Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Graduate Student / Research Assistant
Lab Phone: 806-414-9256
Mail Address: 1300 S Coulter
Amarillo, TX 79106-1712


Thamer Albekairi completed his Bachelor degree in Pharmacy from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia in 2011, and his Master of Science degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Arnold and Marie Schwartz College, Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York, in 2015. He joined the Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences as a PhD student in Spring 2016, and is presently working in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Abbruscato with the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.


  • MS: Pharmacology and Toxicology, Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, 2015
  • BPharm: King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, 2011

Research Interests:

Stroke Neuroprotection and Restoration


  • Villalba H, Shah K, Albekairi TH, Sifat AE, Vaidya B, Abbruscato TJ. Potential role of myo-inositol to improve ischemic stroke outcome in diabetic mouse. Brain Res. 2018 Aug 27. pii: S0006-8993(18)30449-9. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2018.08.028. [Epub ahead of print]


  • 10/26/2018 "Evaluation of Spermine Effect as a Potential Neurovascular Protection Strategy for Both In-Vitro and In-Vivo Stroke Models" [Oral Qualifying Exam, counted as Seminar credit]
  • 02/07/2018 “The Mechanism of Biphalin Entry and Neurovascular Protection of the Ischemic Brain”
  • 05/03/2017 "The Mechanism of Biphalin Entry Into the Ischemic Brain"


   Before Admission to GPPS:

  • Scholarship from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


  • Graduate Student Association in Amarillo, 2016-present.
  • Selected into Pharmaceutical Honor Society, Beta Theta Chapter of the Rho Chi Society, at Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, March 2015 – present.
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