int J Drug Policy, 25 (4), 724-726.
  • Corazza, O. et al., 2013. Promoting innovation and excellence to face the rapid diffusion of novel psychoactive substances in the EU: the outcomes of the ReDNet project. Hum Psychopharmacol, 28 (4), 317-323.
  • Corazza, O., Assi, S. and Schifano, F., 2013. From "Special K" to "Special M": the evolution of the recreational use of ketamine and methoxetamine. CNS Neurosci Ther, 19 (6), 454-460.
  • Assi, S., 2013. Identification of legal highs using handheld Raman spectroscopy. American Pharmaceutical Review, 16 (3).
  • Barras, J., Murnane, D., Althoefer, K., Assi, S., Rowe, M.D., Poplett, I.J.F., Kyriakidou, G. and Smith, J.A.S., 2013. Nitrogen-14 nuclear quadrupole resonance spectroscopy: a promising analytical methodology for medicines authentication and counterfeit antimalarial analysis. Anal Chem, 85 (5), 2746-2753.
  • Assi, S., 2013. Raw material identification using dual laser handheld Raman spectroscopy. European Pharmaceutical Review, 18 (5), 25-31.
  • Assi, S., Watt, R.A. and Moffat, A.C., 2012. On the quantification of ciprofloxacin in proprietary Ciproxin tablets and generic ciprofloxacin tablets using handheld Raman spectroscopy. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 43 (8), 1049-1057.
  • Assi, S., 2012. Laboratory versus handheld instruments: What you gain and what you lose. American Pharmaceutical Review, 15 (5).
  • Gallagher, C.T., Assi, S., Stair, J.L., Fergus, S., Corazza, O., Corkery, J.M. and Schifano, F., 2012. 5,6-Methylenedioxy-2-aminoindane: from laboratory curiosity to 'legal high'. Hum Psychopharmacol, 27 (2), 106-112.
  • Corazza, O., Assi, S. et al., 2012. Phenomenon of new drugs on the Internet: the case of ketamine derivative methoxetamine. Hum Psychopharmacol, 27 (2), 145-149.
  • Fergus, S., Stair, J.L. and Assi, S., 2012. Identification of novel psychoactive substances using hyphenated mass spectrometric techniques. LC-GC Europe, 10 (1), 20-27.
  • Assi, S., Watt, R.A. and Moffat, A.C., 2011. Identification of counterfeit medicines from the Internet and the World market using near-infrared spectroscopy. Analytical Methods, 3 (10), 2231-2236.
  • Bejjani, A., Nsouli, B., Zahraman, K., Assi, S., Younes, G. and Yazbi, F., 2011. Swift quantification of Fenofibrate and Tiemonium methylsulfate active ingredients in solid drugs using particle induced x-ray emission. Advanced Materials Research, 324, 318-323.
  • Assi, S., Watt, R. and Moffat, T., 2011. Authentication of medicines using Raman spectroscopy. European Pharmaceutical Review.
  • Moffat, T., Watt, R. and Assi, S., 2010. The use of near infrared spectroscopy to detect counterfeit medicines. Spectroscopy Europe, 22 (5), 6-10.
  • Moffat, A.C., Assi, S. and Watt, R.A., 2010. Identifying counterfeit medicines using near infrared spectroscopy. Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy, 18 (1), 1-15.
  • Nsouli, B., Zahraman, K., Bejjani, A., Younes, G., Roumié, M., Assi, S., El-Yazbi, F., Mahmoud, R., Noun, M. and Thomas, J.P., 2009. On the quantification of atorvastatin and celecoxib active ingredients in commercial solid drugs using the TT-PIXE and TT-PIGE techniques. International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Research Applications and Utilization of Accelerators.
  • Hammud, H.H., Bouhadir, K.H., Masoud, M.S., Ghannoum, A.M. and Assi, S.A., 2008. Solvent effect on the absorption and fluorescence emission spectra of some purine derivatives: Spectrofluorometric quantitative studies. Journal of Solution Chemistry, 37 (7), 895-917.
  • El-Yazbi, F.A., Hammud, H.H. and Assi, S.A., 2007. Derivative-ratio spectrophotometric method for the determination of ternary mixture of aspirin, paracetamol and salicylic acid. Spectrochimica Acta - Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 68 (2), 275-278.
  • El-Yazbi, F.A., Hammud, H.H. and Assi, S.A., 2006. New spectrofluorometric application for the determination of ternary mixtures of drugs. Analytica Chimica Acta, 580 (1), 39-46.
  • Nsouli, B., Zahraman, K., Bejjani, A., Assi, S., El-Yazbi, F. and Roumié, M., 2006. On the direct quantification of celecoxib in commercial solid drugs using the TT-PIXE and TT-PIGE techniques. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 249 (1-2 SPEC. ISS.), 692-696.

Others

PhD Students

  • Andrew Postles. PhD-Factors affecting the measurement and determination of stability and safety of cosmetic products- Full time
  • Aida Ximena Merchan. PhD-Drugs in Oral Fluid and Implications for Roadside Drug Testing-Full time

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Crime Scene Management and Forensic Science

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Introduction to Toxicology

Invited Lectures

  • Assay of Ciprofloxacin in intact and powdered tablets by near-infrared spectroscopy, British Pharmaceutical Conference, 2008, Manchester, UK.
  • Identification of tablets using handheld near-infrared and Raman spectroscopic instruments, IUPAC 2009, Glasgow, UK.
  • Identification of tablets using handheld near-infrared and Raman spectroscopic instruments, British Pharmaceutical Conference, 2009, Manchester, UK.
  • Identification of tablets and authentication of medicines in the international wholesaling supply chain using near-infrared spectroscopy, NIR 2009, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Chemical testing of designer drugs: New techniques and challenges, RedNet research project second life seminar, 2011.
  • Counterfeit medicines: An analyst’s perspective, RedNet first International conference on novel psychoactive substances, 2012, Hungary, Budapest.
  • Laboratory versus hand-held instruments: What you gain and what you lose, JPAG Raman symposium, 2012, Royal Society of Chemistry, London, UK.
  • Identification of legal high products from the Internet using handheld Raman spectroscopy, UKPharmSci 2012, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
  • The combination of gas-chromatography, mass spectrometry and Raman spectroscopy for identification of legal high products, UKPharmsci 2013
  • Application of handheld Raman spectroscopy for the identification of counterfeit medicines, American Pharmaceutical Review Webinar, 2013.
  • Handheld Raman spectroscopy for identification of online drug products, European Pharmaceutical Review Webinar, 2013.

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • 2015 Bournemouth University Webinar for International Applicants
  • 2013 Talk and stand at Careers Convention-Bournemouth and Talbot Heath Schools

Conference Presentations

  • IFPAC 2016, Identification of counterfeit branded and generic medicines using handheld spectroscopic techniques, 24 Jan 2016, Arlington, VA, USA
  • SciX 2015, Rapid Identification of Counterfeit Medicines from the World Market using Dual Laser Handheld Raman Spectroscopy, 27 Sep 2015, Providence
  • UKIAFT 2015, Analysis of counterfeit medicines, 10 Sep 2015, Bournemouth
  • ICAVS 2015, On the Quantification of Caffeine, the Major Impurity in Legal-High Stimulants Using Handheld Raman Spectroscopy and Partial Least Square Regression, 12 Jul 2015, Vienna
  • IALM 2015, . Identification of novel psychoactive substances using handheld near-infrared and Raman spectroscopy with multiple spectra algorithm approach, 19 Jan 2015, Dubai
  • Euchem 2014, . Identification of counterfeit Viagra, Cialis and Levitra tablets using handheld Raman spectroscopy, 31 Aug 2014, Turkey
  • Forensic Expo Europe 2014, . Identification of counterfeit tobacco using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, 29 Apr 2014, London
  • UKPharmSci 2013, The combination of gas-chromatography, mass spectrometry and Raman spectroscopy for identification of legal high products, 02 Sep 2013, Edinburgh
  • UKPharmSci 2012, Identification of legal high products from the Internet using handheld Raman spectroscopy, 12 Sep 2014, Nottingham
  • NIR 2009, Identification of tablets and authentication of medicines in the international wholesaling supply chain using near-infrared spectroscopy, 07 Nov 2009, Bangkok
  • IUPAC 2009, Identification of tablets using handheld near-infrared and Raman spectroscopic instruments, 02 Aug 2009, Glasgow
  • British Pharmaceutical Conference, Assay of Ciprofloxacin in intact and powdered tablets by near-infrared spectroscopy, 07 Sep 2008, Manchester

Qualifications

  • PhD in Pharmaceutical analysis (The School of Pharmacy, University of London, 2010)
  • MSc in Pharmaceutical analysis (Beirut Arab University, Beirut-Lebanon, 2006)
  • BPharm in Pharmacy (Beirut Arab University, Beirut-Lebanon, 2003)

Honours

  • Overseas Research Student Award (The School of Pharmacy, University of London, 2008)
  • CNRS award (Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research Scholarship, 2008)

Memberships

  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2015-),
  • Infrared and Raman Discussion Group, Member (2013-),
  • Joint Pharmaceutical Analysis Group, Member (2009-),
  • London Toxicology Group, Member (2013-),
  • Orders of Pharmacists in Lebanon, Member (2003-),
  • Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow (2015-),
The data on this page was last updated at 04:13 on May 22, 2018.