Somayah Qutub

Ph.D. Students

​Ph.D. Student



Research Interests

I am interested in targeted drug delivery in cancer therapy and protein encapsulation for immunotherapy.

Selected Publications

  • DNA-Mimicking Metal–Organic Frameworks with Accessible Adenine Faces for Complementary Base Pairing, Santanu Chand, Othman Alahmed, Walaa S. Baslyman, Avishek Dey, Somayah Qutub, Ranajit Saha, Yuh Hijikata, Manal Alaamery, and Niveen M. Khashab, JACS Au (2022)
    -AIE-Based Fluorescent Triblock Copolymer Micelles for Simultaneous Drug Delivery and Intracellular Imaging, Bhagyashree Kulkarni, Somayah Qutub, Viko Ladelta, Niveen M. Khashab, and Nikos Hadjichristidis, Biomacromolecules (2021)
  • Biocompatibility and biodegradability of metal organic frameworks for biomedical applications, Namita Singh, Somayah Qutuba and Niveen M. Khashab, J. Mater. Chem. B (2021)
  • Sustained and targeted delivery of checkpoint inhibitors by metal-organic frameworks for cancer immunotherapy, Shahad K Alsaiari, Somayah S Qutub, Shichao Sun, Walaa Baslyman, Mansour Aldehaiman, Mram Alyami, Abdulaziz Almalik, Rabih Halwani, Jasmeen Merzaban, Zhengwei Mao, Niveen M Khashab, Sci. Adv. (2021)
  • In situ assembled ZIF superstructures via an emulsion-free soft-templating approach, Namita Singh, Sana Ahmed, Aliyah Fakim, Somayah Qutub, Othman Alahmed, Omar El Tall, Osama Shekhah, Mohamed Eddaoudi and Niveen M. Khashab, Chem. Sci. (2020)
  • Cell-Type-Specific CRISPR/Cas9 Delivery by Biomimetic Metal Organic Frameworks, Mram Z. Alyami, Shahad K. Alsaiari, Yanyan Li, Somayah S. Qutub, Fajr A. Aleisa, Rachid Sougrat, Jasmeen S. Merzaban, and Niveen M. Khashab, J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2020)
  • Impact of aggregation triggering ultrashort self-assembling peptide motifs on the solubility of proteins
    Muhammad Saleem, Somayah Salah Qutub, Hepi Hari Susapto and Charlotte AE Hauser
    Frontiers in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 10.15761/FNN.1000174, (2018)


  • ​​M.Sc. Bioscience, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2018
  • B.Sc, Biotechnology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, 2016 ​

Professional Profile

  • ​​​​2015: Summer Trainee, at Jamjoom pharmaceutical Company, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013: Research Intern, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Golden Key International Honor Society​


  • ​Academic Excellence Award from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in Canada, 2013- 2015​

Research Interests Keywords

​Biotechnology Drug delivery Nanotechnology Immunotherapy