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400 W Twelfth Ave
Rm 252N Wiseman Hall
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: (614) 292-1396

Email: abdel-rahman.4@osu.edu


Current OSU Appointment

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology



Our most prominent research accomplishment is the characterization of a novel hereditary cancer predisposition syndrome caused by germline mutation in BAP1 gene. The syndrome is associated with predisposition to uveal melanoma, cutaneous melanoma, renal cell carcinoma and potentially other cancers. Our manuscript describing the syndrome has been selected as the editor's choice and had already 100 citations (only 1 self).

Our research group has several key manuscripts in the field of hereditary predisposition to uveal melanoma. Our laboratory and research group is now recognized as the one of the World expert in BAP1 Cancer Tumor Predisposition Syndrome and we receive patients' referral from all over the World.

Several of my other manuscripts appeared in highly ranked journals such as JMG, JCO, CCR, IOVS. Although, publications in the field of ocular oncology usually don't receive large number of citations, contrary to other common cancers, my publications have been cited 324 times (281 since 2009) and my current H index is 9 (8 since 2009).

One of my papers (MET oncogene inhibition as a potential target of therapy for uveal melanomas, IOVS 2010: 51,7: 3333-9) provided important data for one of the ongoing adjuvant clinical trials for uveal melanoma (NCT02223819).

Another highly cited paper is our work on PTEN in uveal melanoma.

Clinical Interest

Anatomic Pathology

Clinical Medical Genetics

Academic Advising

I am a strong believer of investing in undergraduate students' research especially for highly talented candidates. My strategy is to select one or two students/year who I train and give independent research project. I try to limit the number of students rotating in the lab at any time to maximum of two students so I can have sufficient time for mentoring. Although working with undergraduate students is rather challenging I find it highly rewarding.

In addition to the long term projects carried out by selected undergraduate students I accept other undergraduate and medical students for shorter rotations depending on their expertise and research interests. .

Since the start of my faculty appointment at OSU in 2009 I mentored four undergraduate students Benjamin Christopher, Omar Saqr, Samidha Dutta and Tiffany Wang each for more than a year. I also mentored three medical students research projects Benjamin Romney, Kareem Saleh and Muneeb Rehman. Currently I am mentoring one undergraduate student Timothy Grosel but haven't assigned a research project for him yet.

I haven't had a chance of advising graduate students at OSU, but I have been on the advising committee of several graduate students in Egypt

Noteworthy Graduate Narrative

The doctorate candidate student Eman Adbelsamee, MD is currently a junior faculty (lecturer) at Menoufiya University. She presented her work at several international meetings and currently submitting a peer-peer review publication.

Samira Abdelwehab. MD is currently a fellow (assistant lecturer) at Menoufiya University. She finished her residency training and obtained a master degree in hepatology. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree.

Academic Advising

2013 - present Elaine M The Ohio State University. Analysis of BAP1 germline gene mutation in young uveal melanoma patients
2014 - present Muneeb Rehman The Ohio State University. Study of a Novel Candidate Gene for Hereditary Predisposition to Uveal Melanoma
2013 Omar Saqr The Ohio State University. Graduated 2013. Study of germline BAP1 and VHL mutation in uveal melanoma patients with personal and or family history of renal cell carcinoma
2014 Kareem Saleh The Ohio State University. Molecular Genetics of Choroidal Nevi


1992 - present Unrestricted Medical License: Egyptian Ministry of Health
1992 - present General Medical Practitioner: Egyptian Ministry of Health
1998 - present ECFMG: Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
2007 - present Histopathology Consultant: Egyptian Medical Syndicate
2007 - present Consultant Histopathology: Egyptian Medical Syndicate
2009 - present Unrestricted Medical License: State Medical Board of Ohio

Clinical Services

07/01/2007 Pathology Practice (Menoufiya, Egypt)


Yang,Y; Meadows,S; Li,P,K; Davidorf,F,H; Abdel-Rahman,M,H. "Anti-angiogenic effect of Linomide analogue." In INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE. (January 2005). 4166-.

Abdel-Rahman MH, Hedges D, Pilarski R, Boru G, Massengill JB, Rai K, Davidorf FH, Cebulla CM. "Whole genome exome sequencing to identify novel candidates for hereditary predisposition to UM uveal melanoma.." In abstracts.ashg.org. (October 2014). 2014: 3484T-.

Pilarski R, Boru G, Saqr OH, Rai K, Massengill JB, Cebulla CM, Abdel-Rahman MH.. "Germline epigenetic inactivation of BAP1 in a subset of patients with uveal melanoma.." In abstracts.ashg.org. (October 2014). 2014: 3485T-.

Cebulla CM, Pilarski R, Rai K, Massengill JB, Boru G, Davidorf FH, Abdel-Rahman MH.. "Two novel germline BAP1 mutations in two unrelated families with features of the BAP1 Tumor Predisposition Syndrome.." In abstracts.ashg.org. (October 2014). 2014: 3485S-.

Kim B, Kusibati R, Binkley E, Abdel-Rahman MH, Cebulla CM.. "Up-Regulation of VEGF by Hyaluronic Acid in Microglia." In ARVO meetinabstracts. (April 2014). 2014 55:2261-.

Binkley EM, Cebulla CM, Pilarski R, Massengill JB, Marino MJ, Singh AD, Abdel-Rahman MH.. "Lack of BAP1 germline gene mutation in patients with early onset uveal melanoma." In ARVO meeting abstracts. (April 2014). 2014 55:5077-.



1990 M.D., Cairo University

1996 M.S., Menoufiya University

2002 Ph.D., The Ohio State University


Editorial Activities

present IOVS
present Familial Cancer
present Dove Medical Publications
present Clinical Cancer Research
present Cancer Research


2000 Loes Jones Endowment for cancer research fellowship award. Comprehensive Cancer Center.
2001 Travel Fellowship. 10th International Congress of Human Genetics.
2010 Junior Investigator Award. Ocular Melanoma Foundation.

Journal Articles

Pilarski,Robert; Cebulla,Colleen,M; Massengill,James,B; Rai,Karan; Rich,Thereasa; Strong,Louise; McGillivray,Barbara; Asrat,Mary-Jill; Davidorf,Frederick,H; Abdel-Rahman,Mohamed,H. "Expanding the Clinical Phenotype of Hereditary BAP1 Cancer Predisposition Syndrome, Reporting Three New Cases." GENES CHROMOSOMES & CANCER. Vol. 53, no. 2. (February 2014.): 177-182.

Martorano,Lisa,M; Winkelmann,Richard,R; Cebulla,Colleen,M; Abdel-Rahman,Mohamed,H; Campbell,Shannon,M. "Overview of uveal melanoma." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY. Vol. 53, no. 6. (June 2014.): 657-663.



"The Practice of Clinical Cancer Genetics." Presented at 1St Children’s Cancer Hospital, Egypt International Scientific Conference, Cairo, EG|EGY. (July 2009)

"Hereditary predisposition to uveal melanoma." Presented at Great Lake Ocular Oncology Seminar, Michigan. (October 2012)

"Clinical cancer genetics; ophthalmology perspective." Presented at OSU postgraduate course in Ophthalmolgy, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (February 2014)

"Lessons learned from the genetics of a rare eye tumor." Presented at Biology Seminar Series, Cairo, EG|EGY. (September 2014)


Professional Activities

2012 - present Establishing a bio-repository research laboratory and program in molecular genetics in Egypt. Sustainable Sciences Institute & Menoufiya University.
2009 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. The Ohio State University.
2010 OSUMC researc day. College of Medicine, The Ohio State University.
2010 Denman Undergraduate research forum. The Ohio State University.
2010 Invited speaker. Children's Cancer Hospital of Egypt.
2010 Educational workshop. Children's Cancer Hospital of Egypt.
2011 OSUMC research day 2011. College of Medicine, The Ohio State University.
2011 Denman Undergadutae Research Forum. The Ohio State University.
2011 Non compensated spokesperson. American Cancer Society.

Unpublished Works

Cebulla CM, Binkley EM, Pilarski R, Massengill JB, Rai K, Liebner DA, Marino M, Singh AD, Abdel-Rahman MH. Analysis of BAP1 germline gene mutation in young uveal melanoma patients. August 2014.

Boru, G, Cebulla, CM, Olencki T, Carson W III, Davidorf, FH, Abdel-Rahman, MH.. Heterogeneity in MAPK activation and GNAQ and GNA11 somatic mutations in uveal melanomas, potential impact for therapy.