Dr. Dirar Al Homouz

Dr. Dirar Al Homouz

dr. dirar mohammad

Assistant Professor of Physics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Sciences

Address: P.O.Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +971-(0)2-5018524

Fax: +971-(0)2-24472442



  • Ph.D., Computational Physics, University of Houston (USA), 2007
  • M.Sc., Physics, University of Jordan (JOR), 1994
  • B.Sc., Physics, University of Jordan (JOR), 1991
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Biophysics
  • Bioinformatics

Dr. Homouz’s current research is in the area of computational biophysics where he uses Molecular Dynamics simulations to model protein folding in cell-like environment. In addition, he uses these methods to investigate the confinement effects in many important nano applications. Dr. Homouz is also interested in studying the gene expression regulations. Dr. Homouz is pursuing several avenues of interdisciplinary research such as modeling memristive devices for use in hybrid CMOS memory applications.

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  • Dirar Homouz, Gang Chen, and Andrzej S. Kudlicki. "Correcting positional correlations in Affymetrix [reg] Genome Chips." SCIENTIFIC REPORTS 5 (2015).
  • Heba Abunahla, D. Homouz, Yasmin Halawani, and Baker Mohammad. “Modeling and Device Parameter Design to Improve Reset Time in Binary-Oxide Memristors”. APPLIED PHYSICS A 117 (3), 1019-1023 (2014)
  • Maalouf, Maher, and D. Homouz. "Kernel ridge regression using truncated newton method." KNOWLEDGE-BASED SYSTEMS 71, 339-344 (2014).
  • Wang, Qian, Pengzhi Zhang, Laurel Hoffman, Swarnendu Tripathi, D. Homouz, Yin Liu, M. Neal Waxham, and Margaret S. Cheung. "Protein recognition and selection through conformational and mutually induced fit." PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 110 (51), 20545-20550 (2013). This paper was highlighted by Nature Middle East.
  • D. Homouz, Andrzej Kudlicki, “The 3D organization of the yeast genome correlates with coexpression and reflects functional relations between genes”, PLOS ONE 8 (1), e54699 (2013).
  • D. Homouz, Baker Mohammad, and Hazem Elgabra, “Robust Hybrid Memristor-CMOS Memory: Modeling and Design”, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON VERY LARGE SCALE INTEGRATION (VLSI) SYSTEMS 21 (11), 2069.
  • Taha, Kamal, D. Homouz, Hassan Al-Muhairi, and Zaid Al Mahmoud. "GRank: a middleware search engine for ranking genes by relevance to given genes." BMC BIOINFORMATICS 14, 251 (2013).
  • Guoxiong Su, Arkadiusz Czader, D. Homouz, Gabriela Bernardes, Sana Mateen, and Margaret S. Cheung,”Multiscale Simulation on a Light-Harvesting Molecular Triad”, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS B 116 (29), 8460 (2012).
  • Apratim Dhar, Antonios Samiotakis, Simon Ebbinghaus, Lea Nienhaus, D. Homouz, Martin Gruebele and Margaret S. Cheung, “Structure, function and folding of phosphoglycerate kinase are strongly perturbed by macromolecular crowding”, PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 107, 17586 (2010).
  • D. Homouz, A. Samiotakis and M. S. Cheung, ” Multiscale Investigation of Chemical Interference in Protein Dynamics.”, JCP: BioChemical Physics 4 (5) (2010).
  • D. Homouz, A. Samiotakis and M. S. Cheung, ” Multiscale Investigation of Chemical Interference in Protein Dynamics.”, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 132, 175101 (2010).
  • L. Stagg, A. Samiotakis, D. Homouz, M. S. Cheung, and P. Wittung-Stafshede. ”Residue specific analysis of frustration in folding landscape of repeat β/α protein apoflavodoxin”, JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 396, 75 (2010),
  • D. Homouz, B. Hoffman, and M. S. Cheung, ”Hydrophobic interactions of Hexane in nanosized water droplets”, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 113 (36), 12337 (2009).
  • D. Homouz, H. Sanabria, N. Waxham and M. S. Cheung, ” Modulation of Calmodulin Plasticity by the Effect of Macromolecular Crowding”, JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 391, 933 (2009).
  • D. Homouz, L. Stagg, P. Wittung-Stafshede and M. S. Cheung, ”Macromolecular crowding modulates folding mechanism of / protein apoflavodoxin”, BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL 96, 671 (2009).
  • D. Homouz, M. Perham, A. Samiotakis, M. S. Cheung and P. Wittung- Stafshede, ”Crowded, cell-like environment induces shape changes in aspherical protein”, PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 105, 11754-11759 (2008). It is featured in the ”News of the week” in Chemical & Engineering News (p14 Aug 18 2008) and in Research Highlights in Nature (vol 454, p21, 2008). This paper was picked as the top biophysics research highlight of 2008 by Nature.
  • D. Homouz, G. F. Reiter, J. Eckert, J. Mayers and R. Blinc, ”Measurement of the 3D Born-Oppenheimer Potential of a Proton in a Hydrogen Bonded System via Deep Inelastic Neutron Scattering: The Superprotonic Conductor Rb3H(SO4)2”, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 98, 115502 (2007).
  • G. Reiter, C. Burnham, D. Homouz, P. M. Platzman, J. Mayers, T. Abdul-Redah, A. P. Moravsky, J. C. Li, C-K Loong and A. I. Kolesnikov. , ”Anamalous Behaviour of Proton Zero Point Motion in Water confined in Carbon Nanotubes”, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 97, 247801 (2006).
  • D. Homouz and J. M. Khalifeh, “Magnetism of relaxed V (001) slabs”, JOURNAL OF MAGNETISM AND MAGNETIC MATERIALS 153, 355 (1996)