Diaa joined the Gunning group in his third year of undergraduate studies. His previous research experience under Prof. Gunning's supervision includes an ROP where he investigated strategies for improving the metabolic stability of drugs against oxidative metabolism in cells. Diaa also completed his senior thesis investigating covalent drug fragments used by the Gunning group to modulate drug reactivity.
Diaa earned his Hons. BSc as a specialist in Biological Chemistry from the University of Toronto in 2020 and continued in the Gunning group as a graduate student where he currently works on synthesizing Glycogen Synthase inhibitors as a therapeutic tool for treating Lafora Disease.