Abeer Mohamed (Mahmoud) MD., Ph.D

Abeer Mohamed (Mahmoud)

Research Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

Office Phone

(312) 413-5928


1919 W. Taylor St., 433 AHSB

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Office Hours

By appointment


I received my MD degree and residency training as a Pathologist from Assiut University, Egypt. I served as a surgical/clinical pathologist at South Egypt Cancer Institute (2002-2008), before realizing my true passion was in biomedical research. This interest led me to the UIC, where I completed my Ph.D. in Pathology in 2013. My doctoral studies focused on dietary chemoprevention in prostate cancer. In my postdoctoral research (School of Applied Health Sciences; 2013-2017), I studied physiological and molecular outcomes of lifestyle interventions at the metabolic and vascular levels. I received funding from the AHA to examine microvascular dysfunction in metabolic diseases and aerobic exercise as a rehabilitative intervention that restores microvascular function in obesity. Currently, I am funded by NIH/NHLBI-K99 “DNA Methylation and Vascular Function in Obesity: Role of Exercise and Weight Loss” to study blood and tissue DNA methylation profiles in morbidly obese subjects and the impact of these profiles on metabolic and vascular functions. My long-term goal is to identify clinically relevant epigenetic mechanisms to help mitigate the increased risk of obesity co-morbidities.

Selected Grants

National Institute of Health (NIH), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), DNA Methylation and Vascular Function in Obesity: Role of Exercise and Weight Loss, Principle Investigator

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Selected Publications

“Mahmoud AM, Ali MM, Miranda ER, Mey JT, Blackburn BK, Haus JM, Phillips SA. Nox2 contributes to Hyperinsulinemia-induced redox imbalance and impaired vascular function. Redox Biol. 2017 Jun 3;13:288-300”,

“Mahmoud AM, Szczurek MR, Blackburn BK, Mey JT, Chen Z, Robinson AT, Bian JT, Unterman TG, Minshall RD, Brown MD, Kirwan JP, Phillips SA, Haus JM. Hyperinsulinemia augments endothelin-1 protein expression and impairs vasodilation of human skeletal muscle arterioles. Physiol Rep. 2016 Aug;4(16). ”,

“Mahmoud AM, Brown MD, Phillips SA, Haus JM. Skeletal Muscle Vascular Function: A Counterbalance of Insulin Action. Microcirculation. 2015 Jul;22(5):327-47.”,

“Phillips SA, Mahmoud AM, Brown MD, Haus JM. Exercise interventions and peripheral arterial function: implications for cardio-metabolic disease. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2015 Mar-Apr;57(5):521-34.”,

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Notable Honors

January 2018 - K99 Career Transition Award, NIH/NHLBI

July 2015 - Post-doctoral Fellowship Award, American Heart Association

2012 - Laurette Kirstein Academic Excellence Scholarship, Office of Vice Chancellor-UIC

2008 - Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education Predoctoral Scholarship , Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education


Ph.D., Pathology, the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, 2013
Board Certification and M.Sc., Pathology, South Egypt Cancer Institute, Egypt, 2006
MD, Assiut University, Egypt, 2000