Dr. Khanfar received his undergraduate degree in Pharmacy from University of Jordan. He pursued his graduate studies with a master degree in pharmaceutical sciences and then a Ph.D. in drug design from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, USA, working on the computer-assisted design and discovery of actin polymerization and GSK-3β inhibitors based on marine natural products.
Dr. Khanfar completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Center of Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery (CMIDD), Northwestern University, IL where he conducted research in the laboratory of Prof. Richard B. Silverman (the inventor of the blockbuster drug LyricaTM) on the design and synthesis of SIRT2 inhibitors for the treatment of the neurodegenerative disorder Huntington’s disease. His research is currently funded by several national grants and he is a recipient of several national and international awards for his work on drug design and discovery.
Dr. Khanfar is a recipient of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation Fellowship for Experienced Researcher. He worked with Prof Holger Stark at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany, to design and develop potent oxadiazole- and thiazole-derived Histamine H3 receptor antagonists for treatment of Parkinson's and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Dr. Khanfar’s research involves the use of state of the art pharmaceutical, computational and medicinal chemistry technologies to design, synthesize and evaluate new molecules for the treatment of human disease and to probe biological systems with a particular emphasis on cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
Dr. Khanfar published 46 articles in high impact peer-reviewed journals and one book chapter. He filed two patents in USA, and he is a member of several national and international organizations.
Currently, Dr. Khanfar is a Professor at Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Jordan; an Associate Professor at College of pharmacy, Alfaisal University; an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, Germany; and an Adjunct Professor at University of Louisiana at Monroe, USA.