Rania Abu Seir/Samman


Assistant Professor of Hematology at the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS).


Medical Laboratory Sciences, College of Health Professions, Al-Quds University, Abudis, Jerusalem -Palestine, Health Complex, level -1


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Dr. Abu Seir is an Assistant Professor of Hematology at the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS). She is the former head of the department and a member of several national and international committees. Currently, she is a co-manager in a project funded by the World Bank for quality improvement of competency-based-education for the five allied sciences departments at the Faculty of Health Professions.

Dr. Abu Seir joined Al-Quds University in 2001. She received her Ph.D. in hematology from Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in 2015. She has been an academician and astute educator in Medical Laboratory Sciences known for training, mentoring/ transferring skills from theory to real-world application both for the bachelor and the master's students. She has supervised several Master’s students’ theses projects.

She was nominated by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor, and Al-Quds University for the Islamic Development Bank Prize for Women’s Contribution to Development, 12th Edition, Women's Contribution to the Prevention and Control of Cancer.

She has also been known for her high-quality research in the fields of Hematology, Medical Laboratory Sciences related fields, and Cancer in particular. During her Ph.D., she was able to mount a whole platform to study Non-Hodgkin lymphoma among Palestinians focusing on genetic, viral, and environmental risk factors determining the disease. Later, she expanded the study to include Hodgkin lymphoma. She has been involved in establishing the first Palestinian Job Exposure Matrix and assessing the contribution of occupational exposures in cancer risk among Palestinians. Currently, she is launching a project investigating the genetic and environmental risk factors of colorectal cancer in Palestine. She is the author/co-author of several chapters and publications in palliative care, cancer, cancer risk factors, and other fields.

Professional Education

  • D. in Hematology, School of Medicine, Hebrew University, 2014, Thesis Title: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: Epidemiologic, genetic and molecular determinants among Arabs in Israel and the West Bank.
  • S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Al-Quds University, West Bank, 2001, Thesis Title: Molecular Genetics Analysis of MEFV Gene Mutations in Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) Among Palestinians in the West Bank.
  • S. in Medical Technology, College of Health Professions/Al-Quds University, West Bank, 1998


  • Clinical Hematology basics and advanced
  • Hematological malignancies
  • Blood banking
  • Molecular biology
  • Genetics
  • Body fluids

Research Interests

  • Cancer Research
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma among Palestinians
    • Clinical characteristics
    • Dietary intake
    • Lifestyle
    • History of infections
    • Occupational history
    • Genetic risk factors
    • Autoimmune diseases
  • Determinants of Hodgkin Lymphoma among Palestinians
    • Clinical characteristics
    • EBV characterization in tumor cells
    • Environmental and lifestyle risk factors
  • Environmental and Genetic Determinants of Colorectal Cancer in the West Bank
    • Clinical characteristics
    • Dietary factors
    • Physical activity
    • Inflammatory bowel diseases
    • Family history of gastrointestinal diseases and cancer
    • Identification of Lynch syndrome and other genetic risk factors of CRC
  • Occupational Health and Safety in Palestine
    • Establish a job-exposure matrix for Palestinians
    • Identify occupational health hazards
    • Link occupational exposures to cancer
  • Researches in Medical Laboratory Sciences
    • Blood Group Antigens and Alloantibodies Frequencies among Palestinian Population, 2012
    • Pre-analytical Errors Survey at the Major Palestinian Hospitals of Jerusalem, 2013
    • Intrauterine Transfusion for Alloimmunized Pregnant Women in Palestine, 3013
    • Biomedical Waste Management in Palestinian Hospitals, 2013
    • Knowledge-Attitude-Practice Towards Blood Donation among Palestinians: a combined cross-sectional retrospective study, 2014
    • Prevalence of Multidrug Resistant Organisms in Governmental Hospitals in the West Bank, 2014
    • Retrospective Assessment of Plasmapheresis at Al-Makassed Hospital, 2014
    • Knowledge, Attitude & Practice (KAP) towards Antibiotic Use among Palestinians, 2015
    • Respiratory Tract Infections among Hospitalized Palestinian Patients, 2016
    • Management of β-Thalassemia in the West Bank: Iron Overload and Autoantibodies Development, 2017
    • Assessment of Palliative Care among Palestinian Hospitals, 2017
    • Adenosine Diphosphate Receptor Gene (P2Y12) Sequence Variants among Swedish, Palestinian and Congolese Populations
    • Smoking among Youth in Palestine
    • Seroprevalence of hepatitis B and C among Palestinians
    • Molecular Characterization and Antimicrobial Profile of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Palestinian Regions


  • Abdeen Z, Berman T, Azmi K, Abu Seir R, Agha H, Ein-Mor E, Göen T, Stein Y, Richter E, Calderon-Margalit R. Urinary organophosphate metabolite levels in Palestinian pregnant women: results of the Middle East Regional Cooperation Project. Int J Environ Health Re (2015) 17:1-13.
  • Cancer in Palestine: Kharroubi A and Abu Seir R in Cancer Care in Countries and Societies in Transition: Individualized Care in Focus by Michael Silbermann (2016). Switzerland, Springer International.
  • Associations between B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma and exposure, persistence and immune response to Hepatitis B. Kleinstern G, Abu Seir R, et al., Haematologica. 2016.
  • Clinical and Pathological Features of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma among Palestinians. Abu Seir R, Paltiel O et al. (in process publication).
  • Ethnic variation in medical and lifestyle risk factors for B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma: A case-control study among Israelis and Palestinians. Kleinstern G, Abu Seir R, Perlman R, Khatib A, Abdeen Z, Elyan H, Nirel R, Amir G, Ramlawi A, Sabatin F, Boffetta P, Dann EJ, Kedmi M, Ellis M, Nagler A, Ben Yehuda D, Paltiel O. PLoS One. 2017.
  • Serum organochlorines and non-Hodgkin lymphoma: A case-control study in Israeli Jews and Palestinians. Klil-Drori, A. J., Kleinstern, G., Seir, R. A., Choshen-Cohen, L., Abdeen, Z., Hussein, E. & Paltiel, O. Chemosphere, 213, 395-402. 2018.
  • Presence of autoimmune disease affects not only risk but also survival in patients with B‐cell non‐Hodgkin lymphoma. Kleinstern G, Averbuch M, Abu Seir R, Perlman R, Ben Yehuda D, Paltiel O. Hematological Oncology. 36:457–462. 2018.
  • Implementation of Palliative Care in Palestine: Cultural and Religious Perspectives. Abu Seir R and Kharroubi A. Palliative medicine and hospice care. 2017.
  • Abu Seir R, Azmi K, Hamdan A, Namouz H, Jaar F, et al. (2018) Comparison of early effects of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines: PCV7, PCV10 and PCV13 on Streptococcus pneumoniae nasopharyngeal carriage in a population based study; The Palestinian-Israeli Collaborative Research (PICR). PLOS ONE 13(11): e0206927. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0206927