Director’s Welcome


Prof Salem Chouaib
Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine

It is my pleasure as Institute Director to welcome you to the website of the Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine (TRIPM) established in 2018. TRIPM brings together research, medical education, and clinical care under one roof. It is a research community that caters to both early-career postdoctoral fellows and to the most senior academics.

The institute is an integral component of Gulf Medical University and serves as a platform to advance research, create knowledge, and further innovation for both faculty and students. TRIPM is at the forefront of the fight against cancer, aiming at developing innovative therapies and making them available to cancer patients throughout the region. Researchers at TRIPM are dedicated to becoming catalysts for the introduction of modern and competitive Molecular Medicine in UAE and the region. The research center is a vibrant and active multidisciplinary institute devoted to conducting, supporting, and encouraging translational research in cancer immunobiology. It is an exciting time in cancer research and major therapeutic advances are currently taking place. Nonetheless, the challenge of better understanding patient resistance remains, and this needs to be explored through basic science. Our mission at TRIPM is to translate promising scientific discoveries into new and better options for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Through translational research and molecular medicine, all the scientific community at GMU are committed to bringing novelty to the fields of cancer immunology and immunotherapy. Our ultimate goal is to identify innovative predictive biomarkers as well as to develop therapeutic strategies particularly focused on personalized cancer therapy. TRIPM is supported by the state-of-the-art technological platforms (Affymetrix, NGS, confocal microscopy, liquid biopsy, and Zebra fish facilities). We have established strong partnerships with many prestigious international research institutions.

I am immensely proud to lead this institute and to bring my wealth of experience, international standing, and collaborative spirit as the head of research at this highly acclaimed academic institution. I am wholeheartedly committed to making TRIPM a center of excellence by ensuring the implementation of proper standards, not only in the quality and significance of scientific programs at GMU, but also in the spectrum of scientific integrity and research ethics.