Mahmoud Mona

Entered Joint-Degree Program: Fall 2014 as 2nd year DMD student.

Biography: Mahmoud Mona grew up in Latakia, Syria. Moved to Gainesville, FL in 2008. He graduated with Suma Cum Laude from the University of Florida Interdisciplinary program with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He subsequently joined Dr. Grant McFadden’s lab as a research assistant developing an interest in treatment of pancreatic cancer with Myxoma virus.  During his work with Dr. McFaden, he received a research fellowship from the American Cancer Society. In 2013, he started his DMD training at the University of Florida While in dental school, Mahmoud served as the class of 2017 Chair of Academic Affairs. He served for two years on the board of National Student Research Group as a Southeast Regional Representative.  He also served on the board of the American Student Dental Association. In 2014, he matriculated into the DMD-PHD program when he developed an interest in Sjogren’s syndrome. He started working on salivary gland stem cell regeneration in patients with Sjogren’s syndrome. When not in the lab, Mahmoud treat patients in student dental clinics at UFCD and teaches dentistry in the dental simulation lab. On his free time, he likes to run, camp, play ping pong and travel.

Thesis Advisor: Seunghee Cha, DDS., PhD

Publications1: Wennier ST, Liu J, Li S, Rahman MM, Mona M, McFadden G. Myxoma virus sensitizes cancer cells to gemcitabine and is an effective oncolytic virotherapeutic in models of disseminated pancreatic cancer. Mol Ther. 2012; 20(4):759-68. PMID: 22233582

Case Reports

1: Bowers L, Mona M, Bhattacharyya I, Cohen D. Combined Odontogenic Keratocyst and Mural Ameloblastoma: An Unusual Case of a Hybrid Odontogenic Tumor. Abstract: Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2012; 136(9): 1087

2: Alkhasawneh A, Mona M, Bhattacharyya I, Cohen D. Metastatic Ameloblastoma to the Chest, Liver and Lung. Abstract: Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2012; 136(9): 1119


1: Moreb JS, Mona M, Chang L, Yeh Y, Amory J, Goldstein A. The role of aldehyde dehydrogenase isozymes in cancer cell proliferation, migration and drug resistance. Abstract 3762: Cancer Res. 2013; 73(8) Supplement. DOI: 10.1158/1538-7445.AM2013-3762