Dr Issa is a graduate of the faculty of Pharmacy, Alexandria University 1996 (Distinction, Top 5%). Based on academic excellence, he was granted a PhD scholarship from the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt. Dr Issa got his PhD from Uppsala University, Sweden, and his thesis focused on non-viral gene therapy. He has published several original research articles in high impact journals (more than 500 citations in Scopus 2018). In 2006, He was awarded the prize of best thesis research in the field of biotechnology at the AAPS conference in San Antonio, Texas, USA. In 2009, he was appointed as an assistant professor at the faculty of Pharmacy, Beirut Arab University (BAU), where he participated in teaching and developing under- and postgraduate courses at the department of Pharmaceutics. In 2012, in response to the CCAP accreditation requirements, Dr Issa cofounded with Dr Lama Soubra the pharmacy practice department at the faculty. During his academic career, Dr Issa has been actively involved in preparing and presenting lectures, workshops and courses specially designed for the enhancement of the communication skills and professional standards of pharmacists.
Dr Issa has more than 15 years of teaching experience on different levels. Undergraduate: Introduction to pharmaceutics, physical pharmacy, design and formulation of drug delivery systems, principles and kinetics of drug stability, community pharmacy, pharmacotherapy of minor ailments (pharmacy practice IV), communication skills in pharmacy practice, Pharmacy ethics (pharmacy practice I), Leadership: concepts, principles and tools. Postgraduates: Advanced drug delivery systems, advanced pharmacikinetics.